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Read the Pro-Terrorist and Anti-Semitic libretto for yourself:

America
Is one big Jew….
 

You are always complaining
Of your suffering
But wherever poor men
Are gathered they can
Find Jews getting fat.
You know how to cheat
The simple, exploit
The virgin, pollute
Where you have exploited
Defame those you cheated,
And break your own law
With idolatry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alert!

Boycott Israel Groups Marching in Celebrate Israel Parade 

  

Groups that fund and support the boycott of Israel have been approved by the UJA-Federation to march in the Celebrate Israel Parade.  

 

Now a growing number of groups are saying Enough! 

 

The following groups will not be marching this year: EdmSafra. Safra Synagogue, Sephardic Academy of ManhMoise,Safrae Safra Community CentMagend Magen David of Manhattan and the organization, Stand with Us, will not be taking a float.

 

This is a indication of the failure of the Jewish Community Relations CoJCRCl (JCRC). A simple solution would have been to include a sentence in the Celebrate Israel Parade agreement, which every marching group signs, stating that they do not fund or support the boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israeli companies (BDS). 

 

Why was this simple solution not enacted? Maybe because MrRuskay Ruskay, CEO of the UJA-Federation, worked with Noam Chomsky in the first anti-Israel group CONAME CONAME (Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East).  This group called for an arms embargo of all military sales to the State of Israel. Think of what that means to the security of Israel. 

 

Click Here to See the Report ORuskay Ruskay & the Anti-IsraelCONAME CONAMEBreira Breira

 

If you believe that the UJA-Federation should not be allowed to invite groups that support BDS into our Tent.... 

 

If you believe that the UJA-Federation is no longer representing the entire Jewish community...

 

Join us in demanding that the UJA-Federation dismisRuskay Ruskay and explain why he received over $3,000,000 (3 Million Dollars) in compensation for 2011, as filed in their Tax Form 990. This is in addition to the retirement benefits awarded every employee at the UJA-Federation.

 

Click Here to See UJA-Federation's 2011 Tax Form 990 

 

We call upon the UJA-Federation to divulge the names of it's Board members who, along witRuskay Ruskay, are forcing these Boycott Israel Groups upon the Jewish community.

  

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 iAhavae Ahava cosmSodaStreamaStream and wine from nine Israeli vineyards.

 

Click Here To See Partners for Progressive Israel Calling for a Boycott 

  

2) The New Israel Fund (NIF) finances numerous Israeli NGOs (non-governmental organizations), some of which promote Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

 
 
 

  

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.

 

Click Here to See Who The New Israel Fund Finances

We call on all groups, schools and participants in the Celebrate  Israel Parade to voice your objections:

 

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 AlDoctoroffctoroff: DoctoroffAtUJAFedNYJAFedNY.org 

 
DoctoroffAtUJAFedNYJAFedNY.org 

DoctoroffAtUJAFedNYJAFedNY.org 

Chief Executive OfficeRuskay Ruskay: RuskayJRUJAFedNYJAFedNY.org 

 
RuskayJRUJAFedNYJAFedNY.org 

 

RuskayJRUJAFedNYJAFedNY.org 

CEO Elect Eric S. Goldstein: EGoldsteinlPaulWeissulWeiss.com 

 
EGoldsteinlPaulWeissulWeiss.com 

 

Email the Jewish Community Relations Council Board: 

 

EGoldsteinlPaulWeissulWeiss.com 

President Ronald G. Weiner: PWCPAn@PWCPA.com 

                                                                     

PWCPAn@PWCPA.com 

 

PWCPAn@PWCPA.com 

Rabbi Michael Miller: MillerMMJCRCNY@JCRCNY.org or call 212-983-4000

April 21, 2014
MillerMMJCRCNY@JCRCNY.org or call 212-983-4000

 


SHOFARSSHOFARS RALLY!
Protest Boycott Israel Groups Marching in the Israel Day Parade
Join the Largest Shofar Blowing Event in Jewish History

<ShofarsShofars Will be Given to all Protesters Or Bring Your Own  


April 29 at 5pm
UJA-Federation Building
130 East 59 Street
Between Park & Lex Ave  


BrinShofarsShofars to the Protest Rally!

