Reform “rabbi” Eric Yoffie opened his trap again last week to criticize Zionist John Hagee, who today led several hundred flag-waving followers across Jerusalem and pledged his unconditional support for the Jewish state, along with $6 million in donations. The group is also planning a large march “to Washington in July to call on the Bush administration not to pressure Israel into making any concessions to the Palestinians.

Last week Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, had called Hagee an “extremist” on Israeli policy, who disparages other faiths, reported the AP. “Rabbi Eric Yoffie called on synagogues in the movement not to work with the evangelist.”

That’s all because this Jew prefers to work with Muslim extremists, whose terror he prefers to the non-deadly defenders of the Jews who have had enough. In fact, in January he had to be admonished by less deadly Muslims to stop empowering the more deadly ones (in October Yoffie told the Hamas- and Hezbollah-supporting Islamic Society of North America that he hoped they would help fight anti-Semitism):

Attention Rabbi Yoffie: Please Speak To Moderate Muslims

As adherents of moderate religious and intellectual trends within the Islamic global community, the signatories of this column view with dismay a report in The Washington Post of Dec. 16, 2007, on a “partnership” between the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). This new alliance was announced by the URJ’s president, Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, at his organization’s biennial convention in San Diego.

We do not presume to judge the political or theological outlook of Rabbi Yoffie or his organization, except with regard to his and their comments about Islam. We, however, know the Muslim community, worldwide and in North America, and we do not recognize or otherwise support ISNA as a legitimate representative of mainstream Islamic believers in the West.

Rabbi Yoffie was cited by the Post in a number of statements with which we disagree. He said, “As a once-persecuted minority in countries where anti-Semitism is still a force, we [Reform Jews] understand the plight of Muslims in North America today.”

We are Muslims concerned to protect the rights of our communities in non-Muslim societies, but we consider absurd any attempt to equate the situation of Muslims in Western Europe and North America today with historic anti-Jewish prejudice and oppression. Muslims in Western Europe and North America have not been subjected, in recent times, to wholesale denial of civil rights.

Free discourse about Islam in the Western democracies is occasionally abrasive, but has never resembled the wholesale libels directed against Jews — including by latter-day Islamists — and has not been embraced by or institutionalized by any government in Western Europe or North America.

Rabbi Yoffie continued, “Islamic extremists constitute a profound threat. For some, this is a reason to flee from dialogue, but in fact the opposite is true.”

We do not understand the intent of this statement. It appears that Rabbi Yoffie believes dialogue is possible with extremists. We do not agree. We believe that dialogue between mainstream Muslims, Jews, and Christians is necessary, but that the defeat of Islamist extremists is necessary for such interfaith efforts to succeed. We do not support “dialogue” with Islamist and other apologists for violence, or proponents of restrictions on freedom under the pretext of religion.

We also disagree with Rabbi Yoffie’s statement, “There exists in [the Jewish] community a profound ignorance about Islam, along with a real desire to learn about what moves and motivates Muslims today. We must respond to this desire with serious programs of education.”

If Rabbi Yoffie believes that Jews are ignorant about Islam, he should be recognized as speaking only for himself….[N]umerous Jewish community leaders and public intellectuals have commented soberly on the problems of Islamic extremism, in a manner we wish were more commonly visible in the ranks of Muslim believers.

ISNA, which URJ has accepted, apparently uncritically, as a “partner,” has a long history of association with extremist trends in Islam…

Many Islamic mosque congregations, Sufi orders, and Muslim personalities have called for intelligent and sincere discussion with Jewish individuals and groups, to further interfaith civility and cooperation. This noble goal, to which we as Muslims are called by our revelation and our traditions, cannot be served by flattery toward groups like ISNA, in which radicals are camouflaged as moderates.

We therefore appeal to Rabbi Yoffie and other Jewish leaders to conduct a serious and thorough survey of the situation in Western Islam, identifying authentic moderates, and enabling them as interlocutors with Jews and other non-Muslims. We do not believe that ISNA qualifies for such a role. We fear that heedless acceptance of ISNA as an ally of URJ does harm to both our communities, by legitimizing a radicalism that, regardless of ISNA’s rhetorical claims, is fundamentally hostile to Jews and suppresses the intellectual and social development of Muslims.

Nawab Agha, president, American Muslim Congress
Omran Salman, director, Aafaq Foundation
Kemal Silay, president, Center for Islamic Pluralism
*Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, executive director, Center for Islamic Pluralism
Salim Mansur, Canadian director, Center for Islamic Pluralism
Jalal Zuberi, Southern U.S. director, Center for Islamic Pluralism
Imaad Malik, fellow, Center for Islamic Pluralism
M. Zuhdi Jasser, president, American Islamic Forum for Democracy
Sheikh Ahmed Subhy Mansour, president, International Quranic Center

(Just one name in the above list, at least to my knowledge, doesn’t fit — that of former Jew and current Muslim Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, who shills for Balkan-based Muslim terror by Bosnians and Albanians. Which means that he, like Yoffie, is another Jewish terrorist working for Muslim ones.)

Yoffie’s position on Hagee was bolstered by some Dumb Jews in Israel this week. From the AP report that opened this post:

“It’s all very nice,” said David Yom-Tov, another shopkeeper, “until Jesus comes back again.”

Indeed, many Israelis and Jews are troubled by what they suspect is the source of the unbridled support – a belief by some evangelical groups in an apocalyptic battle between good and evil in which Jesus returns and Jews either accept Christianity or perish…

Hagee’s followers say their main inspiration is not the Armageddon, but rather, rectifying what they view as a historical Christian wrong — silence during the Nazi Holocaust, when 6 million Jews were killed. “Our motto is: ‘Never again, not on our watch,” said Iris Dixon, of Texas.

And if it is about Jesus coming back, so what? If Jesus shows up and tells me to convert, guess what — I’m converting.