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Ackerman exposed the J Street for there anti-Israel and anti-Jew stance

Posted by avideditor on January 25, 2011

J Street hit a new low. Ackerman exposes them for their anti Israel and anti Jew stance

From Ackerman Lowers the Boom on J Street

My sense that J Street crossed a line by urging the Obama administration endorsement of a one-sided UN resolution condemning Israel is vindicated by this remarkable statement just issued by Rep. Gary Ackerman, the top Democrat on the House’s Middle East Subcommittee:

ACKERMAN BLASTS J-STREET SUPPORT FOR UN CONDEMNATION OF ISRAEL

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), the presumed Ranking Democratic member of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia issued the following statement today:

“After learning of J-Street’s current public call for the Obama Administration to not veto a prospective UN Security Council resolution that, under the rubric of concern about settlement activity, would effectively and unjustly place the whole responsibility for the current impasse in the peace process on Israel, and—critically—would give fresh and powerful impetus to the effort to internationally isolate and delegitimize Israel, I’ve come to the conclusion that J-Street is not an organization with which I wish to be associated.

It is not Israel that is refusing to enter final status negotiations. It is not Israel that has refused again and again to make unilateral gestures of good faith (recall the hundreds of West Bank security checkpoints and roadblocks removed, and the 10 month settlement freeze). It is not Israel that is now trying to force the peace process back in to the same dead-end from which the Obama Administration has spent the past month trying to extract itself. But astonishingly, it is Israel that J-Street would put in the stocks in the public square.

The decision to endorse the Palestinian and Arab effort to condemn Israel in the UN Security Council, is not the choice of a concerned friend trying to help. It is rather the befuddled choice of an organization so open-minded about what constitutes support for Israel that its brains have fallen out.

America really does need a smart, credible, politically active organization that is as aggressively pro-peace as it is pro-Israel. Unfortunately, J-Street ain’t it.”

Ackerman strikes a note of outrage that until now has been oddly absent from Jewish community voices reacting to J Street’s action. It’s all the more compelling because Ackerman had welcomed J Street’s endorsement in last fall’s midterm elections.

For contrast, consider this brief news item and this more lengthy rumination from the Washington DC bureau chief of JTA, the Jewish community’s news agency. The tone of these might lead a reader entirely unacquainted with the history of pro-Israel advocacy to believe there’s nothing especially remarkable about an ostensibly ‘pro-Israel’ group like J Street endorsing a one-sided resolution of condemnation within the Security Council.

In the face of such extraordinary reticence, I can’t help but feel grateful for Congressman Ackerman’s unvarnished explanation of why what J Street has done here is antithetical to any reasonable definition of ‘pro-Israel’ – notwithstanding RJC’s many disagreements with him over the years.

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