Why is the Upper West Side JCC Supporting Israel’s Enemies?
While the results of the recently published Pew Survey on American Jews were terrifying for many in our community, apparently the Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side wasn’t fazed in the least. Instead of hosting more Jewish-focused events, the JCC has deemed it appropriate to host events that are focused on “highlighting work by and about minorities, particularly Arab Israelis.”
How this brings anyone closer to Judaism or is at all in keeping with the JCC’s supposed mission being “rooted in Jewish values” is beyond me.
While its decision to host “The Other Israel Film Festival” has engendered protests in the past, this anger hasn’t dissuaded the leadership of the JCC from standing against Israel.
Claiming to support “dialogue,” they give a forum to Israel-bashers. (Of course, dialogue for these Jewish liberals never includes a discussion about Jewish rights to Judea and Samaria, or presentations by the Ultra-Orthodox.)
One movie the JCC is planning to screen is “Dove’s Cry,” which is about a “lively 27-year old Arab teacher” who “…faces casual prejudice at work and mounting pressure to marry at home.”
There’s another film called “The Fading Valley,” which claims that in the Jordan Valley of Israel “Palestinian farmers now work land that has become desert because of a ‘drought’ caused by deliberate decisions. The proud farmers who remain discuss their way of life as it slips away: Wells go dry as water is siphoned off by Jewish settlers; shepherds’ grazing pastures are annexed by the military.”
There is no mention of Israeli Jews facing discrimination, threats, or violence, as they do enmasse. No movies that talk about Jewish struggle. And naturally, no balance, as is often the case for liberal Jewish organizations. Lies and blasphemy.
It is shameful for a Jewish institution to give a forum to people to propagate further untruths against Israel. Clearly, Lenin had the JCC of the Upper West Side in mind when he described people who work against their own people’s best interests in support of their enemies as “useful idiots.”
Not to be forgotten, the JEWISH Community Center of the Upper West Side is presenting a movie entitled “Mom, Dad, I’m a Muslim,” which details the story of a Jewish girl who converted to Islam at the age of 18.
Extreme behavior like this represents a minuscule percentage among Israelis – or Jews anywhere in the world – but for the JCC to provide them with a forum is really absurd.
Zionist leader Berl Katznelson once asked, “Is there another People on Earth so emotionally twisted that they consider everything their nation does despicable and hateful, while every murder, rape, robbery committed by their enemies fill their hearts with admiration and awe?” Could anyone imagine an Italian Cultural Center showing movies that mock and harm their people?
The tiny State of Israel has enough enemies and challenges. This Upper West Side resident says shame on the Jewish Community Center.
Ronn Torossian is a Public Relations executive who is a resident of the Lincoln Square neighborhood of the Upper West Side. Connect with him on Facebook here.