New York, (March 6, 2017) — “The Knesset’s new law, which bars entry of any person believed to have called for boycotts of Israel or the West Bank settlements, is an affront to Israel’s core values and plays directly into the hands of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement,” declared Kenneth Bob, President of Ameinu.
Bob stressed, “While Ameinu stands in complete opposition to the BDS Movement and does not support boycotts, we understand why some progressives choose to distinguish between Israeli products and those from the settlements as a tactic in their fully justified struggle against occupation. For the sake of Israel’s security and legitimacy, the Government of Israel should never take actions that reinforce the Far Left’s claim that Israel and its supporters use the power of the state to violate the freedom of speech of their opponents.”
Ameinu is the largest progressive Zionist organization in North America and today’s embodiment of the more than 113 year old Labor Zionist movement in the United States. Gideon Aronoff, Ameinu’s CEO, added “As Zionists Ameinu is dedicated to the principles of the Declaration of Independence, which proclaimed Israel to “be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel.” It is truly unfathomable that the leaders of the Government would enact a law that directly contradicts these essential Jewish and Zionist principles. This new law is a gift for Israel’s enemies and a deep offense for those who love the Jewish State.”
Ameinu, Hebrew for “Our People,” is a national, multi-generational community of progressive Jews in North America. Recognizing the unbreakable bond between the Jewish people and Israel, as well as the commitment to make our own society better, we mobilize those Jews who seek opportunities to foster social and economic justice both in Israel and in North America. As Zionists, we understand that a secure peace between Israel and its neighbors is essential to the survival of a democratic Jewish state. With this in mind, we build support within the North American Jewish community for a negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.