ZOA Urges URJ, Others to Join ZOA in Condemning BLM Group’s Antisemitism & Israel-Hatred
It seems so simple. As Jews we should be supporting each other. We should be supporting Israel. Yes, we should continue reaching out to other communities and help them when they need it. It's what Jews do. In helping others, we should never forget about the Jewish community, and we should avoid groups that hate us.
A lot of Jewish organizations have not only forgotten about the Jews, but they're actively supporting Black Lives Matter, a group whose anti-Semitism has been repeatedly documented. Even worse, when Mort Klein and ZOA criticized Jewish organizations for supporting BLM, Rick Jacobs and other leaders ignored what Klein (and others) had to say, and attacked him. We expect groups like J Street, Peace Now, and New Israel Fund to attack, but the Union for Reform Judaism? They're mainstream enough that they should at least be sane.
In the best tradition of strong Jews, Klein isn't backing down. And he shouldn't. He's right, and all of these Jewish groups pandering to BLM should be ashamed of themselves.
According to ZOA's press release:
Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein and ZOA Chair Mark Levenson, Esq. released the following statement:
The Zionist Organization of America demands an apology and retraction from Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rick Jacobs and other Jewish leaders for libeling ZOA President Morton Klein. After Mr. Klein appropriately called out the Black Lives Matter (“BLM”) organization’s virulent, institutional antisemitism, other discriminatory hatreds, and anti-Israel blood libels, enshrined in the BLM/M4BL (Movement for Black Lives) platform, Facebook page and activities, URJ’s Rick Jacobs called Mr. Klein a “racist” and “Islamophobic” in articles printed in multiple newspapers. URJ/Jacobs also invoked these libelous names to condemn ZOA’s membership in the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (the “CoP”) – an organization that the ZOA co-founded! Certain other leftwing Jewish leaders from the Reform and Conservative Jewish groups, women’s groups and Ameinu, whose president is treasurer of the extremist J Street, and the pro-BDS Peace Now and Workmen’s Circle also signed a letter (see below) falsely accusing Mr. Klein of promoting “hate in organized Jewish life,” and issued numerous similar tweets and website postings.
In sum, Rick Jacobs and those other Jewish leaders are essentially, absurdly, irrationally, and libelously saying that accurately calling a racist, antisemitic, Israel-hating organization “antisemitic” and “anti-Israel” makes one a “racist” and an “Islamophobe” who promotes “hate.”
And that's just the beginning. There is lots more. Read it. Support ZOA. And MJAC.