Manhattan Jewish Community Center Official Advocates Boycott of Israel (UPDATE)

August 16, 2013 3:48 pm 55 comments

BDS protest. Photo: wiki commons.

In a blog post published Thursday, an official at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan wrote that “the importance of the use of boycott” to pressure “Israel to end the occupation is unquestionable”— as long as it’s not his film festival being boycotted.

Isaac Zablocki, Director of Film Programs at the JCC in Manhattan, and Executive Director of The Other Film Festival, which claims on its website to be “a vehicle for cultural change and social insights into the nature of Israel as a democracy and the complex condition of the lives of its minorities that are living in the Jewish Sate (sic),” published the article on the Huffington Post.

“In the case of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, nonviolence is a welcome form of protest for the region, and the importance of the use of boycott to get international attention towards pressuring Israel to end the occupation is unquestionable,” he asserted.

Zablocki objects, however, to applying the anti-Israel boycott to “art, culture and education” saying it  “brings up dangers in the realm of freedom and evolution of thought.”

According to Zablocki, who fails to distinguish further between what, in his opinion, should and shouldn’t be exempt from boycott, “Some messages can positively impact our world, and should not be thrown out because of a blanket boycott. Israel needs to see films made by Palestinians. Palestinians need to see films by Israelis. Otherwise, both sides will remain with only their own narrative and never truly see the humanity of the other side.”

“The BDS movement fights against the normalization of the occupation of the State of Israel and pushes to exclude Israel from any international program as long as it is violating the human rights of Palestinians,” Zablocki wrote further.

Last year, one of the most vehement and public proponents of anti-Israel activism , Professor Norman Finkelstein, made clear in an interview that the BDS movement counts the destruction of Israel among its objectives, by advocating for the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

UPDATE: In an email sent to The Algemeiner Monday Zablocki claimed that despite clearly writing otherwise in his Huffington Post blog post, he actually does not support boycotts of Israel.

“I want to clarify my position on BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions). I do not support BDS as has been claimed,” he wrote, “I oppose it in all forms. In my article, I only intended to assert the obvious, which is that while people have the right to boycott, I do not support it when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

55 Comments

  • I certainly wish the article had quoted the lines about “the importance of the use of the boycott …” in context. On the face of it, it is easy to see it written by someone who takes, as a matter of course, the nobility of the BDS movement. However, since Zablocki has edited his blog post so that the lines in question don’t appear, it’s hard to tell for sure.

    Without more information, despite appearances that suggest otherwise, I have to take his comment, “I do not support BDS as has been claimed,” I oppose it in all forms.” at face value. I do wish I could see his original blog post.

  • Jeffrey Justin

    While I do not support BDS ,I must say I shocked by the tone of the reply’s. I think the only self hating Jews on this page are the ones calling Zabloki, just that. What is this Nonsence about leftist parents ,self hating jews,Ani-Semitism Etc. Shall we kill anyone for what they think,say or agree or disagree with, about thier own kind. The language of hate never impressed me. As the son of Shoah survivors,Didnt my father go to Aushwitz and Dachau with only Jews or where there Intellectuals ,Homosexuals not to mention the Rightous Christians and People who disagreed with Nazi politics. My parents are solid republicans ,I believe in free speech why dont you? Arnt we the people of the Book? that is constantly rexamined and Customs changed .Look to the Tamud ,Rashi …The Rabbis always expressed thier views and argued .Have we condemed them for having different views on halacha then those we currently adhere to. These comments are sad ,very sad

  • “This official of the Manhattan JCC should be removed from as a Manhattan JCC official. Those who belong to this JCC should cancel their memberships and request refunds. Organizations that financially support this JCC should stop doing so. This official should move to Gaza, Syria, or Iran where he would surely be given a hero’s welcome”. I completely agree with the statement of FlaGuy954. Has ever Isaac Zablocki visited Israel? I doubt it. In addition of removing Zablocki from the JCC, it should issue another statement, refuting Zablocki statement. He should not be allowed to speak on behalf of the Jewery. And JCC must be boycotted by all Jews, until JCC issues the refuting statement.

