‘J Street’ to share a temple’s stage with militant group, ‘StandWithUs’

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Time was that J Street didn’t get invited into synagogues. It was considered anti-Israel because it was fracturing the monolith of support that American Jews must present in US politics. Well, Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles is having J Street at a panel next week. Along with the militant Zionist organization, StandWithUs.

Why is J Street sharing a stage with the hardline group, whose messaging verges on Islamophobia? Because the Jewish community is extremely conservative; and J Street is seeking to organize that community to solidify the new pro-Israel two-state-solution lobby. For the same reason, J Street has always been careful to praise AIPAC; for it wants AIPAC’s legions. 

From the Jewish Federation/Temple Isaiah announcement:

What do you get when you put the heads of two major pro-Israel advocacy organizations in a room? On March 11, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami and StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein will discuss “Israel’s Future and the Role of the American Jewish Community,” touching upon the evolving meaning of what it means to be pro-Israel and what the American Jewish community should be doing to support Israel.

Notice that the Jewish Federation of LA has a big red disclaimer on the event: “The Federation is not involved in the planning of this event.”

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  1. Citizen
    March 9, 2013, 11:15 am

    So, does their intra-jewish issue boil down to, what do we do about the settlements? Which PR spear head will best serve Jews?

  2. Les
    March 9, 2013, 12:33 pm

    What are Jews thinking who support a Judaism stripped of its humanity that requires the blood of Palestinians?

  3. Blownaway
    March 9, 2013, 2:09 pm

    J street is just another employment agency for Jews…it is just designed to maintain the status quo by talking about two states but not doing anything about two states. Its exactly a mirror of the US/Israel position on the issue

  4. Krauss
    March 9, 2013, 4:18 pm

    Ben-Ami’s calculation is that he can change Jewry from the inside. It’s probably the best bet he can do, but it’s still a lousy bet.

    The biggest change will not come from inside Jewry, by which I mean the institutational world, but outside it and by young, idealistic Jews joined with young Palestinians as well as genuine liberals from all backgrounds. J Street had a moment where they could act as a bridge, and ultimately an harbringer, but that moment is now gone.

    Ben-Ami is the one who will be changed, not the other way around. His groups’ insistence on excluding Palestinians from the conversation, an insistence which has only become ever more strident, is a case in point.

    • sardelapasti
      March 10, 2013, 1:25 am

      Krauss – “J Street had a moment where they could act as a bridge…”

      A bridge between the moneybags who own the Zionist lobby (and through it both the Zionist entity government and the US government) and the US media of mass manipulation, including its politicians. As much a part of the Zionist lobby as AIPAC, with whom they are in half-hearted competition or disagreement …on nothing much, agreeing fully in their instructions to our government, and as corrupting for our life as AIPAC itself. A bridge separate from the nice one that I’m keeping for you to buy.

      As for your “genuine liberals from all backgrounds”, those are the guys who never wavered about support to Zionism, interventionist wars, and imperialism. Join these to the “young, idealistic Jews” who currently insist on transforming the Palestine solidarity movement into a Shibboleth-checkpoint on “Antisemitism”, and we’ll get as much “biggest change” as Obama has already brought upon us.

  5. Avi_G.
    March 9, 2013, 5:06 pm

    Whenever I see mention of the two-state solution, I can’t help but think of the self-serving delusion that it is.

    It is emblematic of the dysfunctional influence that diaspora Jews have over the conflict.

    It’s a group that is disconnected from the conflict, nay, clueless about the conflict. That would be a more accurate description.

    • pabelmont
      March 10, 2013, 8:53 am

      Two-state promoters are “clueless about the conflict”? Well, I disagree with you. [1] It is preeminently (these days) a way of talking, not a way of doing. It is feel-good talk for those whom it makes feel good. [2] there is a wide disagreement about what “two states” means. When I say it, it means Israel returns to pre-1967 with that narrow wasp-like waist, 9 miles some say. When I say it it means making the 1950’s armitices permanent. Needless to say, others see Issrael keeping more or less of the West Bank, more or less inconveniently for the Palestinians.

