web analytics
October 26, 2014 / 2 Heshvan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



NYC JCC Film Dir Adds Sleazy Journalism Sin to HuffPost BDS Post

Which part of "the importance of the use of boycott to get international attention towards pressuring Israel to end the occupation is unquestionable" means the author is opposed to boycotts of Israel? None, that's why the author deleted them days after the article was published.
Manhattan Jewish Community Center’s film program director Isaac Zablocki (R., seen with Richard Pena) wrote: "Importance of the use of boycott [of Israel]...is unquestionable."

Manhattan Jewish Community Center’s film program director Isaac Zablocki (R., seen with Richard Pena) wrote: "Importance of the use of boycott [of Israel]...is unquestionable."
Photo Credit: Facebook

Last week The Jewish Press ran an article that was critical of the Manhattan Jewish Community Center’s film programs director, Isaac Zablocki.  The criticism was for someone in his position – a paid employee of a Jewish institution whose financial existence is dependent on donations from Jews who are not told their money will be used to promote anti-Israel activity – who published an opinion piece in the Huffington Post strongly endorsing economic warfare against Israel. He wrote boycotts of Israel were “unquestionably” good so long as they do not include boycotts of Israel’s arts and culture and academic world.

To make it clear that it was not just an impression or possibly a misunderstanding of Zablocki’s article as supportive of boycotts against Israel, a block quote from Zablocki’s August 15 article, “Boycotting the Messenger,” was used.  Here it is again, this time with the key words underlined:

In the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nonviolence is a welcome form of protest for the region, and the importance of the use of boycott to get international attention towards pressuring Israel to end the occupation is unquestionable. However, the protest of art, culture and education brings up dangers in the realm of freedom and evolution of thought. Artists and educators have an important impact on changing society. Their diversity of opinions plant seeds of thought and help minds grow.

It is hard to see how Zablocki’s own words mean anything other than that he supports the use of boycotts against Israel, so long as arts, culture and education are immune.  It is hard to say because, heck, those are the words he used!

Zablocki made a few feeble attempts to wish away his own words.  This reporter along with many other people were recipients of an email “clarification.” Next,  Zablocki posted a comment on his own article that he also labeled a “clarification.”  In fact, his statement was not a clarification of his article, it was a contradiction of his article.  Here is a screenshot of his “clarification,” followed by a comment pointing out that his article and his “clarification” are inconsistent.

comments to Zablocki's "Boycotting the Messenger" op-ed in Huffington Post

comments to Zablocki’s “Boycotting the Messenger” op-ed in Huffington Post

The lightbulb must have gone off at this point because then Zablocki, presumably with the Huffington Post‘s approval, did more than just wish away his words.  He deleted them from his article.  By deleting certain key, material words from an article, and neglecting to notify readers that there was a substantive change to the article, Zablocki committed an egregious journalistic sin.

As of sometime on Tuesday, August 20, the key portion of the fifth paragraph of Zablocki’s article, the one quoted earlier in this and our earlier article, was altered. The words “and the importance of the use of boycott to get international attention towards pressuring Israel to end the occupation is unquestionable” were deleted.  The beginning of that paragraph now reads:

In the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nonviolence is a welcome form of protest for the region. However, the protest of art, culture and education brings up dangers in the realm of freedom and evolution of thought.

And what’s worse, we have been told by sources who wish to remain anonymous, that Zablocki is now telling people that it is obvious from his article that he opposes boycotts of Israel, indeed that that was the point of his article!  Hard to square that with his own words: “the importance of the use of boycott to get international attention towards pressuring Israel to end the occupation is unquestionable.”  What’s unquestionable is that caught in an unpleasant situation, Zablocki took the coward’s way out, and is trying to pretend he never wrote what he in fact did write.

We asked Zablocki for an interview, explaining that if we had misunderstood his original article we needed to clear that up for our readers, but that the email clarification was factually inconsistent with the article.  Zablocki did not wish to be interviewed about this, and instead pointed us to the “clarifying statement” he wrote as a talkback comment to his article.

Here is a screen shot of the original version of Zablocki’s article, as it appeared (minus the highlighting and arrows) when The Jewish Press article was written.

screen capture of original published version of Zablocki article in Huffington Post, before key words were deleted

screen capture of original published version of Zablocki article in Huffington Post, before key words were deleted

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “NYC JCC Film Dir Adds Sleazy Journalism Sin to HuffPost BDS Post”

  1. Jose L. San Vicente says:

    Idiot.

