Ronn Torossian: Join Me At The Israel Day Parade To Support BDS – Blessings, Donations, And Settlements
I am a proud Zionist who supports BDS – Blessings, Donations to Israel, and the settlements (BDS). Anyone who can claim to be a Zionist and speak of that other “BDS” – boycotts can not be a Zionist. Shameful, bad people.
Those of us in the Zionist camp who can speak of boycotting the 48th Annual Celebrate Israel Parade this coming Sunday because of a few fools are making a very major mistake. Should those of us with children in Modern Orthodox yeshivas allow the fringe fools to define Zionism, and deny our children the beautiful occasion of seeing 5th Avenue draped in white and blue ? Should great groups like Betar (the youth movement of Ze’ev Jabotinsky), RAJE (From Let My People Go to Let My People Know) or all of the yeshivas not participate in this rite of passage for so many of us simply because of these few fools ? I think not.
If it was my parade, I would never have allowed these people to march and think they should be removed. They are outside of the consensus of the Jewish people, and if someone was to prevent them from marching, they would be right. But, no matter who opposes Zionism, whether a self-hating liberal or those who don religious garb and oppose Israel annually at the parade – the good Jews must go on.
“Zionism is a moral and just movement – and if it is a just cause, justice must win, disregarding the agreement or disagreement of anyone. And if Joseph or Simeon or Ivan or Achmed would like to prevent the victory of the just cause because it is inconvenient for them, it is a duty to prevent them from successfully interfering.”
These are the words of Ze’ev Jabotinsky – and words to be heeded by all of us. Let’s not allow the folks who talk of that other BDS to interfere with Zionism and the Israel Day Parade. I hope everyone joins me in marching in the parade on June 3rd on 5th Avenue.
About the Author: Ronn Torossian is the CEO of NY based 5W Public Relations, 1 of the 25 largest PR Agencies in the US. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a Jewish philanthropist and active in a number of worldwide Jewish organizations. More about Ronn