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The Mideast War Here at Home

By Andrea Peyser

April 18, 2014 | 3:13am

The Mideast war here at home

Scarlett Johansson in a Super Bowl ad for SodaStream.

Photo: Splash News


Is this anti-Semitism — practiced by Jews?

On April 8, five days before rabid Jew-hater Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73 — also known as Frazier Glenn Miller — allegedly shot dead three people outside two Jewish-run facilities in Kansas (the victims were two Methodists and a Catholic), then was seen on TV shouting “Heil Hitler” from the back of a police car, New York’s guardians of the Hebrew faith geared up for battle.

But the targets of Jewish ire were not Ku Klux Klan members or neo-Nazis. They were fellow Jews.

Some 200 people demonstrated in front of the Midtown offices of the Jewish-run nonprofit UJA-Federation of New York. They were furious that members of several left-leaning Jewish organizations were invited by sponsors to march in this year’s 50th annual Celebrate Israel Parade (formerly called the Israel Day Parade). The June 1 event is expected to draw some 35,000 revelers set to march up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

Members of the lefty groups are no better than Jew-bashers, protesters argue. That’s because they support the boycott of products manufactured in Israel’s West Bank, whose ownership is claimed by Palestinians.

“Many of these ‘Jewish groups’ are financed by anti-Semites, anti-Israel [factions] and Jew haters,’’ Rabbi Elie Abadie, MD, of the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue on the Upper East Side, alleged in an open letter to the heads of the UJA-Federation and the New York Jewish Community Relations Council, which organize the parade. “Their sole mission is to delegitimize and demonize the state of Israel until its extinction.’’

“In relation to this recent incident in Kansas, violence against Jews is an outgrowth of hatred and dehumanization of Jews,’’ Beth Gilinsky, founder of the National Conference on Jewish Affairs, told me.

It can’t be denied that Jews are targeted for violence in this country at an alarming rate. The most recent FBI statistics reveal that out of 1,340 hate crimes against members of religious groups in 2012 — from verbal harassment to physical assaults — 62.4 percent of the victims were Jewish. Compare that to Muslims, who made up just 11.6 percent of hate-crime victims that year.

Of course, not everyone is as brave as Scarlett Johansson.

The sultry Jewish actress won international condemnation — and my deepest respect — when she refused to withdraw from her role as brand ambassador for SodaStream, drink-carbonation devices, which are made in a factory on Israel’s West Bank. Instead, she resigned as global ambassador of Oxfam International, a humanitarian organization that’s hostile to Israel’s West Bank presence.

“I remain a supporter of economic cooperation and social interaction between a democratic Israel and Palestine,” the 29-year-old star of “The Avengers’’ said in January.

“SodaStream is a company that is not only committed to the environment but to building a bridge to peace between Israel and Palestine, supporting neighbors working alongside each other, receiving equal pay, equal benefits and equal rights.’’

Go, ScarJo!

Leaders of the organizations identified as hostile to Jewish interests maintain that they are not enemies of the faith.

Nathan Hersh, acting executive director of Partners for Progressive Israel, agreed that his nonprofit human-rights group seeks a boycott of products made in the West Bank. But he insisted that his group does not support the international BDS — boycott, divestment and sanctions — movement, which seeks to end all investment in Israel and halt the importation of all Israeli products. Naomi Paiss, vice president of public affairs for the New Israel Fund, told me that her organization, which supports equal rights for everyone in Israel, also does not stand behind BDS. But, “we do oppose the occupation’’ by Israel of areas that she said were seized from Palestinians. B’Tselem, a human-rights group, was also blasted for failing to stand by Israel.

Richard Allen, founder of ­JCCWatch.org, which monitors treachery by Jewish groups, thinks it makes little difference whether boycotters claim only to reject West Bank products — any boycott hurts Israel.

Reject anti-Semitism.

Be like Scarlett Johansson.



April, 17 2014

100 SHOFARS RALLY!
COME BLAST YOUR REFUSAL TO MARCH WITH BOYCOTT ISRAEL GROUPS IN THE ISRAEL DAY PARADE!
Bring Your Shofars to the Protest Rally
April 29 at 5pm
UJA-Federation Building
130 East 59 Street
Between Park & Lex Ave 

 


UJA-Federation is permitting these anti-Israel groups to join the June 1, 2014 Israel Day Parade:
 
1) Partners for Progressive Israel lists on its website Israeli companies that it wants you to  boycott, including  Ahava cosmetics, Soda Stream and wine from nine Israeli vineyards.
 
2) The New Israel Fund finances Israeli NGOs (non-governmental organizations) that promote BDS  against Israel. Five New Israel Fund grantees (Machsom WatchCoalition of Women for PeaceWomen Against Violence, Social TV, and Mossawa) signed a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, urging it to divest from Israel. 
   
3) B'Tselem produced the video that was shown at the infamous "Israel Apartheid Week" events held at Universities and Colleges worldwide. The chair of  B'Tselem's board, Oren Yiftachel, has publicly called for "effective sanctions" against Israel. B'Tselem is a major grantee of the New Israel Fund. 
 
JOIN US AS WE BLAST THE TRUTH!

Scheduled Speakers:

 

Rabbi David Algaze

The Coalition for Israel

Richard Allen

JCCWatch.org

Dr. Paul Brody

Jewish Political Education Foundation

Helen Freedman

Americans for a Safe Israel

Beth Gilinsky

National Conference on Jewish Affairs

Mort Klein

Zionist Organization of America

Lauri Regan

Endowment for Middle East Truth

 

 

   

SAY NO TO BOYCOTT ISRAEL GROUPS IN THE ISRAEL DAY PARADE!

   

Sponsored by THE HEAR O ISRAEL COALITION:

Amcha Initiative

American Friends of an International Young Israel Movement

Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI)

American for Peace and Tolerance

Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)
Jewish Political Education Foundation (JPEF)

Ha-Emet

The Israel Initiative Network

JCCWatch.org

Jewish Action Alliance

National Conference on Jewish Affairs

The Nordau Circle

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)


 

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Media Advisory

March 20, 2014
Alert!
                                                                                                                                

JEWISH COMMUNITY ALERT

EXTREMIST ANTI-ISRAEL GROUPS TO MARCH ON
JUNE 1, IN THE "ISRAEL DAY PARADE"
UJA FEDERATION IS ALLOWING
ORGANIZATIONS THAT CALL FOR BOYCOTTS OF ISRAELI COMPANIES
SUCH AS SODASTREAM AND AHAVA COSMETICS
TO PARTICIPATE.


A coalition of Jewish community organizations urgently calls on all friends of Israel to make their voices heard. The UJA-Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) have granted permission to extremist anti-Israel organizations to march in the Celebrate Israel Parade on June 1st in New York. These groups encourage Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, seeking to delegitimize and economically weaken the Jewish State. 

We call on all supporters of Israel to contact the UJA-Federation and JCRC and ask them to reverse their misguided decision. 

THESE ARE THE FACTS:


These are the groups marching in the Israel Day Parade:

1) Partners for Progressive Israel prominently displays on its website, under the heading "boycott these Settlement products sold in the US, " a list of Israeli companies that it wants Jews to boycott. These companies include Ahava cosmetics, SodaStream and wine from nine Israeli vineyards.

2) The New Israel Fund (NIF) finances numerous Israeli NGOs (non-governmental organizations), some of which promote Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
 
For instance, five grantees of the New Israel Fund (Machsom WatchCoalition of Women for PeaceWomen Against Violence, Social TV, and Mossawa) signed a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, urging it to divest from Israel. 

3) B'Tselem produced the video that was shown at the infamous "Israel Apartheid Week" events held at Universities and Colleges worldwide. 
-The chair of B'Tselem's board, Oren Yiftachel, has publically called for "effective sanctions" against Israel. B'Tselem is a major grantee of the New Israel Fund. 


Despite the New Israel Fund's stated  opposition to Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), their continued funding of these groups shows their actions are not in line with their statements. 


ACT NOW!
Join the Rally

Join the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI), andJCCWatch.Org

Date: April 8, 2014 
Time: 4:00-7:00 pm
Location: UJA-Federation of NY
130 East 59th Street
between Lexington & Park Avenue
New York, NY

Urge the UJA-Federation to pass guidelines that will stop BDS groups from marching!

We urge everyone to raise your voices and join us at the rally. Call the UJA-Federation and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) to urge them to pass effective guidelines and stop these groups from marching in the Israel Day Parade and hijacking a pro-Israel event for their anti-Israel purposes. While the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) runs the parade, the UJA-Federation has effective control over the JCRC, as they appoint Board members as a right and contribute the majority of JCRC funding. 

Richard Allen, founder of JCCWatch.org, stated: "It is not surprising that the UJA-Federation is pushing these bash Israel groups to march in the June 1, 2014 Israel Parade. Published reports show that the UJA-Federation's Chief  Executive Officer, John Ruskay, worked with Noam Chomsky in one of the first political bash Israel groups; CONAME (Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East). The reports state that the group CONAME specialized in attacking Israel. John Ruskay also gave over 1 million ($1,000,000) of UJA-Federation Jewish Charity Dollars to the political George Soros funded group, Jewish Funds for Justice. The community must make its voice heard by calling and writing the UJA-Federation and demand that effective guidelines be implemented to prevent Jewish community charity funds being used for these divisive purposes." 


PUBLIC CAMPAIGN - CALL OR WRITE TODAY

Tell John Ruskay, Alisa R. Doctoroff, and Eric Goldstein to pass guidelines to stop the UJA from working with, funding, and promoting BDS (Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions) against Israel. 

Jews Do Not Call Upon Jews to Boycott Jews

Groups that Boycott SodaStream Should Not March in the Israel Day Parade

Call and write the leadership of the UJA-Federation of New York. 


Call the UJA-Federation at  212-980-1000.


Email the UJA-Federation Leadership:

                                                                      President Alisa R. Doctoroff: DoctoroffA@UJAFedNY.org 

                                                                      Chief Executive Officer John Ruskay: RuskayJ@UJAFedNY.org

                                                                      CEO Elect Eric S. Goldstein: EGoldstein@PaulWeiss.com


Email the Jewish Community Relations Council Board: 

     
President Ronald G. Weiner: Ron@PWCPA.com
                                                                      Rabbi Michael Miller: MillerM@JCRCNY.org or call 212-983-4000
 

                               

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JEWISH COMMUNITY ALERT!
 
 
UJA-Federation Funds Promote and Sponsor Speakers & Events that Support the Boycott of Israel.
 
