I am sure the YMCA/YWCA Global big wigs feel that this strategy worked to plan. Now they are facing furious calls and have in the process embarrassed the whole YMCA/YWCA organization world wide. In the wake of this the YMCA/YWCA Global twats in Oslo have faced stiff opposition from its own members and also eared dishonorable mention in media across the world. I am sure they are all patting each other on the back for a job well done. Now they also earned the attention of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Given the shameless nature of these people (Sunniva Gylver, president; Gunvor Meling vice president; board members Anne-Line Evenstad Dahlen, Ragnar Kleiven Elisabeth Voll Ådnøy and administrative staff with right to convene, Adelheid Firing Hvambsal, Heidi Furustøl and Fredrik Glad-Giernes) it is unlikely that they would immediately recognize the moral bankruptcy they represent, but they might be swayed to at least blush in a dark room by this backlash. The latter said in an interview with Vårt Land that he hoped the boycott call would be read as a strong signal from a large organization. I bet you he hadn’t quite reckoned that it would be interpreted as pure racism and political folly.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2014
YMCA INTERNATIONAL URGED TO DENOUNCE NORWEGIAN BRANCH’S DECISION TO BOYCOTT ISRAEL
Boycott is “totally opposite” the World Alliance of YMCA’s Mission
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is urging the leader of the international YMCA to denounce the Norwegian YMCA/YWCA’s announcement it will “initiate an economic boycott of Israel.” The Norwegian YMCA organization–which claims 30,000 members in over 500 chapters—said in their website that they are aiming “to pressure the Israeli government to follow up on UN resolutions and end the illegal occupation of Palestine.”
In a letter to Reverend Johan Vilhelm Eltvik, the Secretary General of the Geneva-based World Alliance of YMCAs, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Wiesenthal Center and Mark Weitzman the Center’s Director of Government Affairs, urged the parent body to denounce the move. “This proposed boycott of the only democratic state in the Middle East is totally opposite of the principles expressed in The World Alliance of YMCA’s Mission Statement of ‘Fostering dialogue and partnership between people of different faiths and ideologies and recognizing the cultural identities of people.'” The protest added that such an action targets all citizens of Israel: Jews, Muslims and Christians, alike.
“The YMCA movement has a long and proud history of contributing to the improvement of civil society in many different areas,” the leading Jewish NGO’s protest continued. “The World Alliance must affirm its commitment to being ‘mediators and reconcilers in situations of conflict’ by rejecting this unjust, one-sided, anti-peace policy adopted by the Norwegian YMCA-YWCA,” they added.
“It is outrageous that any branch of a respected organization that prides itself on inclusion and tolerance would embrace the anti-Semitic poison of the ongoing of the radical anti-Israel global BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) campaign that whose activities don’t improve the life of a single Palestinian but whose sole goal is to demonize and isolate the lone democracy in the Middle East, the Jewish State of Israel,” Rabbi Cooper noted.
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