With anti-Semitic hate crimes increasing, veteran pro-Israel activist Charles Jacobs states almost every Jewish organization in the United States refuses to fight back.
Jacobs, who has actually invested 4 years at the leading edge of the Jewish human rights world, states establishment Jewish organizations are led by “people who refuse to fight for Jewish interests” and add to the harmful environment Jews deal with in the United States by aligning with far-left, anti-Israel forces. The American Jewish neighborhood’s alphabet soup of establishment organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), American Jewish Committee (AJC), and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), to name a few, “have failed to inform the community of the dangers of Islamic radicalism and anti-Semitism and instead have vouched for radical Muslims posing as ‘moderates,'” according to Jacobs.
That’s why he and numerous other like-minded Jewish activists have actually collaborated to form the Jewish Leadership Project (JLP), which embraces a more right-leaning approach and looks to reverse the damage the group states has actually been brought on by the mainstream Jewish world’s near complete embrace of Democratic Party politics. The JLP, Jacobs informed the Washington Free Beacon, “will demand that major Jewish organizations—including the JFNA, the ADL, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs—cease subordinating the safety and welfare of the Jewish-American community to partisan ideology.”
The JLP means to wage an internecine war with the mainstream Jewish communal world to drag it far from “the progressive’s assault and demonization of the Jewish state and its supporters,” stated Jacobs.
An organization like the ADL, which is presently led by Obama administration alum Jonathan Greenblatt, has actually drifted away from its initial mission statements to safeguard Jewish interests in the United States, rather welcoming liberal ideologies that paint Israel as a pariah state.
These groups, Jacobs stated, “have accommodated, rather than battled the insidious and harmful ethnic studies and critical race theory ideologies that are teaching American students that Jews are undeservedly privileged, ‘white-adjacent’ people who support the ‘racist’ state of Israel.”
For several years, groups like the ADL have actually faced allegations that they isolate conservative-leaning Jews and are extremely deferential to Democratic Party politics. These groups, critics say, act more like Democratic advocacy organization than protectors of the Jewish people. And while a plurality of American Jews is Democratic voters, Jacobs and his allies state there is a quiet and more marginalized sector of the American-Jewish community that is worried by the party’s leftward stumble.
“These so-called leaders have painted us into a corner,” Jacobs explained. “They have no idea of what to do. They are like deer in the headlights, as we face a tsunami of hatred. They have enthusiastically embraced Democratic Party policies, prioritizing them above the needs of the community while ignoring the views of more conservative and observant Jews.”
The Black Lives Matter movement, for example, which is deeply contaminated with anti-semitic and anti-Israel mindsets, has actually been embraced by leading Jewish community groups. The desire by the Jewish world to partner with organizations that push anti-Israel policies is adding to the increase of anti-Semitism and warrants an all-hands-on-deck action, according to Jacobs.
JLP will take a different route, according to Avi Goldwasser, who leads the group together with Jacobs. Goldwasser states a great deal of American Jews “are frustrated by ineffective Jewish leadership, which seemed more concerned about non-Jewish issues.” The JLP will court this disaffected population to help topple the liberal legacy organizations and overturn the class structure within the American-Jewish world.
“We will organize, connect, and mobilize them to educate the community and especially donors about the massive failure of Jewish leadership to counter the growing hostility to Jews in America,” Goldwasser said. If the organization can convince wealthy donors that their money is not being well spent, the JLP could galvanize a shift in the American-Jewish community.
Education, Goldwasser stated, is essential to this effort. Jewish common leaders and synagogues mostly get academic resources from the Jewish Federation, an enormous umbrella organization developed in Jewish communities throughout America. These resources, Goldwasser and other JLP leaders state, simulate Democratic Party talking points and are not sufficiently pro-Israel.
“We’ll provide resources and training so more moderate Jewish community members can challenge their rabbis, federations … and other local Jewish leadership and even enact change at the highest levels of organizations like the ADL and AJC,” Goldwasser said. “Jewish leaders need to be held accountable for their failures to protect the Jewish community.”
Karys Rhea, a JLP fellow who likewise has actually served in functions at mainstream Jewish organizations, stated more youthful American Jews are being indoctrinated with anti-Israel propaganda– a few of it originating from self-professed Jewish, pro-Israel companies.
“Jewish organizations are jeopardizing the future for young Jews,” Rhea said. “Some are actually platforming anti-Zionist or anti-Semitic voices in an effort to be ‘inclusive’ and ‘diverse,’ thus abandoning the community they were meant to serve and alienating myself and countless other young Jews and Zionists, who feel increasingly unsafe.”
The huge uptick in anti-Semitic violence is an indication that the traditional type of Jewish organizations in America failed to keep their communities safe.
“It is clear that whatever these organizations have been doing is simply not working,” Rhea said. “JLP is long overdue, determined to hold our leaders accountable and keep the next generation of young Jews from suffering the same fate.”