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May 26, 2016 6:25 am

Why Is Reform Movement Leader Rabbi Rick Jacobs Hosting an Anti-Israel Agitator?

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Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs speaks at the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly. Photo: Robert A. Cumins for JFNA.

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs speaks at the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly. Photo: Robert A. Cumins for JFNA.

Aymen Odeh, the leader of the Knesset’s Joint Arab List, generally uses moderate language to create the deceptive image of himself as a peacemaker — unlike the pathologically Israel-hating Haneen Zoabi.

But we shouldn’t be fooled. The Joint Arab platform calls for “concessions” that would destroy the state of Israel, including a “just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem that would guarantee the right of return according to United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194.” The party also calls for the release of jailed terrorists who have freely admitted to murdering Israelis.

Odeh is an admirer of the terrorist mass murderer Marwan Barghouti, and has shown repeatedly that he can be as dangerous an agitator as Zoabi. All throughout the so-called “knife intifada,” he has expressed no unqualified sympathy for the victims, and always resorts to playing up the lies about Israel’s supposed evil intentions concerning the Temple Mount.

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There are very brave and admirable Israeli Arab citizens who have repeatedly intervened publicly to defend Israel’s legitimacy — like Father Gabriel Naddaf or Muhammad Zoabi (an Israeli-Arab teenager who is a cousin of Israel-hating Haneen Zoabi).

Yet instead of actively supporting these defenders of Israel, who are often the the target of serious physical threats, various American Jewish leaders, such as the Reform movement’s Rabbi Rick Jacobs,  have been wooing the likes of Ayman Odeh.

Jacobs, is, of course, a somewhat dishonest critic of Israel,

Last year, the Conference of Presidents cancelled a meeting with Odeh following Odeh’s refusal to participate in a meeting in a building that housed offices of the Jewish Agency. Yet this did not deter Rick Jacobs from receiving Odeh on December 8, or praising Odeh as has having “an inspiring vision for a brighter future for Israelis and Palestinians.” Jacobs stated, “we were delighted to host MK Odeh in one of our leading houses of worship, to share with him the beauty, history, and activism of our Reform Movement and to discuss together our shared commitment to a vision of Israel that draws from the prophets of justice and righteousness for all.”

What is wrong with Rick Jacobs? And when will he be held accountable?

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  • No more apikoros

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  • Paul jeser

    Is this a rhetorical question? Remember, Jacobs was a leader of J Street

  • judorebbe

    When we Jews assimilate and become fat, dumb, and happy enough to believe we are actually “Americans first” or “Germans first” or “Britons first” (or worse yet, the utter nonsense about being “citizens of the world”), we soon forget that the rest of the world knows exactly who we are.

    The second generation has less historical memory. And by the third generation, there is rarely any historical memory … That is, of course, until hard-core (often violent) anti-Semitism reminds us in no uncertain terms.

    Many in the Reform Movement have sewn their foreskins back on. Many in the Conservative Movement are eagerly doing so, too. – History, particularly Jewish history, does repeat. As in past generations, we will all pay for their foolishness.

    • Kerry Baker

      Perhaps you are familiar with the expression “sinat chinam,” a quality for which the Torah expresses disapprobation. Whenever this quality raises its viper’s head, it’s not good news for the Jewish People. Here it is again, coming from a poison pen held by a person who is doing the work of the worst anti-Semites for them.

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