Chicago’s Niagara Foundation disinvites Israeli consul general to the Midwest

CHICAGO TRIBUNE
by Manya Brachear Pashman
June 24, 2015

A nonprofit group devoted to promoting global fellowship and civic conversations is under fire for rescinding an invitation to one of Israel’s top U.S. diplomats. Roey Gilad, consul general of Israel to the Midwest, on June 18 was to discuss whether religions can build peace in the Middle East as part of a series of events sponsored by the Niagara Foundation. But three days before Gilad’s scheduled appearance, organizers called off the event….Amy Stoken, director of Chicago’s chapter of the American Jewish Committee, blamed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, or BDS, a global effort to put economic pressure on Israel to change its policies on settlements built on lands claimed by the Palestinians. READ MORE

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