Now Jennifer Rubin says that ‘J Street’ is anti-Semitic

This is embarrassing. The Washington Post makes itself a platform for the disgusting assertion that J Street is an Israel-bashing group, and worse. Is The Washington Post for the endless illegal colonization? Is it a branch of the Israel lobby. Evidently. Jennifer Rubin’s column today. Note that Hannah Rosenthal is the head of the anti-anti-Semitism desk at the State Department.

First, J Street escorted Richard Goldstone around Capitol Hill, and now the Israel-bashing group puts out this: “J Street is speaking out against the Knesset’s approval of a commission of inquiry into Israeli human rights and civil society non-governmental organizations. We are deeply troubled by the increasing strands of racism, authoritarianism and McCarthyism emerging throughout Israel’s politics and society.” Why, that sounds like the demonization, delegitimization and double standards that Hannah Rosenthal would deplore.

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  1. I have to admit that the light that possibly betrays the calculus for the Post’s neocon orientation esp on Israel was first shone by Phil himself in this blog, although somewhat tenuously. First I should say that even ‘institutions’ as significant as the Post are driven by very human weaknesses, and so the following account is not so much ‘conspiracy theory’ as the archaeology of human relationships that affect institutions. To understand the Post’s stance requires us to revive the memory of Phil’s former Harvard classmate (if I’m not mistaken), Eric Breindel, long deceased NYPost editor, and his long romantic relationship to Lally Graham-Weymouth, daughter of Katherine Graham, the WashPost’s founder. Briendel, as a Marty Peretz protegee and an influential and deeply committed rightist on Israel (and many other issues) could well have given Lally and her family a push in this direction, with a legacy imprinted upon Lally’s daughter, the present CEO and Publisher of the WashPost, Katharine Weymouth. (The only amusing point in all this is that Katharine’s aunt is Tina Weymouth who is the bass player for the Talking Heads! But I see no imprint from that legacy upon the Post’s cultural pages…) I would like to see a screenplay on all this… it would make for delicious Hollywood fare. Anyone?

  2. regarding J Street — email blast this morning from J Street calls Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to task for having accepted contributions from Irving Moscovitz, the millionaire at whose behest the Shephard Hotel is being demolished, bit by bit. Ros-Lehtinen is the new GOP chair of the House Foreign Affairs committee.

    J Street wants Ros Lehtinen to return the contributions.

    What a shrewd maneuver: J Street gets to wrap itself in virtue: WE protested . . .

    So what if Ros Lehtinen DOES return the contribution; what difference does it make? She won the election that the contributions paid for, and she’s taken the chair that will serve her patron’s interests.

    And if he gets the money back, Moscovitz gets to recycle it to get more Ros-Lehtinens elected, more US decision-making centers suborned.

    No.
    Ros-Lehtinen should be removed from at very least the House foreign affairs committee.

  3. annie says:

    i have no idea why wapo is going down this road, it is so blatant. if they want to push the neocon agenda at full throttle one would think they’d make the effort to use an MO that was somewhat disguised. this is just ridiculous. it’s a farce.

  4. piotr says:

    With “double standards” one can show that George W. Bush was anti-Semitic.

    I almost fell from my chair when I heard his speech accusing Russia of violating the principle of proportionality in her attack of Georgia. It was not long time after I read reams covered with proofs that this is a totally phony principle, so no wonder it cannot be applied to Israel. But to Russia … by all means. So there you have it: double standard!

    OTOH, Jennifer Rubin is an airhead. The column has ADD written all over it. The paragraph about J Street is almost thoughtful compared with the rest.

  5. RE: “Now Jennifer Rubin says that ‘J Street’ is anti-Semitic” – Weiss
    MY COMMENT: My theory is that Jennifer Rubin has the very active backing of Haim Saban. Aside from the fact that she lived in the Los Angeles area for a number of years while working in the media/entertainment industry, I have absolutely nothing to support my theory other than my seat-of-the-pants ‘male intuition’ (and its 97.5% accuracy rate).

  6. Let’s try : J Street is anti-Semitic to the extent that Jennifer Rubin is well-informed.

  7. marc b. says:

    rubin is just painfully stupid. she is a frequent guest commenter on the local npr station for a friday ‘news roundup’, often teamed with david sanger of the NYT. absolutely brutal to listen to. you learn more about sanger and rubin’s psychological profile than you do about the ‘news’.

  8. Potsherd2 says:

    I think Hannah Rosenthal ought to issue a statement disassociating herself with Rubin and declaring that Rubin’s words don’t represent her.

    An enterprising reporter would call up Rosenthal for a statement.