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J Street’s Moslem, Arab Donors are Revealed

Posted by Glezele Vayne on August 14, 2009

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by Hillel Fendel

(IsraelNN.com) The J Street political action committee, which bills itself as pro-Israel and pro-peace, has received tens of thousands of dollars in donations from dozens of Arab and Muslim Americans, as well as from individuals connected to Palestinian and Iranian-advocacy groups, according to U.S. Federal Election Commission filings.

In addition, the Jerusalem Post reported, at least two State Department officials connected to Middle East issues have donated to J Street, which pushes for the two-state solution and for more U.S. involvement in resolving the Middle East conflict.

Instead of recognizing that J Street’s Arab donors imply that J Street is not pro-Israel, director Jeremy Ben-Ami jumped to the opposite conclusion: “I think it is a terrific thing… to be able to expand the tent of people who are willing to be considered pro-Israel and willing to support Israel through J Street,” he told the Post. He estimated that Arab and Muslim donors comprise at most 3% of the young organization’s contributors.

Attaching “Pro-Israel” to its Statements Doesn’t Make it Pro-Israel
Ed Lasky, writing for American Thinker, however, writes that “astute observers have been skeptical that J Street’s claim to be pro-Israel is legitimate.” He cites in this regard Noah Pollak’s recent article in Commentary Magazine, in which Pollak wrote that J Street “seeks to make its advocacy mainstream by re-branding [old Oslo Accord] policies… as moderate, thus effectively labeling the Jewish mainstream as right-wing and self-destructive.

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2 Responses to “J Street’s Moslem, Arab Donors are Revealed”

  1. avideditor said

    for more info on this check out this http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/08/j-street-funded-by-muslims-and-arabs.html

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