New J Street U President Urges ‘Richer Communication’ With Israel Haters

By Daniel Mael With the school year set to begin, it was only a matter of time before leftist “peace activists” took aim at Jewish communal institutions. Enter new J Street U National Student Board President Benjy Cannon to take the first shot. “There’s a parallel, disturbing trend of scepticism in the established Jewish community toward pro-peace, anti-occupation activism,” wrote the new leader.  “Just in the past year, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations rejected J Street’s membership bid ... read more

J Street Endorsees in Congress Refuse to Support Iron Dome Funding for Israel

By Adam Kredo Eleven lawmakers backed by liberal advocacy group J Street either voted against or refused to vote in favor of increased funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, which has been a critical life-saver during Hamas’s latest assault on the Jewish state. Congress overwhelmingly approved an emergency increase in funding for Iron Dome this month by a vote of 395 to 8. Three of the eight who voted against the funding increase are J Street-backed lawmakers. Another ... read more

Really J Street??

By Shoshanna Schechter-Shaffin Ok, its official, my mind has been blown. If you’ve read my other essays, it will not be a shock to you that I’ve never agreed with J Street’s supposed “Pro-Israel and Pro-Peace” mission. However, one point made by J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami in his most recent “Word on the Street: Difficult Questions and Hard Truths” has taken me over the edge. In making his main points, Ben-Ami states “Failure to solve this conflict is ... read more

Shaheen Under Fire for Taking J Street Money

By Adam Kredo Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) is facing a fierce backlash for accepting thousands of dollars and the endorsement of the liberal Middle East advocacy group J Street, which has long stirred controversy for political candidates and recently came under fire for accusing Israel of “fanning growing flames of anti-Semitism.” Shaheen, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has taken at least $4,300 from J Street’s political action committee (PAC), which funnels money to candidates that J ... read more

The Gaza War, and the New U.S. Jewish Consensus on Israel

By: Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn It’s hard to imagine any issue on which more than 90% of American Jews agree. Is anti-Semitism bad? Are latkes good? Are reruns of “Seinfeld” worth watching? Yet we finally do have one such issue. According to a new Gallup Poll released on August 1, when asked about the Gaza War, 93% of American Jews said they sympathize with Israel, 5% sympathize with both sides, and 2% sympathize with the Palestinians. Note that the ... read more

Gaza Fighting Proves J Street’s Irrelevance

By Jonathan S. Tobin  @tobincommentary Pity poor J Street. As Israelis seek to defend themselves against Hamas rockets and terrorist tunnels, the left-wing lobby finds itself in a tough spot. Its flagging bid for mainstream support has caused it to try and craft a low-key position of support for Israeli self-defense. But that nuanced stance is causing many of J Street’s supporters to abandon the organization for those groups that take sides against Israel. As the Forward noted today, J ... read more

Death knell for J Street

By Alan Dershowitz Any pretense that J Street is a pro-Israel organization has been destroyed by that organization’s refusal to participate in a solidarity rally for Israel during the recent crisis in Gaza. The Boston Jewish Federation worked hard to create a rally that included all elements of its diverse community. Its goal was to send a single and simple message: at a time when so many in the world are united against Israel’s efforts at defending itself from Hamas ... read more

On J Street’s Failure to Acknowledge Reality

By Elliot Hamilton Nothing excites me more than the sight of a new official statement from J Street. This organization never ceases to amuse me as it continues to back pedal away from the criticisms expressed throughout the Jewish community for its lack of perspective and for its arrogance while discussing the Arab-Israeli conflict. The world has started to notice J Street’s seductive and misleading mantras as a creative ploy to hijack Israel’s attempts for security in the name of making ... read more