The uber-elite Loomis Chaffee School is described as one of the best “college preparatory schools for boarding and day students grades 9–12.” The school is quintessentially preppy, WASPY, expensive – and hosting an anti-Israel event.
The Loomis Chaffee School is a renowned New England boarding school located on a 300-acre campus in Windsor, Connecticut. Chartered in 1874 by five siblings whose children all died tragically and who then selflessly determined to found a school as a gift to the children of others, Loomis Chaffee provides a superb education for boys and girls regardless of religious or political beliefs, national origin or financial resources.
Naomi Paiss, New Israel Fund vice president for public affairs, will speak at the campus on April 29th – and the event must be cancelled.
The NIF supports BDS – download file here: NIF_Boycott_involvement_organizations_19.5.14(1)
The New Israel Fund stands against Israel. Just this week, organizations they support were rejected in Israel’s High Court of Justice as the boycotts which New Israel Fund supports were called “political terrorism.”
As even the leftist Forward noted today, the New Israel Fund boycotts were also rejected today in both the House and Senate. As they note, “The nearly identical amendments require U.S. trade negotiators to “discourage politically motivated actions” by foreign countries and international organizations that aim to “penalize or otherwise limit” commercial relations with Israel or “persons doing business in Israel or in territories controlled by Israel.” The Senate Finance Committee took its action on Wednesday evening and the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday evening.
A press release issued Thursday evening by the main sponsor of the House measure, GOP Rep. Peter Hoskam of Illinois, said the two amendments “aim to counter the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel by requiring U.S. trade negotiators to make rejection of BDS a principal trade objective in Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations with the European Union.”
“This is nothing short of a historic win for the U.S.-Israel relationship and a hammer blow to the BDS movement — a campaign solely dedicated to the delegitimization and isolation of our ally Israel,” Hoskam was quoted as saying.
The phrase “in Israel or in territories controlled by Israel” is identical to the language of an Israeli anti-boycott bill that was adopted by the Knesset in 2011 and upheld by Israel’s High Court of Justice last week, punishing Israelis who advocate either type of boycott.”
As readers of this site know, the Likud calls New Israel Fund “anti-Zionist”. This is a radical anti-Israel organization – that should not be allowed at the Loomis Chaffee School. As the Knesset Deputy Speaker Yoni Chetboun said The New Israel Fund is bent on “erasing the Jewish identity from the Jewish State.”
Contact the Loomis Chaffee School at 860-687-6000 and urge them to cancel this Anti-Israel event immediately. As Hank Sheinkopf, former President Clinton advisor has noted recently, standing with The New Israel Fund is standing against Israel.
If they insist upon carrying on with this judenrat event, politely ask if a counter argument be presented against this antisemitism. The school should host Caroline Glick, Dr. Arieh Eldad or I would be happy to explain BDS to these young impressionable children. The Germans employed the same tactics. Preceding Kristallnacht, the Nazis held several days calling for Germans to boycott Jewish-owned businesses. This was the direct antecedent to the BDS movement. This is no different.
Christopher K. Norton, Douglas W. Lyons, Kimberly Kravis Schulhof, Joel B. Alvord, Duncan A.L. MacLean, Pauline W. Chen, David Rogan, Jason Karp and others are on the Board of Trustees of this school – they must cancel this Anti-Israel event.
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