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2013 Israel Day Parade in New York City.

This year New York’s annual parade to celebrate Israel will, despite blatant efforts by New York Jewish “leadership” to fool those concerned, once again include groups supporting economic sanctions against Israel.

You see, the New York Jewish leadership apparently thinks boycotting some Jews in Israel is acceptable, so long as their companies are located beyond where the Palestinian Authority wants them.

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For all pro-Israel Jews, Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of the Jewish people, but for most American Jews, New York City is the undisputed Diaspora capital of the Jewish people.

That’s at least one good reason why battle lines were drawn over who and what should be permitted to march in New York City’s Annual Israel Day Parade (it’s officially known as the Celebrate Israel Parade, but people who have marched in or watched it for years and years still automatically call it the Israel Day Parade).

There has been an extremely vocal group of pro-Israel advocates desperately trying to ensure that the people who march in the Israel Day Parade  are actually pro-Israel in deed, and not just in slogan. They haven’t set the bar high – just high enough to keep out those whose actions seek to harm Israel, or those who fund those who do – from participating,

That band of warriors has been led by Richard Allen, a New York City businessman and founder of JCC Watch.

The primary target of the “keep the Celebrate Israel Parade pro-Israel” coalition has been groups, such as the New Israel Fund, which financially supports organizations which advocate economic warfare against Israel, and Partners for a Progressive Israel, which itself proudly advocates boycotting such iconic Israeli companies as SodaStream and Ahava.

In January, when the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York released its 2015 registration packet for the parade, people like Richard Allen and others in the coalition to keep the Israel Day Parade pro-Israel initially rejoiced.

But only momentarily.

The 2015 Marching Group Rules contained in the packet states clearly that all groups participating must identify with Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and the homeland of the Jewish People.

The third rule states clearly that BDS groups may not participate. It states:

“All Groups must oppose, not fund, nor advocate for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, which seeks to delegitimize the State of Israel by not recognizing it as a Jewish state.”

Just below that rule, the packet links to further information. Unfortunately, neither of the links work, and only one could be found on the web. That one did not provide any further enlightenment than did the ostensibly clear rule.

When The Jewish Press contacted the JCRC of NY, Michael Mittleman, director of  the “Celebrate Israel” department, refused to explain what was meant by barring groups from participating in the parade if they do “not fund, nor advocate for” BDS.

Mittleman would only say that the JCRC had a statement it had released, which he promised to forward, on the topic and it was the last word he or any of them would say about the topic.

The conversation went from cordial to less so, as the reporter attempted to get Mittleman to expand on any specifics. The reporter asked, point blank, whether groups which advocate boycotts of such companies as SodaStream and Ahava would be permitted to march in the parade.

Mittleman would not answer other than say the only information the JCRC would provide on the topic was in the statement which he would forward.

Uh oh.

The “Celebrate Israel” director acknowledged, when pressed, that a decision about whether a specific group would be permitted or wouldn’t be permitted to march would have to be made, but he simply would not state what criterion would be used, beyond what was already in the 2015 parade rules and what was in the statement he promised to forward.

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

17 COMMENTS

  1. 2 Jews in 1 room = 3 different opinions.
    IF it weren't for numerous anti semites, Jews would act like muslims and be their own worst enemy. The Jews need to have solidarity, and try to do something next to impossible for them which is keep their mouth shut (latest comment was mainly directed at the leftists/bolsheviks). These same bleeding heart leftists who are pro boycotting Israel would have defended Hitler's Nazis from the concentration camps. What a bunch of IDIOTS. History ?

  2. Copy and paste this on ALL muslim stories! Flood them with the truth!
    This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish The burning of the jordanian pilot was a Muslim
    The Tel Aviv bus attack:was a Muslim
    The Shoe Bomber was a Muslim The Beltway Snipers were Muslims
    The beheading of two Japanese hostages was a Muslim
    The Paris and Australia shooting was a Muslim
    The Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim
    The underwear Bomber was a Muslim
    The U-S.S. Cole Bombers were Muslims
    The Madrid Train Bombers were Muslims
    The Bafi Nightclub Bombers were Muslims
    The London Subway Bombers were Muslims
    The Moscow Theatre Attackers were Muslims
    The Boston Marathon Bombers were Muslims
    The Pan-Am flight #93 Bombers were Muslims
    The Air France Entebbe Hijackers were Muslims
    The Iranian Embassy Takeover, was by Muslims
    The Beirut U.S. Embassy bombers were Muslims
    The Libyan U.S. Embassy Attack was by Musiims
    The Buenos Aires Suicide Bombers were Muslims
    The Israeli Olympic Team Attackers were Muslims
    The Kenyan U.S, Embassy Bombers were Muslims
    The Saudi, Khobar Towers Bombers were Muslims
    The Beirut Marine Barracks bombers were Muslims
    The Besian Russian School Attackers were Muslims
    The first World Trade Center Bombers were Muslims
    The Bombay & Mumbai India Attackers were Muslims
    The Achille Lauro Cruise Ship Hijackers were Muslims
    The September 11th 2001 Airline Hijackers were Muslims’
    Philippines – Moro Islamic Liberation Front guerrillas were involved in the killing of 49 Special Action Force
    Think of it:

