Ac­cu­sa­tions fly over NY Is­rael pa­rade

The Jewish Chronicle - - World News - BY JC RE­PORTER

A ZION­IST pres­sure group has launched a cam­paign to ban the New Is­rael Fund (NIF) and other hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions from the an­nual Cel­e­brate Is­rael pa­rade due to take place on June 3 in New York.

Richard Allen, who founded JCC Watch to mon­i­tor the ac­tiv­i­ties of the Jewish Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Man­hat­tan, has formed the Pro-is­rael Pa­rade Com­mit­tee. He claimed that “ex­trem­ist anti-is­rael or­gan­i­sa­tions which sup­port BDS” such as the NIF and B’tse­lem were try­ing to “hi­jack” the pa­rade, and called for their ex­clu­sion.

B’tse­lem re­sponded: “We do not sup­port the BDS move­ment… It’s ap­palling that ex­treme right-wing el­e­ments are try­ing to im­pose a very spe­cific na­ture on the Is­rael pa­rade.”

The NIF web­site states: “The New Is­rael Fund does not fund global BDS ac­tiv­i­ties. Nor do we sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions that have global BDS pro­grammes.”

The pa­rade fea­tures 30,000 marchers from over 200 groups from across the po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious spec­trum. The pa­rade or­gan­is­ers, the Jewish Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Coun­cil, calls it “the world’s largest gath­er­ing in a non-par­ti­san show of sol­i­dar­ity with the land and peo­ple of Is­rael”.

Where new and old mix: The Ge­filte­ria

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