 
Voice Your Concern
Protest Rally September 12th at 6 PM in front of the UJA-Federation Building at 130 East 59 Street, NYC
(Between Lex & Park)
 
 
CLOSE YOUR WALLETS!
 
Join Us this Tishrei Season and “Close Your Wallets” to organizations that fund and promote Anti-Israel activities.
 
 
Tell the UJA-Federation to establish guidelines to prevent the funding of Boycott activities against Israel.
 
The UJA-Federation lacks effective internal guidelines to prevent this misuse of Jewish Charitable Donations. They currently support and fundorganizations that promote and sponsor Boycott of Israel leaders like Alice Walker & Roger Waters at their beneficiary agencies.
 
UJA-Federation funds are given directly to institutions that host and promote these Anti-Israel Speakers.
 
In addition, under John Ruskay’s leadership of the UJA-Federation; the Celebrate Israel Day Parade has invited groups to march that actively call for a Boycott of Israeli Companies. Under front names like Partners for Progressive IsraelNew Israel Fund and B'Tselem these groups organize and work against the Jewish State
 
 
To voice your opinion and concern, please contact the following:
1) Alisa Robbins Doctoroff, President, UJA-Federation, at 212-980-1000 or via email Alisa@Doctoroff.info or Alisa.Doctoroff@Gmail.com
2) John Ruskay, Executive Vice President and CEO, UJA-Federation, by calling 212-980-1000 or via email at RuskayJ@UJAFedNY.org
3) Henry Timms, Executive Director, 92nd Street Y by calling 212-415-5470 or emailing www.92Y.org/Contact
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For further information contact: Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI) at 212-828-2424 or email afsi@rcn.com.
Visit us at www.JCCWatch.org

 JEWISH COMMUNITY ALERT! 

JOIN THE PROTEST RALLY THURSDAY AUGUST 8th

AT THE 92nd Street Y at 6 PM!

TELL THE 92nd Street Y & UJA-Federation NY

Enough!

 

STOP HOSTING ISRAEL-HATERS WORKING TO DESTROY THE JEWISH STATE!

WHY:

THE 92nd Street Y INVITES & HOSTS ISRAEL-HATERS LIKE ALICE WALKER & ROGER WATERS WHO WORK FOR BOYCOTTS, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS (BDS) AGAINST ISRAEL. EVEN WORSE, THE 92nd Street Y HOSTS THESE BDS SUPPORTERS WITH JEWISH COMMUNAL FUNDS FROM THE UJA-FEDERATION of NY.

WHERE: 

IN FRONT OF THE 92ND STREET Y AT 92ND STREET AND LEXINGTON AVENUE, NYC.                

WEAR: 

BLUE AND WHITE TO SHOW YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT OF ISRAEL.

WHEN: 

EVERY SECOND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH FROM 6 TO 8 PM UNTIL THE 92ND Street Y STOPS HOSTING AND SUPPORTING BDS LEADERS!

THE NEXT PROTESTS ARE SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 8TH, SEPTEMBER 12TH AND OCTOBER 10TH.

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It is time to “Close Your Wallets” to Jewish organizations that host and promote Israel boycotters. We’ll be there in blue and white on the second Thursday of every month to raise awareness of the 92nd Street Y’s history of hosting leaders of the Boycott against Israel Movement. No Jewish funding for Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions against Israel!  

 

 

HELEN FREEDMAN (AFSI), Executive Director of Americans for a Safe Israel, states, "The mainstream Jewish organizations have been the recipients of the generosity of American Jews because the latter believed that their donations were going to improve the lives of Jews in Israel and America. The trust that was placed in these organizations has been betrayed. Instead of strengthening and safeguarding Israel, the UJA, Federations and their beneficiaries have seen fit to invite venomous anti-Israel and anti-Semitic speakers to their venues."  

To voice your opinion and concern, please contact the following:

1) Alisa Robbins Doctoroff, President, UJA-Federation, at 212-980-1000 or via email Alisa@Doctoroff.info or Alisa.Doctoroff@Gmail.com

2) John Ruskay, Executive Vice President and CEO, UJA-Federation, by calling 212-980-1000 or via email at RuskayJ@UJAFedNY.org    

3) Henry Timms, Executive Director, 92nd Street Y by calling 212-415-5470 or emailing www.92Y.org/Contact

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Please click on the article linked below highlighting our call to "Close Your Wallets".

 

 
For further information contact: Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI) at 212-828-2424 or email afsi@rcn.com.
 

 

 

ALERT!

JCCWatch.org

Media Advisory

Info@JCCWatch.org

April 8, 2013

Dear Cardozo Alumni and Friends of the School:

 

 

On Wednesday April 10, 2013 - that is this Wednesday -, Jimmy Carter will be honored at Cardozo to receive the International Advocate for Peace Award from the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Jimmy Carter has an ignominious history of anti-Israel bigotry. He is responsible for helping to mainstream the antisemitic notion that Israel is an apartheid state with his provocatively titled book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”, the publication of which prompted mass resignations from the Carter Center. He has met numerous times with leaders of the terror group Hamas whitewashing their genocidal goals and undermining US efforts to isolate Hamas. And Carter’s record of slandering Israel is so voluminous that both CAMERA and Alan Dershowitz have written books refuting his lies.

While Carter may be credited for the role he played in the Camp David Accords as President of the United States and the resultant cold peace between Israel and Egypt that ensued, that event took place close to 30 years ago. Since the end of his presidency, Jimmy Carter has exhibited extreme antipathy towards Israel – and by extension the Jewish people – that places him firmly in the camp of the likes of Walt and Mearsheimer.

It is simply unconscionable for a Jewish affiliated school to honor someone who has played such a high profile role in demonizing the Jewish state.

We therefore urge you to condition any continued support of Cardozo, be it financial or otherwise, on the cancellation of this event

Please also take 2 minutes out of your busy schedules to contact the Dean of Cardozo and President of Yeshiva University to express your outrage. Contact details are below.

We have established a website at www.shameoncardozo.com where you can find more information.

Please share and forward this email with your friends.

Silence is complicity.

The Coalition of Concerned Cardozo Alumni
www.shameoncardozo.com



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ALERT!

JCCWatch.org

Media Advisory

Info@JCCWatch.org

April 3, 2013

 

JEWISH COMMUNITY ALERT

 

92nd Street Y Hosts Roger Waters, Rock Star Leader of Boycott Israel Movement

 

UJA-Federation Provides Funds for Pink Floyd Singer to Advocate Boycott of “Criminal” Israel

 

 

    On April 30, the 92nd St Y will host Roger Waters, lead singer of Pink Floyd, who’s a major figure in the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

    Waters accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “apartheid” and “international crimes” in a speech to the United Nations , and led a boycott against the Israel Philharmonic’s performance at Carnegie Hall. He’s currently attempting to organize his fellow musicians to boycott performing in Israel and succeeded in pressuring Stevie Wonder to cancel  a benefit performance for Friends of the Israel Defense Force.

    On April 30th, he’ll present “An Evening with Roger Waters” at the 92nd St Y, in which he’ll talk about his life – a life he states is dedicated to attacking Israel through BDS.

    “It’s absolutely outrageous that Jewish community funds are going to help Roger Waters spread his anti-Semitic message,” says Richard Allen of JCCWatch.org

    “UJA-Federation gives $800,000 to the 92nd Street Y. Jewish donations are helping to provide Waters with a facility, marketing, and respectability, so he can win over more people with his anti-Israel lies.”

    “Why would anyone give money to UJA-Federation, when its funds are being used to promote Boycotts Divestment and Sanctions against Israel?”

 

To voice your opinion and concern, please contact the following:

 

1) John Ruskay at the UJA-Federation by calling 212-980-1000 or via email at RuskayJ@UJAFedNY.org

2) The UJA-Federation President Jerry W. Levin at JWLevin@JWLevinPartners.com

3) Sol Adler, Executive Director 92stY by calling 212-415-5470 or via email at sadler@92y.org

 

 

 

 

 

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BOYCOTTS, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ISRAEL DAY PARADE

 New Israel Fund financed 5 groups that urged the

Norwegian Government Pension Fund to divest from Israel.

 

Meretz USA urges a boycott of

9 Israeli products on its website, including Ahava cosmetics.

 

B'Tselem's chairman of the board publicly calls for

“effective sanctions” against Israel. 

     

AT THE PARADE ON JUNE 3,

let’s give New Israel Fund, Meretz USA and B’Tselem

a Bronx Cheer when they march by.

 

ACT NOW!

Tell the UJA-Federation NO BDS in the Israel Day Parade!

Call John Ruskay

CEO, UJA-Federation

212.980.1000

ruskayJ@ujafedny.org

Email Jerry Levin

UJA-Federation Board Pres.

jwlevin@jwlevinpartners.com

Sponsored by

Committee for a Pro-Israel Parade

www.JCCWatch.org

917.434.3480

Israel Day Parade Alert!

 

 

Parade Date: June 3, 2012
 
 
SHAME ON UJA-FEDERATION AND JOHN RUSKAY FOR IGNORING YOUR VOICES!


Dear fellow parade participants,
You have spoken up loud and clear that you do not want groups that support Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel to be included in the Celebrate Israel Parade. You have sent emails, letters and made phone calls to the UJA-Federation and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), telling them that you do not want to march alongside radical anti-Israel groups like New Israel Fund, B'Tselem and Rabbis for Human Rights.

New Israel Fund and its allies actively promote economic warfare against Israel through Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions, and are funded by the European Union for the express purpose of undermining Israel. Yet, despite all your brave efforts, John Ruskay and UJA-Fed refuse to listen.  They insist that New Israel Fund and its allies march in the Celebrate Israel Parade on June 3rd, thereby legitimizing their radical anti-Israel views.

"It is shameful that the UJA Federation and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) are supporting the New Israel Fund in their efforts to delegitimize and fund Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel," said Richard Allen, active member of the Pro-Israel Parade Committee. "It's time the UJA Federation stop supporting radical groups that work for BDS against Israel."
We need to redouble our efforts in the next few weeks to prevent this travesty. If the BDS supporting groups are allowed to march, we will call for posters and leaflets on the day of the parade.

 
Let's Not Forget the Facts and Make our Voices Heard Today!
 

    -Last year, the New Israel Fund (NIF) was allowed to march in the parade. Other groups marched with the New Israel Fund, displaying their individual banners, including B'Tselem, Partners for Progressive Israel and Rabbis for Human Rights

    -This year , New Israel Fund is slated to march again, and we expect B'Tselem and the other groups will once again join NIF, displaying their banners. 

