Anti-Israel rabbis for Obama
Desperate to shore up his flagging standing in the Jewish community, President Obama's reelection campaign released a list of 'rabbis for Obama
' earlier this week. On Thursday, the Emergency Committee for Israel's William Kristol responded
to the list.
The “Rabbis for Obama,” your campaign says, are “committed to re-electing” you due to your “policy agenda that represents the values of the overwhelming majority of the American Jewish community” and your “deep commitment to the security of the state of Israel.”
Though we have differed with you on many policy matters, we at the Emergency Committee for Israel have taken you at your word as to your basic commitment to Israel’s security. Thus it was particularly shocking to see that your campaign had recruited, and was touting the support of, rabbis who have no commitment to Israel’s security, and whose values are representative of a small and extreme group of anti-Israel activists – and certainly not of the pro-Israel community.
“Rabbis for Obama” includes many leaders of the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Movement, a movement inimical to Israel’s well-being. It includes founders of the pro-Hamas “Fast for Gaza” initiative. It even includes one person who was pleased to dine with Iranian President Ahmadinejad in 2008 and another who says the United States and Israel bring terrorism on themselves. Several members of “Rabbis for Obama” are officials of Jewish Voice for Peace, a radical group that the Anti-Defamation League featured in its list of the “Top 10 Anti-Israel Groups in America.”
Far from demonstrating a “deep commitment to the security of the state of Israel,” these figures have demonstrated a deep hostility to the state of Israel and a deep commitment to demonizing the Jewish state and undermining the U.S.-Israel alliance. We are sure that you will be distressed to discover that your own campaign has included so many of them on the list of “Rabbis for Obama.” We cannot imagine their endorsements are ones you welcome.
According to my sources, the 'rabbis for Obama' who are anti-Israel include the following:
Jewish Voice for Peace
Chava Bahle, Suttons Bay Michigan
Rachel Evelyne Barenblat, Lanesboro MA
Haim Beliak, Los Angeles
Lynn Gottlieb, Berkeley (Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Co-founder of Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence, Stony Point, NY, JVP Advisory Board”
Linda J. Holtzman, Philadelphia
Rebecca Lillian, Chicago
David Mivasair, State College
Brant Rosen, Evanston, co-founder Taanit Tzedek-Jewish Fast for Gaza
Rabbis for Human Rights
Charles M. Feinberg, Washington DC
Gerald Serotta, Chevy Chase MD
Simkha Y. Weintraub, Brooklyn
Sharon Brous, Los Angeles
Aryeh Cohen, Los Angeles
Ayelet S. Cohen, New York
Maurice D Harris, Eugene OR
Ellen Lippmann, Brooklyn
Sidney Schwarz, Rockville MD
Both Jewish Voice for Peace and Rabbis for Human Rights are demonstrably anti-Israel organizations. But Obama says he's got Israel's back. And sadly, some 60% of American Jewry still believes him.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, BDS, Campaign 2012, Jewish Voice for Peace, Rabbis for Human Rights