<ShofarsShofars Will be Given to all Protesters Or Bring Your Own 

Support From Israel:
 
 
Israel Government Coalition Knesset ChairmYarivK Yariv Levin, wrote "I am deeply moved... by the courageous stance of friends of Israel involved in the parade, calling to delegitimize those who delegitimize Israel. It is not logical or reasonable for Israel supporters to condone, overlook, or indirectly cooperate with BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel) groups..."
 

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, includingAhavap;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 (MachsomMachsom WatchCoalition of Women for PeaceWomen Against Violence, Social TV, and MossawaMossawa) signed a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, urging it to divest from Israel. 
   
MossawaMossawa) signed a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, urging it to divest from Israel. 
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Scheduled Speakers:

 

RabbiAlgaze Algaze

The World Committee for the Land of Israel/ Havurat Yisrael

Richard Allen

JCCWatch.org

Dr. Paul Brody

Jewish Political Education Foundation

Helen Freedman

Americans for a Safe Israel

National Conference on Jewish Affairs

Mort Klein

Zionist Organization of America
MuchnikMuchnik

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:

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Americans for a Safe IsraelAFSIp;(AFSI)

American for Peace and Tolerance
Canadian's for Israel's Legal Rights
Christians and Jews United for Israel

Endowment for Middle East TruthEMETp;(EMET)
Jewish Political Education FoundJPEFn (JPEF)

Ha-Emet

The Israel Initiative Network
IsraelTruthWeek
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JCCWatch.org

Jewish Action Alliance
ManhigutaYehuditYehudit
Mothers for MIA

National Conference on Jewish Affairs

ONE Israel Fund
Toronto Zionist Council
Unity Coalition for Israel

Zionist Organization of AmericaZOAsp;(ZOA)


 

MillerMMJCRCNY@JCRCNY.org or call 212-983-4000 _____________________________________________________________________________
The Mideast War Here at Home

By Andrea Peyser

April 18, 2013am 3:13am

The Mideast war here at home

Scarlett Johansson in a Super Bowl SodaStreamaStream.

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,’’ RabbAbadie Abadie, MD, of the EdmSafra. 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,’Gilinskyilinsky, 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 ambassadSodaStreamaStream, 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.

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.Paissi 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 wboycotterscotters claim only to reject West Bank products — any boycott hurts Israel.

Reject anti-Semitism.

Be like Scarlett Johansson.




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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
SSODASTREAMASTREAHAVAD 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 CoJCRCl (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-FederatiJCRCnd 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 iAhavae Ahava cosmSodaStreamaStream 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 (Coalition of Women for PeaceWomen Against Violence, Social TV, and -The chair of B'Tselem
'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 AmZOAca (ZOA), Americans for a Safe Israel <AFSIt>(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


Urgeont>rge 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 CoJCRCl (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 CoJCRCl (JCRC) runs the parade, the UJA-Federation has effective control ovJCRChe JCRC, as they appoint Board members as a right and contribute the majorJCRCof 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 OfficerRuskay Ruskay, worked with Noam Chomsky in one of the first political bash Israel gCONAME CONAME (Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East). The reports state that theCONAME CONAME specialized in attacking IsraelRuskay 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


TelRuskay Ruskay, AlDoctoroffctoroff, 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 BSodaStreamaStream 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:

 

                               





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 UTishreiTishrei 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, undeRuskay 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  against the Jewish State
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.

____________________________________________________________

It is time to “Close Your Wallets” to Jewish organizations that host and promote boycotterscotters. 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 FREAFSIN (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 RDoctoroffctoroff, President, UJA-Federation, at 212-980-1000 or via email Doctoroffctoroff.info or Doctoroffctoroff@Gmail.com

2Ruskay Ruskay, Executive Vice President and CEO, UJA-Federation, by calling 212-980-1000 or via email at 
____________________________________________________________ 

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

 

 
For further information contact: Americans for a Safe IAFSIl (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 mainstreantisemiticsemitic 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 WaMearsheimersheimer.

