We had to blink twice. At first we thought we were seeing one of those over-the-top metaphors. But we werent. One Murray Koppelman, whom the JTA dubs a well known philanthropist in New York, actually went to Iran and, on that basis, decided he needed to give a half million dollars to the New Israel Fund. Why? Because Iran Israel well, its all the same.
We dont begrudge the NIF its donation, but, as the ADLs Abe Foxman said, while Koppelman is a caring, loving, decent Zionist, his comparison of Iran to Israel is odious. Koppelman saw the way women were treated in Iran, decided that this is Israels destiny, and wants to head it off by funding NIF.
NIF, naturally, took the money and said thank you. But the idea that voluntary, separate seating on a few private Israeli buses is soon to become what Koppelman saw in Iran women, all dressed in chadors, pushed to the back of public buses is bizarre. Mr. Koppelman: Our main problem with Iran right now is nuclear.
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