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October 24, 2013 9:46 am

Why is the Upper West Side JCC Supporting Israel’s Enemies?

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Manhattan Jewish Community Center in New York's Upper West Side. Photo: Wikipedia.

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.)

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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.

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  • Richard T

    The JCC on the Upper West Side is a liberal institution run by Jews. Not a Jewish institution. There’s plenty of shuls to choose from – Boycott the JCC.

  • Katznelson 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?”

    Yes, there most certainly is! And, that perverse country is “left-liberal America” whose President goes around the world apologizing for USA history.

    Thus, President Obama is intentionally downsizing the USA internationally. Step-by-step he is taking apart the post WW2 “pax Americana” that for decades kept the USA and its friends and allies safe.

    For example, there is currently a revolution in Saudi-USA relations. We have just been through a revolution in Egypt-USA relations. Tomorrow, there will be a revolution in Israel-USA relations.

    And so it goes on and on — Poland, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan are probably also on the list of countries to be eventually more deeply betrayed by President Obama.

  • Mike P.

    I live on the Upper West Side, as well.

    I used to be a full member of the JCC and cancelled my membership.

    There is a word for supporting Israel’s enemies: “hilul Hashem”

  • Arnie Zabinsky

    I used to think that we Jews were “chosen” to teach the rest of humanity that prejudice is wrong. After all, what group had suffered more from the most vile forms of discrimination and oppression than we had? Who could better feel empathy for the underdog, the outsider, the other, than us? Jews would never say my country, right or wrong. Israel was the safe haven for the ultimate other, it’s creation a humanitarian necessity for the survivors of pogroms and the Holocaust. But over time something changed. A growing segment of the Jewish population inside and outside Israel started to behave to other groups just like we had always accused many non-Jews of behaving toward us. This growing segment views Israeli and Palestinian Arabs in eerily similar ways to how Jews were viewed in every other country. No longer the underdog minority, this aforementioned segment of Jewish society has lost the ability to empathize with the “other.” A JCC showing films about Israeli Arabs becomes aiding the enemy. Any criticism of Israel gives rise to cries of self-hating Jew. A safe haven from oppression morphs into a call for a Greater Israel ordained by God where any protest for equal rights is seen as tantamount to treason. That JCC which you demean upholds the true beauty of the Jewish religion far better than you. The JCC exhibits an empathy and an openness that stays faithful to the Golden Rule.

  • Lynne T

    “Wells go dry as water is siphoned off by Jewish settlers” — a commonly held claim by the usual suspects that has been thoroughly debunked by an Israeli professional expert in hydrology, and as for grazing territory being taken over by military purposes, presumably that is being done for civil defence against terrorist groups using those same lands to launch attacks, but of course these “documentaries” never go there.

  • Adam

    I also live on UWS. We should make it known that these sort of actions won’t be accepted in our community.

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