Statement was issued today by yet another Jewish organization regarding those in the Jewish Community who stand against Israel.
As the One Israel Fund press release noted, The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)movement, and the organizations which fund it, represent one of the most dangerous threats facing Israel today. Seeking to cast Israel in a similar light to the former apartheid state of South Africa, or worse, these organizations work to undermine the IDF, the Israeli government as well as the beautiful and thriving towns throughout Judea and Samaria.
Last year, ONE Israel Fund proudly took part in the Celebrate Israel Parade, billed as the largest single event in the US on behalf of Israel. Scores of wonderful organizations, schools and businesses come out each year to show support for our homeland and we were honored and proud to show our support by sponsoring a float and marching up Fifth Avenue in New York City. We look forward to enthusiastically participating again, this year.
Organizations which support the boycotting of Israeli businesses or academics have no place “Celebrating” Israel in the Celebrate Israel Parade. We applaud the Celebrate Israel Parade organizing body, The Jewish Community Relations Council of NY, and its primary funding agency, UJA Federation, for adopting this entirely sensible rule. We respectfully
ask that they now follow their own rule.
New Israel Fund claims they do not support BDS but their funding decisions speak loudly and clearly to the contrary. We do not question the good intentions of New Israel Fund’s donors; we do question the funding decisions their organization makes. Since 2005, New Israel Fund has invested millions of dollars in organizations which promote BDS.
According to NGO Monitor, a respected NGO watchdog (www.ngomonitor.org), these organizations include Adalah, Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), B’Tselem, Gisha, Hamoked, Machsom Watch, Physicians for Human Rights- Israel (PHR-I), Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI), Rabbis for Human Rights and Mossawa. And, though New Israel Fund claims to have ceased this funding, they continue to support organizations
which promote the boycott of, the sanctioning of, and the divestment from the people and businesses of Judea and Samaria.
Optimally, we would like the New Israel Fund to cease and desist from funding all BDS-supporting organizations, whether focused on the entire state of Israel or those residing in the Biblical Heartland. Absent that, we urge the JCRC of NY and UJA Federation to abide by the principle they adopted and not permit a “Pro-Israel in name only” organization like New Israel Fund to “Celebrate” with the Pro-Israel Community.
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