    -New Israel Fund finances numerous Israeli NGOs (non-governmental organizations), some of which promote Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
 
    -For instance, five grantees of the New Israel Fund (
Machsom Watch, Coalition of Women for Peace, Women Against Violence, Social TV, and Mossawa
) signed a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, urging it to divest from Israel. 

    -
Partners for Progressive Israel (also known as Meretz USA) prominently displays on its website, under the heading "boycott these Settlement products sold in the US, "
 a list of Israeli products that it wants Jews to boycott. These products include Ahava cosmetics, SodaStream products, and wine from nine Israeli vineyards.

    -The chair of
B'Tselem's board, Oren Yiftachel
, has publically called for "effective sanctions" against Israel. B'Tselem is a major grantee of the New Israel Fund. 

    -
B'Tselem
 produced the video that was shown at the infamous "Israel Apartheid 2012" events held at Universities and Colleges worldwide. 

    -Despite the New Israel Fund's stated  opposition to Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), their continued funding of these groups shows their actions are not in line with their statements.
 
To voice your opinion and concern please contact the following:
 
1) John Ruskay at the UJA-Federation by calling  212-980-1000  212-980-1000 or via email at RuskayJ@UJAFedNY.org  
2) The UJA-Federation President Jerry W. Levin at JWLevin@JWLevinPartners.com

3) Rabbi Michael Miller at the JCRC by calling  212-983-4800  212-983-4800  or via email at MillerM@JCRCNY.org
 
 
We thank you for your attention to this crucially important issue, and look forward to participating with you in the Celebrate Israel Parade.
 
B'Shalom,
 
Committee for a Pro-Israel Parade
 
H. Fragman Abramson                                                                      Rabbi Ari Jacobson
National Conference on Jewish Affairs (NCJA)                              Young Israel of Monsey/Wesley Hills

Rabbi David Algaze                                                                          Stuart Kaufman
Havurat Yisrael, Forest Hills                                                            The United West
 
Richard Allen                                                                                    Rabbi Eluzer (Eli) Kowalsky 
Founder of JCCWatch.org                                                                Pro-Israel Activist
 
Rabbi Steven Axelman                                                                     Janet Lehr
Whitestone Hebrew Centre                                                              Israel lives

Dr. Marvin Belsky                                                                            Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam                              President, Z Street

Ron Carner                                                                                       Shera Nusbaum
President, Maccabi USA/ Sports for Israel                                     National Conference of Jewish Affairs

Helen Freedman                                                                                Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld
Executive Director, Americans for a Safe Israel                            Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills

Beth Gilinsky                                                                                     Rabbi Allen Schwartz
Executive Director, National Conference on Jewish Affairs          Congregation Ohab Zedek

Eli H. Hertz
Founder "Myths and Facts"

 


May, 10 2011

   

 

 

 

 


The Celebrate Israel Parade on June 3rd is a joyous event for the New York Jewish community, when we demonstrate our love and support of Israel. So why are organizations dedicated to destroying Israel's economy through boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) being given the privilege of marching with us?
 
One of these groups is openly organizing a boycott against targeted Israeli companies, including Ahava Cosmetics.  Others have supported the infamous Goldstone Report, and funded organizations that urged Norway to divest from Israel.
 
At the center of the controversy is the New Israel Fund (NIF), which was granted permission to march in last year's parade. Other extremist groups marched with NIF, displaying their individual banners, including B'Tselem, Partners for Progressive Israel and Rabbis for Human Rights. This year, New Israel Fund is slated to march again, and we expect B'Tselem and the other groups will once again join NIF, displaying their banners.
New Israel Fund has been exposed as receiving funds from the European Union, which seeks to influence internal Israeli politics through a front organization. NIF, in turn, funds numerous Israeli NGOs (non-governmental organizations), some of which promote boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel.
 
For instance, five grantees of the New Israel Fund (Machsom Watch, Coalition of Women for Peace, Women Against Violence, Social TV, and Mossawa) signed a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, urging it to divest from Israel.
 
Partners for Progressive Israel (also known as Meretz USA) prominently displays on its website, under the heading "boycott these Settlement products sold in the US, "a list of Israeli products that it wants Jews to boycott. These products include Ahava cosmetics, SodaStream products, and wine from nine Israeli vineyards.
 
And the chair of B'Tselem's board, Oren Yiftachel, has publicly called for "effective sanctions" against Israel.  B'Tselem is a major grantee of the New Israel Fund.
 
As a result of public controversy, the New Israel Fund issued a statement in 2010 opposing BDS.  However, despite this stated policy change, NIF continues to fund groups that have a history of working for anti-Israel global BDS campaigns.
 
We who count ourselves among Israel's true supporters believe that Jewish groups that organize for the economic destruction of other Jews should not be given the honor of marching with our community. Furthermore, we must be mindful of the example we set for our children.  Do we teach them that it's acceptable to try to harm other Jews and weaken Israel?
 
In light of this unacceptable decision on the part of the parade organizers, I formed the Committee for a Pro-Israel Parade, along with several community-minded members.  Our goal is to inform the parade organizers that the Jewish community rejects the participation of these groups, and to ask them to withdraw their acceptance.
 
As word has spread about the participation of the New Israel Fund in the parade, many prominent leaders, rabbis, and organizations have added their name to our cause.  We are proud to acknowledge the support of Ron Carner, President of Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel, Rabbi Allen Schwartz of Congregation Ohab Zedek, Rabbi Lisa Malik, PhD of Temple Beth Ahm, Rabbi Jonathan Glass of Civic Center Synagogue, Rabbi David Algaze of Havurat Yisrael, Rabbi Steven Axelman of Whitestone Hebrew Centre, Rabbi Ari Jacobson, Young Israel of Monsey/Wesley Hills, Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, and many other outstanding community leaders. 
 
When Jewish groups hear that organizations linked to the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions movement are permitted to march in the parade, they're astounded and puzzled.  Why would the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), which officially organizes the parade, permit such anti-Israel organizations to participate?
 
I believe the answer may lie in the political ideology of John Ruskay, CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York. Dr. Ruskay exerts significant influence on the JCRC through his organization's funding.  Published reports show John Ruskay worked with Noam Chomsky in one of the first political bash Israel groups; CONAME (Committee On New Alternatives in The Middle East).  John Ruskay also gave over one million dollars of UJA-Federation donations to a radical political group, funded by George Soros, Jewish Funds for Justice.
 
The issue is clear: Jews who actively work to economically sabotage Israel should not be included in the Celebrate Israel Parade. We ask that you join us in making your views known to the Jewish Community Relations Council and the UJA-Federation New York.


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Shocking New Information about the New Israel Fund

 

SHOULD THEY BE ALLOWED TO MARCH IN THE ISRAEL DAY PARADE ON JUNE 3, 2012?

 
NGO Monitor
www.NGO-Monitor.org

What is hiding behind the legal, scholarly disguise..., is it not that its real purpose is de-legitimizing the state of Israel, while threatening...to employ 'universal jurisdiction'" - High Court of Justice decision rejecting case brought by NIF-grantee Adalah
 
 
NGO Monitor's previous report on the New Israel Fund (NIF) was published in September 2011 and examined NIF's financial report for 2010 (see Appendix 1 for more details). Key developments in the activities and rhetoric of NIF and its grantees since that time are analyzed below.

Funding changes

NIF has still not published financial reports for 2011. Partial information includes:
  • In 2012, NIF is providing $60,000 to +972mag, a website that publishes bloggers that use apartheid rhetoric (details below).
  • Incoming NIF president Brian Lurie wrote an op-ed stating that NIF had ended funding for Mada al-Carmel (see Appendix 2). No details on this reversal are available, including the failure to act for two years after NGO Monitor's analysis showed the core contradiction between Mada al-Carmel's activities and NIF guidelines. NIF has also not revealed what, if any, changes have been made to prevent similar cases.

Polarizing Rhetoric, Hypocritical Behavior

NIF's rhetoric, activities, and publications regarding Israel are often divisive and destructive, including stereotyping of minorities and critics, in contrast to NIF's claimed progressive objectives.
  • On April 18, 2012, NIF launched a campaign, alleging widespread gender discrimination and headlined "What Happens When Extremism Crowds Out Equality and Democracy in Israel?," with a full page ad in the New York Times. The rhetoric and imagery regarding Israel were entirely negative, including the tendentious allegation that "Israel may be changing into a place many of us would no longer recognize."
  • In parallel, NIF CEO Daniel Sokatch wrote, "some of what [a long-time NIF donor] saw in Tehran was also happening in Jerusalem: gender segregated buses, the removal of women's images from the public sphere, laws designed to limit freedom of expression."
  • While NIF's campaign targets "religious extremists," NIF does not mention documented sexual harassment and assault of women during left-wing protests (see Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement below). This raises issues of moral inconsistency and hypocrisy.
  • The NIF-Israel version of this campaign is radically different, primarily focusing on NIF's positive contributions - in sharp contrast to the negativity, divisiveness, and tendentious allegations of the American version. The images used in the Israeli campaign feature social protest and coexistence themes.

