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 community Jewish 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 publicly 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 New Israel Funds stated opposition to Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), their continued funding of these groups shows their actions are not in line with their statements.
Take action today:
We urge the Jewish Community 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, the 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 Committee 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 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.
Email the UJA-Federation CEO John Ruskay: ruskayJ@ujafedny.org
Email the UJA-Federation Board: President Jerry W. Levin: email@example.com
Email the Jewish Community Relations Council board: Rabbi Michael Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-983-4084.
Committee for a Pro-Israel Parade
(Committee in formation)
H. Fragman Abramson
National Conference on Jewish Affairs (NCJA)
Founder of JCCWatch.org
Rabbi Steven Axelman
Whitestone Hebrew Centre
Dr. Marvin Belsky
Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam
President, Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel
Executive Director, Americans for a Safe Israel
Founder, National Conference on Jewish Affairs
Eli E. Hertz
Founder “Myths and Facts”
The United West
Rabbi Eluzer (Eli) Kowalsky
Lori Lowenthal Marcus
President, Z Street
National Conference on Jewish Affairs
Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld
Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills
Rabbi Allen Schwartz
Congregation Ohab Zedek