The American environmental nonprofit Sierra Club is restoring travel to Israel after canceling scheduled tours in response to pressure from anti-Israel groups.
Ross Macfarlane, vice president of the Sierra Club, phoned Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center to inform him of the decision, the center said.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a California-based Jewish advocacy group, was a leading voice in a campaign against the Sierra Club’s decision.
Macfarlane apologized for the sudden cancellations of trips to Israel, said tours would continue in the future and denounced the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel, the Weisenthal Center said.
Cooper says, “We appreciate that the Sierra Club acted quickly to reverse announced cancellations of trips to Israel, which put the famed American conservation organization squarely in the crosshairs of BDS, anti-Israel and anti-peace zealots.” .
“The Jewish community must realize that extremist anti-Israel and anti-Semitic organizations will continue to try to insert their anti-peace poison pill into the mainstream of American corporate culture, as they have done before. on American campuses,” Cooper said.
The Sierra Club is an American national organization based in California. He announced he was canceling his trips earlier this week.
The decision came after activists alleged that the organization was “whitewashing the conflict” and “giving legitimacy to the Israeli state, which is committed to apartheid against the Palestinian people”, a volunteer leader of the organization summed up. nonprofit in an email this week.