Alisa R. Doctoroff, UJA president
John Ruskay, UJA CEO
Eric S. Goldstein, UJA CEO Elect
Ronald G. Weiner, President Jewish Community Relations Council Board
Rabbi Michael Miller, Jewish Community Relations Council Board
Subject: Israel boycott promoters do not belong in Israel Day Parade or any other Jewish and for Israel activities
I advise you take a heed because I am spreading the word wide and beyond.
The question I have, "Have NYC, tragically Left leaning, 'Jewish Leaders' – but not only the NYC-ers - gone too far?" I say YES; they need their contributors' money – from the Left, Right, conservatives, liberals and vegetarians – to run their operations, among which is to organize parades and events, but could care less about self respect, dignity, morality, moral compass and genuine support for Israel, the county without which they will not even exist.
If we complain they will probably say it is the right of the boycotters and other anti-Israel actions to freedom of speech to boycott Israel's policy and thus boycotting and promoting boycotting of Israel is acceptable, but, they will claim that these anti-Israel still love the country they want to kill!
Boycotting Jews is an act of anti-Semitism, if you only paid attention to history that ended up killing one of every three Jews alive.
I am told that there is absolutely no consensus among the New York Jewish community, and anywhere else in the USA, to financially support the inclusion of anti-Zionist-anti-Israel elements in activities that are associated with Israel; quite to the contrary. BUT, you, the so-called 'Jewish leaders,' continue to invite and subsidize Israel bashers and other BDS movement supporters to take part in 'for Israel' and Jewish events. The people you suppose to lead object to your leadership's behavior, yet, the swagger you are, you do what you do on the people's dime!
With no shame of your behavior and actions you push as far as you can to accomplish what ends up to be simple indignant shame.
The Israel Day Parade is a celebration of Israel, celebrated by all the supporters of Israel, of whatever creed, and there is no room for people, or groups, who want to do her harm.
The USA Jewish 'leadership' have long ago gone way too far and the only way to stop them is through funding. Ending funding them, stopping donating to THEIR causes, not ours, is the goal. And some of the organizations they "lead," for all I care, can disappear to never emerge again.
Courage is not found in condemning or boycotting Israel. The whole world does that on a daily basis! Courage is found in standing up to all these thugs, anti-Semites, clueless haters!
So from now on we are going to stand up to you, loud and clear. If not, learning from the past, just like in 1930's-1940's the USA Jewish leadership was complicit in the making of the Holocaust and from which you have learned absolutely nothing, you are heading to be complicit in weakening Israel and endangering its existence – bring about another Holocaust. Not to mention that you do nothing to preserve and in intact the American Jewry.
Hear us out! We will not let you!
We are going to be active to stop your madness, your insane behavior.
Change your ways; whether you will or not, we will, because we CAN!
Los Angeles, California
2013 Israel Day Parade in New York City.
The UJA-Federation, responsible for the annual parade, has given the Green Light to groups organizing boycotts against products of Jewish owners in Judea and Samaria. These groups work every day to isolate Israel and make her a global pariah, announcing to the world the names of specific Jewish-owned companies operating in Judea-Samaria they want punished.
Yet, these "Jewish" groups are being invited to infiltrate the Parade, either because of agreement with their tactics or as a way of affirming what the UJA-Federation calls an "open tent."
Join us Tuesday, April 8, in Manhattan to tell the UJA: No. This cannot stand. Decent people cannot tolerate this perfidy. We will not accept such corruption of values, such appeasement, and public forfeiture of Jewish dignity. There is something sick about this. Imagine a St. Patrick's Day Parade with Irishmen marching who call for boycotting parts of Ireland and Irish-owned businesses. These are marching orders no self-respecting Jew can countenance.
There is a fundamental principle involved here, which is: No Jew can accept the boycotting of Jewish businesses, the State of Israel, or the Jewish people. Period! Especially not Jewish organizations, founded to defend the Jewish people. Providing boycotters a public stamp of approval affirms and further enables the boycotting. Merely signing a paper of commitment to Israel's existence in no way kosherizes the activists promoting the despicable, unacceptable category of anti-Jewish boycotts.
