Besieged by angry midgets who have rewritten all the definitions and are out to ban the dictionary.

March 26, 2012
The Crisis of Jewish Leftist Islamism (by Sultan Knish)(h/t Israel Jews and Judaism) There is a civil war among liberals, particularly Jewish liberals who are being edged out by the radical Anti-Jewish left… Beinart exonerates leftist Zionists and Anti-Zionists, telling the former that they were abandoned by the awful Jewish state and telling the latter that hating Israel is the truest expression of their liberal and Jewish values… Now the left is conducting its long march through Jewish institutions to make supporting Israel seem un-Jewish and transform bashing Israel into a Jewish value (MORE)

(Tablet)(Israel Jews and Judaism) Beinart quotes former Israeli foreign minister Shlomo Ben-Ami telling Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman that “If I were a Palestinian, I would have rejected Camp David as well.” Yet Ben-Ami said in the same interview that Yasser Arafat “was morally, psychologically, physically incapable of accepting the moral legitimacy of a Jewish state, regardless of its borders or whatever.” This goes unquoted. I suspect that’s because Beinart found it in The Israel Lobby by political scientists John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, which also quotes the first part of Ben-Ami’s statement but not the second.(MORE)

(Tablet)(h/t Israel Jews and Judaism) Beinart writes that the Strip “remains a place of brutal suffering.”, but New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof says, in a July 2010 column: “Visiting Gaza persuaded me, to my surprise, that Israel is correct when it denies that there is any full-fledged humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The tunnels have so undermined the Israeli blockade that shops are filled and daily life is considerably easier than when I last visited here two years.”(MORE)

(One State, Two States by Steven Bayme)(h/t Israel Jews Judaism) Beinart complains that AJC and other leading Jewish organizations invest far greater efforts attacking Palestinian one-statism than Christian or Jewish one-statism…. we disagree profoundly with the one-state solution of the Christian Right, we find Palestinian one-statism a greater danger precisely because it is articulated by people with whom Israel is expected to make peace(MORE)

Stupid Liberal problem… they think they need a state for Jew killers. There already are plenty. Hey… these are excerpts… I don’t agree with them. These are liberal ideologies that I am exploring here. I didn’t say they were sustainable. – Noah


What is J Street?

March 20, 2011

The Bash-Me Bunch or Beat Them and They Will Thank you, Thank Them and They Will Beat You

Welcome to the J Street Conference at the Washington Convention Center, where “more than 2,000 registered in advance,” according to a smiling lady welcoming the press.
“What do you have more of here, Jews or Arabs?” I ask the smiling face.
“That is racial profiling,” her smile evaporates.
“Isn’t J Street ‘Jew Street’?” I ask.
“That is your interpretation.”
“I’m so sorry. Could you please explain what the ‘J’ stands for?”
“It is the letter that’s missing in the Washington street names.”
“Is it the only one missing?”
“There is no Y Street, no Z Street. J is just the start from the top.”
Why choose to call your organization for a street, existing or not? But “J,” we must admit, sounds less like a “racial profiling” than any spelled-out “Jew,” “Jewish,” or “Judaism.”
Welcome to J Street, the street of the Js.

J Street Traif #jstconf

March 4, 2011
I was invited to the Sabbath
at a Reform shule in Poughkeepsie.
It is called Vassar Temple
and the invite was from Beth El…
the Conservative Temple’s Rabbi.
And when I arrived there after
prayer was a lecture by a man
from Dallas
(a Reconstructionist Male Rabbi)
who said we should make a big tent
for J street and then used the
Daily Beast as a reference.
I walked out and said this was pathetic
and it was not Judaism.
It isn’t… to ask to include haters on the Sabbath
is not Kosher. Debate is fine during rest,
but the debate that happened at Vassar Shule
was intended to humiliate
and had no place on Friday nights.
I was reminded that I was a guest.
(also it is odd, but they have their own lame tunes
for common songs that have had great tunes for centuries.
I’m talking about basic prayer.  and what was with the organ
and the female cantor in a performance?)
I was bewildered by the situation…

and then it seems to be an epidemic:

Please distribute this film
that Tzippy Livni must see!

