The following email was forwarded to the OC Task Force. It was not forwarded to us by its author.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 8:00 AM
Subject: Why Israel should be recognized as a Jewish state – Quid Pro Peace
Pretty interesting insight from one of the Jewish kids who went on OTI.
I hope Fousesqauwk or the Independent Task Force on Anti-Semitism decides to cross-post it.
Note: An important question is why the author of this email or his colleagues, the leadership of the Orange County Jewish communal organizations, did not attend this exhibition first hand? According to the Anti Defamation League, the Jewish Voice for Peace is classified as one of the top 10 anti-Israel groups in the United States. Sadly, community leaders were conspicuously absent at other recent anti-Israel exhibitions at UCI, including Ben White and Jeff Halper. The OCITF will continue to attend and inform the broader community as these events unfold, however, as always, it is crucial for individual members of the community to peacefully attend these events and draw their own conclusions.
When the Jewish student asked for a show of hands regarding his question “did Israel have the right to exist? , predictably, none of the three members of the so-called “Jewish Voice for peace” raised their hands. His question was valuable because it exposed these speakers as, de facto, having no interest in the continuation of the State of Israel. However, the existence of the State of Israel is a reality and should not be open to question or debate. No other nation on earth, whether righteous or evil, is subject to this question. These Jewish Voice for Peace “activists” at least one of whom claimed to have disrupted Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech in November 2010, proudly proclaimed that those who defended Israel did not deserve the right to free speech; And that those who defended Israel on campuses like UCI should “not feel safe”and should simply “deal with it”.