National Council of Young Israel President Shlomo Z. Mostofsky, Esq., made the following statement today concerning the decision to “disinvite” Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin from the “The Rally to Stop Iran Now:”
“The National Council of Young Israel is deeply disturbed by the decision to rescind the invitation that had been extended to Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Plain to participate in “The Rally to Stop Iran Now.”
Despite the fact that the National Council of Young Israel is one of the members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, one of the primary sponsors of the rally, we were not consulted before this decision was made, nor was our opinion ever sought by the rally organizers. We would have never acquiesced to withdrawing Governor Palin’s invitation and we think that doing so was a serious mistake.
The decision to “de-politicize” the event by repealing Governor Palin’s invitation had the opposite effect of what was intended. Instead of focusing on denouncing Iranian President Ahmadinejad and expressing our collective outrage at his vow to obliterate the State of Israel, we now find ourselves in the midst of a political squabble that was initiated due to an ill advised decision.
At a time when the Jewish community should be seeking the support of elected officials and soliciting their assistance on issues involving the safety and security of the State of Israel, a decision was made that may have alienated the very people whose help we need the most. By bowing to pressure from external forces, we now find ourselves vulnerable to criticism and susceptible to ridicule. This decision undoubtedly undermined the legitimacy of the American Jewish community in the eyes of an individual who is actively seeking to become the next Vice President of the United States.
With a nuclear Iran posing a genuine danger to the future of the State of Israel and the United States, we need to join with the American political establishment and work together to defuse the Iranian threat. We should be embracing our political allies, not driving them away.
The National Council of Young Israel urges everyone to attend “The Rally to Stop Iran Now” and to not allow any of these ancillary issues to keep them from participating in an event that is so vitally important to the State of Israel, the United States, and the Jewish nation.”
(YWN Desk – NYC)