Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jewish Leadership in Seattle and Los Angeles-and the New Israel Fund

Gary Fouse

Hat tip The Mike Report and Paul Schnee

Much like Orange County, with the feckless Jewish Federation, Hillel, and Anti-Defamation League, Los Angeles and Seattle have big time problems with many of their leaders and organizations, many of whom are anti-Israel.

Paul Schnee, who I had the pleasure of meeting at a recent pro-Israel rally in Los Angeles, has sent me an article in the Jewish Journal on one of the leading figures in Los Angeles, Jonathan Jacoby, who is leaving his position at the LA Jewish Federation to return to the New Israel Fund, of which he is a founding member.

So who is this organization known as the New Israel Fund? It seems they are big financial supporters of several groups dedicated to Israel's destruction.  Here are some links provided to me by Mr. Schnee.

I think we may assume that the New Israel Fund is hardly pro-Israel.

Meanwhile, the Seattle-based blog, The Mike Report, has a troubling sketch of one of Seattle's leading Jewish activists, Ben Murane and the organization he represents, the aforementioned New Israel Fund.

One of the biggest stereotypes of the US Jewish community is that it is monolithic and united in its support of Israel. That is not true.  While each individual American Jew has the right to form his or her own opinion of Israel, it would be nice if the Jewish community was fully aware of which organizations and so-called leaders are for or against Israel. It is fundamentally dishonest for certain Jewish organizations to portray themselves as pro-Israel while they fund and assist other organizations devoted to Israel's destruction.

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