15 Jan 2011
In the beginning of 2005, I took a sabbatical leave from my Cape Town pulpit and served a South Orange County congregation within 15 minutes of the Irvine campus. I was given a guest membership at the recently completed JCC which also housed the Federation and UC Irvine's Hillel. Having completed my BA at UCLA, I was astonished at the incompetence of the local Hillel Director at that time. Ali Maliki from the bay area was already disseminating transparently virulent antisemitism - which was utterly ignored by both the campus and Jewish leadership. The HIllel organized Israel Independence Day presence on campus was pathetic. As Dee Sterling's mother was a member of my Cape Town congregation and grew up with my wife, we became friends at that time and tried to figure out together how to get the local Jewish students in the area turned onto Israel. We talked about it constantly, but the pattern of deafening apathy to Israel among the local Jewish youth was of little interest to the local Jewish community. I had an idea to interest the local South African Jewish emirgre community in a partnership via the Jewish agency with South African Zionist youth leadership but nothing came of it. The only people who put money behind partnership schemes between groups in the USA and South Africa were political leaders interested in subsidized vacations, and the Jewish Agency had not yet tweaked onto the importance of getting Jewish youth together from different countries. It is really too bad that Dee and I couldn't have had on impact on thisback in 2005. One capable and charistmatic Zionist shaliach at that time would have stopped this travesty in its tracks.
17 Jan 2011
I have been an adjunct teacher at UCI for 12 years. I have personally witnessed the vitriolic events at UCI known as Israel Apartheid Week. I am proud to call Dee my friend and ally.
It is perfectly legitimate to question whether Jewish donors should support the OTI. They can only make that decision if they know the facts about the figures that students are meeting in the Holy Land. It is clear that many of these people are professional activists working to deligitimze Israel and bring an end to the Jewish state.
If Jewish students want to go and meet with these folks, that is their right. It is also the right of the community donors to reconsider their funding of these trips.
It is also shameful that large Jewish organizations and religious leaders would publicy condemn Dee for speaking out. As a Christian who is deeply concerned about the resurgence in anti-Semitism, I find the in-fighting and fraction within the Jewish community troubling.
28 Jan 2011
Congratulations to the New English Review for exposing this situation at UCI and scandal within the OC Jewish community. As a Jew, I wince when I see our community split but it is time for our community to truly examine our behavior when it comes to supporting Israel. As a Zionist I nearly vomit when I witness Jews ignoring an information war being waged on U.S. territory by Israel haters who have a mission to cut off Western support for Israel.
This story highlights the fact that Jewish Communities in throughout America have a communication problem. In many cities the local Jewish Press is owned or controlled by the local Federation. As most realize, our Federations control hundreds of millions of Jewish donor oney. Given the press ownership, therefore it is no wonder that we Jews hardly ever see criticism of our largest organization the Federation. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out why.
What is the vehicle for the Jewish community to learn, discuss or question Federation behavior such as the OTI if in fact the only Jewish Paper is owned by the same organization that is under fire? Just like people, organizations make mistakes. Perhaps it is too easy to cover them up if there is no independent press.
Where is the accountibility, and where is the Federation's response to these serious accusations? Perhaps they feel one is not necessary since so few Jews are aware of this growing scandal? If Dee Sterling and others making these claims are wrong than certainly the Federation can easily disprove them. Falsifying signatures is a serious offense and deserves a better explanation then what has been reported.
Advocates for Israel
24 Apr 2011
I am muslim and I never read so much lies as here.
I study "religion" for almost 30 years and one thing i conclude: judaism and cristianism are two great mythologies plagiarized the others religions of the middle east.
May I ask you a favor for me ? call the cellular of the Pharaoh and it agrees with him to tell that Israel was slave in Egypt , next call the cellular of the poncios pilatos and report that he has to cruxificion anybody called Jesus because historically he never did it. Historically not proofs about this and about any aspects of the judism or cristianism.(two greats mitology, how ganesha in india).