This film reveals in only
2 minutes the truth about
the anti-Israel organization,
Jstreet. At the end of this week
Knesset members, Hasson,
Schwartz, Shai, and Mola,
from Kadima,
traveled to the United States,
for the annual conference
of this organization,
all expense paid.

While the Government of Israel
has cut all ties with J Street,
Kadima Knesset members
are vacationing on J Street’s account.
Kadima head Livni, must
disassociate herself from this
ethical corruption, at the least,
rebuking these members of her party.

…J street isn’t KOSHER!

@mere_rhetoric : So nice of @
to bring BDS organizers all together
at in run-up to Israel Apartheid Week.

This past weekend, J Street held a conference.
Plenty of  bloggers and others covered the event,
and there are some very good articles
that discuss exactly how J-Street
is not even close to being “pro-Israel.”

Here is one simple proof.

Starting next week
we will see the annual Israel Apartheid
Week at colleges and universities worldwide.
Every pro-Israel organization on campus
is gearing up to counter the avalanche
of anti-Israel vitriol and lies
that attack the very legitimacy of the Jewish state.

But at the J Street U site,
there is nothing but silence.
No pro-Israel programming,
no pamphlets to distribute,
no flyers or posters to counter the hate.
(They do have
some statements
that are against BDS.)

When pressed, J-Street
will mouth some words of support
for the existence of Israel.
But on their own, they
do not do anything to actively defend Israel
without carefully calibrating the message
to equally defend “Palestine.”

How can a supposedly
pro-Israel organization
not lift a finger
to defend Israel
when it is under
the most withering attack?

(For an example of what a pro-Israel
campaign looks like, check this out.)

Ben Sales went hungry at the J Street Conference.
No kosher food.

Some people say J Street is too far to the left; others complain that it’s too far right. But there’s another, more basic reason for Jews to doubt J Street’s kashrut:
Its food is literally not kosher.
Of course, plenty of Jewish organizations serve non-kosher food at their events, and that’s fine. Given that the vast majority of Jews don’t keep strict, certified kosher, there’s no reason to foot that bill. But almost all Jewish organizations, and certainly all major ones, make the effort to provide kosher options for those Jews who do require a hekhsher. At the very least, they would offer kosher food for purchase.
Not so with J Street.
When I arrived at the conference this morning, before 8 a.m., I asked a staff person if the breakfast would include kosher options. She told me it would. But when the food arrived, there was nothing kosher to be found–not even fruit. I sufficed with coffee and decided to wait for lunch, when–with an hour of free time–I could rush on the metro to a kosher restaurant.
When that time came, I got ready to hurry out of the conference room only to be told by multiple J Street staffers that there were sandwiches for purchase across the building and yes, some of them were kosher.
You can guess what happened next. I arrived at the sandwich cart and requested the kosher option. I got a blank stare in return, and when I asked the manager she told me she had no idea what I was talking about. She hadn’t heard anything about kosher sandwiches. The best they could do, they said, was a regular turkey sandwich with the cheese taken off. No good. I bought a Clif bar, a Nature Valley, a Kit Kat, an apple and a banana. I filled the feast out with some mini Twix I found at a conference table.
Maybe I’m making too much of this, but I think that an intentionally Jewish organization that bases its platform on Jewish values should make more of an effort to respect a basic traditional Jewish practice. This is especially true for J Street, which emphasizes pluralism and acceptance…

My, my.  There was this in September 2009:

…The average age of the dozen or so staff members is about 30. Ben-Ami speaks for, and to, this post-Holocaust generation. “They’re all intermarried,” he says. “They’re all doing Buddhist seders.” They are, he adds, baffled by the notion of “Israel as the place you can always count on when they come to get you.”

I guess they are also baffleds by the concept of “kosher”.
But, to be pluralistic, there’s this clarification

The “Buddhist seders” meme comes from NYT article about J Street where Jeremy Ben-Ami is cited as saying “We all hold Buddhist seders” and “We are all intermarried”. Ben-Ami is not intermarried. His wife, Sara, is a daughter of a Rabbi and descendant of a family which co-founded Petah Tikva more than 120 years ago. And of course “Buddhist seder” was just a joke.

