Why is NYC’s Cen­ter for Jewish His­tory Cel­e­brat­ing Anti-Zion­ism?

There is anti-Zion­ism in Jewish his­tory, so re­call­ing it is le­git­i­mate. But why is there no de­bate, why is no one in­vited to voice op­pos­ing views, at this kind of event?

The Jewish Voice - - OP-ED - By: Ronn Torossian

It is a new week, and there is an anti-Zion­ist event be­ing held at the New York based Cen­ter for Jewish His­tory (CJH). Last week, two events which were to be held at the Cen­ter of Jewish His­tory by the BDS sup­port­ing Jewish Voices of Peace were can­celled.

This week to be held at the CJH by the YIVO In­sti­tute for Jewish Re­search is an event cel­e­brat­ing “the 120th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Jewish La­bor Bund, the so­cial­ist move­ment.” As the ads read, there will be “Talks and slideshows by schol­ars and life­long Bundists .” Of course, the Bund is part of Jewish his­tory and should be re­mem­bered, but are you fa­mil­iar with this self-pro­claimed so­cial­ist move­ment?

Let’s ex­am­ine what the Jewish La­bor Bund stands for:

“Jews can­not be re­made into a one-state na­tion.”

“The State of Is­rael does not rep­re­sent the en­tire Jewish Peo­ple. It does not solve the Jewish prob­lem.”

“The key to the safety and the fu­ture of the Jews in Is­rael is peace with the Arabs. To achieve it, con­ces­sions on both sides are needed. Is­rael should rec­og­nize the moral right of the Arab refugees to repa­tri­a­tion and com­pen­sa­tion.”

As Wikipedia notes, “The Bund was against the UN vote on the par­ti­tion of Pales­tine and reaf­firmed its sup­port for a Ones­tate so­lu­tion, i.e. a sin­gle bina­tional state that would guar­an­tee equal na­tional rights for Jews and Arabs and would be un­der the con­trol of su­per­pow­ers and the UN. The 1948 New York Sec­ond World Con­fer­ence of the In­ter­na­tional Jewish La­bor Bund con­demned the procla­ma­tion of the Jewish state, be­cause the de­ci­sion ex­posed the Jews in Pales­tine to a dan­ger. The con­fer­ence was in fa­vor of a two na­tions state built on the base of na­tional equal­ity and demo­cratic fed­er­al­ism.”

The Bund was (is) ide­o­log­i­cally hos­tile to­wards all forms of Zion­ism. David Ben-Gu­rion on the left, as well as all oth­ers on the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum were fi mly op­posed to the Bund for their vi­o­lent op­po­si­tion to Zion­ism. Yet, to­day in 2017 at the Cen­ter for Jewish His­tory the Bund move­ment is be­ing not just dis­cussed, but cel­e­brated. Not a dis­cus­sion about the Bund, not a de­bate with an al­ter­nate view­point. A cel­e­bra­tion of Anti-Zion­ist so­cial­ism against the back­drop of all the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing this or­ga­ni­za­tion.

The cam­paign de­mand­ing the fi ing of David N. My­ers as CEO of the Cen­ter For Jewish His­tory has been cov­ered by The New York Times, Los An­ge­les Times, and count­less other me­dia out­lets in­clud­ing es­tab­lish­ment Jewish news­pa­pers such as the New York Jewish Week and Los An­ge­les Jewish Jour­nal.

Al­low­ing Mr. My­ers, who mourns the “nakba” (the term mean­ing catas­tro­phe, used by the Arabs for Is­rael's In­de­pen­dence Day) to re­main in his role, seems to mean that events cel­e­brat­ing forms of anti-Zion­ist ac­tiv­ity be­come the norm at the Cen­ter for Jewish His­tory. Events as these are the di­rect re­sult of hav­ing a CEO who sup­ports a boy­cott of the Jewish state. If, for no other rea­son than the fact that in the course of two weeks, mul­ti­ple events have been planned which are Anti-Zion­ist, Is there no re­ac­tion to an or­ga­ni­za­tional leader host­ing events which are vi­o­lently Anti-Is­rael?

Mr. My­ers re­mains an active board mem­ber of the New Is­rael Fund, an or­ga­ni­za­tion which Is­rael’s Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Naf­tali Ben­nett has called upon to be boy­cotted (as does Birthright Is­rael). Ben­nett said that he would “boy­cott who­ever per­se­cutes Is­raeli sol­diers,” and “not apol­o­gize for it.” Ben­nett went on: “Mem­bers of the New Is­rael Fund, lis­ten care­fully: Who­ever harms, slan­ders and per­se­cutes Is­raeli sol­diers are not my brothers. The NIF works me­thod­i­cally and con­sis­tently to at­tack our Is­raeli sol­diers, ac­cuse them of war

The cam­paign de­mand­ing the fir­ing of David N. My­ers as CEO of the Cen­ter For Jewish His­tory has been cov­ered by The New York Times, Los An­ge­les Times, and count­less other me­dia out­lets in­clud­ing es­tab­lish­ment Jewish news­pa­pers such as the New York Jewish Week and Los An­ge­les Jewish Jour­nal.

crimes, of tor­tur­ing Pales­tini­ans and in­ten­tion­ally at­tack­ing women and chil­dren. Th y turn to the UN and to the com­mit­tees that are most hos­tile to Is­rael and try their best to con­vince them that Is­rael is a war crim­i­nal.”

How can the leader of the Cen­ter for Jewish His­tory sit on a board that per­se­cutes Is­raeli Sol­diers?

We call upon the board of the Cen­ter for Jewish His­tory, in­clud­ing Bruce Slovin, Ira H. Jolles, Martin Kar­lin­sky, Bernard Blum, David Dan­goor, Michael Jes­sel­son, Ed Stelzer as well as the Amer­i­can Sephardic Fed­er­a­tion, Yeshiva Univer­sity Mu­seum, Amer­i­can Jewish His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Leo Baeck In­sti­tute and YIVO In­sti­tute for Jewish Re­search to stand up and re­place David N. My­ers as head of the Cen­ter for Jewish His­tory. (INN)

Ge­orge Birn­baum is a for­mer chief of staff to Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu.

Hank Sheinkopf, CEO of Sheinkopf Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, is a po­lit­i­cal strate­gist who has worked on cam­paigns in four con­ti­nents. His clients have in­cluded for­mer pres­i­dent Bill Clinton.

Ronn Torossian is CEO of a top 20 US PR agency, and author of For Im­me­di­ate Re­lease.

The Bund was (is) ide­o­log­i­cally hos­tile to­wards all forms of Zion­ism. David Ben-Gu­rion on the left, as well as all oth­ers on the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum were firmly op­posed to the Bund for their vi­o­lent op­po­si­tion to Zion­ism. Yet, to­day in 2017 at the Cen­ter for Jewish His­tory the Bund move­ment is be­ing not just dis­cussed, but cel­e­brated

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