NIF Grantee Updates

Adalah (see Appendix 2 for more details)
  • A December 2011 High Court of Justice decision (HCJ 3292/07) rejected a petition by Adalah (and Palestinian NGO Al-Haq), which alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza in 2004. Judge Dorit Beinish wrote, "The comprehensive petition, and the severe allegations in it, do not lay out a factual or legal basis appropriate for a practical and concrete review... It appears to be an attempt to use the court..." Judge  Elyakim Rubinstein added, "What is hiding behind the legal, scholarly disguise..., is it not that its real purpose is de-legitimizing the state of Israel, while threatening...to employ 'universal jurisdiction'" (emphasis added). The threats in the petition clearly contradict NIF's policy in opposition to "lawfare."
  • On April 5, 2012, as part of events in advance of the London "Palestine Film Festival 2012", Adalah's Suhad Bishara reportedly discussed "threats faced by the Palestinian population today with Amnesty UK campaign manager Kristyan Benedict." During Bishara's talk, Benedict posted Twitter messages: "Suhad giving excellent & concise overview of the #Nakba to set context for the demolitions & proposed evictions happening now" and "Suhad Bishara from Adalah says the 'Prawer Law' establishes a 'new military regime in Israel'" (emphasis added). Amnesty UK and Benedict have records of extreme rhetoric and anti-Israel advocacy.
  • Bishara was advertised as a speaker for a February 14, 2012 event organized by a Swiss group named "BDS Geneva" under the title "The policy of Apartheid in Israel: The new racist laws." Following criticism of Adalah, NIF released a statement claiming that "Adalah and its representatives are not participating in the event."
  • This BDS event in Geneva coincided with the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination's (CERD) review of Israel. Adalah's submission to this clearly biased international framework included allegations that Israeli laws and policies "permit and even actively promote racial discrimination." Adalah attorney Orna Kohn appeared before the committee, accusing Israel of enacting "over 40 discriminatory laws against Palestinian citizens of Israel" (emphasis in the original) and "profound discrimination" against the "indigenous Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel."
Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement
  • According to the NIF website, "The Democracy Defense Fund - Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement" is an NIF grantee, but details on funding are not provided.
  • In March 2012, a poster depicting a jar of Vaseline, as a crude metaphor for Israel allegedly being "raped" by "settlers," was published on the official Facebook page of Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity.  The text of the poster reads, "If they were residents of Haifa, Beer Sheva or Ashdod they would be in jail. But they are settlers. So shut up, bend down, swallow, you probably know that you want it." Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity removed the poster after harsh criticism from some of its members.
  • This poster generated major controversy in Israel, and Ha'aretz published an exposé on sexual harassment within "leftist organizations." The article detailed assaults against participants in Sheikh Jarrah rallies. The article also discussed a feminist "outcry" after "Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity issued a message requesting that the female activists arrive to the protests dressed in a manner that is considerate toward the residents." This is not the NIF position for other communities with dress codes for women, and is seen as hypocritical.
  • The relationship between Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity - which is neither registered as a legal non-profit (amuta) nor transparent in its funding - and the Democracy Defense Fund is unclear. Due to the non-transparent nature of this relationship, it is unclear whether this meets NIF funding guidelines.
+972Mag
  • +972Mag, which is receiving $60,000 from NIF in 2012, is a website that publishes bloggers on the fringe of Israeli discourse. NIF claims that it funds this site because of its "progressive view of domestic issues and Israel's foreign relations."
  • A number of +972Mag's bloggers have invoked the immoral and false "apartheid" analogy. In a February 2012 interview in The Nation, Noam Sheizaf, +972Mag's editor-in-chief, referred to Jerusalem as an "apartheid city." Other bloggers support a one-state solution and are active in organizations such as Ta'ayush, an anarchist group that provokes violent confrontations with soldiers.
  • This funding originates with NIF's "Social Justice Fund" (also known as the Ford Israel Fund, in partnership with the Ford Foundation). Justification for support of an English language publication targeting an international audience that promotes vitriolic anti-Israel rhetoric is entirely inconsistent with the stated aims of this funding mechanism: "Supporting activities designed to get the peace process back on track, advance unresolved final status issues; promote broad public discussion and constituencies within Israel for these options; and enhance Israeli's [sic] knowledge of Palestinian society."
NIF's Incivility
  • Op-ed signed by a member of the NIF International Council (March 6, 2012) referred to NGO Monitor as "ultra-nationalist ideologues [who] are really after a state without Arab citizens..." "Instead, the mouthpieces for the extreme right that attempt to preserve a veneer of respectability, like NGO Monitor, opine that it should be illegal for Adalah and other NGOs to receive funding from democracies abroad (using the same arguments that the Egyptian and Russian governments, those paragons of democracy, are using these days.)" [These claims are entirely false.]
  • NIF's press release on criticism following publication of a poster advertising Adalah's scheduled participation in an Israel apartheid/ BDS event in Geneva (February 9, 2012): "NGO Monitor (which is apparently behind this smear campaign) seems to be seeking to stifle the exposure of racial discrimination. Their success would handicap Israel's capacity to live up to core Jewish and democratic values."
  • In response to the Wikileaks revelation that a senior NIF official did not think that "the disappearance of a Jewish state would not be the tragedy that Israelis fear since it would become more democratic," instead of apologizing, NIF put out a statement (September 6, 2011) libeling Professor Gerald Steinberg as having a "goal of shutting down dissenting voices in Israel."
NIF Study Tour and Polarization

 
Appendix 1: NIF authorized grants for political advocacy NGOs engaged in delegitimization campaigns in 2009-2010
For detailed analysis of the activities and agendas of each group, see
http://www.ngo-monitor.org/ngo_index.php?letter=A 
 

NGO  NIF Grants  2009  NIF Grants 2010  Difference Percent
Adalah $55,400 $475,950 +420,550 +759%
Agenda $244,500 $587,000 +342,500 +140%
Al-Qaws $45,500 $58,110 +12,610 +27%
Al-Yeter $7,000 $104,000 +97,000 +1385%
Arab Forum for Sexuality $10,000 None -$10,000 -100%
Aswat $7,200 $42,300 +$35,100 +487%
B'Tselem $111,722 $368,832 +$257,110 +230%
Bimkom $449,000 $274,000 -$175,000 -38%
Breaking the Silence $49,000 $152,540 +$103,540 +211%
Coalition of Women for Peace $8,620 $20,130 +$11,510 +133%
Emek Shaveh $0 $2,500 +$2500 +100%
Gisha $4,350 $35,975 +$31,625 +727%
HaMoked $36,320 $208,300 +$171,980 +473%
Ikrit $5,000 $1,000 -$3,500 -70%
I'lam $159,500 $21,000 -$138,500 -86%
Israel Social TV (Syncopa Community) $47,500 $25,000 -$22,500 -47%
Ir Amim $154,800 $347,113 +$192,313 +124%
Machsom Watch (Women's Fund for Human Rights) $39,500 $34,362 -$5,138 -13%
Mada Al-Carmel None $100,000
+$100,000
+100%
Mossawa $213,000 $92,625 -$120,375 -56%
Negev Coexistence Forum $7,500 $32,169 +$24,669 +328%
Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) $7,500 $30,000 +$22,500 +300%
PHR-I $178,182 $301,947 +$123,765 +69%
Women Against Violence $322,000 $88,000 -$234,000 -72%
Yesh Din $42,850 $38,886 -$3,984 -9%
Total $2,205,944 $3,443,729    
 

Appendix 2: Details on 2010 NIF grants that violate stated funding guidelines and policies

Adalah - authorized $475,950 in 2010.
  • Rejecting Jewish self-determination: Adalah's "Democratic Constitution" (2007) calls for replacing the Jewish state with a "democratic, bilingual and multicultural" framework and for a redefinition of the "symbols of the state," and would restrict Jewish immigration solely for "humanitarian reasons."
  • Lobbying for pressure against Israel: - In February 2011, lobbied the EU to "Raise its concerns regarding the Palestinian Arab minority in Israel at the highest political level, as well as in all bilateral relations with Israel...Condition the upgrade of its relations with Israel, including any new bilateral agreement, on tangible improvements in the human rights situation in the OPT and in Israel."
  • Sanctions: In lobbying for the Goldstone Report and its recommendations, particularly in UN and European frameworks, Adalah issued a press release urging governments to "re-evaluate their relationship with Israel."
  • Apartheid rhetoric - Officials wrote and edited large portions of a May 2009 pseudo-academic study that refers to "a colonial enterprise which implements a system of apartheid." The report delegitimizes Israeli self-defense measures as "inhumane act[s] of apartheid...perpetrated in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over another."  The publication was published in conjunction with Al Haq, a Ramallah-based NGO whose General Director, according to the Israeli Supreme Court, is a "senior activist" in the PFLP terrorist organization.
  • Lawfare - In 2009, submitted an affidavit to a Spanish court, supporting the Palestinian Center for Human Rights'  attempt to have seven Israeli officials arrested and prosecuted for "war crimes."
  • Defending those convicted of security offenses: Labeled convicted Hezbollah spy Amir Makhoul "a political activist and human rights defender," and implied that his arrest was linked to "attacks against human rights organizations in Israel working to defend Palestinian rights" (May 10, 2010). Adalah lawyer Abir Baker, who was defending another individual engaged in contacts with Hezbollah, told a reporter that the case should be seen "in the context of efforts by Israel to limit the right of Arab citizens to strengthen cultural and political ties to the rest of the Arab world. Several of Israel's Arab political parties, including the one Mr. Said belongs to, have been trying to inform the Arab world about the minority's campaign for democratic reforms to end Israel's status as a Jewish state...Israel wants to make us invisible" (September 22, 2010).
Breaking the Silence - authorized $152,540 in 2010.
  • Demonizing rhetoric: As part of an exhibit at the Army Museum in Stockholm in March 2011, Itamar Shapira, a member of the organization, stated: "We are the oppressors, we are the ones that are violating human rights on a daily basis. We are creating the terror against us, basically... This is a war against civilians, a war against society" (emphasis added).
  • Claims that the testimonies the NGO collects "portray a...grim picture of questionable orders in many areas regarding Palestinian civilians [that] demonstrate the depth of corruption which is spreading in the Israeli military."
  • "War crimes" rhetoric: The NGO was active in promoting "war crimes" charges against Israel after the Gaza fighting in January 2009. These charges were based on anonymous and unverifiable hearsay "testimonies."
  • Flotillas: Breaking the Silence members and anti-Israel activists Yonatan and Itamar Shapira were on the "Jews for Justice for Palestinians" boat "Irene," which sought to violate Israel's security-based policies regarding naval traffic into Gaza (September 2010).
  • Violating mandate to demonize Israel internationally: Although claiming to address Israeli society, the NGO's lobbying and media advocacy focus on international audiences, including presentations in Europe and the United States. Yehuda Shaul, BtS co-founder, defended this practice: "Sometimes, when you want to deliver messages to the inside, you must go outside."
Yesh Din - authorized $38,866 in 2010.
  • Lawfare: In its reports, activities, and partnerships, Yesh Din attempts to portray Israel and its security forces as unaccountable to the rule of law. This is part of a wider "lawfare" strategy of pressing legal cases against Israeli officials in foreign courts and in the International Criminal Court (ICC) - as exemplified in the NGO-Goldstone process.
  • "War crimes" rhetoric: In 2011-2013, Yesh Din is undertaking a €234,000 project "To change Israeli policy vis-a-vis criminal accountability of Israeli Security Forces Personnel in the occupied Palestinian Territories, in such a way that acknowledges and takes into account the severity and the different nature of War Crimes, as distinguished from regular, domestic crimes" (emphasis added).
  • Goldstone Report: After the 2008-2009 Gaza War, seven Israeli NGOs (all NIF grantees) including Yesh Din submitted a joint report to the Goldstone Commission claiming that "Israel's failure to conduct an independent investigation of the totality of events, there is also a systemic-intrinsic flaw in the investigation of concrete events." According to the NGOs, this "failure to investigate instances in which civilians were wounded or killed has led to a sense of impunity and immunity from sanctions among soldiers and commanders."
Mada al-Carmel - authorized $100,000 in 2010.
  • Rejecting Jewish self-determination: Mada al-Carmel claims that there is a "Palestinian consensus within the Green Line against accepting the legitimacy of the Jewish State... The global spread of political discourse of two states for two peoples - a Palestinian state and a Jewish state - is regrettable" (December 2009).
  • The organization co-authored the "Haifa Declaration" (2007), which calls for a "change in the definition of the State of Israel from a Jewish state" and accuses Israel of "exploiting" the Holocaust "at the expense of the Palestinian people."
  • Demonizing graphics: Mada al-Carmel, along with Women against Violence and the Arab Forum for Sexuality were part of the international "One Day One Struggle" campaign (November 2009). Publicity included a poster portraying an Israeli soldier reaching suggestively toward a Palestinian woman, alongside the caption: "Her husband needs a permit to touch her. The occupation penetrates her life everyday!"
  • In contrast to Mada al-Carmel, which maintained its level of funding, the 2010 grant for Women against Violence was $88,000, down from $322,000 in 2009. Arab Forum for Sexuality did not receive funding in 2010.
Coalition Women for Peace (CWP) -  authorized $20,130 in 2010
Other NGOs
 