Nevertheless, many people harped on that Buddhist seder bit but I didn’t locate any J Street corrections but one J Street sympathizer who was quite pro-Buddha

pig image via 

Alana Goodman reports at contentions that Republicans were a No-Show at the J Street Gala.

J Street doesn’t like to describe itself as a “left-wing” organization, but its gala dinner last night failed to attract a single Republican member of Congress. The only two GOP lawmakers listed as attendees at the gala — Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Rep. Jeffrey Fortenberry — have both clarified today that they didn’t actually go to the event.
The Washington Jewish Week’s Adam Kredo published a list earlier today of 56 members of Congress who attended…

-Representative Tammy Baldwin
-Representative Xavier Becerra
-Representative Howard Berman
-Representative Marsha Blackburn
-Representative Bruce Braley
-Senator Sherrod Brown
-Representative Lois Capps
-*Representative Russ Carnahan (Couldn’t attend)
-Representative Andre Carson
-Representative Wm. Lacy Clay
-Representative Steve Cohen
-Representative Gerry Connolly
-Representative John Conyers
-Representative Jim Cooper
-Representative Danny Davis
-Representative Susan Davis
-Representative John Dingell
-Representative Lloyd Doggett
-Representative Donna Edwards
-Representative Keith Ellison
-Representative Anna Eshoo
-Representative Sam Farr
-Representative Bob Filner
-Representative Jeff Fortenberry
-Representative Charles Gonzalez
-Representative Raul Grijalva
-Representative Martin Heinrich
-Representative Rush Holt
-Representative Sheila Jackson Lee
-Representative Marcy Kaptur
-Senator Herbert Kohl
-Representative Dennis Kucinich
-Representative Barbara Lee
-Representative David Loebsack
-Representative Betty McCollum
-Representative Jim McDermott
-Representative Gregory Meeks
-*Senator Jeff Merkley (Couldn’t attend)
-Representative Brad Miller
-Representative Gwen Moore
-Representative James Moran
-Representative Chris Murphy
-Representative Bill Owens
-Representative Bill Pascrell
-Representative Donald Payne
-Representative Chellie Pingree
-Representative Jared Polis
-Representative David Price
-Representative Nick Rahall
-Representative Jan Schakowsky
-Representative Jackie Speier
-Representative Chris Van Hollen
-Representative Maxine Waters
-Representative Peter Welch
-Representative Lynn Woolsey
-Representative John Yarmuth
-*Senator Maria Cantwell (Didn’t RSVP, but attended.)
-*Representative Earl Blumenauer (Didn’t RSVP, but attended.)
-*Representative Charlie Rangel (Didn’t RSVP, but attended.)
I’ll update and amend this list as need be.
It’s also worthwhile to note that on Tuesday, more than 700 J Street activists took to Capitol Hill to cap off the four-day conference by lobbying lawmakers on several pro-Israel fronts.
During 240 separate meetings with lawmakers, J Street’s citizen lobbyists urged their members of Congress to keep U.S. funding to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority robust.
UPDATE: Soon after posting this list, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s office called me up to clarify his inclusion. They say he neither RSVP’d for, nor attended J Street’s conference.
Amy Spitalnick, J Street’s spokesperson, maintains that Fortenberry’s office said he’d attend. (There was no e-mail confirmation, as I incorrectly indicated earlier.)


Was Sestak THE Test For J Street? Back In July, J Street Seemed To Think So

November 7, 2010

Daled Amos
04 November ’10
Back in July, the Jewish Telegraph Agency was reporting that J Street saw Sestak as an important test for J Street:

Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street’s director, acknowledged that the Pennsylvania race is a test for his group.
“There’s no question that this race is a very important test of what kind of support J Street and its supporters can deliver,” he said. “We will show a substantial amount of money can be raised from our political action committee, and that a substaintial amount of money can be raised for a candidate that opposes the right wing on these issues.”
Donors thus far have dedicated $100,000 to Sestak’s race through the J Street PAC — a hefty chunk of the $650,000 the organization has raised this cycle.

At the same time, Ben-Ami was hedging his bets:
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