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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hard questions for J Street

At Pajamas Media, Lenny Ben David has some tough questions for Jeremy Ben Ami, the director of J Street, the pro-Israel, pro-peace pro-'Palestinian,' pro-Obama group that is trying to pass itself off as a mainstream Jewish organization.
1: You served as Fenton Communications’ senior vice president until you established J Street, launched in 2008. In early 2009, Fenton signed contracts with a Qatari foundation to lead an 18-month long anti-Israel campaign in the United States with a special focus on campuses. The actual text of the contract called for: “An international public opinion awareness campaign that advocates for the accountability of those who participated in attacks against schools in Gaza.”


2: You were recently asked in an interview about funds J Street received from Palestinians, Arab-Americans, and Iranian-Americans, to which you answered: “J Street does have some Arab and Muslim donors — about five. These are individuals, not organizations, corporations or foreign countries. Well over 90 percent of our money comes from Jewish Americans and Christians.”

Did you really say J Street has only five Arab and Muslim donors? A partial listing quickly extracted from the U.S. Federal Election Commission shows more than 30 contributors, many with ties to Arab-American organizations.


3: Do any Israelis support J Street’s agenda? How many?


Two retired senior IDF officers, well-known members of the peace camp, recently went to the U.S. to speak on J Street’s behalf. When they got there they discovered that J Street opposed sanctions against Iran. According to a JTA account, Brig. Gen.(res) Israela Oron called for a “timetable that would be tied to punishing sanctions.”

“The thing that worries me and that worries other Israelis is that [current negotiations are] not limited in time,” Oron said as the faces of her J Street hosts turned anxious, adding “I’m not sure I’m expressing the J Street opinion.”

Maj. Gen. (res) Danny Rothschild discovered that he differed with J Street’s policies on an immediate freezing of settlements, the halting of settlements’ natural growth, and opposing tough sanctions against Iran.

And then Labor MK Ophir Pines-Paz spoke to a Washington gathering in early October sponsored by J Street’s co-founder, Daniel Levy, today of the New America Foundation. When Pines-Paz was told he was wrong in “assuming that everyone on the left is aligned on Iran’s nuclear capabilities and threat, [and in agreement] with Israel’s assessment,” he exploded. “Wake up!” he shouted. [I told you that J Street and the Israeli Left aren't the same. The Israeli Left knows that they still live in Israel at the end of the day, and they're not willing to commit suicide to get Obama re-elected. CiJ]
Read the whole thing. There are two more hard questions plus some probing into George Soros' connection to J Street.

Bottom line: J Street is neither pro-Israel nor pro-peace and it has no business calling itself a 'Jewish organization.'


At 4:16 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The only group in Israel aligned with the J-Street agenda are Meretz and its NGO partner the anti-revanant Peace Now and they are inconsequential.


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