3/28/12, "Pro-Israel J Street Group Faces Growing Pains At Annual Convention," Huffington Post, Joshua Hersh
"At one cathartic panel on Monday, several members of Congress -- all Democrats -- described the group with the breathlessness of a religious revival.
"J Street is like an organization I've been looking for for 25 years," said Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).
"We have a huge stake in not letting Israel and the Middle East become a political wedge issue," added Rep. David Price (D-N.C.). "I think the alternative voice that J Street has empowered -- speaking up for a point of view that often has not been received as the dominant point of view in this debate -- I think that's extremely valuable."
In this, and just about everything that took place through the weekend, Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street's energetic executive director, took heart....
He'd love to have Republicans join the group, he said, and he'd loved to have the president address them: "At one point he will come. Maybe this president, or maybe another one, but we're sure it will happen eventually.""...Obama aid Valerie Jarrett and Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. attended the J Street convention, as did members of the US military, retired, pictured below.
At J Street convention, 3/25/12, Major Gen. (Ret.) Paul D. Eaton, Brigadier Gen. (Ret.) John H. Johns, Col. (Ret.) Lawrence Wilkerson, photo by jstreetdotorg
Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif. at J Street convention, 3/26/12, photo by jstreetdotorg
"Unlike most Jewish organizations which were birthed with grassroots support, J Street came to American communities already packaged with a board, a statement of purpose, and funding. "...
3/13/11, "J Street: A dead end," American Thinker, Adrienne A. Price
"J Street's race for mainstream legitimacy will have long-term divisive effects on the American Jewish community.
Funded by mysterious donors who may be neither Jewish nor American, J Street has become the home for progressive rabbis, Jews who see Israel as the roadblock for peace, and dreamers who believe that jihadis just need to be understood...
J Street was the exception to the rule. Unlike most Jewish organizations which were birthed with grassroots support,
- J Street came to American communities already packaged with a board, a statement of purpose, and funding.
Now J Street is campaigning for mainstream acceptance. In Westchester, New York, one chapter in the fight for J Street's acceptance is playing out, and in the process is opening divisions in the community....
Sunday night, March 6, Daniel Levy, a J Street Advisory Board member and Director at the New America Foundation, appeared in a synagogue in Westchester on a panel with former Presidential Spokesman Ari Fleisher, and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester), moderated by the Jewish Week's Gary Rosenblatt. Gauging by the amount and timing of audience applause, the room was ideologically split.
- Mr. Levy opened by remarking on the uprisings now occurring in Arab countries as good news and predicted they will result in governments that will be a counter-balance to Iran and al Qaeda.
via Atlas Shrugs