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Media Advisory

March 20, 2012


Alert!
New York City, March 20, 2012


                             JEWISH COMMUNITY ALERT


                                      EXTREMIST ANTI-ISRAEL GROUPS TO MARCH ON
                                                 JUNE 3, IN THE "ISRAEL DAY PARADE"

                                                      UJA FEDERATION IS PERMITTING 
                                         ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROMOTE BOYCOTTS,
                                      DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL 
                                                                        TO PARTICIPATE

A coalition of Jewish community organizations urgently calls on all friends of Israel to make their voices heard. The UJA-Federation and Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) have granted permission to extremist anti-Israel organizations to march in the Celebrate Israel Parade on June 3rd in New York. These groups encourage Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, seeking to delegitimize and economically weaken the Jewish State. 

We call on all supporters of Israel to contact the UJA-Federation and JCRC and ask them to reverse their misguided decision. 

                                                  THESE ARE THE FACTS:
-Last year, the New Israel Fund (NIF) was allowed to march in the parade. Other groups marched with the New Israel Fund, displaying their individual banners, including B'Tselem, Partners for Progressive Israel and Rabbis for Human Rights. 

-This year , New Israel Fund is slated to march again, and we expect B'Tselem and the other groups will once again join NIF, displaying their banners. 

-New Israel Fund finances numerous Israeli NGOs (non-governmental organizations), some of which promote Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
 
-For instance, five grantees of the New Israel Fund (Machsom Watch, Coalition of Women for Peace, Women Against Violence, Social TV, and Mossawa) signed a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, urging it to divest from Israel. 

-Partners for Progressive Israel (also known as Meretz USA) prominently displays on its website, under the heading "boycott these Settlement products sold in the US, " a list of Israeli products that it wants Jews to boycott. These products include Ahava cosmetics, SodaStream products, and wine from nine Israeli vineyards.

-The chair of B'Tselem's board, Oren Yiftachel, has publically called for "effective sanctions" against Israel. B'Tselem is a major grantee of the New Israel Fund. 

-B'Tselem produced the video that was shown at the infamous "Israel Apartheid 2012" events held at Universities and Colleges worldwide. 

-Despite the New Israel Fund's stated  opposition to Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), their continued funding of these groups shows their actions are not in line with their statements. 

                                                            ACT NOW!

We urge everyone to raise your voices and call the UJA-Federation and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC). Urge them to stop these groups from marching in the Israel Day Parade and hijacking a pro-Israel event for their anti-Israel purposes. While the JCRC runs the parade, UJA-Federation has effective control over the JCRC, as they appoint Board members as a right and contribute the major portion of JCRC funding. 

Richard Allen, a member of the Committe for a Pro-Israel Parade and founder of JCCWatch.org stated: "It is not surprising that the UJA-Federation is pushing these bash Israel groups to march in the June 3, 2012 Israel Parade. Published reports show that the UJA-Federation's Chief  Executive Officer, John Ruskay, worked with Noam Chomsky in one of the first political bash Israel groups; CONAME (Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East). The reports stated that the group CONAME specialized in attacking Israel. John Ruskay also gave over 1 million ($1,000,000) of UJA-Federation Jewish Charity Dollars to the political George Soros funded group, Jewish Funds for Justice. The community must make its voice heard by calling and writing the UJA-Federation and demand that Jewish community charity funds not be used for these divisive purposes." 


                                            PUBLIC CAMPAIGN - CALL OR WRITE TODAY

Tell John Ruskay and Jerry Levin of the UJA-Federation of New York: 

NOT ONE DIME 
to Legitimize the De-Legitimizers of Israel!

STOP groups that work to Delegitimize Israel from Hijacking the Israel Parade
!

Call and write the board of the UJA-Federation of New York. 

Tell the UJA-Federation you do NOT want your Jewish Charity Dollars going to support John Ruskay's Political Agenda. Call:  212-980-1000  212-980-1000 .

Email the UJA-Federation Board: President Jerry W. Levin: JWLevin@JWLevinPartners.com 

Email the Jewish Community Relations Council Board: Rabbi Michael Miller, MillerM@JCRCNY.org or call  212-983-4084  212-983-4084 .


                                                        Committe For a Pro-Israel Parade

                                                                                  H. Fragman Abramson 
                                                                                                              National Confrence on Jewish Affairs (NCJA)

                                                                                  Richard Allen
                                                                                                              Founder of JCCWatch.org 

                                                                                  Rabbi Steven Axelman
                                                                                                             Whitestone Hebrew Centre

                                                                                  Dr. Marvin Belsky 
                                                                                                             Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam

                                                                                  Ron Carner 
                                                                                                             President, Maccabi USA/ Sports for Israel

                                                                                  Helen Freedman 
                                                                                                             Executive Director, Americans for a Safe Israel

                                                                                  Beth Gilinsky 
                                                                                                             Executive Director, National Confrence on Jewish Affairs

                                                                                  Eli H. Hertz
                                                                                                             Founder "Myths and Facts"

                                                                                  Stuart Kaufman
                                                                                                             The United West

                                                                                  Rabbi Eluzer (Eli) Kowalsky 
                                                                                                             Pro-Israel Activist

                                                                                  Lori Lowenthal Marcus
                                                                                                             President, Z Street

                                                                                  Shera Nusbaum
                                                                                                             National Confrence of jewish Affairs

                                                                                  Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld
                                                                                                             Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills

                                                                                  Rabbi Allen Schwartz
                                                                                                             Congregation Ohab Zedek



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Media Advisory

March 5, 2012

Important JCC in Manhattan Up-Date 

We are pleased to see, and share with you, that the JCC in Manhattan has apparently made serious changes to its programming lineup to avoid lending legitimacy to organizations that attempt to delegitimize Israel.  As an example, the program series sponsored by the New Israel Fund, "Love, Hate & the Jewish State 4.0 Airing The Dirty Laundry", hosted last year by the JCC, will not be hosted at the JCC in 2012.  In addition, Mr. Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel, has been invited by the JCC to speak at a Birthright alumni event.  Most amazingly, some of the films shown at the JCC can almost be described as fair and balanced!

 

We welcome the recent changes at the JCC in Manhattan and hope this new positive trend continues and becomes permanent.  We will, of course, continue to monitor their programming and alert the community if the JCC in Manhattan should again embrace such biased and slanted political groups as BTselem, as they did in 2011.  The group BTselem has a history of anti-Israel propaganda and they provided the video recently shown at the vicious and fraudulent "Israel Apartheid 2012" events held throughout colleges and Universities worldwide. 

JCCWatch.org applauds the apparent shift in the JCC in Manhattan's direction.  The embrace of groups that fund and support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions strategy against Israel, or otherwise propagate anti-Israel propaganda, is not a proper function of the JCC in Manhattan, and does not further the Jewish community's interest.  We look forward to the JCC in Manhattan's continuing recognition of this fact in all their programs.



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Media Advisory

January 19, 2012

COMMUNITY ALERT

 

JCC In Manhattan Promoting Anti-Israel Propaganda to Delegitimize Israel

 

 

The series of bash Israel propaganda videos called "Home Front" will be shown by the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan

 

JCCWatch.org, a NY based group created to hold the JCC in Manhattan accountable, is condemning the JCC which once again is promoting and partnering with political groups that delegitimize Israel. The political film group "Just Visions," responsible for the "Home Front" video series, uses film to portray Israel as a racist nation.  The Just Vision films invoke hatred for Israel & Israelis with biased Palestinian oriented narratives. Their previous propaganda films included statements such as " One Nation, Fatah, Hamas and the Popular Front ”, clearly a biased Pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel message.

 

Richard Allen, Founder of JCCWatch.org, stated: " The JCC in Manhattan has a choice, they can offer a balanced program that educates on the historical and complex problems facing all the people who live in Jerusalem, or they can show biased propaganda that inflames emotions against Israel and the Israeli people.  They have made their choice by offering a film series that portrays a vile, caricature of Israelis which serves to delegitimize Israel. The JCC program is presenting a totally unbalanced and inflammatory series of videos which will foster hatred against Israel. The program is intended to indoctrinate and recruit the Jewish Community to weaken its support for Israel.  Jewish Community funds should not be used for this divisive purpose.  We urge everyone to raise your voices and call the JCC director, Rabbi Joy Levitt, and the JCC board and request that they stop promoting anti-Israel events with Jewish Community money provided by the UJA-Federation."

 

Richard Allen continued, "It is not surprising that the UJA-Federation is funding these bash Israel programs. Published reports show that the UJA-Federation's  Chief Executive Officer, John Ruskay worked with Noam Chomsky in one of the first political bash Israel groups;  CONAME ( Committee On New Alternatives In The Middle East).  The reports stated the group CONAME specialized in attacking Israel. The Community must make its voice heard by calling and writing The UJA-Federation and the JCC in Manhattan and demand that Jewish Community funds not be used for these divisive purposes."


