Friday, May 2, 2014

Case of J Street, How 600 rabbis can be wrong

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, Executive Director of the Rabbinical Assembly, the Conservative Movement's rabbinic arm, wrote a piece decrying the vote to DENY J Street membership in the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish organizations. She says almost 600 rabbis are on the J Street Rabbinic board. Its not enough that under her leadership the Conservative Movement continues to slide dramatically down in affiliation, down to 11% for Jews under 20, now she and the United synagogue vote to give J Street a bigger voice? Thank God wiser heads prevailed.

      J Street is a dangerous group, whose polices weaken and endanger Israel and embolden Israel's enemies. The Executive Director of the Conservative rabbis group Rabbinical Assembly, who has overseen a sharp and dramatic decline in the movement under her reign) wrote a piece condemning that vote. This position is to be expected from the Reform Movement, but Conservative? Of course leaders are saying they do not necessarily agree with the J street positions, but they should have  seat at the table. Should Hamas? Iran? You think that's an absurd question? See how close J Street positions are to some radical anti Israel groups and find out where their funding comes from?

This is the group she wants  admitted to the Conference..

Top ten+ traitorous, dangerously anti-Israel aspects of J street

1.     Follow the money J Street has accepted funding from sources—such as George Soros and many from the Arab world, including Iran, —who are openly anti-Israel, and have kept this fact secret so as not to alienate its centrist supporters. J Street officials got caught misleading reporters on overseas Arab and Muslim funding and then launched a clumsy spin campaign. Then they got caught misleading other reporters about Soros funding and launched another clumsy spin campaign. 

2.     J Street insists that all major pro-Israel organizations be open to speakers who favor the BDS movements, supporters of the single secular binational state approach, and those who oppose Palestinian recognition of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people J Street only wants people to hear views to the anti-Israel hard left of its position. It categorically refuses to allow its members to hear views that are more centrist and more pro-Israel, such as Prof. Alan Dershowitz.

3.      It has taken positions that undercut Israel’s security and that virtually no Israeli center-leftists support. It placed its imprimatur behind the despicable and mendacious Goldstone Report by bringing Richard Goldstone to Capitol Hill and introducing him to members of Congress. 

4.     March 21, 2014 In a development that is not sending shockwaves through the pro-Israel community, J Street has declared its support for the Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. J Street’s belief is that the U.S should use its status as Israel’s only ally to pressure it to make concessions to a Palestinian Authority that has repeatedly demonstrated its unwillingness to recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders are drawn. 

5.     Some of J Street U campus branches began to drop the “pro-Israel” clause of the organization’s slogan

6.     Iran sanctions:. Within hours of Netanyahu’s crystal clear speech that the deal between Iran and the west is a “bad deal, a very, very bad deal,” J J Street sent out the message through thousands of emails, and on its website, urging Americans to tell their senators to “take a time out from moving ahead with new sanctions. J Street throws its sheltering arms around the mullahs in Iran and tries to help browbeat members of the U.S. senate into easing Iran’s slide into the nuclear weapons club – a club whose doors should and must be shut to any nation that threatens to “exterminate” or “wipe off the face of the Earth” another nation, especially Israel – it makes it impossible to do anything but grimace at their tag line: “pro-Israel, pro-peace.”

7.     J Street shamelessly and relentlessly push the Palestinian Arab propaganda line which claims Jews living and breathing beyond an arbitrary armistice line is the primary cause of unrest in the Middle East.

8.     The self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” liberal advocacy group J Street is soliciting funds for congressional candidates who are openly hostile to Israel while simultaneously targeting for defeat explicitly pro-Israel lawmakers.

who do not agree with its radical Middle East agenda, according to aWashington Free Beacon analysis of J Street’s election year strategy.

Among the more than 50 candidates endorsed by J Street is a sizable delegation of lawmakers who have expressed hostility towards the Jewish state.

9.     J Street launched campaigns to defend anti-Israel media campaigns and anti-Israel art and anti-Israel artists. Its PR flak defended Mary Robinson. Itbrought into the fold an apologist for the Muslim students who went after Ambassador Oren at UC Irvine. A J Street delegation held meetings with Palestinian diplomats in Ramallah on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day over Israeli objections and then Ben-Ami bragged about the trip in the Jerusalem Post. One of their board members met with Hamas.

10.  Dershowitz called J Street’s branding of its message as pro-Israel “dishonest.” “It is a fraud in advertising to call J Street pro-Israel,” he said. “An organization that calls for the US to censure Israel at the UN is not pro-Israel. An organization that praises [judge Richard] Goldstone is not pro-Israel. An organization that calls for taking any military measure against Iran off the table is not pro-Israel. It should stop defrauding the public.”

11.  J Street was accused of collaborating with anti-Israel groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine.

12.  J Street has refused to condemn the Fatah-Hamas unity deal, claims it is no impediment to peace, refused to condemn Sec. State Kerry for using term apartheid regarding Israel or threatening a boycott etc .
"Commentary magazine "J Street’s suggestion that this is the moment for Kerry to put forward his own peace plan shows just how out of touch they are. Kerry may have been foolhardy enough to think the magic of his personality could achieve what all of his predecessors failed to accomplish, but he is not so stupid as to think he could persuade a Palestinian government that included Hamas would accept the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders were drawn. Nor would Obama risk his limited political capital in a midterm election year on a fight with Israel that would, like his previous squabbles with Netanyahu, do nothing to advance the cause. That’s why J Street, for all of President Obama’s sympathy for its goals, finds itself once again marginalized. "
What kind of radicals  are running our national organizations?  Received this from pro Israel activist
"If you are as horrified as I am by the reprehensible position of the United Synagogue and the RA, please, as I have done, contact your Rabbis and synagogue presidents and urge your synagogue’s resignation from the United Synagogue and your Rabbis’ resignation from the RA.  There is no place—none—at the pro-Israel table for J Street, and no place for our synagogues to be supporting it through our umbrella organizations. This was a very sad day for the Conservative Movement.  Please take action."

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