JCC Watch Alert: Anti-Israel Groups to March in Israel Day Parade

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 SUCH AS SODASTREAM AND 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 Council (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-Federation and JCRC and ask them to reverse their misguided decision. 

THESE ARE THE FACTS ACCORDING TO JCC WATCH:

 These are the groups marching in the Israel Day Parade:

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 include Ahava cosmetics, SodaStream and wine from nine Israeli vineyards.

-The New Israel Fund (NIF) is allowed to march in the parade. Other groups marching with the New Israel Fund, display their individual banners, including B’Tselem, Partners for Progressive Israel and Rabbis for Human Rights.

-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 (Machsom WatchCoalition of Women for PeaceWomen Against Violence, Social TV, and Mossawa) signed a letter to the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, urging it to divest from Israel.

-The chair of B’Tselem’s board, Oren Yiftachel, has publically called for “effective sanctions” against Israel. B’Tselem is a major grantee of the New Israel Fund.

B’Tselem produced the video that was shown at the infamous “Israel Apartheid 2012” events held at Universities and Colleges worldwide.

-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.

  

Rally Date: April 8, 2014

Time: 4:00-6:45 pm

Location: UJA-Federation of NY

130 East 59th Street

between Lexington & Park Avenue

New York, NY

Urge 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 Council (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 Council (JCRC) runs the parade, the UJA-Federation has effective control over the JCRC, as they appoint Board members as a right and contribute the majority of 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 Officer, John Ruskay, worked with Noam Chomsky in one of the first political bash Israel groups; CONAME (Committee on New Alternatives in the Middle East). The reports state that the group CONAME specialized in attacking Israel. John 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

Tell John Ruskay, Alisa R. Doctoroff, and Eric Goldstein to pass guidelines to stop the UJA from working with, funding, and promoting, boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel. 

Groups that boycott SodaStream should not march in the Israeli 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:

                                                                      President Alisa R. Doctoroff: DoctoroffA@UJAFedNY.org 

                                                                      Chief Executive Officer John Ruskay: RuskayJ@UJAFedNY.org

                                                                      CEO Elect Eric S. Goldstein: EGoldstein@PaulWeiss.com


Email the Jewish Community Relations Council Board: 

                                                                      Rabbi Michael Miller: MillerM@JCRCNY.org or call 212-983-4084

                                                                      President Ronald G. Weiner: Ron@PWCPA.com

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