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PUBLIC CAMPAIGN

CALL OR WRITE TODAY!

 

Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan

334 Amsterdam Avenue (at 76th Street)

New York, NY 10023 Tel:  646-505-4444  646-505-4444

 

Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director jlevitt@jccmanhattan.org

Alice Gottesman, President

Marti Meyerson, Chair

Lisa Kiell, Secretary

Andy Arno, Treasurer

Tracey Appelbaum                      Andy Appelbaum                        Halle Benett
Judy Bernstein Bunzi                  Nick Bunzi                                  Franklin Z. Davidson
Susan Falk                                  Edward J. Falk                            Michelle Feig
Jeff Feig                                      Gary Gelman                               Michelle Gill
Brian Davis                                 Jeffrey R. Gural                           Harold R. Handler
Peter A. Joseph                          Julia Kaufman                             Peter S. Kolevzon
Faye Koschitzky                         Sheila Lambert                            Heidi Lurensky
Hanno D. Mott                            Bernard M. Plum                          Steven N. Rappaport
Scott Romanoff                          Abby Rothschild                          Elizabeth H. Scheuer
Carolyn S. Schwartz                  Shirley Silver                               Barbara Benenson Warren
Marc Warren                              Debra Wasserman                       Jason Glasser
Carolyn Weinberg                      Yaron Werber                              Carole Zabar

 

Tell John Ruskay and Jerry Levin of the UJA-Federation of New York:

 

NOT ONE DIME to Legitimize the De-legitimizers of Israel!

Call and write the Board of the UJA-Federation of New York

Tell the UJA Federation you do Not want your Jewish Charity Dollars Going to support John Ruskay's Political Agenda

 

 

Phone:  212-980-1000  212-980-1000

Email the UJA-Federation CEO John Ruskay: ruskayJ@ujafedny.org

Email the UJA- Federation President Jerry W. Levin: jwlevin@jwlevinpartners.com



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Media Advisory
December 19, 2011

Concerned How Your Federation Dollars Are Spent?Why Are Boycott Supporting Groups Allowed To March In The Israel Day Parade?JCCWatch.org, a NY based group created to hold Jewish community organizations accountable to their mission, condemns the local Jewish Community Relations Council - JCRC (A Beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York) for permitting groups that fund or support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel to officially march in the New York City Israel Day Parade. Richard Allen, founder of JCCWatch.org said: "It is irresponsible for the New York Jewish Community Relations Council to allow groups like Partners for Progressive Israel, BTselem, New Israel Fund and Rabbis for Human Rights to march under official authorization of the JCRC in the Israel Day Parade. "Partners for Progressive Israel has called upon Jews to boycott Israeli companies such as Ahava, an Israel cosmetics company, SodaStream, an Israeli soda machine manufacturer,  B&B Baking Company and nine Israeli Vineyards.  New Israel Fund has funded groups that support or call for the boycott and sanctioning of Israel.  BTselem supported the misinformation and deception which led to the infamous Goldstone Report on Operation Cast Lead.  Rabbis for Human Rights is identified, by the well respected organization NGO Monitor.org, run by Professor Gerald Steinberg of Bar Ilan University, as a group which supports anti-Israel incitement.  These groups have been given official recognition in the Israel Day Parade under the so called "Big Tent" policy of John Ruskay, the CEO of the UJA - Federation of New York.  The UJA-Federation is the major funder and greatly influences the JCRC.  This so called "Big Tent" policy is allowing Jewish communal funds to be used for purposes that are against fundamental Jewish interests.  The Israel Day Parade, a celebration of the democratic Jewish State of Israel, should not be allowed to be used by groups with a political ideology opposed to Israel.   The Israel Day Parade is organized to support Israel, the policies pursued by the above named groups are inimical to Israel's long term survival. In addition to allowing these groups to march in the parade, John Ruskay has made other questionable moves as Chief Executive Officer of the UJA - Federation.  For example, under John Ruskay, the Federation gave a $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollars) grant to a George Soros funded group, Jewish Funds for Justice, which received notoriety for their public attack against Glenn Beck.   Why are Jewish communal funds used to support a blatant one-sided political agenda? Mr. Allen said "John Ruskay has what I consider a long time radical history on Israel.  Published reports show he collaborated with Noam Chomsky in advocating positions on political issues relating to Israel through the group CONAME (Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East). These reports state he sat on the CONAME steering committee, founded by Noam Chomsky as well as the New Israel Fund's Advisory Council.  While this is past history, it is illustrative of what I consider to be his motivation today."Jewish communal funds should not be used to advance an anti-Israel agenda.  By allowing groups that fund or support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, either directly or indirectly through funding of other groups, to march in the Israel Day Parade, the JCRC is undermining the essential meaning of the Israel Day Parade.  

JCCWatch urges all those who contribute to the UJA-Federation in New York to contact them today & demand:

  · Jewish Charity Money must not be used to fund radical George Soros groups

· Stop supporting groups that either fund or call for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israeli - Tell UJA-Federation & the JCRC to Pass Guidelines


· Stop supporting radical BDS groups such as "Partners for Progressive Israel", The Goldstone report supporters "BTselem" and BDS funder "New Israel Fund" from marching in the Israel Day Parade. (What are we teaching our Children?)


 

ACT NOW!

As the plans for the 2012 Israel Day Parade take shape:

 Tell John Ruskay and Jerry Levin:

NOT ONE DIME to Legitimize the 

De-legitimizers of Israel !

Call and write the Board of the UJA-Federation of New YorkTell the UJA Federation you do Not want your Jewish Charity Dollars Going to support John Ruskay's Political AgendaPhone:  212-980-1000  212-980-1000  Email the UJA-Federation CEO John Ruskay: ruskayJ@ujafedny.orgEmail the UJA- Federation President Jerry W. Levin: jwlevin@jwlevinpartners.com------------------------------ Email the Jewish Community Relations Council of New YorkCEO Michael S. Miller: millerm@jcrcny.orgPhone:  212-983-4800  212-983-4800 


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Media Advisory
November 8, 2011

 
 

COMMUNITY MEMBERS PUBLICLY CALL ON
THE JCC IN MANHATTAN
TO STOP COLLABORATING WITH GROUPS THAT PROMOTE
THE BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, AND SANCTIONS (BDS)
MOVEMENT AGAINST ISRAEL
 
 
NEWS CONFERENCE PUBLIC INVITED,
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13, AT NOON
SW CORNER OF WEST 76TH STREET AND AMSTERDAM
 
 
New York - On Sunday, November 13, at 12:00 noon, on the southwest corner of West 76th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in NYC, JCCWatch.org will be holding a news conference to demand that the JCC in Manhattan cease collaborating with groups that support the BDS movement against Israel.
 
The Board Members names will be read aloud with a demand that they vote to stop the JCC from collaborating with these BDS supporting groups.
 
The JCC in Manhattan is a beneficiary agency of the UJA-Federation.
 
Speakers at Sunday's news conference include:
  • Morton A. Klein, National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)
  • Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, Board Member, Z Street
  • Beth Gilinsky, President of the National Conference on Jewish Affairs
  • Helen Freedman, Executive Director of Americans for a Safe Israel
  • Allen Schwartz, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Ohab Zedek on the Upper West Side
  • Dr. Marvin Belsky, Community Activist

Among the BDS linked organizations that the JCC in Manhattan is partnering with are:
 
· The New Israel Fund (NIF): As documented by Dr. Gerald Steinberg, Bar Ilan University, head of NGO-Monitor.orgthe New Israel Fund supports organizations that actively work to delegitimize Israel through boycott, divestment and sanctions and lawfare tactics.
 
· B'Tselem: This group is listed as a partner on the JCC's Other Israel Film Festival website and promotional material. They worked hand in glove with Judge Richard Goldstone to produce false charges against Israel, including allegations of war crimes and purposeful targeting of civilian populations. Judge Goldstone recently admitted that the report bearing his name contains charges and conclusions that are without foundation.
 
· Partners for Progressive Israel A/K/A Meretz-USAThis group calls on Jews to boycott other Jews. "Partners for Progressive Israel" has published a listing of Israeli products to be boycotted, such as Ahava Cosmetic Products, Beigel and Beigel baked products, and eight Israeli wine vineyards.
 
The press conference will call on the public to call and write to the Board of Directors to request that these BDS partnerships cease. In addition, the Board should establish Guidelines, as was done at several Jewish Federations, to prevent these alliances in the future.
 
 
START OF PUBLIC CAMPAIGN
CALL OR WRITE TODAY!
 
 
Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue (at 76th Street)
New York, NY 10023 Tel:  646-505-4444  646-505-4444
 
Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director jlevitt@jccmanhattan.org
 
Alice Gottesman, President
Marti Meyerson, Chair
Lisa Kiell, Secretary
Andy Arno, Treasurer
 
 
Tracey Appelbaum                      Andy Appelbaum                        Halle Benett
Judy Bernstein Bunzi                  Nick Bunzi                                  Franklin Z. Davidson
Susan Falk                                  Edward J. Falk                            Michelle Feig
Jeff Feig                                      Gary Gelman                               Michelle Gill
Brian Davis                                 Jeffrey R. Gural                           Harold R. Handler
Peter A. Joseph                          Julia Kaufman                             Peter S. Kolevzon
Faye Koschitzky                         Sheila Lambert                            Heidi Lurensky
Hanno D. Mott                            Bernard M. Plum                          Steven N. Rappaport
Scott Romanoff                          Abby Rothschild                          Elizabeth H. Scheuer
Carolyn S. Schwartz                  Shirley Silver                               Barbara Benenson Warren
Marc Warren                              Debra Wasserman                       Jason Glasser
Carolyn Weinberg                      Yaron Werber                              Carole Zabar
 
 
For more information and to request an interview,
contact JCCWatch.org at  (917) 434-3480  (917) 434-3480 .



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Media Advisory
October 24, 2011

Why is the JCC in Manhattan promoting and collaborating with groups
That Support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel?
 
 BE AWARE! The JCC in Manhattan's Other Israel Film Festival is collaborating with organizations that fund or support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The JCC in Manhattan lists as partners in the Other Israel Film Festival event, groups such as:
 
The New Israel Fund (NIF):  As documented by Dr. Gerald Sternberg, Bar Ilan University, head of NGO-Monitor.org, the New Israel Fund supports organizations that actively work to delegitimize Israel through boycott, divestment and sanctions and lawfare tactics.
 
