Pro-BDS Groups to Take Part in New York Israel Day Parade?
Leftist Jewish groups supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel will be participating in New York City's Israel Day Parade - and one watchdog group is rallying to prevent them from ruining one of the US's biggest pro-Israel events.
JCCWatch noted Monday that three pro-BDS groups are participating in the Israel Day parade, each of them blatantly promoting anti-Israel causes.
Partners for Progressive Israel includes a list of products to boycott "made in settlements" on its website; the New Israel Fund (NIF) finances several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which support the BDS movement and have taken active steps to encourage others to divest or boycott Israel; and well-known radical-left group B'Tselem produced an infamous video for "Israel Apartheid Week."
In light of the news, several organizations - including JCCWatch, Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI), ZStreet, Americans for Peace and Tolerance, Ha-emet, and the National Conference on Jewish Affairs - are organizing a rally outside the UJA-Federation building in NYC. The goal: to ban pro-BDS groups from participating in the parade.
The rally will be held on April 8, 2014, between 4:00-7:00 pm, outside the UJA-Federation headquarters at 130 E. 59th St.
Pro-Israel groups have boycotted the Israel Day Parade before in protest over the participation of BDS groups. In 2012, a "Concert in the Park" calling attention to the hypocrisy of BDS in the parade was arranged as an alternative to the procession.