Troubling, but not surprising.
The National Council of Jewish Women is one of those organizations whose letterhead keeps showing up on left-wing causes having nothing to do with Jewish issues. Lately it claimed to be concerned about anti-Semitism. Just not the extent of breaking ranks with anti-Semites and refusing to participate in anti-Israel events and events with anti-Israel content.
In response to Linda Sarsour’s insistence that there was no room for Zionists in the “Feminist” camp, the NCJW’s response was disgusting and unsurprising.
Representatives from Jewish women’s organizations were more non-committal about how feminism’s recent embrace of Palestinian rights would affect their involvement moving forward.
Nancy Kaufman, chief executive office of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), said that “while I truly hope women leading change doesn’t turn into a cover for Israel bashing … everyone is entitled to freedom of speech.” In terms of future participation, NCJW will “navigate as we go along.”
“We will continue to have our voices be heard — we’re not going to tell anyone else that they can’t have their voices be heard,” she said.
Kaufman pointed out that while Sarsour’s participation in the Women’s March raised some discomfort among Jewish participants, the event maintained a tenor of inclusivity. She also pointed out that the Women’s Strike platform decries anti-Semitism in the same paragraph that it singles out Palestine.
“We understand that the organizers do not want Israel criticism to be associated with anti-Semitism,” she said.
Not only won’t Nancy Kaufman commit to breaking ranks with anti-Semites, she even goes so far as to provide them with ideological cover. But this is another reminder that the left is anti-Semitic and Jewish members of it are just there to provide cover for that anti-Semitism with dishonest statements like these.
by Daniel Greenfield