  • He is not really a self-hater. This no good bum is in love with his stupid self. I’m going to contact the JCC and suggest they give him a pink slip & tell him not to slam the door on his way out.

  • donald harris

    Time to have his BD’S cut off.

  • A student of chomsky I guess. We Jews are too gentle with our enemies.

  • How sad that he is so ignorant of the real situation. The JCC should dismiss him and we should not support them until he is removed

  • For Zablocki and friends, B.D.S. = Brain Damage Syndrome.

    For proving why circumcision is dangerous for Polish kids, Zablocki should be ‘cold-cocked’: Too much Brain Damage!

  • Let the NY JCC know that until this self-hating Jew is fired, they will not receive any donations and they will be subjected to boycott!!!

  • I just removed my name from all JCC email lists. They need to be renamed to “ohavei palestinaim”. Y”S”

  • Why were the parents of these Quisling jews allowed to survive the extermination and give birth to such scum, when so many upright and outstanding Jews perished during world war 2?

    • Jeffrey Justin

      Quisling Jews? Allowed to survive extermination?To give birth to scum? I have heard terms like this before . sad ,so sad….You are talking about exterminating JEWS! your language belongs in 1939 not 2013. Obiously you know nothing about Upright and outstanding

  • Esther Sarah Evans

    b”H
    Zablocki needs a Refuah shlemah – also (new) glasses, a hearing aid and a recircumcision of his heart…

  • BDS anyone who has anything to do with J=Street.

  • Michael Burkert

    I will never understand SELF LOATHING JEWS like Isaac Zablocki. One would think that the National Socialist attempt from 1933-45, which produced the Holocaust, would be enough murder, mayhem and war, for a few thousands of years! But no…many Jews who hate Jews, seem to desire the same song, side two!

  • Isaac Zablocki is FOOL. You are a nazi stooge.

  • Because of people like him, an issue which is actually known and did exist before, the Jews will always live under attack, also after the Palestinian stat existence, the nest step will be worst!

  • He arms are up! He already gave up! We must stand up! We must change our way of life! We must fight as heroes to protect what belongs to us! The stone of Jerusalem! Otherwise we Jews will pay for it! It is better to die as free man then live as an idiot slave whit trivial twisted mind. After all what life mean?In fact!!! If Israel did not exit!!! Palestine will never come to mind! Palestine is an issue that was created and pushed further by shadowed Nazis since the creation of the stat of Israel! Why? Because the Nordic race is and was rejected by their own nature! The Nordic nature can not nourish big population. They want to take over Man’s Minds to destroy what they have not.

  • Again, the result of settlement expansion.

    Wow, what a counter productive policy and a public image nightmare around the world. It fuels Jew haters with nuclear propaganda weapons and yet, we continue this inane policy.

  • Aurora Aronsson

    It’s time US Jews do some house cleaning, smarten-up and realize where home is… Unless they want to go down the road of German Jews.

  • Since 1995, Lebanon has had a law forbidding importation of films from Israel. It’s interesting that Zablocki says nothing about that.

  • Isaak Zablodski is a treacherous worm. He would be cheered in places like Iran. A meshumad of the first water.

  • Stuart Kaufman

    Tell this fool to go oz hell, and the only boycott that you should consider s that of the JCC. Don’t give these bastards a thin dime. Starve them of funds. Let them rot on the vine. These are kapos, traitors and court Jews. The sooner we are rid of them, the better off we will be.

  • THE BASTARD JEWS OF Manhattan Jewish Community Center Official Advocates Boycott of Israel

  • Boycott, divest and sanction Zablocki’s film festival “as a form of nonviolent protest” of his naivete which only aids and abets the forces which seek the dismantling of the national home of the Jewish people. Useful idiot, indeed!!