Partners for Progressive Israel A/K/A Meretz-USA: This group calls on Jews to boycott other Jews. "Partners for Progressive Israel" has published a listing of Israel Products to be boycotted, such as Ahava Cosmetic Products, Beigel and Beigel baked products and eight Israeli wine vineyards.
 
B'Tselem:  This group is listed as a partner on the JCC's Other Israel Film Festival website & promotional material.  They worked hand in glove with Judge Richard Goldstone to produce false charges against Israel, including allegations of war crimes and purposely targeting civilian populations. Judge Goldstone recently admitted that the report bearing his name contains charges and conclusions that are without foundation.
 
 Ask the JCC in Manhattan Board of Directors (a beneficiary agency of the UJA-Federation of New York) to STOP promoting and partnering with groups that support Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions against Israel.  Ask them to pass guidelines that will prevent this in the future:
 
CALL & WRITE TO THE BOARD TODAY!
Board of Directors of
the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan
   334 Amsterdam Avenue (at 76th Street)  
New York, NY  10023 Tel:  646.505.4444  646.505.4444  
 
Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director  jlevitt@jccmanhattan.org
 
Alice Gottesman, President
Marti Meyerson, Chair
Lisa Kiell, Secretary
Andy Arno, Treasurer
 
Tracey Appelbaum              Andy Appelbaum                  Halle Benett
Judy Bernstein Bunzi          Nick Bunzi                            Franklin Z. Davidson
Susan Falk                           Edward J. Falk                     Michelle Feig
Jeff Feig                               Gary Gelman                        Michelle Gill
Brian Davis                          Jeffrey R. Gural                    Harold R. Handler
Peter A. Joseph                   Julia Kaufman                      Peter S. Kolevzon
Faye Koschitzky                  Sheila Lambert                     Heidi Lurensky
Hanno D. Mott                      Bernard M. Plum                   Steven N. Rappaport
Scott Romanoff                    Abby Rothschild                   Elizabeth H. Scheuer
Carolyn S. Schwartz             Shirley Silver                        Barbara Benenson Warren
Marc Warren                         Debra Wasserman                Jason Glasser
Carolyn Weinberg                 Yaron Werber                       Carole Zabar
 
 


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Media Advisory

October 16, 2011


JEWISH COMMUNITY
ALERT
 
 
The JCC in Manhattan (A Beneficiary of the UJA-Federation of New York) recently distributed promotional material to the Jewish Community concerning their OTHER ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL.
 
BE AWARE! This Event is sponsored by organizations that fund or support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.  The JCC in Manhattan lists as partners in the Other Israel Film Festival event, groups such as The New Israel Fund (NIF),Partners for Progressive Israel A/K/A Meretz-USA and B'Tselem. The New Israel Fund is an organization that directly funds groups working to de-legitimize Israel.  These NIF funded groups support and further the Boycott & Lawfare movement against Israel.  The well respected Dr. Gerald Sternberg of Bar Ilan University, who heads the group  NGO-Monitor.org has released studies that irrefutably document these anti-Israel activities
 
In addition, another listed "Partner" of the JCC in Manhattan is 'Partners for Progressive Israel A/K/A Mertez-USA'.  This group calls on Jews to boycott other Jews.  "Partners for Progressive Israel" has published a listing of Israel Products to be boycotted.  B'Tselem which is listed as a partner on the JCC's Other Israel Film Festival website, worked hand in glove with Judge Richard Goldstone to produce false charges against Israel, including allegations of war crimes and purposely targeting civilian populations. Judge Goldstone recently admitted that the report bearing his name contains charges and conclusions that are without foundation.
 
Please alert your Jewish Community Office & Synagogue personnel to be on the lookout for these marketing materials.  The JCC in Manhattan is trying to plant and distribute these advertisements throughout the Community.  
 
Richard Allen, founder of JCCWatch.org stated, "It is time for the JCC in Manhattan's Board of Directors to pass guidelines that prevent their staff & organization from partnering with and sponsoring Anti-Israel activities which promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. Their 'partners' actively use the event to solicit and recruit funds and members.  The New Israel Fund recently sponsored at the JCC in Manhattan the program"Love, Hate & the Jewish State 4.0, Airing dirty laundry" which is more aptly named, "Love to Hate the Jewish State".  Additionally, the New Israel Fund falsely stated that it was co-sponsored by the Jewish Agency MAKOM and used their name without permission in promotional efforts.  The Jewish Agency Makom has flatly denied co-sponsoring that despicable event." 
 
"Why the Board members of the JCC in Manhattan do not act to stop these outrageous partnerships and sponsorships is inexplicable, as is the UJA-Federation funding these anti-Israel activities.  There are very strange practices occurring at the JCC in Manhattan. These events are clearly driven by an 'anti-Jewish State of Israel' political agenda."
 
 
 
For More Information Contact: JCCWatch.org at  (917) 434-3480  (917) 434-3480 .


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Media Advisory

August 23, 2011

       John Ruskay, UJA-Federation CEO in New York,          Charged with Receiving Excessive Salary and Perks 

The JCCWatch.org discovered through IRS annual Form 990's filings that John Ruskay, the CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, received an excessive compensation package of over $675,000.00 per year in both 2008 and 2009.

The Founder of JCCWatch.org, Richard Allen states: "It is unconscionable at this time of tremendous need by the beneficiaries, that the head of the UJA-Federation received a compensation package of over $675,000.00 per year. John Ruskay, the Chief Executive officer of the UJA-Federation of New York, is not only taking an exorbitant personal compensation package, he has also been charged by JCCWatch.org with using his position to further his personal political ideology."

Allen went on to say "Ruskay is also using the UJA-Federation funds to support organizations with a clear political agenda. This is not surprising since he has a history of supporting radical groups including the original anti-Israel group 'Breira' during the 1970's. John Ruskay, through the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), recently supported a group actively calling for the Boycott of Israel, be allowed to march in the Israel Day Parade in NYC." This group, named after a far left political party in Israel, Meretz-USA, marched, as well as a group that funds organizations that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel; The New Israel Fund."

Richard Allen further states, "John Ruskay allocated UJA-Federation Funds of over $1,000,000.00 (One Million Dollars) to the George Soros political front group, "Funders for Jewish Justice". That group spent over $100,000.00 on an ad attacking Glenn Beck. Neither George Soros or his front groups are known as Jewish Charitable organizations. There are urgent needs in the community that could have used that money. These needs are going unmet and the funding that could have made a difference was allocated to groups with a political agenda."

JCCWatch.org calls on the directors of the UJA-Federation to review their funding and priorities. While any one individual is entitled to their political views, Jewish communal monies must be spent on charitable efforts; not political and personal pet projects that undermine the State of Israel.



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Media Advisory

July 5, 2011


Denial Falls Apart:
The Jewish Agency (MAKOM)
Partnered with and Sponsored
Anti-Israel Event with New Israel Fund
for Past Three Years


New York – “Love, Hate and the Jewish State 4.0: Airing the Dirty Laundry,” an event recently held at the JCC in Manhattan, a beneficiary of the UJA-Federation of New York, met with controversy when the Jewish Agency (MAKOM) denied any involvement with the event. Evidence, however, clearly shows otherwise.

Last week, JCCWatch.org charged that the Jewish Agency (MAKOM) had cosponsored the program along with the New Israel Fund, J Street, and other organizations. The Jewish Agency spokesman, Haviv Rettig Gur, speaking to the Israeli press, denied any such alliances. JCCWatch.org has discovered notices that clearly list the Jewish Agency (MAKOM) as a sponsor. These prove the sponsorship of not only this year’s event, but also last year’s and, based on evidence in articles still found online, at least as far back as 2009.

JCCWatch.org’s founder, Richard Allen, calling “Love Hate and the Jewish State 4.0: Airing the Dirty Laundry” a “bash-Israel event,” stated that it “trains the younger Jewish generation to hate the Jewish state. There is nothing at all positive being taught at these political bash-Israel sessions. In fact, the program might be better called
‘Love to Hate the Jewish State 4.0.’” He went on to condemn the JCC in Manhattan, a beneficiary of the UJA-Federation of New York, for hosting yet another event put on by groups that fund and support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. “There are clearly elements within the American arm of the Jewish Agency (MAKOM) that have established links to these nefarious organizations.”

“The Jewish Agency (MAKOM) and the JCC in Manhattan should not be utilized as a sponsor or a gathering place for those who work to delegitimize Israel,” Allen continued. “NGO-Monitor has proven that, for some time now, the New Israel Fund has directly funded groups that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. J Street, the George Soros-funded group, has also partnered with efforts to further the insidious BDS movement.

“We once again call on the JCC in Manhattan’s board of directors to establish firm and serious guidelines to prevent the JCC in Manhattan from becoming a hotbed of anti-Israel activities. The Jewish Agency must also supervise their American arm, MAKOM, and establish better oversight to prevent sponsorships of anti-Israel activities.”


For more information,
contact 
JCCWatch.org at  (917) 434-3480  (917) 434-3480




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Media Advisory

June 28, 2011

Jewish Agency Hoodwinked by 

New Israel Fund to Sponsor a 

Bash Israel Event at JCC in Manhattan

New York – According to the New Israel Fund website, a June 29th event at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, “Love, Hate and the Jewish State 4.0: Airing the Dirty Laundry?,” is sponsored not only by the New Israel Fund and the George Soros-funded organization J Street, but also Makom (the Jewish Agency for Israel). However, according to Rami Wernik, the North American Director of Makom, the organization is not sponsoring the event which, as its title suggests, carries a bash Israel agenda.

“The Jewish Agency was hoodwinked,” according to Richard Allen, founder of JCCWatch.org. “This is another instance of a radical group using the cloak of mainstream Jewish organizations to stage an anti-Israel event. Once again the JCC in Manhattan has been caught hosting, linking, and partnering with groups that call for or fund efforts to boycott, divest, and invoke sanctions against the Jewish State of Israel.”

Wernik was unable to confirm or deny whether the Jewish agency funded the event.

JCCWatch.org condemns the JCC in Manhattan for hosting the anti-Israel “Love, Hate and the Jewish State 4.0” on its facilities, and once again calls on the organization’s board of directors to establish firm and serious guidelines to prevent the JCC in Manhattan from becoming a hotbed of anti-Israel activities.

JCCWatch.org is a volunteer organization that earlier this year exposed that the JCC in Manhattan was actively hosting, partnering with, and linking to groups that work with organizations that advocate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is an economic campaign that was launched in 2005 by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) seeking to demonize, delegitimize, and ultimately destroy Israel by the spread of misinformation, by incitement, and by promoting every conceivable boycott imaginable: cultural, economic, union, religious, political, sports, academic, et al.

