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Mass Shofar Blast Against Anti-Israel Enabling on April 29

This year the Celebrate Israel Parade raises the issue of whether organizations which support economic warfare against the Jewish State (in the name of love for Israel, of course) should be given a hecksher by the Jewish communal leadership? And what constitutes Jewish communal leadership, anyway?
Dueling Shofarim

Dueling Shofarim
Photo Credit: Orel Cohen/Flash 90

If a small group of grass-roots Jewish organizations have their way, more than one hundred protestors will assemble in New York City on April 29, 2014, each carrying a shofar. On cue, at 5:30 in the afternoon, rain or shine, all will raise their curved rams’ horns, long and short, and wail to the heavens in visceral unison producing a piercing spectacle of protest. The cacophonous alarums will continue their outcry until the shofar blowers feel they have made their point.

What are they protesting? It is their communal leadership.

The dissident shofar blowers will assemble in front of the 59th Street headquarters of the UJA-Federation of New York. The Federation’s beneficiary, the Jewish Community Relations Council, is the chief organizer of the Celebrate Israel Parade scheduled for June 1. The upbeat procession of floats, runners, and marchers is normally a public show of Jewish unity in support of Israel. But this year, the parade has become a maelstrom of disunity over the participation of the controversial New Israel Fund and other groups which recent revelations now link to the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement and the campaign to delegitimize Israel internationally.

The outrage in some American, Jewish, and Israeli circles over the NIF’s inclusion in the highly visible parade, formerly known as the Israel Day Parade, may be more than just a passing horn blast. The discontent may be energizing a historic decision among American Jews. Just what constitutes the Jewish mainstream? Is American Jewry about to set limits on its open tent of inclusion, a precept the community wears as a badge of honor?

More than a few American Jews feel their community has been hijacked from within by such groups as the J Street lobby, the New Israel Fund, and other organizations that constitute a powerful, well-funded minority able to wage war against Israel seemingly in the name of the Jewish people. “These groups are anti-Jewish,” says Judith Freedman Kadish, special project director of Americans for a Safe Israel, “and they are funding groups that are anti-Semitic. They just veil their actions by saying they are trying to influence public policy and an occupation.” The accused organizations and their defenders in the Jewish media and within the Jewish activist community vigorously insist their activities are simply democratic dissent aimed at solving Israel’s problems.

The New Israel Fund, enabled by taxpayer subsidies of its 501(c)(3) status, has been a pivotal funder of the BDS movement that wages economic war against Israel. Until 2011, the NIF was a lead supporter of the Coalition of Women for Peace, which established a global BDS infrastructure. According to NIF financial records, in 2008 alone, the NIF bestowed $93,457 upon the Coalition of Women for Peace. Over a period of years, NIF financing of this organization reached a strong six-figure sum, which included both direct grants and those where the NIF acted as a go-between for other donors–a technique they called “donor advised funding.”

The NIF no longer provides money to the Coalition of Women for Peace. Now, the CWP is strong enough to gather its monies from other sources. But detractors say — the irreparable damage was done. Moreover, the BDS movement today is fortified by a conveyor belt of brutality and oppression accounts–some legitimate, some exaggerated, some invented — force fed to the world by agitation NGOs, including many financed by the New Israel Fund.

NIF’s financial records for 2012 indicate that it granted $109,615 to Breaking the Silence, $255,477 to B’Tselem, and $209,161 to Adalah. These three groups are among dozens of NIF grantees that critics accuse as operating on the front lines of anti-Israel information and distorting the facts about international law as it affects Israel. Numerous Knesset members and Israeli military men have gone on record to decry the NIF as a well-financed, foreign, multinational NGO, hell-bent on “destabilizing the Israel Defense Forces” and erasing the Jewish identity from the State of Israel.

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13 Responses to “Mass Shofar Blast Against Anti-Israel Enabling on April 29”

  1. It’s so sad , people have lost the plot!!! Not learned from the wars , enough people should not be judged by their denomination or beliefs, as long we respect one another !
    Adults we are suppose to be role models for our future children, PEACE & RESPECT!!

  2. Ed Edwards says:

    Just so we understand that those guys are also extremists.

  3. I believe J street is the problem. These progressives do not speak for most of us. They want to see the end of Israel

  4. There are plenty of groups wanting to ride Israel liberals and conservatives, even non-Jews. Getting on this page I wonder if you have to be a Republican, conservative Jew or Christian or someone who wants Israel to become the most liberal of liberal/ secular.and anti-religious. I’m hoping exaggerations explain some of it.

  5. There are plenty of groups wanting to ride Israel liberals and conservatives, even non-Jews. Getting on this page I wonder if you have to be a Republican, conservative Jew or Christian or someone who wants Israel to become the most liberal of liberal/ secular.and anti-religious. I’m hoping exaggerations explain some of it.

  6. There are plenty of groups wanting to ride Israel liberals and conservatives, even non-Jews. Getting on this page I wonder if you have to be a Republican, conservative Jew or Christian or someone who wants Israel to become the most liberal of liberal/ secular.and anti-religious. I’m hoping exaggerations explain some of it.

  7. I will blow my shofar in Southern California on April 29th. Amen.

  8. There is no separation between Israel and the Jewish people. Not in the hearts and minds of those who fight against it. Not in the hearts and minds of people who understand it.

  9. There is no separation between Israel and the Jewish people. Not in the hearts and minds of those who fight against it. Not in the hearts and minds of people who understand it.

  10. I sould blow my shofar in Massachusetts would love to go and show my support to Jewish community

  11. Rg Grqesqge says:

    we will suport you ! and shall israel kill who wants to kill jews

  12. Jean Perles says:

    JÉRUSALEM, CAPITALE ÉTERNELLE ET INDIVISIBLE DE L’ETAT JUIF
    القدس عاصمة أبدية دولة يهودية بأكملها
    ירושלים, בירה ומדינה יהודית כולו נצחית

  13. Lize Bartsch says:

    I agree, but if the Jews had read their prophecies they should have known to get back to Israel long time ago. If they are not in Israel where the Messiah promised to meet them, they are targets to deception. Jews READ THE TANACH, it is the only truth left in the world systems

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