ISRAEL Alon Pinkas (former consul general of Israel in New York)

Middle East specialist Michael Margulies forwards an article about Alon Pinkas, with the comment: I couldn't agree with Mr. Alon Pinkas more. American Jewry reacts like a guinea fowl to any claim of "anti-semitism" around the world, but directs precious little of their formidable resources to solve problems that actually exist for them on a tangible, meaningful level. The fact that these words come straight from the mouth of a man at his post seems to have little positive effect; The immediate reactions by the major American Jewish institutions seem to be directed at discrediting him professionally and his 4 years as Consul General in New York:

Pinkas comments to 'Post' infuriate US Jews

Less than four months after stepping down as consul-general of Israel in New York, Alon Pinkas is rankling some American Jews with comments he made to The Jerusalem Post about the failed priorities and mistreatment of Israel by American Jewish organizations.

In a story that appeared in last Sunday's Post, Pinkas said American Jews treat Israel like a "goddamn synagogue," all Jewish communities outside of America and Israel are "insignificant suburbs" and the behavior of American Jewish organizational officials reads like a chapter out of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Pinkas's remarks have been harshly criticized by many Jewish officials.

"It's almost sad to have a guy of his caliber totally misrepresent the relationship that exists between Israel and the American Jewish community," said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). "It seems that he either did not learn very much in all his years of public service, or he totally forgot."

The executive director of the American Jewish Committee, David Harris, said, "For Jews to be invoking or citing the 'Protocols' against other Jews is frankly both bizarre and outrageous." In his remarks, Pinkas said it is not Israel's responsibility to educate American Jews about Israel and Jewish identity, but the American Jewish community's – and it is not doing a very good job.

"Where the hell has American Jewry been?" Pinkas demanded. "Rather than play foreign minister and go to the world's capitals and deal exclusively with anti-Semitism," he said, referring to Jewish organizational officials, "they should focus on educating American Jews." "What–are you writing-- the next chapter in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion?'" he asked rhetorically.

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last updated: December 5, 2004