For more information,
contact JCCWatch.org at  (917) 434-3480  (917) 434-3480 .
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Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee 

Board of Directors Establish Anti-BDS Pledge


Congratulations to the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee for establishing guidelines "to oppose the funding of anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) and related activities."

Where is the JCC in Manhattan's board of directors? Missing in action?



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Media Advisory

April 27, 2011

JCC in Manhattan Partners with 

Groups that Fund, Support, and Comfort

Family of Fogel Murderers

 

New York – Despite repeated requests by JCCWatch.org to cut its ties with groups that support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) 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 of 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 the town of Itamar, north of Jerusalem, Arab terrorists slaughtered Ruth (36) and Rabbi Ehud Fogel (37) and their three children: Yoav (10), 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 of the Fogels’ killers.”

For more information,
contact JCCWatch.org at  (917) 434-3480  (917) 434-3480 .
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A Resounding Success


A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended our news conference on Sunday, March 13, 2011, in front of the JCC in Manhattan. Over 150 people were in attendance. Among those who spoke were Irwin Hochberg (Former Chairman of the Board, UJA-Federation of New York; and Former National Campaign Chairman, Israel Bonds), Helen Freedman (executive director of Americans for a Safe Israel), Jeffrey Wiesenfeld (Z STREET), Professor Benjamin Wieder, and JCCWatch.org founder Richard Allen.

    

Visit the SIGN THE PETITION page for more photos and details of the event.

Op-Ed: Why are Anti-Israel Groups in the Israel Day Parade?

 
Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 8:07 AM
 
 
Why are Jewish groups that attempt to inflict economic damage on Israelis through BDS and blacken Israel's image given a place in the Israel Day Parade? They have crossed a line, why are we letting them get away with it? 

    
Richard Allen
The writer is a prominent New York business executive and an outspoken supporter of Israel. He is the founder of JCC Watch, an NGO established to monitor interaction between American Jewish organizations, and groups that support boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel.

What is JCCWatch.org?


JCCWatch.org is a volunteer organization that came into being when it was discovered that the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, chiefly via its Other Israel Film Festival (OIFF) websiteactively partners with or links to groups that, in addition to their stated missions, support, fund, or closely work with organizations that advocate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

The JCC in Manhattan is a beneficiary agency of the UJA-Federation. The JCC in Manhattan should not partner with, link, or in any way support any of these despicable BDS groups, and should be doing everything in its means to educate the public against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

JCCWatch.org's message to the board of directors of the JCC in Manhattan is that they cannot live in two worlds: one where they state they support the people of Israel and another where they abandon them by turning a blind eye to their links and partnerships to BDS and its non-governmental organization (NGO) supporters.
 
The board of the JCC in Manhattan must establish public and transparent guidelines that make clear that the JCC will not partner with nor link to other organizations that support or fund the BDS movement. Only by establishing these guidelines will the board's actions reflect the organization's stated position that it does not support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

JCCWatch.org is comprised of members of the JCC in Manhattan and the Jewish community at large. We welcome your support.

What is BDS?


Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is an economic campaign that was launched in 2005 by NGOs seeking to demonize, delegitimize, and ultimately destroy Israel by the spread of misinformation, by incitement, and by promoting every conceivable boycott imaginable: cultural, economic, union, religious, political, sports, academic, et al.  

To get a better mental picture of BDS, imagine it as a sewer system...

The board of directors of the JCC in Manhattan insists that the JCC doesn't support BDS or partner with groups that support BDS. Yet the OIFF's website includes on its "PARTNERS" page organizations (and links to their websites) that actively support Boycott, Sanctions and Divestments (BDS) against Israel. 

The American Heritage Dictionary defines a "partner" as: 
"One that is united or associated with another or others 
in activity or a sphere of common interest..."

And while the JCC's board insists that the organization does not partner with any BDS-supporting groups, its OIFF website has a page called "PARTNER WITH US" that extends this open invitation toall organizations:

"Sponsor a screening and/or a reception—choose one of the many films and programs the festival has to offer and co-present it with us under your organizations name. This could be a great opportunity for you to present your mission, create awareness to your organization and activities, and even raise funds."


What is JCCWatch.org's Goal?


The JCC's board of directors would have you believe that we're against films, speakers, and balanced programming being presented at the JCC in Manhattan. Nothing could be further from the truth. JCCWatch.org objects, plain and simple, to any linking to or partnering with groups that support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. Period. We recommend that the JCC in Manhattan establish guidelines similar to those established by the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco, stating that it: 

"does not fund organizations that, through their mission, activities or partnerships... endorse or promote anti-Semitism, other forms of bigotry, violence or other extremist views...; or advocate for, or endorse, undermining the legitimacy of Israel as a secure independent, democratic Jewish state, including through participation in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, in whole or in part."

Sign the Petition


Click here to sign the petition calling on the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan to break its ties to, and establish guidelines against, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. 


Evidence of BDS at the JCC


Hillel Hyman, chief financial officer of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, acknowledges that the JCC and the Other Israel Film Festival, which is a JCC program, have the same tax ID number.

Among the groups listed on JCC's OIFF website are:

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH


×  (HRW) founder Robert Bernstein, in a New York Times op-ed, strongly criticized the organization for its anti-Israel bias: "Human Rights Watch had as its original mission to pry open closed societies, advocate basic freedoms and support dissenters. But recently it has been issuing reports on the Israeli-Arab conflict that are helping those who wish to turn Israel into a pariah state."

× On 12/19/10, HRW published a report, "Separate and Unequal," promoting Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

× HRW was an active participant in the 2001 Durban conference, and continues to campaign in favor of boycotts and other measures against Israel.

× "Reports Not Written" demonstrates how HRW repeatedly employs disinformation to further promote BDS.


× In 2008, (NIF) distributed over $20 million to over 300 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Israel. Approximately 20% goes to NGOs that engage in political activities related to the Arab-Israeli conflict, including some that reject the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish democratic state, and are active in boycott and similar campaigns. Examples include:
× Five grantees—Machsom Watch, Coalition of Women for Peace, Women Against Violence, Social TV, and Mossawa, signed a divestment letter, which was sent to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund.
× Adalah ($500,000 in 2008) promotes a "Democratic Constitution" calling for the elimination of Israel's Jewish framework based on the "one-state solution." officials were also involved in writing and editing a May 2009 South African publication, "Occupation, Colonialism, Apartheid?: A reassessment of Israel's practices in the occupied Palestinian territories under international law." The document refers to Israeli occupation as a "colonial enterprise which implements a system of apartheid."
× NIF-funded NGOs and their groups were featured centrally in the discredited Goldstone report, which focused on alleged Israeli "war crimes" in the 2009 Gaza war. The report referenced B'Tselemmore than 56 times; , 38; and Breaking the Silence, 27.
× Another grantee, Breaking the Silence, was active in promoting "war crimes" charges against Israel after the Gaza fighting in January 2009. These charges were based on anonymous and unverifiable hearsay testimonies.

× A December 16, 2010, article in Commentary"NIF Cuts Off Funding for BDS Groups," stated: "The New Israel Fund practically is the lawfare movement—its grants basically keep the campaign alive. If NIF cut off financing to lawfare groups, it could cripple the movement." It remains ambiguous whether the New Israel Fund has actually ceased funding to all Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) groups.

B'TSELEM


× Recently, according to the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), A B'Tselem photographer was involved in "staging" a scene in a videotape that purportedly documented misconduct by Israeli soldiers. 

× Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), which, in its annual report in 2008, described Israel's practices as "in many ways reminiscent of the Apartheid regime in South Africa."
× Arab Association for Human Rights (HRA), which endorsed the July 9, 2005, Palestinian United Call for BDS Against Israel.
× Physicians for Human Rights—Israel, which states in its mission statement: "It is PHR-Israel's view that Israel's prolonged occupation over Palestinian territory is the basis of human rights violations."

× Among the donors listed on B'Tselem's website are BDS supporters Christian AidFord Foundation,

× B’Tselem information director Lizi Sagie resigned as a result of statements made on her personal blog, including: “Israel is causing the greatest horrors of humanity... Israel proves adherence to the values of Nazism."

J STREET


× In February 2010, J Street aligned itself with Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), whose website until recently featured "The KAIROS Palestine Document," which explicitly promotes Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). 

× J Street states on its website: "Barring proponents of BDS from participation in communal discussion or events is counterproductive and, more important, is a violation of our values." 

× J Street conferences have been used to host and promote groups affiliated with the BDS movement, such as B’Tselem, Breaking the Silence, and groups that fund the BDS movement. 

× "Colette Avital—a former member of Israel's parliament, from the center-left Labor Party and until recently J Street's liaison in Israel—told The Washington Times that her decision to resign her post with J Street earlier this year was a result in part of the group's ‘connection to Judge Goldstone.' 'When Judge Goldstone came to Washington, [J Street leaders were] suggesting that they might help him set up his appointments on Capitol Hill,’ she said."

All of these organizations, by way of their websites and programming, support, partner, or fund groups that promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
  • On the brochure for the 2010 Other Israel Film Festival, the JCC prominently listed its “partners”—the the New Israel FundHuman Rights Watch, J Street, and B’Tselem—without any offsetting financial remuneration from these groups. This is a direct contribution to the political activities of these organizations.
  • On October 16, 2010, J Street was given access to members of the JCC in Manhattan and the public in the JCC facilities, where they were provided with a table from which they were able to solicit new members for J StreetPAC, J Street’s political action committee. They also distributed leaflets and a sample phone call script, and urged JCC members to contact their representatives in Congress.
  • On November 12, 2010, as part of the Other Israel Film Festival, the JCC hosted an event for the New Israel Fund’s “New Generations and other young leadership groups” at the JCC inManhattan’s facilities. This is a direct subsidy that allowed the NIF to recruit JCC members under the guise of a young adult social.

Here are some more of JCC in Manhattan's "partners"





On November 16, 2010, Uri Zaki, 
U.S. director of B'Tselem (right), and 
Rachel Sussman, U.S. associate 
director, spoke to members of the 
JCC and the public in the “Speak Up” session in the Speakeasy Café during the Other Israel Film Festival. 










Without any remuneration to the JCC in Manhattan, J Street and B-Tselem were provided with a table (left), from which they promoted their agenda, handed out literature, solicited contributions, and promoted the J Street PAC and their Washington conference.