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.

  • Professor Matthew Diller, Dean of Cardozo: Tel – 212-790-0310; Email –

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

Please share and forward this email with your friends.

Silence is complicity.

 

 

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 Woncanceo 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:

 

1Ruskay Ruskay at the UJA-Federation by calling 212-980-1000 or via email at RuskayJRUJAFedNYJAFedNY.org

2) The UJA-Federation President Jerry W. Levin at JWLevinJJWLevinPartnersartners.com

3) Sol Adler, Executive Di92stYr 92stY by calling 212-415-5470 or via email at sadler>92yler@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.

 

urges a boycott of

9 Israeli products on its website, incAhavag Ahava cosmetics.

 

chairman of the board publicly calls for

“effective sanctions” against Israel. 

     

AT THE PARADE ON JUNE 3,

let’s give New IsraelMeretz 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!

CalRuskay Ruskay

CEO, UJA-Federation

212.980.1000

ruskayJrujafednyjafedny.org

ruskayJrujafednyjafedny.org

Email Jerry Levin

UJA-Federation Board Pres.

ruskayJrujafednyjafedny.org

jwlevinjjwlevinpartnersartners.com

jwlevinjjwlevinpartnersartners.com

 

Sponsored by

Committee for a Pro-Israel Parade

jwlevinjjwlevinpartnersartners.com

www.JCCWatch.org

917.434.3480

Israel Day Parade Alert!

 

 

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



 
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 Partners for Progressive Israel and Rabbis for Human Rights


    -This year , New Israel Fund is slated to march again, and we B'Tselem'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.
 

    -Partners for Progressive Israel (also knMeretz 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 iAhavae Ahava cosmSodaStreamaStream products, and wine from nine Israeli vineyards.


 
To voice your opinion and concern please contact the following:
 
 
 
 
Committee for a Pro-Israel Parade
 
         Rabbi Ari Jacobson
RabbiAlgaze Algaze                                                                          Stuart Kaufman
Havurat Yisrael, Forest Hills                                                            The United West
 
Richard Allen                                                                                    Eluzer EluzerKowalskyowalsky 
Founder of JCCWatch.org                                                                Pro-Israel Activist
 
Rabbi AxelmanAxelman                                                                     Janet Lehr
Whitestone Hebrew Centre                                                              Israel lives

Dr. Belsky Belsky                                                                            Lowenthalwenthal Marcus
Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam                              President, Z Street

PresMaccabiMaccabi USA/ Sports for Israel                                     National Conference of Jewish Affairs

Helen Freedman                                                                                YoelbSchonfeldhonfeld
Executive Director, Americans for a Safe Israel                            Young IsrKew of Kew Gardens Hills

   Rabbi Allen Schwartz
Executive Director, National Conference on Jewish Affairs          CongreOhabon 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, incAhavag 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, incB'Tselem'Tselem, Partners for Progressive Israel and Rabbis for Human Rights. This year, New Israel Fund is slated to march again, and we B'Tselem'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.
 
 
Partners for Progressive Israel (also knMeretz 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 iAhavae Ahava cosmSodaStreamaStream products, and wine from nine Israeli vineyards.
 
 
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 Carner Carner, PresidMaccabiMaccabi USA/Sports for Israel, Rabbi Allen Schwartz of CongreOhabon Ohab Zedek, Rabbi Lisa Malik, PhD of TemplAhmeth Ahm, Rabbi Jonathan Glass of Civic Center Synagogue, RabbiAlgaze Algaze of Havurat Yisrael, Rabbi AxelmanAxelman of Whitestone Hebrew Centre, Rabbi Ari Jacobson, Young Israel of Monsey/Wesley Hills,YoelbSchonfeldhonfeld, Young IsrKew 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 CoJCRCl (JCRC), which officially organizes the parade, permit such anti-Israel organizations to participate?
 
