Chutzpah—a word with many meanings. For the nation of Israel, it denotes the fortitude and courage to create a thriving society in the midst of the greatest intolerance.

Chutzpah has comparable connotations for the African American community, as recent events show that racial tension in America remains a very real threat to the lives of African Americans. Every day, activists and advocates fight for freedom and civil rights. As Calev Michael Myers reveals in Crucial Alliance, this response bears striking similarities to the Jewish community’s efforts against anti-Semitism and violence.

This intensely well-researched book outlines parallels between these two peoples that trace back hundreds of years. From Jewish lawyers fighting racist laws to Dr. Martin Luther King’s advice on an African American–Jewish alliance, Myers stresses the important mutual support and collective activism between these two communities throughout history. Broadening the perspective to Israel and its enemies, Myers argues that ideologies like radical Islam are as hateful and deceitful as the KKK and other violent, racist terror groups.

We can’t stop now. Crucial Alliance calls for a strengthening of the bonds between the African American community and Israel in their shared fight against agents of hate and intolerance.


Calev Michael Myers is an Israeli attorney who serves as the Deputy President of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. He also serves as the Chairman of the Anti-BDS Commission of the Israel Association of Bi-National Chambers of Commerce, and is the Founder and President of ARISE - Alliance to Reinforce Israel's Security and Economy. Calev is also the Founding Partner, of the Jerusalem City Center branch at Yehuda Raveh & Co. Law Offices. The law firm was established in 1940 by Gideon Hausner who served as Attorney-General of Israel and is well-known for prosecuting Adolf Eichmann, the highest ranking Nazi officer apprehended and tried after the Holocaust. In 2004, Myers founded the Jerusalem Institute of Justice, a prominent Israeli NGO advocating for freedom of religion, human rights and civil justice for Israelis and Palestinians alike, in Israel and throughout the Middle East. Calev and his wife Sheli, together with their five children, happily reside in the Judean Hills on the outskirts of Jerusalem.



"The individuals involved in the conversation that laid the foundation for this work are each heroes in their own right. Their political views range from the far right to the far left. Some agree with my conclusions while others explicitly disagree and would not necessarily endorse this book. Regardless, their words, wisdom, and passion shaped the pages that follow. You will be hearing from each of them periodically. I know their thoughts and convictions will move you as much as they moved me."