  2. Paging Mr. Zablocki, paging Mr. Zablocki. Please call your office. And please call the Huffington Post. And then tell the rest of the world (or at least the fraction of the world that cares) and tell us — WHAT IN THE WORLD were you thinking?

  3. Paging Mr. Zablocki, paging Mr. Zablocki. Please call your office. And please call the Huffington Post. And then tell the rest of the world (or at least the fraction of the world that cares) and tell us — WHAT IN THE WORLD were you thinking?

  4. Wendy Revel says:

    If I were a contributor to the NY JCC, I would be livid, both because of what he wrote in the first place, and because of his refusal to own up.

  5. Lisa Berenson says:

    This sickens me.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Terrorists attack Israeli soldiers with a Molotov cocktail in Arab village near Ramallah.
Palestinian Authority-American Shot Dead while Trying to Kill Jews
Latest News Stories
Liberman and Ariel

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Liberman (L) speaks with Israel’s Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel during a cornerstone laying ceremony for a new Synagogue in the community of Nokdim in Eastern Gush Etzion, on October 23, 2014. Nokdim is Liberman’s home town. This is what we think they spoke about.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency Saturday after terrorists carried out a deadly assault in the northern Sinai, killing 33 Egyptian troops. Al-Sisi charged that “this operation had a foreign fund to execute” he attack against the Egyptian army… to break the back of Egypt and Egyptians.” A car bomb […]

Israeli police shoot tear gas to disperse Arab rioters throwing rocks after Friday prayers in Arab neighborhoods n Jerusalem.

Arab youth are trying to spark a widespread intifada but so far have failed.

Broken headstones and monuments in the Mount of Olives cemetery.

Jewish headstones and monuments were smashed, broken and knocked over. Firebombs were thrown into the cemetery.

The Galil Medical Center has treated 408 wounded Syrians to date.

At least 14 people have been killed in Tripoli battles.

India has chosen to purchase Israel’s Spike anti-tank missiles after rejecting a competing offer for US Lockheed Martin’s Javelin missiles.

The US sends its “condolences” and urges “all parties…to avoid escalating tensions.”

Kerry snubs Ya’alon, but the Israeli D.M. gets great press coverage in leading U.S. newspaper.

The first of 2 nurses to contract Ebola in Texas has been cured. NY and NJ have begun quarantining health-care workers returning from West Africa.

“Mourning” a terrorist means carrying the torch of terror.

Israel changes it clocks Sunday morning at 2 AM.

Terrorist attack in NYC and in Canada came after ISIS urged Muslims in the West to strike police and soldiers.

“For these international artists, the history and heroism at Masada together with performing at the lowest point on earth – 424 meters under the sea – is something that is truly unique,” Yossef explained.

At best, the Hareidim have been eating “Heter Mechira”. At worse, they’ve been eating vegetables grown in sewer water or pesticides from unknown and unsupervised Arabs fields.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
Israel's Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon, visiting the family of  IDF Golani Brigade soldier St.-Sgt. Oron Shaul in the northern village of Poria on August 10, 2014. Shaul was killed by Hamas in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.

Kerry snubs Ya’alon, but the Israeli D.M. gets great press coverage in leading U.S. newspaper.

Zale Thompson, 32-year-old Muslim convert, attacked New York police officers with an axe on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014.

Terrorist attack in NYC and in Canada came after ISIS urged Muslims in the West to strike police and soldiers.

J Street U blames Jews buying homes in Jerusalem for triggering Hamas terrorist’s murderous rampage.

Boko Haram kidnapped an additional 20 Nigerian girls.

Arab media describes Hamas vehicular terrorist attack as ‘Palestinian ‘shot dead’ by Israeli police.’

Please see this article for the latest update. Updates as soon as available. UPDATE 4, 6:42 p.m. Israel Time: Official word from Superintendent Micky Rosenfeld, Israel Police Foreign Press Spokesman is that nine people were injured by a vehicle which struck people at the light rail station. The shots people heard were ones fired at the […]

Visitors from Ebola-stricken West African nations will be required to enter the U.S. from one of only five airports.

Israel’s UN ambassador refuted secretary-general’s hackneyed and false understanding of instability in the Middle East.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/nyc-jcc-film-dir-adds-sleazy-journalism-sin-to-huffpost-bds-post/2013/08/21/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: