New York – Despite repeated requests by JCCWatch.org to cut its ties with groups that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, a beneficiary of the UJA-Federation of New York, continues to list the New Israel Fund as one of its partners.
The New Israel Fund’s latest offense involves offering funding to groups that support the family of the murderers of the Fogel family. These groups organized a visit to the Arab village Awarta, where the murderers came from, in support of the families of the killers and against the IDF’s activities there in search of them. The groups also hugged one of the murderer’s mothers.
On March 11, 2011, in Itamar, north of Jerusalem, Arab terrorists slaughtered Ruth (36) and Rabbi Ehud Fogel (37) and their three children, Yoav, Elad (4) and three-month-old Hadas. The Israel media reported that the parents fought with the attackers, who fled immediately after murdering the family, and that “The family’s 12-year-old daughter, who was at a youth group activity, returned to her home at approximately midnight and her calls for the door to be opened for her went unanswered. With the help of a neighbor, they managed to open the door and came upon the horrible murder scene.”
Richard Allen, founder of JCC Watch.org, a volunteer group made up of current and past members of the JCC in Manhattan and other concerned individuals and organizations, is outraged: “We cannot fathom that Jewish communal monies are being used to assist radical organizations that fund groups that laud and embrace the family of murderers of Jewish babies in their own homes.
“It’s time that the board of directors of the JCC in Manhattan stop these partnerships and links. As long as they persist in partnering with such groups as the New Israel Fund, Human Rights Watch, J Street, and B’Tselem, then the UJA-Federation of New York needs to review the JCC in Manhattan’s funding.”
According to NGO-Monitor, since 1979 the New Israel Fund “has granted more than $200 million to more than 800 organizations in Israel…. Approximately 20% goes to NGOs [non-governmental organizations] that engage in political activities related to the Arab-Israeli conflict, including some that reject the legitimacy of Israel as Jewish democratic state, and are active in boycott and similar campaigns.”
Allen adds: “When are the JCC in Manhattan’s board members going to take responsibility for partnering with and linking to organizations that fund and support groups associated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel? The dots are easily connected to the JCC in Manhattan: their partners are putting money into the pockets of the very groups supporting and comforting the families Fogels’ killers.”