Tuesday, August 18, 2015
'Rabbis for Obama' - 340 US rabbis call on Congress to endorse Iran nuclear deal.
'Rabbis for Obama' - 340 US rabbis call on Congress to endorse Iran nuclear deal. (JPost).
"We are deeply concerned with the impression that the leadership of the American Jewish community is united in opposition to the agreement,” rabbis write in letter to lawmakers.
The letter sent Monday urges the House of Representatives and Senate to endorse the agreement, in which sanctions are lifted in exchange for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program.
Noting that “we are deeply concerned with the impression that the leadership of the American Jewish community is united in opposition to the agreement,” the letter states, “We, along with many other Jewish leaders, fully support this historic nuclear accord.”
In a news release issued by Ameinu, a liberal Zionist organization, one of the letter’s signatories, Rabbi Steven Bob of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, said, “We commend the US and the other negotiating teams for their dedication to reaching an agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. This deal is good for the United States and our allies in the region, and is the best arrangement possible given current international realities.” Read the full story here.
Hmmm....In 2012 with the reelection of Obama we had '600 Rabbis for Obama', I'm sure a lot of similar names are on this 340 rabbi list, only it seems nearly 50% have dropped out by now.
Earlier this week the Obama campaign announced the formation of “Rabbis For Obama,” featuring over 600 rabbis from across the country and across all Jewish denominations dedicated to four more years of big government and anti-Israel policies.
The campaign didn’t bother to check the list ,or simply didn’t care who was on it ,because at least seven of the Rabbis on the list are members of the Rabbinical Council of The Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP)–an organization named by the Anti-Defamation League as one of the 10 most anti-Israel organizations in America (I am sure their mothers are proud).
The Rabbis include:
Rabbi Chava Bahle, Suttons Bay, MI
Rabbi Rachel Evelyne Barenblat, Lanesboro, MA
Rabbi Haim Beliak, Los Angeles, CA
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Berkeley, CA
Rabbi Linda Holtzman, Philadelphia, PA
Rabbi Rebecca Lillian, Chicago, IL
Rabbi Brant Rosen, Evanston, IL According to the ADL analysis JVP, the organization with which these Rabbis are involved:
…calls for an end to U.S. aid to Israel, accuses Israel of “apartheid” policies, and supports divestment campaigns against Israel. Like other Jewish anti-Zionist groups, JVP uses its Jewish identity to shield the anti-Israel movement from allegations of anti-Semitism and provide a greater degree of credibility to the anti-Israel movement. JVP recognizes its role as such, specifically noting that the group’s Jewish nature gives it a “particular legitimacy in voicing an alternative view of American and Israeli actions and policies” and the ability to distinguish “between real anti-Semitism and the cynical manipulation of that issue.” JVP activists regularly attend anti-Israel events wearing t-shirts and holding signs proudly broadcasting their Jewish identity. In March-April 2010, leaders of JVP unsuccessfully lobbied for the passage of a divestment resolution at the University of California, Berkeley, targeting companies that do business with Israel.
Some of the members of Obama’s anti-Israel Jew-crew can be considered “standouts.”
For example, Rabbi Chava Bahle is also a member of an organization called 14 Friends of Palestine, which advocated condemning Israel for the Gaza flotilla incident, in which a boat from Turkey filled with terrorists and weapons was stopped by Israel 2010, resulting in several deaths. Bahle and the group also advocates the false meme that Israel is preventing food and medical supplies from reaching Gaza. read the full story here.