Hat tip Jewish Press
This hardly comes as a surprise to this Gentile observer who has seen the Jewish Federation of Orange County up close and personal. Now the Jewish Federation of North America has declared the use of the word, "Zionism" taboo. The Jewish Press has a depressing account by Lori Lowenthal Marcus.
I should note that Jewish Federation chapters around the country are somewhat autonomous, but rarely do I read any good news coming from this outfit. Their attitude toward Israel seems to be more in line with J Street, which proclaims itself to be pro-Israel, but always seems to agree with the Palestinian point of view.
Out here in Orange County, the local Federation has tried to oppose any effort by the local community to come to UC Irvine during the annual May anti-Israel week sponsored by the Muslim Student Union, which features a series of left-wing loons posing as professors, peace activists, and what-have-you. If you are a Jew who speaks out about anti-Semitism on the UCI campus, you will have the Federation and their chosen rabbis trying to ostracize you within the community. In addition, this feckless outfit and their financial store front, the Rose Project, help fund the Olive Tree Initiative, an academic venture posing as a neutral entity but which sends Jewish students to not only Israel, but the West Bank, where they are exposed to Palestinian activists linked to the International Solidarity Movement (which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel). In 2009, they even met with Aziz Dweik, a high-ranking Hamas official in the West Bank. The Federation kept that bit of information from the community and their donors until a (on-going) Freedom of Information request revealed their letter to the university expressing their "concern" about the meeting.
More recently (June 24th), the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles cravenly cancelled a Pam Geller speaking event sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America, which was to be held at the Federation Hqs in LA. The cancellation was made on the very morning of the scheduled event. Reason? They were afraid of Muslim protests. The topic of Geller's speech was to be "Islamic anti-Semitism".
So I am hardly surprised by the depressing news as reported by Ms Marcus.