  • left wingers may have been born from jewish parents who hated the fact that they were jewish. left wing parents instilled into their offsprings a hatred of all things Jewsh.Judaism as a religion has always had daily prayers about Jerusalem & Israel.the torah teaches us what is rightfully ours.the torah teaches laws,how to behave one to another,health laws,socialism .The jews rightfully demand what is teirs.the muslim world hate each other(sunnis vs Shiites)civil war in libya,syria,egypt.can you imagine what would happen to jews without an army or walls.all disinvestment supporters want Israel & Judaism to perish.THEY WANT TO FINISH HITLERS WORK>

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    I live on the Manhattan upper West Side where the JCC is ‘tho I am not a member. I get solicitations from them occasionally to which I don’t respond. So long as left-wing self-hating-Jew Zablocki is part of them I will shun them as will most Jews in my neigborhood until this Arab-loving traitor is fired.

  • Once again,we are our own worst enemy. A self centered moron.Ignorant of or unwilling to see the real problem. They are subhuman,brainwashed creatures who want no Israel and no Jews! AND they come out and SAY IT! Do we need to be hit with a 2×4 to comprehend this!! What is wrong with us?? Give no prisoner killers,give no land. Give them back what they give us:ROCKETS,and 20 times what they give us…

  • Ya..Get rid of him and any one who dares to speak out, his or her opinion against anything Israel does. Israel is the Kadush place of kul ha’olam( holiest of all places). It is forbidden for any Jew or none Jew but to blindly and completely be dedicated to Israel and all it does. Israel is not an occupier, not an oppressor, not a thief of land. Israel has been given the green light by God to do all it wants to do in that land and to all the people on it. One will never find more democratic and generous country on the face of the earth, inspite of all agression, and nuclear arsenal, it stacks, as a threat to world stability and peace. All you who dare to voice any opinion, even if balanced and based on humane and ethical grounds ,but against Israel, you all are evil and just want to kill the Jews, and those who happen to be Jewish, you just want to hate, maybe kill yourselves too. That is what its all about… Isn’t? Close your eyes and go look some where else, we are the Chosen!
    That is what most of you sound like on this site, more or less.

  • Please read more about Finkelstein’s comments in this article about him and “the angry Jew news service.” This version appeared in Prof. Daniel Pipes’s Campus Watch. Hold onto your seats…

    https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=355864087780789&id=221916871196316

  • Yet another Jewish self hater. As long as he is associated with the JCC, its name should be changed to JCS (Jews Can’t Survive).

  • I don’t know where these BDS advocates are coming from. BDS, initiated in 2005 by Palestinian NGO’s, is clearly an anti-semitic devise designed to bring Israel down just as South Africa was brought down. South Africa was an apartheid state, where black South Africans could not vote, had no representation in parliament and were not citizens. Israel’s Arabs can vote, and are citizens with all the rights to education, etc. Israel is not an apartheid state. BDS reminds me of Europe in the middle ages when Jews were barred from most trades and were forced to become moneylenders. BDS advocates should take an honest look at what they are doing–if peace between Israel and Palestine is their goal, clearly BDS is the wrong policy to advocate.

  • Ariel Grunberg

    Isaac Zablocki, does not seem to grasp that there is no occupation. The Arab narrative is that all of the Middle
    belongs to them and there is no room for Jews or Christians there. BDS movement was created to destroy the one and only Jewish state amongst 56 Muslim nations.

    • This remind me what is happening in Montreal. Every saturday, since more than two years,there is a group of antisemite jews who are doing a rally in front of the israeli shoes store ”Naot” with antisemite banderole like ”Israel apartheid”.

    • Kevin Pissed off

      Can someone walk around with a sign that say’s BOYCOTT Countries Suicide Bomber’s come from ????

  • What a fool. He does not speak for the rest of the Jewish community in the city

    • These aren’t Jews, they are leftist self-hating scum, that should be sent to Gaza, so they can indulge themselves in the largesse of the Muslim scum toward infidels!

