'Pro Israel' J Street partnering with BDS groups
J Street, the self-proclaimed 'pro-Israel, pro-peace' pro-Obama group, is collaborating with Students for Justice and Peace in Palestine
, a group that doesn't even pretend to be pro-Israel.
The Swarthmore chapter of
Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine (SPJP), an offshoot of the
well-known anti-Israel group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), on
Sept. 4 co-hosted a discussion on the recent Gaza conflict with J
“We are co-hosting a discussion with J Street tonight at 7:30 in Kohlberg 116. Everyone is welcome,” Swarthmore SPJP tweeted.
J Street U and SPJP, along with other Swarthmore campus groups
including Hillel and Christian and Muslims clubs, last week held a vigil
to honor those who died in the Gaza conflict. (Hillel International’s
Israel guidelines forbid engagement with groups or speakers that
“delegitimize, demonize or apply a double standard to Israel,” but
Swarthmore Hillel last year decided to reject those guidelines and align
with the “Open Hillel” movement.)
On a national level, J Street states that it “opposes the global BDS movement”
and believes that BDS is an “inappropriate way” to try to resolve the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But in response to an inquiry about the
Swarthmore events, a J Street spokesperson explained how the lobby’s
co-sponsorship policy does not preclude partnering with pro-BDS groups.
“Our policy in terms of
co-sponsorship is pretty consistent. We do not support BDS, but we do
not have any problem with co-sponsoring programs with organizations that
do,” Jessica Rosenblum, J Street’s director of media and
communications, told JNS.org.
J Street’s co-sponsorship policy extends to groups on both the anti-Israel or pro-Israel side of the spectrum.
This proves once again Congressman Gary Ackerman's statement that J Street's heads are so open that their brains have fallen out.
Except, of course, when it comes to actually doing something that is pro-Israel....
That policy was reflected by J Street’s decision in July, during the
Gaza conflict, to pull out of a communal Israel solidarity rally in
Boston. Shaina Wasserman, J Street’s Boston director, wrote in a letter
to the local Jewish Community Relations Council that the lobby decided
to pull out of the rally because the event did not include speakers who
represented its “pro-Israel, pro-peace perspective.”
missing for us in this rally, and what ultimately precluded our
co-sponsorship, was that despite our efforts, there was no space made to
raise the issues that follow from our commitment to Israel’s Jewish and
democratic future,” wrote Wasserman.
I hope that the Israeli government is paying attention and will stop sending representatives to J Street events...
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