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Monday, July 05, 2010

Too anti-Israel even for J Street

Who'd a thunk it? It's possible to be too anti-Israel even for J Street!
Minneapolis -- July 4, 2010 -- Rachel Lerner, vice president of J Street, offered a devastating rebuke to the authors of the Middle East Study Committee Report currently under consideration for the PC(USA)’s General Assembly.

“Supporting a Palestinian state does not, should not, and cannot mean tearing down Israel,” she said.

Lerner offered this rebuke at a breakfast at a breakfast held at the Hyatt in Minneapolis a few blocks from the convention center where the PC(USA)‘s General Assembly is taking place. The breakfast was organized by Presbyterians for Middle East Peace, a group calling on the General Assembly to reject the MESC report.

Lerner told the audience of approximately 150 that the report was so one-sided in its depiction of the Arab-Israeli conflict that J Street activists would not want to partner with the PC(USA) in its peacemaking activism if the report were to be approved “because it will push them into a corner a force them into a defensive stance.” She continued:
I want to be very clear about this -- this is not meant to be a threat. If this is passed we will not be issuing a directive to our locals that they cannot partner with local Presbyterian churches -- but with the passage of this study, the Church will alienate us and as a result our activists will not want to work with you and this will damage completely the possibility of a future relationship.”
Lerner’s rebuke is a substantial setback for the proponents and the defenders of the report because the report itself names J Street as a group that Jews in the U.S. should emulate and follow. J Street, the report states, is a group that “raise[s] the banner that being pro-Israel and being truly Jewish is not tantamount to complicity in the excesses of Israeli policy.”

Lerner told the audience -- which included a significant number of pro-Palestinian activists, that the MESC did not consult with J Street before publishing and that she and other activists in the organization were shocked by its tone and recommendations. Lerner read the report soon after it was published to prepare herself for the phone calls that as a J Street official were headed her way.

“I was to be perfectly honest -- surprised and saddened and to be very, very honest, sometimes even angered by what I read,” she said.

Lerner stated that while she believed that the impulse behind the report was to promote peace in the Middle East, “the tone this study takes, the narrative it puts forward, and the conclusions and policy recommendations it makes are so one-sided, so devoid of any balance, that I fear this report will not only not achieve its desired effect -- positive change in the region and a just two-state solution -- but it will be counter-productive to forging a meaningful peace and will significantly hinder the possibility of future efforts to work together toward what for most of us is a shared common goal.”

J Street was surprised to see itself mentioned in the report’s introductory “Letter to our American Jewish Friends.”

“We were never consulted in the course of the committee’s research. I wish we had been,” she said.
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I'm shocked that they're shocked and angry. Did J Street actually believe that all those Arabs that are funding them actually want a Jewish state to exist as anything other than a phase in the 'Palestinian' plan? If they did, they're even dumber than I thought they were.


At 7:30 PM, Blogger Mr. Gerson said...

That was my first thought too!

If J-Street has condemned it... well - Damn! That isn't that far off from Saudi Arabia condemning it!

At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The report does NOT explicitly recognize Israel's right to exist; its failure to do so in light of such recognition in past reports, combined with it's criticism of the existence of a Jewish state in the Holy Land, quite clearly - if implicitly - implies the contrary. Incredibly arrogant.

At 8:16 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Apparently, the reporter's authors went too far even for J-Street.


At 12:26 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

So the useful idiots are not as useful as they were thought to be. Hmm. But they are as viciously idiotic.

At 1:40 AM, Blogger ais cotten19 said...

Most of the Western anti-Israel crowd makes an effort to keep a distance from extremely (or what they consider to be extreme) anti-Semitic sentiments. They only do it because of the optics. They probably secretly agree.


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