Thursday, February 6, 2014

Open Letter from NY Jews to Mayor de Blasio: `AIPAC does not speak for us'


Adam Horowitz
January 29, 2014
Mondoweiss <http://mondoweiss.net/2014/01/letter-blasio-speak.html>

*Open letter to Mayor de Blasio from prominent New York City Jewish
leaders" "the needs and concerns of many of your constituents - U.S. Jews
like us among them - are not aligned with those of AIPAC, and that no, your
job is not to do AIPAC's bidding when they call you to do so.*


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Israeli President Shimon Peres in
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An Open Letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio:

*We are Jewish residents of New York who read, in the leaked transcript of
your private speech to a meeting of AIPAC leaders, the following:*

    "City Hall will always be open to AIPAC. When you need me to stand by
you in Washington or anywhere, I will answer the call and I'll answer it
happily 'cause that's my job."

We understand that the job of mayor of New York is a complex one that often
calls for your participation on the international stage, and we would not
presume to define your job for you. But we do know that the needs and
concerns of many of your constituents - U.S. Jews like us among them - are
not aligned with those of AIPAC, and that no, your job is not to do AIPAC's
bidding when they call you to do so. AIPAC speaks for Israel's hard-line
government and its right-wing supporters, and for them alone; it does not
speak for us.

Sincerely yours,

Ruth J. Abram
Karen R. Adler
Arlene Alda
Anita Altman
Esther Ann-Asch
Emanuel Ax
Peter Beinart
Andrew Berger
Loren Bevans
Martin I. Bresler
Kenneth David Burrows
Howard Clyman
Rabbi Rachel Cowan
Barbara Deinhardt
Barbara Dobkin
Eugene Eisner
Laurel W. Eisner
Daniel Engelstein
Eve Ensler
Danny Goldberg
Sally Gottesman
Linda Gottlieb
Laurence Greenwald
Jane Hirschmann
Erica Jong
Peter A. Joseph
Alice Kessler-Harris
Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum
Gil Kulick
Martha Weinman Lear
Bobbie Leigh
Jonathan Leigh
Alan H. Levine
Rabbi Ellen Lippmann
Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon
Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark
Donna Nevel
Kathleen Peratis
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Bertrand B. Pogrebin
Michael Ratner
Anne Roiphe
Betty Rollin
Al Ruben
Marlene Sanders
James Schamus
Dan Silverman
Beverly Solochek
Carla Singer
Rabbi Felicia Sol
Alisa Solomon
Gloria Steinem
Herbert Teitelbaum
Rebecca Vilkomerson
Rabbi Burton Visotzky
Peter Weiss
Jack Willis
Eugenia Zukerman

[*Adam Horowitz is Co-Editor of Mondoweiss.net* ]

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