As I have been in favor of shorter posts, let me now get to my point: what were those American Jewish leaders* thinking and intending when they declined to participate in a Washington Chanukah party at the Trump Hotel sponsored by the Conference of Presidents of Jewish Organizations and Azerbaizhan, just recently visited by PM Netanyahu?
Were they not sending to exact opposite message: 'we will harm Israel's interests, at the least, to protect our image as liberals'?
And as my friend Jonathan Tobin pointed out, they're harming Israel's interests with a Muslim country. And this take.
So, who is anti-Israel now?
There was a demo with protestors.
But there was this, too:
Noah Pollak, director of the Emergency Committee for Israel who participated in the event, said it was well attended. Still holding a jelly doughnut from the reception, Pollak took issue with Jewish organizations that decided to boycott the event because it was took place at the Trump hotel. Speaking of Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, Pollak said he was “willing to meet with [Turkish leader] Erdogan, but won’t show up to a Jewish event at Trump hotel.”
And this Jewish Trump opponent got fired.
As Haaretz reports, the Anti-Defamation league, the American Jewish Committee, Hadassah, and the Jewish Federations of North America are also staying away.
the Union for Reform Judaism, Women of Reform Judaism, the National Council of Jewish Women, along with...Ameinu and Peace Now...HIAS