By Daphne Anson
Earlier this week, David N. Myers announced that he will shortly be stepping down from his position as head of the New York-based Center for Jewish History, which comprises the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Yeshiva University Museum and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
His resignation, coming hot on the heels of that of American Historical Society executive director Rachel Lithgow, who resigned from the Center after she scheduled a play under the auspices of the heinous, pro-boycott Jewish Voice for Peace organisation (see also here and here), is being hailed a victory for critics who deplore his support for the New Israel Fund:
“In a victory for the Jewish people, it was announced today that David Myers has resigned from his position as leader of the Center for Jewish History. We called for Myers’ resignation from the day he commenced work at the institution, as he is a leader of the New Israel Fund which openly supports a boycott of the State of Israel, and as such does not belong in a position of Jewish communal leadership.
Let us say it again today, loud and clear: if you stand with the New Israel Fund who supports a boycott of Israel we will raise a voice of moral conscience and ensure we do all we can that you will not sit in Jewish establishments in the United States, or anywhere else in the world. There is no room in Jewish communal life for any form of a boycott of Israel….
Myers denies that they have been instrumental in his decision.
But one thing is certain. The New Israel Fund is a dangerous, duplicitous organisation that has been making inroads here in Australia of late, and must be checked:
‘There is no room in communal Jewish leadership for those who support New Israel Fund’s boycott of the State of Israel…. Harvard professor Ruth Wisse rightfully has noted that, “the rapid demoralization of Jews in the face of anti-Zionism… shows the depth of the influence of the past, for many have yet to achieve the simple self-respect that has been eluding the Jews collectively since the dawn of modernity.”
We reject extremists who work with the New Israel Fund and boycotts of Israel. Those who fund a boycott that harms the Jewish State will be held accountable. Those Jewish organizations that partner with New Israel Fund leaders will be targeted…’
See the rest of that article here
And here’s a snappy video (with English subtitles) by Im Tirtzu, which is uploading it declares:
‘The New Israel Fund is a foreign political organization working to harm the State of Israel and undermine its elected government.
In the past several years, the NIF has funneled over $85,000,000 to anti-Israel organizations like “Breaking the Silence,” “B’Tselem,” and “Adalah” that operate against IDF soldiers and Israel.’