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Thursday, May 1, 2014

J Street in The Gutter


Since I get my news of American Jewry mostly from the media, I was nervous about the acceptance/rejection of extreme Left J Street by the "Presidents' Conference." My contact there had told me that's "it's being worked on," the rejection, that it, but still I wasn't confident. He was right. J Street is out in the gutter as far as the "Presidents' Conference"  is concerned.
In a rebuke to the relatively young but very well (and oddly so) financed group J Street, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations decisively rejected the group’s bid for membership.
J Street has only been in existence since 2008, but it shot out of the starting block with hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank and the backing of a wide array of well-connected American (mostly) Jews (mostly) who were itching to establish a new standard for the American Jewish community’s attitude towards Israel...
But J Street’s star rose along with President Barack Obama’s election to office. The first year of its existence, J Street was already invited into the pantheons of American political and media power.
With the kind of cachet that adheres to those close to positions of wealth and power – for it is, as always, wealth and power that gives prestige, even if the wealth and power belongs to those who claim to disdain such “conservative” markers of strength, J Street’s coffers were well-stocked and its dance card was always filled. (Jewish Press)
I'm relieved by their rejection. Extreme Left anti-Israel groups, whether Jewish or not, should not be accepted. And I find the support by American President Obama to such an extreme Left anti-Israel Jewish group to be terribly suspicious. Is there a connection between the Obama backers/controllers and the J Street ones?

Apparently as Left wing as the American Jewish community is, the broad-based Presidents Conference very firmly rejected J Street.
JNS.org – In what many observers will see as the de facto expression of mainstream U.S. Jewry’s outlook on J Street, members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Wednesday voted 22-17 (with three abstentions) to reject the membership application of the self-labeled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby. J Street secured the votes of only about a third of the Conference’s 50 members. (Algemeiner)
It's interesting that this happened just as Obama's high-pressured "peace initiative" fizzled and failed.


Everything about them is a sham. J Street is antidemocratic. They aim to interfere with Israeli democracy by imposing their opinions on Israeli citizens, on the Israeli Government. That sign on the right of the above picture proves it. They are protesting legal Israeli life and decisions, which have been approved and voted on by Israeli democracy, democratically elected Israeli officials.

J Street, just like Obama and Kerry who are their biggest supporters, have no right to try to impose their extreme Left ideologies on the State of Israel.  It's that simple. I'm very glad that the Presidents Conference booted them out.

7 comments:

yitz said...

I thought J-Street's anti-Israel, extremist left-wing views were well known.
Arutz-7 wrote about them recently:
"J Street has regularly come under fire from Israeli and Jewish groups for not living up to its self-declared "pro-Israel" brand, by consistently opposing the policies of Israel's elected government and encouraging the US government to pressure Israel into making concessions.
The organization recently came out in support of the PA's rejection of Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People."

In fact, they have been advocating views even more extreme than the Obamination people: "J Street's position clashes with statements coming from the US Government, in which State Department officials backed Israel's hesitance to talk to a "Palestinian leadership" which includes Hamas representatives." (from the same article).

yitz said...

You may also find this post, from The Atlantic of Sept. 2010, informative. Soros is known to harbor extreme leftist views.

Batya Medad said...

yitz, thanks
J Street, like Obama claims to be "pro-Israel," so it's pretty clear they use the same scriptwriter.

Anonymous said...

Most informed Jews know they are funded by the same backers as all the other leftist so-called Jewish organizations are; these backers are usually NIF, Soros & the Ford Foundation, etc. etc. JStreet belongs in the gutter & with friends like them, who needs enemies!

Batya Medad said...

a, it's an American organization. I've been living in Israel over forty years.

Anonymous said...

The problem now is that J street is trying to break up this group, a well established group that is looked to by US politicians and a genuinely representative of the broader Jewish community. This petulant behavior is being facilitated particularly by the reform and conservative movements. Scary, I think also the centrist and more right-wing organizations need to do more to reach out to young secular Jews to wean them off their J street addiction.

Batya Medad said...

Wasn't that the entire rationale behind J Street's establishment? Soros etc wanted to push the American Jewish establishment to the extreme Left?