By Jonathan Hoffman
June 27, 2010
The New Israel Fund has sent an email to its supporters to tell them it is organising a
"special 1-day Study Tour on Sunday, July 18, for rabbis and rabbinical students spending time in Israel. Please forward this email to a rabbi you know. This is a unique opportunity to connect rabbis with NIF so that they can help educate their congregations and communities about the challenges of promoting social justice in Israel. The program will explore issues including Jewish-Arab equality, religious pluralism, and the threats facing Israeli democracy today. It is our hope that participants will use this experience to energize their congregations and peers. The day will include breakfast with Avrum Burg."
Burg is a former Knesset speaker who now lives in Paris. In an infamous interview with Ha’aretz’s Avi Shavit last year, Burg admitted that he is no longer a Zionist and claims that Israeli “fascism” is pervasive and comparable to Germany prior to World War II. He has taken French citizenship (he brags about voting against Nicholas Sarkozy: “Sarkozy is in my eyes a threat to world peace. That is why I went to vote against him”), seeks to amend Israel's Law of Return, and encourages all Israelis to obtain foreign passports.
Neither does the email tell the "Rabbis" that they will be taken by NIF to a non-kosher restaurant in Jaffa which is open on Shabbat and mixes milk and meat on the menu.
But that's the New Israel Fund all over for you. You should not be surprised ...