A: ICC works with organizations that agree to work towards common, specific objectives in an atmosphere of mutual trust. ICC only supports initiatives that work to establish a positive view of Israel and create respect and support for Israel as a Jewish, democratic state with its own democratic political process. ICC does not seek to substitute for, or work for an outcome to exert pressure from outside of, the Israeli political process. Specifically, as ICC brings organizations together to work on initiatives, it asks each to affirm that it:
- Agrees to work in common purpose toward the specific objectives of the initiative; and
- Agrees to work in an atmosphere of mutual trust and avoid public attacks on others working in partnership on the initiative.
ICC understands and respects that not all organizations working on campus regarding Israel on efforts that they may view as positive or pro-Israel, can or will agree to abide by these requirements. The requirements are not meant as a judgment of what is acceptable or what constitutes “pro-Israel” activity; rather, in ICC’s experience, these requirements constitute the minimum necessary to form effective partnerships and collaboration among groups working in the space. ICC does not publicly comment on or take positions regarding the activities of other organizations. In practice, ICC has found that clearly articulating objectives in advance, and requiring partner organizations to abide by the specified objectives and the principle of mutual trust, has led to more effective results and has also resulted in self-selection among those organizations truly interested in obtaining those objectives.