      Some people thought the one-state proposal of the Palesetinians (of yester-year, say 1947) was a non-starter and, look, it has come to pass, though in a different form than they might have wished.

    • seafoid
      March 10, 2013, 4:12 pm

      And all these bring young things like Jstreet are just putty for the establishment

      Here is another example- Lapid and Yesh Atid , now in bed with Likud

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/netanyahu-to-meet-lapid-bennett-at-10-p-m-to-iron-out-final-terms-of-israeli-coalition-agreement.premium-1.508501

  6. Citizen
    March 9, 2013, 9:57 pm

    Middle East Reality: J-Street vs AIPAC’s visions of the US maintaining … http://mideastreality.blogspot.com/2011/07/j-street-vs-aipacs-visions-of-us.html?spref=tw

    Establishment Jews in the diaspora and Jewish Israelis will milk their ride over the locals as long as they can, and that wouldn’t be long but for the USA, which seems to be destined by its own short-term greed and ignorance to retard a real Arab Spring to finally be independent of all colonial powers, modern style, such as the USA, or reptilian, like the dinosaur, Israel.

  7. Oscar
    March 10, 2013, 9:42 am

    Yawn. The J Street scam is still alive and kicking? Who still donates to this strawman organization of poseurs who pretend to be seeking peace, but inevitably prove to be suck-ups to AIPAC? They spew Press Releases galore about the two state solution and continue to play wannabes in the “peace process,” while Palestinians are being systematically slaughtered by the IDF and they remain silent. As Hillary Clinton would say, J Street is “not helpful to the peace process.”. They are putrid.

    • piotr
      March 10, 2013, 1:40 pm

      I do not know who donates to J Street, but apparently they collect more than mondoweiss.net. But the amount of money collected by assorted organizations and think tanks is a good argument for a much more progressive tax system.

  8. MK_Ultra
    March 10, 2013, 12:08 pm

    J Street, just another racist Kosher organization wanting to steal the thunder from their sister racist Kosher organization AIPAC for the sole purpose of monetary gains. Seen one, seen them all. Next?

  9. oldschooltwentysix
    March 10, 2013, 1:34 pm

    StandWithUs messaging verges on Islamaphobia?

    The link you provided was to a fact sheet on the Muslim Brotherhood. Can you provide one example of an inaccuracy?

    What do you think we should know about the Muslim Brotherhood? What do you think it stands for?

    J Street is about theory. StandWithUs is about reality. Too many are ignorant about reality because they are too imbued with theories that do not conform or even fly in the face of reality.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 11, 2013, 1:29 pm

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • oldschooltwentysix
        March 12, 2013, 2:21 am

        I interpret that to mean you cannot articulate a substantive reply.

        Perhaps because you cannot refute any part of the fact sheet, or the nonsensical claim that it borders on Islamophobia. To the Muslim Brotherhood I suppose it does, and maybe to one who looks the other way, ignorant to the extent it violates the human rights of its peopl, not to mention threatening genocide of Jews.

  10. joer
    March 10, 2013, 3:49 pm

    Your analysis that the Jewish community is “extremely conservative” is contradicted by the poll results you posted the other day that said about half of American Jews have no opinion on the solution of the Palestine-Israel conflict, and the remaining half are about evenly divided on the Two State Solution, which is the quasi-liberal solution of choice. I think that would point to an attitude of disengagement or non-interest. And speaking as someone who has had the misfortune of having conducted polls like these, I can say with some confidence that of those who do express an opinion, the views are not very deeply felt, are based on the last news story seen on TV, and certainly are not well thought out. I say this because the poll takers are instructed to probe and pester until they get some sort of answer.

    Although this site is a great source of news, there is a tendency to treat every factoid about the Mideast on the interntet as a great turning point in American attitudes on this issue, or as another example of the limitless power of “The Lobby”. I find this approach to be reactive and not very helpful. Before the Palestinian side can successfully engage Zionism in America, you have to have a better understanding of the lay of the land.

  11. W.Jones
    March 10, 2013, 6:34 pm

    So is JStreet “Standing With Us?”

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