The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has criticized the National Jewish Democratic Convention (NJDC) and
The ZOA notes that the NJDC, in its press releases both before and after the Palin dis-invitation, did not even call upon Jewish Democrats to attend the rally or provide details as to time, venue, scheduled speakers and so on. Neither did
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “The ZOA is thoroughly disappointed and deeply concerned at the action of these left-wing Jewish groups to disinvite Governor Palin. It is appalled that these groups chose to play politics on a vital, indeed, existential issue, for
“The rally was not a partisan political rally. It was an anti-Ahmadinejad rally. It did not become ‘partisan’ when Democratic Senators Clinton, Biden and Congressman Wexler were invited. And it did not become ‘partisan’ when Republican Governor Palin was also invited. Quite the contrary it became bipartisan, as it should have been. No, it became a ‘partisan’ event when Governor Palin was disinvited.
“If Senators Biden and Clinton had accepted and no Republican figure been able to attend, the ZOA would have totally supported their attendance. Had DJNC and
“But the DJNC and
“Therefore, how disingenuous of these groups to assert that they sought Governor Palin’s dis-invitation in order to prevent the rally being partisan. Clearly, the only partisan behavior here was the successful effort to sabotage Governor Palin’s attendance. And how disingenuous of them to assert that they wanted to protect the rally from becoming mired in politics when they lacked sufficient interest in the rally to even issue a press release urging their supporters to attend and providing them with the details as to the time, venue and speakers attending. For them, this rally was merely an inconvenience to which they paid lip service but did nothing to promote and everything to undermine.
“Worse, these groups did not even have the decency to thank Governor Palin for agreeing to come and speak at this rally. Instead of thanking her, they tastelessly gushed about their ‘success’ in having her disinvited.
“It should be noted that organizations like J Street are not representative of the majority views of American Jewry or the Israeli electorate regarding Israel and the Arab war on Israel.
“An October 2007 Tel Aviv University poll has shown that a clear majority of Jewish Israelis 59 percent to 33 percent oppose, even in return for a peace agreement, Israel handing over to the PA various Arab neighborhoods in the eastern half of Jerusalem. Similarly, May 2007 Dahaf Institute poll found that 53 percent of Israelis oppose withdrawals from Judea and
“Lastly, we wish to make it clear that the ZOA, as well as other constituent members of the Conference of Presidents, were not consulted on this decision. It was made without our knowledge or agreement. (We do understand that enormous pressures were brought to bear behind the scenes). Of course, the ZOA and many others would have steadfastly opposed the decision to disinvite Governor Palin.”