On Dec. 8, 2015, Dr. Fred Lacy (left) spoke to the Auburn Lions Club about the recent history of Israel. The previous history of Jewish persecution by non-Jews made the idea of a Jewish homeland very attractive to many people. The idea of a Jewish homeland, developed under Zionism in the late 1800.s, and the location of historic Israel was an obvious choice. At that time it was under the control of the Ottoman Empire, but World War I and II, with the destruction of the Ottoman Empire and the wholesale murder of millions of innocent Jews, made Israel more attractive as a homeland. Dr. Lacy discussed events since World War II involving almost constant conflict between the Jews and their Arab neighbors and the difficulties of existence on both sides. Pictured also is Club Vice President Keith Ryland.