I believe the answer may lie in the political ideology oRuskay Ruskay, CEO of the UJA-Federation of New YorRuskay Ruskay exerts significant influence JCRChe JCRC through his organization's funding.  Published reports shoRuskay Ruskay worked with Noam Chomsky in one of the first political bash Israel gCONAME CONAME (Committee On New Alternatives in The Middle East). &nbsRuskay 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

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 presidentLurien Lurie wrote an op-ed stating that NIF had ended fundiMadaor 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 bMadaen 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 SokatchSokatch 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 decisionHCJsp;(HCJ 3292/07) rejected a petition by Adalah (and Palestinian Haq Al-Haq), which alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza in 2004.DoriteBeinishBeinish 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..." JudgeElyakimElyakim 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", AdSuhadsBisharaBishara reportedly discussed "threats faced by the Palestinian population today with Amnesty UK campaign mKristyanristyan Benedict." Bishara'sshara's talk, Benedict posted Twitter messSuhad "Suhad giving excellent & concise overview of the  for the demolitions & proposed evictions happening nowSuhad BisharaBishara from Adalah sayPrawer'Prawer Law' establishes a 'new military regime in Israel'" (emphasis added). Amnesty UK and Benedict have records of extreme rhetoric and anti-Israel advocacy.
  • 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 DiscriminatCERDs (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 atOrnaey 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 HaifaShevar 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, aHa'aretza'aretz published&nexposé 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-profiamutam>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.

  • claims that it funds this site because of its "progressive view of domestic issues and Israel's foreign relations."
  • A number o972Mag+972Mag's bloggers have invoked the immoral and false "apartheid" analogy. In a February 2012 interview in The NationSheizafSheizaf972Mag>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 , 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 engadelegitimizationization campaigns in 2009-2010
    For detailed analysis of the activities and agendas of each group, see 
     

    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%
    $45,500 $58,110 +12,610 +27%
    $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%
    $111,722 $368,832 +$257,110 +230%
    $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%
    $0 $2,500 +$2500 +100%
    Gisha $4,350 $35,975 +$31,625 +727%
    $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 SociSyncopaSyncopa Community) $47,500 $25,000 -$22,500 -47%
    $154,800 $347,113 +$192,313 +124%
    $39,500 $34,362 -$5,138 -13%
    Mada Al-Carmel None $100,000
    +$100,000
    +100%
    $213,000 $92,625 -$120,375 -56%
    Negev Coexistence Forum $7,500 $32,169 +$24,669 +328%
    Public Committee Against Torture in IPCATI (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 delegitimizestimizes 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 wHaq Al Ramallahamallah-based NGO whose General Director, according to the Israeli Supreme Court, is a "senior activist" PFLPhe 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 spMakhoulMakhoul "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 Abirer 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 MarchItamar ShapiraShapira, 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 actYonatanYonatItamar ShapiraShapira 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 BtSul, 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 partnerYeshs, 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 2011Yesh3, 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) incYeshng 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:Madasp;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:Madasp;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 contrMadato 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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    -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, incB'Tselem'Tselem, Partners for Progressive Israel and Rabbis for Human Rights. 


    -This year , New Israel Fund is slated to march again, and we B'Tselem'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 (Coalition of Women for Peace, Women Against Violence, Social TV, and -Partners for Progressive Israel (also knMeretz 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 iAhavae Ahava cosmSodaStreamaStream products, and wine from nine Israeli vineyards.






    Richard Allen, a member Committeommitte 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 OfficerRuskay Ruskay, worked with Noam Chomsky in one of the first political bash Israel gCONAME CONAME (Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East). The reports stated that theCONAME CONAME specialized in attacking IsraelRuskay 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


    TelRuskay 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 supporRuskay'suskay's Political Agenda. Call:  212-980-1000  212-980-1000 .


