According to an email we received from Orange County Hillel: On Monday April 11, 2010 “Chapman’s Hillel and Muslim Student Association have come together to host the first joint event between these two organizations in Orange County’s history. ” (Note: It is peculiar that the email announcement we received from Hillel did not mention either of the speakers by name) One of the two guest speakers was Rabbi Zev-Hayyim Feyer. According to his website, Rabbi Feyer is a member of the Rabbinic Council of the Jewish Voice For Peace and a member of the Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence . Shomer Shalom and the Jewish voice for peace support Boycott Divestment and Sanction (BDS). Here are Shomer Shalom Elders’ letters to UC student government supporting divestment . Rabbi Feyers name appears on the following letter of support of the Goldstone report: Rabbis thank Judge Goldstone for upholding principles of justice, compassion and truth Continue reading
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”.
ADL: “These groups are not promoting peace, they are spreading propaganda to assault Israel’s legitimacy”
October 17, 2010
(JTA) — A Jewish organization is on the Anti Defamation League’s top 10 list of anti-Israel groups in America.
Jewish Voice for Peace, based in Oakland, Calif., was on the list released Oct. 14 by the ADL of the most influential and active anti-Israel groups in the United States.
It was joined by Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), the Al-Awda Council on American-Islamic Relations, Friends of Sabeel-North America, If Americans Knew, the International Solidarity Movement, the Muslim American Society, Students for Justice in Palestine and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. “While there are hundreds of groups that organize and participate in various anti-Israel activities, we have identified the largest and most well-coordinated anti-Israel groups,” said Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director. Continue reading
Event at USC (Sunday 9/19) to train students to collect signatures for the Israel divestment petition to qualify for the California ballot
Courtesy of Tammi Benjamin:
BDS (Boycott Divest Sanction) Movement. Is there any difference?