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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

J Street's blogger panel

J Street is having a blogger panel as part of its event next week. Of course, shhh.... Shhh.... It's not really J Street, because we all know that the 'pro-Israel pro-peace' organization would never put on a blogger panel that features an Israel-hating Quaker (who has written in favor of the need to investigate the international 'Jewish-Israeli conspiracy' to murder 'Palestinians' and steal their organs) and an Israel-hating Muslim. Would they?

Decide for yourselves (Hat Tip: Soccer Dad).
J Street's big inaugural conference starts next Sunday evening... And at lunchtime on Monday, Oct. 26, there'll be a great affiliated event: a panel discussion involving a large number of pro-peace bloggers, including yours truly.


I'm really excited because I'll get to meet, in real physical space, many bloggers whose work I have long admired but whom I have not yet actually met.

They include panel organizers Richard Silverstein of Tikkun Olam and Jerry Haber of the Magnes Zionist. Also Phil Weiss of Mondoweiss and Max Blumenthal, who blogs various various places-- and also does those famous videos.

Laila El-Haddad of Gaza Mom is coming, and Matt Duss of the Wonk Room, and a bunch of other great bloggers. I imagine the best way to keep updated on the participant list will be to check Richard's blog.
But of course this has nothing - nothing at all - to do with J Street.
Our event is not officially sponsored by J Street and nothing said during our session should be construed as representing J Street’s views. We are bloggers and independent actors. We do not speak for J Street and they do not endorse our statements. They have graciously offered us a physical space during their conference. But that is where the relationship ends. ...J Street has agreed to our panel and understands the independent role we play in the blogosphere and at their conference. That is something that is important and praiseworthy.
Haveil Havalim it ain't.

(Sorry, I couldn't upload an image in this post).


At 3:38 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

No but J-Street's granting them a platform plus its silence equals implied approval.

According to Haaretz Oren will NOT attend the J-Street gala but the Israeli Embassy will send along an "observer."

Someone explain to me how you can be critical of Israel and supportive of the Jewish State at the same time. I wonder when they'll bring out kosher pigs!



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