Controversy In Vancouver Jewish Community as Israel Boycotter Headlines Israel Independence Day

“I have no idea why the powers that be should have selected such a controversial individual to celebrate such a miraculous achievement."

The Vancouver BC Jewish Federation is under fire for inviting controversial Israeli performer Achinoam Nini, better known as Noa, to perform and headline at the community’s Israel Independence Day celebrations.

In response, The Jewish National Fund has withdrawn their co-sponsorship of the event, and Canadian philanthropist  Frances Belzberg issued a statement this week saying,

“I have no idea why the powers that be should have selected such a controversial individual to celebrate such a miraculous achievement. I urge each of you to ask the question or boycott the event.” 

Nini has declared that her fellow Israeli citizens are “becoming monsters” while praising Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for “his adamant adherence to ways of peace.” She performed in April 2012 for an organization called “Combatants for Peace,” an organization which "was started jointly by Palestinians and Israelis, who have taken an active part in the cycle of violence; Israelis as soldiers in the Israeli army (IDF) and Palestinians as part of the violent struggle for Palestinian freedom,” and among the honorees at the event were Arab terrorists who had killed Israelis.

Nini is an active supporter of extremist organizations that support a boycott of Israel including The New Israel Fund and Breaking The Silence – whose donors include Alisa Doctoroff of The UJA-Federation, The Jewish Communal Fund and Karen R. Adler

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