The head of a leading American Jewish philanthropic organization has expressed support for refugees seeking asylum in the U.S. And, in the same message: utter contempt for Palestinian refugees.
Eric Goldstein, head of one of the largest Jewish philanthropies, calls on Jews to support #refugees coming to America’s borders. But Goldstein expresses contempt for Palestinian refugees in #Gaza, being shot at by Israeli forces. https://t.co/LCjMa85JH2
— Mondoweiss (@Mondoweiss) July 2, 2018
The hypocritical position is of course typical of the U.S. Jewish establishment, which is progressive on issues non-Palestinian. But that hypocrisy is rarely exemplified so purely as it is by Eric Goldstein, ceo of the NY Jewish Federation, writing a Sabbath letter last week.
Goldstein lauds his organization’s efforts on behalf of refugees.
A number of UJA’s partners, both national and local, work throughout the year to provide support for refugees, and have been actively engaged in providing assistance. In particular, there are now more than 300 children separated from their parents who have been placed in facilities around New York, and UJA and our partners are in daily conversations about ways we can help.
But in the next breath Goldstein goes to Israel, and he has no sympathy at all for the Palestinian refugees in Gaza who are marching to be able to return to villages on land that is now Israel– thousands of whom have been shot, and more than 130 killed.