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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Rabbi Gordon Tucker of Temple Israel White Plains funds "Boycott Israel Organization"

Congregant calls him out on it, and the coward sends his lap dog, Ellen Salant, to answer the congregant!






Israel hater "Rabbi" Tucker
Here is a "rabbi" that is heavily connected to an organization that hates Israel... and he even goes a step further ....  he goes ahead and takes hard earned Jewish money donated to his "shul" (to the tune of $6,000.00) to fund an anti-Semitic organization, an organization that supports Hamas!

Here see how the NIF praises this "devil in a suit" that calls himself Rabbi Turner!
This is NIF's Facebook page published in May 2012

Inspiring sermon by Rabbi Gordon Tucker.

Several months ago, in another context, I told you the following story, which I heard from Leonard Fein. I tell it again now, for a different, and very specific, reason:
NIF.ORG
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Debra J. Leathe-Thomas This is a hard place to be in and I see the points addressed. Constant fear if being destroyed by radical Muslims, taking fleeing refugees from Muslim countries, it makes you fearful at all sides. You got to understand, is thus another political ploy f...See More
Martin Mould Wow! how to totally miss the point! Like a pagan goddess you have ears but do not hear...
Lawrence Weinman so many words... there is plenty to change but words from a westchester ny pulpit to his congregation wont do much to make it happen



At Temple Israel Center of White Plains, one of the largest conservative synagogues in America, Phil Jacobs, a long-term member and donor to the synagogue took offense to learning that his shul had donated money to NIF – which openly supports a boycott of the State of Israel.

Jacobs shared facts about NIF in a letter to the Rabbi and the board and then asked:
 “..knowing what you now know about NIF does the Board judge it to be a worthy recipient? 
Worthy, in spite of supporting Israel boycott,  in spite of having been called a threat to IDF by deputy Knesset speaker, in spite of supporting teaching founding of Israel to be a "catastrophe", in spite of 20 instances  of bad behavior? 
Several  members to whom I mentioned the allegations have said that  if true, they warrant firing Tucker.”

He continued, 
“This giving of temple money to NIF should never have happened without the explicit permission of all temple members, because so many members would find this so offensive, if they knew the truth about the NIF.  I am sure you and the Trustees will be appalled by their behavior, after reading this letter. In part because there was no Jewish state, seventy years ago 6,000,000 of our brothers and sisters were murdered because they were Jews. 1,000,000 precious beautiful Jewish children were murdered."

"Now that we have a Jewish state, isn’t our job to do everything possible to support it, rather than supporting NGOs the behavior of which so many consider to be so inimical to the security of  Israel?  Do we really want to give our money to a group that supports teaching that the founding of our beloved Jewish homeland was a 'nakba',  a catastrophe?”

The response came from Ellen Salant, President of the Board: (notice she is the one angry)
Ellen Salant supporter of the anti-Israel "Rabbi" smiling like a "Chulent Bean"

“On October 19, 2015, the Temple Israel Center ("TIC") Executive Committee ("EC") convened and discussed the issues raised in the emails you have recently circulated. 

The EC unanimously reached the following determinations:
·  in October 2013, a contribution was made to the New Israel Fund from Rabbi Tucker's Discretionary Account
       
·  the contribution was made in accordance with TIC's DiscretionaryAccount policy (which we provided to you) and the TIC By-laws;

·  the EC unequivocally supports Rabbi Tucker's authority to make such contributions from his Discretionary Account; and

·  the EC stands behind Rabbi Tucker's unwavering support of the State of Israel and for the Jewish people;

·  the EC is outraged by the manner in which you have chosen to express yourself and to disparage and slander our spiritual leader, which is incompatible with the ethics of Judaism and the values of our community. He has earned and rightfully deserves to be treated with the utmost respect. Rabbi Tucker continues to have the full, and unqualified support and confidence of the leadership of our synagogue.”