    Email the UJA-Federation Board: President Jerry W. Levin: JWLevinJJWLevinPartnersartners.com 

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



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                                                                                      Richard Allen

                                                                                                                  Founder of JCCWatch.org 


                                                                                      Rabbi AxelmanAxelman

                                                                                                                 Whitestone Hebrew Centre


                                                                                      Dr. Belsky Belsky 

                                                                                                                 Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam


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                                                                                                                 PresMaccabiMaccabi USA/ Sports for Israel


                                                                                      Helen Freedman 

                                                                                                                 Executive Director, Americans for a Safe Israel


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                                                                                                                 Executive Director, NaConfrencenfrence on Jewish Affairs


                                                                                      Eli H. Hertz

                                                                                                                 Founder "Myths and Facts"


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                                                                                                                 The United West


                                                                                     Eluzer EluzerKowalskyowalsky 

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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 additioIdoMAharoniAharoni, 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 asBTselemBTselem, as they did in 2011.  TheBTselemBTselem 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,  worked with Noam Chomsky in one of the first political bash Israel groups;CONAME;CONAME ( Committee On New Alternatives In The Middle East).  The reports stated theCONAME 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 Gottesmanttesman, President

    Meyersoneyerson, Chair

    Andy Arno, Treasurer

    Appelbaumpelbaum                     &nbsAppelbaumpelbaum                        Benett Benett
    Judy BerBunzin Bunzi                 &nbsBunzik Bunzi                                  Franklin Z. Davidson
    Susan Falk                                  Edward J. Falk                            Michelle Feig
    Jeff Feig                                      Gary Gelman                               Michelle Gill
    Brian Davis                                 JeffGural. Gural                           Harold R. Handler
    Peter A. Joseph                          Julia Kaufman                             PeKolevzonolevzon
    Hanno D. Mott                            Bernard M. Plum                          SteRappaportppaport
    Scott Romanoff                          Abby Rothschild                          Elizabeth H. Scheuer
    Carolyn S. Schwartz                  Shirley Silver                               BBenensonenenson Warren
    Marc Warren                              Debra Wasserman                       Jason Glasser
    Carolyn Weinberg                      Werber Werber                              Zabare Zabar

     

    TelRuskay 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 supporRuskay'suskay's Political Agenda

     

     

    Phone:  212-980-1000  212-980-1000

    Email the UJA-Federation CERuskay Ruskay: Email the UJA- Federation President Jerry W. Levin:


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    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 CouJCRC - 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, New Israel Fund and Rabbis for Human Rights to march under official authorization JCRChe JCRC in the Israel Day Parade. "Partners for Progressive Israel has called upon Jews to boycott Israeli companies sAhavas Ahava, an Israel cosmetics coSodaStreamaStream, 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.BTselemBTselem 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 oRuskay Ruskay, the CEO of the UJA - Federation of New York.  The UJA-Federation is the major funder and greatly influencJCRChe 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 paradeRuskay Ruskay has made other questionable moves as Chief Executive Officer of the UJA - Federation.  For example, under , 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 saidRuskay 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 theCONAME CONAME (Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East). These reports state he sat CONAME 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 ParadJCRChe 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 &amJCRChe JCRC to Pass Guidelines


    · Stop supporting radical BDS groups such as "Partners for Progressive Israel", The Goldstone report suppoBTselemBTselem" 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:

     TelRuskay 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 supporRuskay'suskay's Political AgendaPhone:  212-980-1000  212-980-1000  Email the UJA-Federation CERuskay Ruskay: Email the UJA- Federation President Jerry W. Levin: ------------------------------ Email the Jewish Community Relations Council of New YorkCEO Michael S. Miller: Phone:  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, NPresident of the Zionist Organization of AmZOAca (ZOA)
    • JWiesenfeldsenfeld, Board Member, Z Street
    • President of the National Conference on Jewish Affairs
    • Helen Freedman, Executive Director of Americans for a Safe Israel
    • Allen Schwartz, Senior Rabbi of CongreOhabon Ohab Zedek on the Upper West Side
    • Dr. Belsky 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.
     
