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Friday, Jan 31, 2014, 5:42 pm

Open Letter From NY Jews to Mayor de Blasio: `AIPAC Does Not Speak For Us’

By Open Letter From New York Jews

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Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.
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We are Jewish residents of New York who read, in the leaked transcript of your private speech to a meeting of AIPAC leaders, the following:

City Hall will always be open to AIPAC. When you need me to stand by you in Washington or anywhere, I will answer the call and I'll answer it happily 'cause that's my job.

We understand that the job of mayor of New York is a complex one that often calls for your participation on the international stage, and we would not presume to define your job for you. But we do know that the needs and concerns of many of your constituents—U.S. Jews like us among them—are not aligned with those of AIPAC, and that no, your job is not to do AIPAC's bidding when they call you to do so. AIPAC speaks for Israel's hard-line government and its right-wing supporters, and for them alone; it does not speak for us.

Sincerely yours,

Ruth J. Abram

Karen R. Adler

Arlene Alda

Anita Altman

Esther Ann-Asch

Emanuel Ax

Peter Beinart

Andrew Berger

Loren Bevans

Martin I. Bresler

Kenneth David Burrows

Howard Clyman

Rabbi Rachel Cowan

Barbara Deinhardt

Barbara Dobkin

Eugene Eisner

Laurel W. Eisner

Daniel Engelstein

Eve Ensler

Danny Goldberg

Sally Gottesman

Linda Gottlieb

Laurence Greenwald

Jane Hirschmann

Erica Jong

Peter A. Joseph

Alice Kessler-Harris

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

Gil Kulick

Martha Weinman Lear

Bobbie Leigh

Jonathan Leigh

Alan H. Levine

Rabbi Ellen Lippmann

Rabbi J. Rolando Matalon

Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark

Donna Nevel

Kathleen Peratis

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Bertrand B. Pogrebin

Michael Ratner

Anne Roiphe

Betty Rollin

Al Ruben

Marlene Sanders

James Schamus

Dan Silverman

Beverly Solochek

Carla Singer

Rabbi Felicia Sol

Alisa Solomon

Gloria Steinem

Herbert Teitelbaum

Rebecca Vilkomerson

Rabbi Burton Visotzky

Peter Weiss

Jack Willis

Eugenia Zukerman


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