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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

J Street drops 'pro-Israel' from its slogan

This is rich.

The pro-'Palestinian' J Street organization, which until now has claimed to be 'pro-Israel, pro-peace,' has dropped the 'pro-Israel' part of the slogan, at least on college campuses.
J Street's university arm has dropped the "pro-Israel" part of the left-wing US lobby's "pro-Israel, pro-peace" slogan to avoid alienating students.

That decision was part of the message conveyed to young activists who attended a special weekend program for students ahead of J Street's first annual conference, which began on Sunday.


"We don't want to isolate people because they don't feel quite so comfortable with 'pro-Israel,' so we say 'pro-peace,'" said American University junior Lauren Barr of the "J Street U" slogan, "but behind that is 'pro-Israel.'"

Barr, secretary of the J Street U student board that decided the slogan's terminology, explained that on campus, "people feel alienated when the conversation revolves around a connection to Israel only, because people feel connected to Palestine, people feel connected to social justice, people feel connected to the Middle East."

She noted that the individual student chapters would be free to add "pro-Israel," "pro-Israel, pro-Palestine," or other wording that they felt would be effective on this issue, since "it's up to the individuals on campus to know their audience."
Read the whole thing.

A few observations.

First, Barr's explanation (and they go downhill from there) is positively Orwellian.

Second, no more proof is required that J Street has no pro-Israel positions and that it will do anything to gain support. No wonder it is willing to accept donations from the Saudis and their friends.

Third, if anyone needed proof that J Street is not a pro-Israel organization, we now have it.


At 2:45 AM, Blogger Mr. Gerson said...

In for a penny in for a pound. Their marketing has been completely blown apart, so now they are being careless.

At 2:51 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

They seem positively embarrassed at being pro-Israel. Its good to see them finally drop the facade.

J-Street apparently finds it too hard to represent Jews in a politically correct world by defending the Jewish State.

Israel needs friends like J-Street like it needs enemies.

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Ashan said...

Wouldn't you know it?
AIPAC rival 'J Street' tied to Qatar, George Soros: http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2009/me_gulf0835_10_26.asp


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