Yesterday, I responded to Josh Malina on Twitter.
|Josh Malina, Wikipedia|
Malina supports J Street. Here is part of an email J Street sent out of Josh Malina actively campaigning for them:
Those who watched The West Wing may remember that my character, Will Bailey, played a minor role in brokering Israeli-Palestinian peace.
The West Wing, alas, is a fictional universe. Here in the real one, our president — unlike Jed Bartlet — is not a Nobel Prize-winning scholar with an unfailing moral compass and an exceptional command of statecraft — or even someone who, you know, reads books.
Nor has our president helped achieve the dream of Israeli-Palestinian peace.
But, like Will Bailey, I am working toward that goal. I’m supporting J Street — and I hope that you will too…
Elder of Ziyon brought this out into the open on Twitter:
Disappointed to see @JoshMalina supporting @jstreetdotorg.
J-Street doesn’t just “support two states” as it claims, it is against Israeli democracy and it tries to divide US Jews. Read @AlanDersh, a liberal who understands J-Street’s dangerous lies. pic.twitter.com/QmFMJaSgCL
— ElderOfZiyon (@elderofziyon) June 17, 2018
A number of people then joined in, responding to Malina.
So did I:
@joshmalina On the question of @jstreet:
From the beginning, J Street was less than honest about the involvement of George Soros (not known for his enthusiasm for the State of Israel) as far as his initial funding of J Street.https://t.co/ttUfnTFcaE
— (((daledamos))) (@daledamos) June 18, 2018
And I continued…
Malina did respond to a couple of points I tweeted.
About Soros, he agreed “that it was a misstep, trying to hide the financial involvement of Soros at the inception of the organization.”
In another tweet, he wrote, “I try to RT and amplify their [J Street’s] message when they justly criticize Hamas or Abbas.”
As an example, he linked to one of their press releases:
But that was not my question. The question I asked was whether J Street had come out recently in defense of Israel during the riots. Contrary to the narrative the media readily propagates, not all those involved are in fact peaceful, unarmed protesters. Instead, many are rioting and attempting — and in some cases succeeding — in infiltrating into Israel.
It would be nice to have help pointing that out on social media.
J Street’s two-paragraph condemnation of “incendiary’ comments by Abbas is irrelevant to the point.
Fair enough, but you do see the irony if @jstreetdotorg condemns “incendiary” remarks but fails to condemn the “incendiary” kites.
— (((daledamos))) (@daledamos) June 18, 2018
I believe they tweeted – and I RT-ed – about terror kites. I am trying to confirm that for you. They are tools of terror and should be called out as such. I have certainly tweeted about them.
And that is where things stand.
He has not yet gotten back to me.
I’m not sure he will.
When you do a search on Twitter for any tweets J Street has tweeted on the kites, only 2 tweets show up:
No outpouring of…anything.
Both Tweets are informative — but that’s all, and who needs J Street for that?
A similar search on the J Street site turns up either links that go directly to articles or “News Roundups.”
Maybe J Street is just too busy.
After all, besides piling up on Trump over the issue of the treatment of immigrant families J Street has been occupied with attacking Ambassador David Friedman.
From the beginning, J Street has attacked Trump, accusing him of racism and white supremacism, blaming him for an alleged increase in Antisemitism in the US and of causing instability both in the US and in the Middle East.
Similarly, J Street has painted David Friedman as unfit to be the US ambassador to Israel and last month J Street claimed he should be investigated.
And of course, we all know how J Street feels about Netanyahu.
But does that leave any time for actually advocating for Israel?
Do a search of what J Street has been tweeting about the Gaza riots, and there 6 of them — 3 in April and 3 in May. One of which links to a press release on the J Street website:
While there are reports of a small number of Palestinians attempting to breach the fence or otherwise attack Israeli soldiers, the vast majority of those who have gathered appear to be exercising their legitimate and important right to engage in nonviolent protest.
Good to know that the people at J Street read The New York Times.
But other than attempting to impose their view of a peace plan on Israel, do the members of J Street in the US actually see themselves as standing up for and defending Israel from the libels and slanders that come at it from all quarters?
J Street does not call itself “The Home for Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Americans” — it calls itself “The Political Home for Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Americans,” which is why nothing they say about Abbas, Hamas and the enemies of Israel ever come remotely close to J Street’s ongoing over-the-top attacks on President Trump, David Friedman and Netanyahu.
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