The Emergency Committee for Israel isn't afraid to stand up for the Jewish homeland, while railing against progressive forces the organization sees as hostile toward Israel.
Last September, the group launched a video and newspaper campaign against President Barack Obama and his stance on Middle Eastern issues. Now, ECI is back with a new initiative to discourage Jewish groups from funding the Center for American Progress (CAP) and Media Matters.
Back in January, The Blaze highlighted some of the anti-Semitic claims being waged against CAP, a leftist think tank with close ties to billionaire George Soros and the Obama administration. Jewish groups, like ECI, have accused the leftist organization of utilizing anti-Israel language. Jewish Week adds:
CAP has taken steps in recent months to address some of the harsh rhetoric voiced by some of its staffers, and two of the three Jewish groups cited in the ad have since praised its efforts. The ad does not note the steps by CAP.
Media Matters has stood by a staffer who calls right-wing pro-Israel advocates “Israel firsters,” a term that analysts have shown has its origins in anti-Semitic writings.
On Monday, the ECI added fuel to the fire with a full-page ad slamming both CAP and Media Matters in the New York Times.
"The Center for American Progress and Media Matters claim to be in the liberal mainstream. But is being anti-Israel a liberal value?," text reads at the top of the ad. Below this, the ECI ad showcases disparaging comments about both groups from prominent sources that paint both CAP and Media Matters out as extreme, anti-Jewish groups.
At the end of the ad, the Jewish groups that fund both leftist organizations are listed, along with their phone numbers. The clear goal of the initiative is for those opposed to anti-Israel sentiment to get involved and to pressure the funders to stop allocating money to CAP and Media Matters.
"Call these foundations and ask them: Why are you funding bigotry and anti-Israel extremism?," the ad concludes (view the full version of the ad here).
(H/T: Jewish Journal)