Confusing The Public

Confusing The Public

In the June 3 Editorial, “Promoting Disunity,” the editor calls out JCC Watch for “confus[ing] the public,” when it comes to the role UJA-Federation of New York plays
in the Jewish Communal Fund’s grant allocation. Perhaps JCC Watch is using
the commonly employed method of conveniently leaving out details to make its
point more clearly in a short amount of space. The editor explains the JCF
granting process and writes, “JCC Watch knows all that but prefers to
confuse the public.”

This is a similar practice to the way the editor simply dismisses JCC
Watch’s criticism with one sentence, “[T] he progressive New Israel Fund,
which advocates for equality among all Israelis…”

The editor knows that the New Israel Fund and its grantees do much more than
simply advocate for equality among all Israelis. For example, it fought the
Israel boycott law and recently held an event to promote the efforts “to
hold Israel more accountable for Gaza.” This followed a report by its grantee, Breaking the
Silence, which accused Israel of wantonly killing Palestinians. But The
Jewish Week prefers to confuse the public.

Teaneck, N.J.

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