Yesterday Jeremy Ben-Ami of J Street warned supporters: “Members of the Trump administration are opening the door to a one-state scenario where Palestinians will live as second-class citizens.” But that scenario exists right now. Palestinians are second-class citizens under law inside Israel and completely without rights under occupation.
With J Street, it’s all about word games. J Street doesn’t refer to Palestinian citizens of Israel as Palestinians; it refers to them as “Arab-Israelis”, as shown, for example, in this press release:
In Ben-Ami’s warning of “a one-state scenario where Palestinians will live as second-class citizens“, the specter he presents is of Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territories becoming any kind of citizens of the Jewish state, even if only second-class, and this would be more troublesome to J Street supporters than the 52-year-old status quo of Palestinians being, as you say, completely without rights under occupation.
J Street advertises itself as “the Political Home for Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Americans”, and not explicitly as a “Jewish” organization, but as far as I know, its leadership is 100% Jewish. Someone correct me if I’m wrong about that (by which I mean factually wrong about J Street’s leadership being 100% Jewish, not morally wrong because I’m counting Jews — I know that already); the name Dylan Williams does sound more Welsh than Jewish to me.