One dare not legitimize the boycotting of Jewish businesses or Jews, qua Jews, no matter his claim that he is doing it for the "right reasons" or to "effectuate necessary change." If we do, then anyone can boycott Jews or Israel by simply stating they are "doing it for necessary and 'moral' reasons."
To the world, a boycott is a boycott, east of the Green Line or west of it. Approving one leads to the other. Boycotting Israel will spur future boycotting of those "bad" Jews, for example, in Brooklyn or London.
Ironically, the 'conscience-struck' Jewish boycotters never boycott Arab or Moslem businesses, despite the ubiquitous terrorism and their violations of human rights. Their outrage is only against the Jewish state and its Jews.
Nazism began even before the implementation of the Final Solution. It began with boycotts against Jewish owned businesses, Jewish merchants, and Jews providing services. The Nazi idea of boycotting Jewish businesses was an essential component and standard of Nazism. Nazism was evil in all of its stages, including the limited earlier stages of anti-Jewish boycotts of the 1930s. It remains just as evil today, even when done by Jews; enthusiastically done in concert with non-Jewish anti-Semites and those arrayed against the State of the Jews, Israel.
UJA's desire for an 'open tent' should not devolve into the destruction of the tent. The purpose of Jewish organizations is to promote and defend Jewish interests, not provide credence for the unacceptable, nor be part of a slow, step-by-step destruction of Jewish sovereignty. There is a big world out there where one can easily find all the available "OPEN" forums blaming Israel and seeking its destruction. Too often, we are hoodwinked by this pernicious notion that "Jewish values" demand we see only our opponent’s and enemy's viewpoint and forgo our own Jewish survival. Strange, very strange indeed.
Besides, we know the Jewish establishment’s call for an “open tent” does not include many they consider too “right wing.” They select those with whom they ultimately share some simpatico.
Courage is not found in condemning Israel. The whole world does that.
Courage is found in standing up to in-house Jewish boycotters for the sake of something greater than their feigned liberalism, to wit, the defense of the Jewish people and Israel. We expect that from UJA-Federation. That is their duty! But too often the Jewish establishment will not do that which goes against leftwing, politically-correct thinking. They camouflage their timidity, or concurrence, by intoning lofty but phony clichés.
Look how far some Jewish people have fallen: That which their destroyers did to them, they are now doing to their own brothers and sisters. It stems not from a higher sense of morality but a lower regard for Jewish peoplehood and nationalism..... and noxious self-righteousness. Out of a need to be accepted in their leftwing circles, as well as their unwillingness to stand up and fight the unpopular fight of our day, many are riding the fashionable bandwagon against Israel.
Too many Jews are now part of the herd sport of anti-Semitism, previously forbidden to them but now permitted under forms of anti-Israelism. Many are simply what used to be called: traitors. Traitors should be shunned, not given prominence as desired partners in our parades.
If you can't attend Tuesday's gathering, send your protest to UJA- Federation. There are additional instances where Federation-affiliated agencies are inviting speakers who are known to be anti-Israel, against any self-defense measures, and even anti-Jewish, posing simply as "temporary" opponents of Israel with differing views.
Let the directors of UJA-Federation and other Jewish organizations know of your concern about their silence over the beating of Jews across Europe by Moslem gangs and Knockout gangs here. Directors are not necessarily leaders. Real Jewish leaders should not be indifferent, silent, nor lend support to boycotters and others wishing to tear us down.
The directors of our Jewish organizations are not infallible. They certainly weren't during the 30s and 40s. We've seen this before: blind obedience is foolish and leaving our destiny and safety to those who claim they "know best" often can be devastating. This time in history, we must not make the same mistake.
About the Author: Rabbi Aryeh Spero is author of "Push Back" and was a pulpit rabbi for almost forty years. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.