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Notes Apparent Shift Away from Anti-Israel Programming

JCC Watch, a watchdog group dedicated to monitoring the Jewish Community Center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and its dealings with individuals and organizations tied to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement issued a statement this week praising the JCC for recent changes to its programs.

“We are pleased to see, and share with you,” the statement reads, “that the JCC in Manhattan has apparently made serious charges to its programming lineup to avoid lending legitimacy to organizations that attempt to delegitimize Israel.”

JCC Watch cites as an example the fact that “the program series sponsored by the New Israel Fund, ‘Love, Hate & the Jewish State 4.0 Airing The Dirty Laundry’, hosted last year by the JCC, will not be hosted at the JCC in 2012.”

“In addition,” JCC Watch explains, “Mr. Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel, has been invited by the JCC to speak at a Birthright alumni event.”  
“Most amazingly,” the statement added, tongue-in-cheek, “some of the films shown at the JCC can almost be described as fair and balanced!”

JCC Watch went on to praise the recent changes, adding a word of warning that they would “continue to monitor” the JCC’s programming, alerting the community should the JCC “again embrace such biased and slanted political groups as B’Tselem, as they did in 2011.”

The group B’Tselem, notes the watchdog group, has a history of anti-Israel propaganda and they provided the video recently shown at the vicious and fraudulent “Israel Apartheid 2012» events held throughout colleges and universities worldwide.

“JCCWatch.org applauds the apparent shift in the JCC in Manhattan’s direction.  The embrace of groups that fund and support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions strategy against Israel, or otherwise propagate anti-Israel propaganda, is not a proper function of the JCC in Manhattan, and does not further the Jewish community’s interest.”

“We look forward to the JCC in Manhattan’s continuing recognition of this fact in all their programs,” the statement concluded.”

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