  • I no longer live in NY, but much of my family does. I will share this column with them and urge them to:
    1. not support this film festival
    2. not send any more contributions to the Manhattan JCC as long as Zablocki is associated with it.

  • What part of the BDS Manifesto does Zablocki fail to understand?
    “These non-violent punitive measures should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law by:

    1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall
    2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and
    3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.”

    Given that, in intifada-speak, “all Arab lands” includes Tel Aviv, and given that resolution 194 is the fictional “right of return” for millions of descendants of Palestinian refugees, it’s painfully obvious that when BDS speaks of the “end of occupation” they mean “the end of Israel as the Jewish nation”.

    By the way, did he fail to notice that the BDS Movement specifically targets arts and culture?

    He’s entitled to his opinion. He’s not necessarily entitled to a job within Jewish community institutions.

  • Has anyone ever suggested boycotting Arab countries that practice FGM (female genital mutilation)? Is there a movement to boycott totalitarian countries like North Korea or Iran? Of course not. Israel is simply the most hated country on earth, and that’s all there is to it. For extreme leftists and extreme rightists (like Ron and Rand Paul) anti-Zionism takes precedence over all other issues.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    Underneath the standard kumbaya nonsense, Zablocki sees which way the wind is blowing and wants to keep a seat at the table.

  • It would be entertaining, if it was not for the direct or indirect consequences on the state Israel to listen or read the twisted opinions of these Jewish “intellectuals” who lecture us on how the Middle East must be forced upon the Jewish State.

    If they were so concerned about the plight of the Palestinian people, they might turn their gaze towards the endemic corruption which siphoned the generous monetary help from the world or to those who use them as human shields or cannon fodder.

    By the way why a clown like Zablocki can be an active member of a official Jewish organization ?

  • Maybe he could spend a tiny bit of time learning about Islam and the anti-Jewish hatred promoted in the Koran before he blames the entire problem on Jews/Israel? Sometimes I get the feeling that some Jews are afraid to learn about Islam because they might have to fact reality. Muslims don’t have the same values or life views. They don’t uphold the value of equality of all. Think about the level of human rights for women, religious minorities, gays, in Muslim countries. And he has no idea why there are security concerns with Judea and Sumaria? Absurd. Ignorant.

    Thank you.

  • Isaac Zablocki is just another big-mouth doing what comes naturally…mouthing off in public. This guy is just another one of ‘em.
    Of course! Read what he says, and keep on reading. Sometimes stupidit yis not so easily discerned. But don’ worry: they have lots of far more intelligent views here.

  • Irving D, Cohen

    At one time, I only suspected that most films were made by idiots, morons and imbeciles that of that fact.; I am now CERTAIN

  • Zablocki is typical of the extreme Leftist posturing. They go so far left they find themselves crawling out of their own rear ends! What a sorry specimen he is.

  • This official of the Manhattan JCC should be removed from as a Manhattan JCC official. Those who belong to this JCC should cancel their memberships and request refunds. Organizations that financially support this JCC should stop doing so. This official should move to Gaza, Syria, or Iran where he would surely be given a hero’s welcome!

    • Naftali Greenwood

      You insult Rumkowski. He made his decisions under cruelly surreal circumstances. Zablocki is a free agent.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Wow. Chaim Rumkowsky is reincarnated. Time to boycott the JCC.

  • Anyone with anyknowlege understands the goals of the BDS movement is the destruction of the Jewish state….while this idiot is protected by his First Amendment rights, the Jewish community does not have to pay him so he can blog and advocate the destruction of Israel….get rid of him- its the only thing to do….

    • Another self-hating Jew! Where do these creatures come from? They’re crawling out of dark holes and abysses to wreak as much damage to the Jewish People as possible. They have no right to call themselves Jews. May they crawl straight back to their filthy lairs very soon.

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