Daniel Sokatch

AJC, NIF share a concern: Israeli democracy

I can't recall many times when the American Jewish Committee and the New Israel Fund have been on the same page on a critical issue involving Israel, but it happened this week.

Israel’s ‘Gift To Delegitimizers’

Controversial oath could end up testing
American Jews’ loyalty.

10/12/2010
Washington Correspondent

Some pro-Israel groups insist it’s nothing more than an Israeli version of America’s “pledge of allegiance,” but to Israeli civil rights groups the move to amend a loyalty oath for non-Jews seeking citizenship is one more big step away from the state’s democratic ideal.

And some Jewish leaders here say the debate now raging in Israel could have a devastating impact — both on Israel’s international standing and on a population of younger American Jews who are already drifting away from pro-Israel commitment.

“Whatever else this issue means,” says New Israel Fund CEO Daniel Sokatch, “it’s not good for the fraying bonds between younger

New Israel Fund: Grantees Must Not Actively Oppose Israel’s Jewish Character

09/16/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Groups that work to "deny the right of the Jewish people to sovereign self-determination within Israel" will not be eligible for New Israel Fund moneys.

In new guidelines issued to JTA on Thursday, the progressive pro-Israel olutfit, which has come under fire for funding groups that are sharply critical of Israel and that have promoted a binational state instead of a Jewish one, reiterated its well known principles upholding minority rights and promoting equal rights for all.

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