“Through the darkness of this tragedy we have seen a wave of solidarity, and we are gratified that it has sparked a movement of renewed unity.”
The former congressman succeeds Jerry Silverman, the umbrella group’s leader since 2009.
The fact that Jewish federations and other Jewish public charities fund Canary Mission is simply business as usual.
I’ve received everything from racist harassment to rape threats following targeting by Canary Mission.
One of the largest Jewish charities in the U.S. has been funding a shadowy online blacklist targeting college students who criticize Israel.
“My decision is bittersweet,” Silverman wrote. “However, as I have always stated, family comes first.”
A last-minute funding cut from the umbrella group for Jewish federations nationwide could mean trouble for nine major Jewish charities.
Reports last week said that an address by Netanyahu had not been confirmed, which was considered unusual that close to the event.
Tensions between Netanyahu and the U.S. Jewish community have sharpened in recent months after the freeze of the Western Wall egalitarian prayer plan.
Among those that criticized the passage were the Reform movement, the Jewish Federations of North America, B’nai B’rith and Jewish Women International.