Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Video; SFJFF Exposed ; Action Needed

The video highlighted in the post from Ploni Ben-Ploni has been creating a major sensation. Both Federations, who have provided financial support to the SFJFF, are considering statements regarding future support. Prior to the video, many within the Federation communities had hoped that this would die down, but such is not to be. The SFJFF will have a statement out next week (more on that later)

This is a story with implications far beyond the Bay area. Should Jewish organizations be funding propaganda designed to destroy Israel via boycotts, divestment, sanctions, and incitement (right out of the Julius Streicher playbook?)

A Call to Action

This issue has some urgency. By virtue of its ongoing support of the Film Festival, the Jewish Federation continues to lend legitimacy to the extreme anti-Israel groups that co-presented or provided other means of support to the Corrie event.

These include Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), the Rachel Corrie Foundation (RCF), and the International Solidarity Movement (ISM)

The damage caused by the Jewish Federation's granting of respectability to these extreme organizations can only be undone when the Federation unambiguously states that it will not support organizations or events that demonize Israel or that collaborate with those who call for divestment, boycotts, sanctions against Israel or banning aid to Israel.

 We all have the responsibility to speak up when we realize that our donations to the Jewish Federation are being misallocated. The Jewish Federation is an important institution in our community and it is vital that the Federation remains true to its mission.


* The San Francisco Jewish Community Federation:

Jim Koshland, President -
Jennifer Gorovitz, Acting CEO -
Rabbi Doug Kahn, Exec Dir JCRC -

* The East Bay Jewish Federation: Rabbi James Brandt CEO -

Tell them:

The Federation that you fund should never support events or organizations that advocate boycotts, divestment, sanctions against Israel or banning aid to Israel, and it shouldn't collaborate with those who do.

We can continue to donate to the Federation only when it stops its involvement with the SF Jewish Film Festival (and any other such events or organizations that defame and demonize Israel or Jews).

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