    Buddhists living with Hindus = No Problem
    Hindus living with Christians = No Problem
    Hindus living with Jews = No Problem
    Christians living with Shintos = No Problem
    Shintos living with Confucians = No Problem
    Confusians living with Baha’is = No Problem
    Baha’is living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Atheists = No Problem
    Atheists living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Sikhs = No Problem
    Sikhs living with Hindus = No Problem
    Hindus living with Baha’is = No Problem
    Baha’is living with Christians = No Problem
    Christians living with Jews = No Problem
    Jews living with Buddhists = No Problem
    Buddhists living with Shintos = No Problem
    Shintos living with Atheists = No Problem
    Atheists living with Confucians = No Problem
    Confusians living with Hindus = No Problem

    Muslims living with Hindus = Problem
    Muslims living with Buddhists = Problem
    Muslims living with Christians = Problem
    Muslims living with Jews = Problem
    Muslims living with Sikhs = Problem
    Muslims living with Baha’is = Problem
    Muslims living with Shintos = Problem
    Muslims living with Atheists = Problem
    MUSLIMS LIVING WITH MUSLIMS = BIG PROBLEM

    **********SO THIS LEAD TO *****************
    They’re not happy in Gaza
    They’re not happy in Egypt
    They’re not happy in Libya
    They’re not happy in Morocco
    They’re not happy in Iran
    They’re not happy in Iraq
    They’re not happy in Yemen
    They’re not happy in Afghanistan
    They’re not happy in Pakistan
    They’re not happy in Syria
    They’re not happy in Lebanon
    They’re not happy in Nigeria
    They’re not happy in Kenya
    They’re not happy in Sudan

    ******** So, where are they happy? **********
    They’re happy in Australia
    They’re happy in England
    They’re happy in Belgium
    They’re happy in France
    They’re happy in Italy
    They’re happy in Germany
    They’re happy in Sweden
    They’re happy in the USA & Canada
    They’re happy in Norway & India
    They’re happy in almost every country that is not Islamic! And who do they blame? Not Islam… Not their leadership… Not themselves… THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!! And they want to change the countries they’re happy in, to be like the countries they came from where they were unhappy and finally they will be get hammered
    !!!!

    Islamic Jihad: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    ISIS: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Al-Qaeda: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Taliban: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Hamas: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Hezbollah: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Boko Haram: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Al-Nusra: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Abu Sayyaf: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Al-Badr: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Muslim Brotherhood: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Lashkar-e-Taiba: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Palestine Liberation Front: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Ansaru: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Jemaah Islamiyah: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    Abdullah Azzam Brigades: AN ISLAMIC TERROR ORGANIZATION
    AND A LOT MORE!!!!!!!
    I am sure with these SAVAGES there will be more to come
    Think about THIS…. .
    Can a good Muslim be a good American or Canadian?

    This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia
    for 20 years. The following is his reply:

    Theologically – no. … Because his allegiance is to Allah.

    Religiously – no.. . .. Because no other religion is accepted by His
    Allah except Islam … (Quran, 2:256) (Koran)

    scripturally – no. .. .. Because his allegiance is to the five
    Pillars of Islam and the Quran.

    Geographically – no .. Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which
    he turns in prayer five times a day..

    Socially – no. . . Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to
    make friends with Christians or Jews …

    Politically – no… Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders),
    who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America, the great Satan.

    Domestically – no. .. . Because he is instructed to marry four Women
    and beat his wife when she disobeys him (Quran4:34 )

    Intellectually – no… Because he cannot accept the American
    Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes
    the Bible to be corrupt.

    Philosophically – no. . . Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran does not
    allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist.
    Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

    Spiritually – no… Because when we declare ‘one nation under God,’
    The Christian’s God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred
    to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in the Quran’s 99
    excellent names.

    Therefore, after much study and deliberation….perhaps we should be
    very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot
    be both ‘good’ Muslims and good Americans/Canadians. Call it what you
    wish, it’s still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand
    this, the better it will be for our countries and our future.
    The religious war is bigger than we know or understand.

    Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within.
    SO FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

    THE Armed Forces WANT THIS EMAIL TO ROLL ALL OVER THE U.S. & CANADA .
    Please don’t delete this until you send it on.

  3. Alan Kardon Let me try to dive down to your level: My comment was meant for these leftist bleeding heart Bolshevik Jews who seem to defend even the devil. They need to shut up for once and get behind the majority of Jews. Sorry Alan but either way you slice it (analyze things) Jews were always hated for any /no reason. and are still hated with the same levels as before. Those Jews who wish to boycott any part of Israel should SHUT the UP !!!!!

  4. It's time for Orthodox groups, who are by far the bulk of the parade participants, to flex their communal muscle and tell the JCRC how it IS going to be. They should give the JCRC THEIR rules for being prepared to march in the parade or else they should arrange their own proper parade, a 'We Love Israel Parade'.

  5. IT IS CRUCIAL TO GET CLARITY ON THIS ISSUE. We have found that Pro–Palestinian groups have come up with a slippery slidy loophole, BRILLIANT on their part, check out, JFREJ, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, they are partnering with Jewish groups and synagogues under seemingly deceptive agendas, on their website they state they take no position in BDS, yet are sponsors of Pro-Palestinian forums. They just upped the anty

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