NCJA’s Letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton regarding State Department consultant’s participation in the recent “International Conference for the Defense of Occupied Jerusalem” in Qatar. This letter was sent on March 1, 2012, and NCJA has yet to receive a response.
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
US Secretary of State
Harry S Truman Building
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20520
March 1, 2012
Dear Madame Secretary,
The National Conference of Jewish Affairs is an umbrella organization of Jewish leaders from across the United States. We are are deeply concerned about the appearance of Kenneth Insley, Jr., who was listed as an official representative of the US Department of State at the recent International Conference for the Defense of Occupied Jerusalem (or, as it was referred to in the English language media as the “Conference on Jerusalem”).
The conference itself was a two-day long effort to demonize Israel and deny Judaism’s more than three thousand year connection to Jerusalem. The words and tone of Mr. Insley’s speech in which he attacked and ridiculed Israel’s leaders and politicians, and also US politicians, are a disgrace to our nation.
Mr. Insley not only claimed to be an official consultant to the State Department, but claimed to have spent the past decade “coordinating many international exchanges with State Department delegations.” You can read his entire speech here: http://www.qatarconferences.org/jerusalem/documents.php, or simply read some of the lowlights in the attached press release.
On behalf of our national membership we ask whether (1) Mr. Insley attended the conference about Jerusalem in Doha on February 26-27, 2012, as an official representative of the United States government; (2) any US taxpayer dollars were used to subsidize any part of Mr. Insley’s attendance at the Doha conference; and if the answer to any of those two questions are no, whether an official statement correcting the misimpression created by Mr. Insley will be sent to all participants of the Doha Conference, as well as to the government of Israel. Of course, if the answer to either is yes we are appalled that our government is officially taking such positions anywhere, but especially in such a public and already vehemently anti-Israel forum, and intend to pursue this with members of congress. We further wish to know whether the Department of State intends to sever all official and any other contact with Mr. Insley for his slanderous and disgraceful attacks on the government of Israel and on the reputations of members of the United States Congress.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to a prompt response.
NCJA Executive Committee Chair