    ·  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 IsraelMeretz Meretz-USAThis group calls on Jews to boycott other Jews. "Partners for Progressive Israel" has published a listing of Israeli products to be boycotted, sAhavas 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  
    Gottesmanttesman, President
    Meyersoneyerson, Chair
    Andy Arno, Treasurer
     
     
    Appelbaumpelbaum                     &nbsAppelbaumpelbaum                        Benett Benett
    Judy BerBunzin Bunzi                 &nbsBunzik Bunzi                                  Franklin Z. Davidson
    Susan Falk                                  Edward J. Falk                            Michelle Feig
    Jeff Feig                                      Gary Gelman                               Michelle Gill
    Brian Davis                                 JeffGural. Gural                           Harold R. Handler
    Peter A. Joseph                          Julia Kaufman                             PeKolevzonolevzon
    Hanno D. Mott                            Bernard M. Plum                          SteRappaportppaport
    Scott Romanoff                          Abby Rothschild                          Elizabeth H. Scheuer
    Carolyn S. Schwartz                  Shirley Silver                               BBenensonenenson Warren
    Marc Warren                              Debra Wasserman                       Jason Glasser
    Carolyn Weinberg                      Werber Werber                              Zabare 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 IsraelMeretz 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, sAhavas Ahava Cosmetic Products, Beigel and Beigel baked products and eight Israeli wine vineyards.
     
    :  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  

    October 16, 2011


    JEWISH COMMUNITY
    ALERT
     
     
     
    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 IsraelMeretz Meretz-USA andB'Tselem'Tselem. TIsraew 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 IsraelMertez 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'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 MAKOMy MAKOM and used their name without permission in promotional efforts.  The Jewish Makomy 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

          &nbsRuskay 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 thaRuskay 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 yearRuskay 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 tRuskay"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 '' during the 1970'sRuskay Ruskay, through the Jewish Community Relations CoJCRCl (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, , 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,Ruskay 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 AMAKOM (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 AMAKOM (MAKOM) denied any involvement with the event. Evidence, however, clearly shows otherwise. 

    Last week, JCCWatch.org charged that the Jewish AMAKOM (MAKOM) had cosponsored the program along with the New Israel Fund, J Street, and other organizations. The Jewish Agency spokHaviv,Rettig Gurtig Gur, speaking to the Israeli press, denied any such alliances. JCCWatch.org has discovered notices that clearly list the Jewish AMAKOM (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 AMAKOM (MAKOM) that have established links to these nefarious organizations.”

    “The Jewish AMAKOM (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 AmericaMAKOM, 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 tWernik Wernik, the North American DirecMakomf 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>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 villAwarta 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 tItamar Itamar, north of Jerusalem, Arab terrorists slaughtered Ruth (36) and Rabbi Ehud Fogel (37) and their three chiYoavn: YoavElad), Elad (4) and three-month-old Hadas. The Israel media reported that the parents fought with the attackers, who fled immediately after murdering the family, and that “The family's 12-year-old daughter, who was at a youth group activity, returned to her home at approximately midnight and her calls for the door to be opened for her went unanswered. With the help of a neighbor, they managed to open the door and came upon the horrible murder scene.”

    Richard Allen, founder of JCC Watch.org, a volunteer group made up of current and past members of the JCC in Manhattan and other concerned individuals and organizations, is outraged: “We cannot fathom that Jewish communal monies are being used to assist radical organizations that fund groups that laud and embrace the family of murderers of Jewish babies in their own homes.

    “It’s time that the board of directors of the JCC in Manhattan stop these partnerships and links. As long as they persist in partnering with such groups as the New Israel Fund, Human Rights Watch, J Street, and B’Tselem, then the UJA-Federation of New York needs to review the JCC in Manhattan’s funding.”

    According to NGO-Monitor, since 1979 the New Israel Fund “has granted more than $200 million to more than 800 organizations in Israel.... Approximately 20% goes to NGOs [non-governmental organizations] that engage in political activities related to the Arab-Israeli conflict, including some that reject the legitimacy of Israel as Jewish democratic state, and are active in boycott and similar campaigns.”

    Allen adds: “When are the JCC in Manhattan’s board members going to take responsibility for partnering with and linking to organizations that fund and support groups associated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel? The dots are easily connected to the JCC in Manhattan: their partners are putting money into the pockets of the very groups supporting and comforting the families Fogels 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), JWiesenfeldsenfeld (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.