WASHINGTON — (07-13-20) — LGBTQ rights group A Wider Bridge, names longtime Israeli advocate Ethan Felson, as its leader amid increasing criticism of the Jewish state from progressives.

A Wider Bridge announced the appointment of the former executive director of the Israel Action Network on Monday.

The network is the Israel advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of North America. Felson has long and distinguished record of being a leading pro-Israel professional with roots in Jewish community outreach to minorities.

The announcement by the New York-based group that advocates for LGBTQ rights worldwide comes as the pro-Israel movement faces challenges:

Defending Israel over their plans to annex parts of the West Bank and grappling with the role of Jewish groups in advocating for civil rights reforms in the wake of African-Americans killed at the hands of police officers.

The Wider Bridge group is counting on Ethan Felson with his long experience advocating for Israel and in community outreach, to raise the group’s game at a critical time.

Felson, 54, in an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency said he would draw on his experience building coalitions.

“I enjoy the complex conversations and helping people find constructive paths forward and stepping back from zero-sum formulas,” said Felson.

In the same interview, A Wider Bridge’s chairman, Alan Schwartz, added…“We have not commented on annexation publicly until we see what the annexation looks like,”.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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