Denial Falls Apart, in Triplicate: The Jewish Agency Partnered with and Sponsored Anti-Israel Event with New Israel Fund for Past Three Years
New York – “Love, Hate and the Jewish State 4.0: Airing the Dirty Laundry,” an event recently held at the JCC in Manhattan, a beneficiary of the UJA-Federation of New York, met with controversy when The Jewish Agency (MAKOM) denied any involvement with the event. However, the agency’s sponsorship logos were plastered all over the program and promotional materials for the event, going back at least three years.
Last week, JCCWatch.org charged that the Jewish Agency had cosponsored the program along with the New Israel Fund, J Street, and other organizations. The Jewish Agency spokesman Haviv Rettig Gur, speaking to the Israeli press, denied any such alliances. JCCWatch.org has discovered notices that clearly list the Jewish Agency (MAKOM) as a sponsor. These prove the sponsorship of not only this year’s event, but also last year’s and, based on evidence in articles still found online, at least as far back as 2009.
JCCWatch.org’s founder, Richard Allen, calling “Love Hate and the Jewish State 4.0: Airing the Dirty Laundry” a “bash-Israel event,” stated that it “trains the younger Jewish generation to hate the Jewish state. There is nothing at all positive being taught at these political bash-Israel sessions. In fact, the program might be better called ‘Love to Hate the Jewish State 4.0.’” He went on to condemn the JCC in Manhattan, a beneficiary of the UJA-Federation of New York, for hosting yet another event put on by groups that fund and support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. “There are clearly elements within the American arm of the Jewish 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.”