Temple Israel has made it clear. One must not question Rabbi Tucker’s “unwavering support of the State of Israel”, although it seems to mean that not dividing Jerusalem is occupying Palestinian land, the IDF must stop oppressing Palestinian Arabs, and there must be a boycott of Israel for the sake of “tikkun olam”.

And I wish to give a clear response right here. There is no justification for the pulpit Rabbi of a synagogue to support an organization that openly boycotts Israel, and stands with the family members of Hamas terrorists.  Shame on Temple Israel of White Plains. 

Now read the open letter to  Ellen Salant in it's entirety! 



AN OPEN LETTER TO ELLEN SALANT OF TEMPLE ISRAEL REGARDING NEW ISRAEL FUND


The following letter was sent to Ellen Salant, President of Temple Israel, in response to the recent revelation that Rabbi Gordon Tucker of the synagogue had donated “discretionary funds” to New Israel Fund.
Dear Ellen:
The New Israel Fund arouses such antipathy in Israel that the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset was quoted as follows:
Deputy Knesset speaker Yoni Chetboun said, “The main goal of the NIF is to undermine the Israeli army, by knowingly financing left-wing Israeli groups that try to get young Israeli soldiers prosecuted for war crimes.”
You informed me that in 2013 Gordon used his discretion to give $5000 – $5999. to The New Israel Fund using temple money.
Many find this deeply objectionable because of the behavior of NIF. There is a trust involved in granting Rabbi use of Discretionary funds;  i.e., that the money won’t be used to fund entities whose behavior is widely suspected of being inimical to the survival of our beloved Jewish state. This giving of temple money to NIF should never have happened without the explicit permission of all temple members, because so many members would find this so offensive, if they knew the truth about the NIF.  I am sure you and the Trustees will be appalled by their behavior, after reading this letter.
The quibble that he gave “Discretionary” funds is just that – a quibble; the dollars that members give to the shul are fungible.
The charges against NIF include, but are not limited to, the following as found in an NGO Monitor posting on the NIF:
1 – NIF grantee Mada al-Carmel ($450,000 in 2006-2008) calls for a change in the definition of the State of Israel from a Jewish state,” and the implementation of the Palestinian “right of return,” meaning the end of Jewish self-determination.
2 – NIF grantee Adalah ($1,045,292 in 2006-2008) would limit Jewish immigration (aliyah) to “humanitarian reasons”.
3 – NIF grantee Mossawa ($517,642 in 2006-2008) calls for the eradication of the Israeli flag and national anthem.
NIF grantees Aswat and Al-Qaws (combined $111,000 in 2008) refer to “Israels stifling Apartheid” and “[o]ur 62-year struggle for freedom from Israeli occupation and Apartheid.”
4 – NIF grantee BTselems ($785,285 in 2006-2008) Jessica Montell: “I think the word apartheid is useful for mobilizing people because of its emotional power. In some cases, the situation in the West Bank is worse than apartheid in South Africa.”
 5 – NIF grantee Adalah ($1,045,292 in 2006-2008) declared Israel guilty of “colonialism” and “apartheid,” and placing Palestinians in “reserves and ghettos.”
6 – NIF grantee ACRI ($2,371,443 in 2006-2008) describes Israels practices as “in many ways reminiscent of the Apartheid regime in South Africa.”
 7 – NIF grantees participate in Israel Apartheid Week
 Adalah ($1,045,292 in 2006-2008) was scheduled to speak (March 9, 2010) at Al Quds University on “Apartheid as it is experienced by Palestinian citizens of Israel.”
 8 – The founder and president of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I; $503,537 in 2006-2008) co-led the event that kicked off Londons 2008 Israel Apartheid Week (Feb. 11, 2008), giving a lecture on “Introducing Israel” at University of Londons School of Oriental and African Studies.
9-  A Breaking the Silence ($200,855) video was shown as part of Connecticuts 2010 Israel Apartheid Week (March 4, 2010.)
 10 – Eight NIF grantees (combined $2.2 million in 2008; $5,621,728 in 2006-2008) submitted a joint statement to Goldstone alleging
“human rights violations for which Israel must be held accountable.”
 11 – Eight NIF grantees (combine $1,813,424 in 2006-2008) have been lobbying foreign governments to adopt the Goldstone report.
 12 – An official from NIF grantee Adalah ($1,045,292 in 2006-2008) appeared before the UN Human Rights Council and encouraged the Council “to act to end the culture of impunity and unequal justice.”
 13 – Five NIF grantees (combined $437,224 in 2008) successfully petitioned the Norwegian Pension Fund to divest from Israeli firms.
14 – NIF grantee Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP; $285,509 in 2006-2008) supports BDS and the UC Berkeley divestment campaign.
 15 – NIF grantee CWP ($285,509 in 2006-2008) runs the divestment website WhoProfits.org
16 – NIF grantee Adalah ($1,045,292 in 2006-2008) submitted a legal opinion to a Spanish court in support of a lawfare case against Israeli officials.
17 – NIF grantees CWP and Social TV (combined $366,089 in 2006-2008) lobbied the British government to “enable the prosecution of Israeli War Criminals”
18 – NIF grantee PCATIs ($48,888 in 2006-2008) CEO Ishai Manuchin supports foreign prosecution of Israeli officials for “war crimes.”NIF grantees PCATI and Adalah met with officials of the International Criminal Court to discuss prosecution options relating to the Gaza War
 19 – On November 2-3, 2009, representatives of PCATI and Adalah joined the NGO leaders of the anti-Israel lawfare campaign (PCHR, Al Haq, FIDH) in a series of meetings with officials at the International Criminal Court to “explor[e] different avenues to bring justice to the victims of serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law” relating to the Gaza War. 
 20 -Yesterday, 19 November 2012, human rights organizations based in Israel and Gaza demanded that a criminal investigation be opened into the suspicion of war crimes by the Israeli military following the killing of 10 Palestinian civilians, including 8 members of the Al-Dalu family, in Gaza on 18 November 2012.  The familys home was hit by a bomb at approximately 2:30pm, in an Israeli air strike on the residential building.  Adalah, Al-Mezan Centre for Human Rights in Gaza and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza put the demand forward in a letter to the Israeli Military Advocate General and the Attorney General.
 Daunting, to say the least.  But  don’t take my word for it – just immediately go to the Adalah website (NIF grantee) this very minute and you will see writings in support of stopping “Judaization” of Jerusalem,  in support of  Israel state funding to mourn the founding of the state by calling it a “nakba”, i.e., catastrophe), etc. etc. etc. ad nauseam.
Assuming these twenty allegations against NIF are true, assuming even half are true, knowing what you now know, do you want temple money to go to NIF?
Several questions immediately arise in connection with this transfer of funds from TIC to NIF:
1 – What are the temple rules governing the use of Discretionary funds?  Please provide citations from incorporation and other relevant documents.
2 – Does the board support continuing to give NIF, and like organizations, temple money?  Is this the purpose for which  “Discretionary funds”  were set up?  Was this the intent?
3 – What other NGOs have been given Discretionary or other temple funds?
4 – Do you think that if the members of TIC knew of the above allegations they would approve of their money being given to NIF?
5 – What oversight mechanism does the board employ to supervise Rabbi’s use of discretionary fund?   Did the board know of his gift to NIF before he did it?  After he did it?  Ever?
6 – Going forward, what oversight mechanism will be used to insure that the Rabbi’s use of the discretionary fund is proper?
In part because there was no Jewish state, seventy years ago 6,000,000 of our brothers and sisters were murdered because they were Jews.  1,000,000 precious beautiful Jewish children were murdered.
Now that we have a Jewish state, isn’t our job to do everything possible to support it, rather than supporting  NGOs  the behavior of which so many consider to be so inimical to the security of  Israel?  Do we really want to give our money to a group that supports teaching that the founding of our beloved Jewish homeland was a “nakba”,  a catastrophe?
I look forward to your detailed response to the six questions above concerning Rabbi’s use of T I C discretionary funds to support NIF and it’s subsidiary NGOs.
Phillip Jacobs, Ph.D.

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