J Street is slashing and burning
while doing irreparable harm to the protection of Israel. It
masquerades as a "Jewish" org, although it teems with self loathing
Jews, Jewicidals and jihad loving tools. They were a fringe, marginal,
group of radical Jew haters given influence and legitimacy by Obama, no
stranger to anti-semitism. ,
Israel has no better
friend than John Hagee's Christians United for Israel, so it was only a
matter of time before a Jew hating group would come after them. And
please don't write me that J Street is a pro-Israel group. They despise
Israel. They deserve the contempt, scorn and derision of the world over. *spit*
It is often said that ridiculing Christians and their beliefs is the
last acceptable form of bigotry. Ultra-secular critics on the left, of
course, usually scoff at this notion. But sometimes an example of
anti-Christian bile comes along that is so blatant, misleading and
littered with judgmental smugness, that I find it difficult to remain
silent. Consider the left-wing organization J Street, which claims to
be a pro-Israel advocacy group, but which, oddly enough, never misses a
chance to slam Israeli policies, particularly when State dares defend itself against Islamic terrorism. J Street released a bordering-on-hysteria
last month to coincide with the annual Christians United for Israel
(CUFI) conference in Washington, D.C. Here is the most relevant excerpt:
…J Street opposes an unholy alliance between right-wing
Zionist evangelicals and pro-Israel organizations. Besides being out of
step with fundamental Jewish American values, Hagee’s so-called support
for Israel is actually a means to an apocalyptic end of destruction or
conversion for the Jewish people.
search for allies in the fight to keep Israel secure, American Jews
should neither compromise our core Jewish values of tolerance and
justice, nor gloss over the reality of the damage the settlement
enterprise causes to Israel and the prospects for peace.
Where to begin? First off, let’s try a little experiment. Substitute
“devout, Koran-believing Muslims” or “Torah-believing Jews” for
“right-wing Christian Zionists.” The outcry from leftist groups like J Street would undoubtedly be loud and intense. But slander Christian evangelicals as J Street does in this outrageously bigoted press release, and it registers nary a blip on the radar of the mainstream media or most civil rights groups.
Indeed, J Street’s statement goes far beyond criticizing the views of Pastor John Hagee, who organized the CUFI conference.
is, of course, perfectly free to criticize Hagee if it disagrees with
his personal viewpoints. This is a free country. But by tarring all
evangelical Christian supporters of Israel as part of some sinister movement that is “unholy,” “apocalyptic” and destructive for the Jewish people, J Street descends into stereotyping and demonization of the worst kind.
Since I spent two full days covering the CUFI conference at the
Washington Convention Center on July 21 and 22 (watch my report on the
event here and read my blog entry here), let me give some personal
observations on what I saw and heard–and what J Street is so
once–in the course of some 20 hours of coverage and countless
conversations with conference-goers—did I hear the terms “apocalypse,”
“Armageddon,” ‘Antichrist,” or “End Times,” mentioned. Nor did I hear
any discussion of
or of converting Jews. I realize this may come as a shock to J Street,
which apparently views such events as fire-and-brimstone hatefests
complete with snake taming and calls to nuke Mecca. What I witnessed
instead were thousands of attendees, Christian,
Jewish and secular, expressing a genuine, deep and heartfelt love for
the Land of Israel–its history, beauty and legacy—and especially, its
people. As you can see from my report, the place was literally a sea of
Israeli and American flags: a true celebration of the Jewish
State. There were Hebrew prayers, Hebrew songs, shofars, Torah readings
and passionate speeches by Jewish leaders, lawmakers and religious
figures. There were also some tears shed. I know it may all sound very
“kumbaya,” but I have covered countless manufactured, shallow
mega-events in DC over the past six years and let me tell you: what I
saw at CUFI was 100 percent genuine.
If this was the kind of doom-and-gloom affair that J Street alludes to, I must have missed it. So must have ,
Rep. Shelley Berkley and talk radio hosts Dennis Prager and Michael
Medved: all prominent, proud Jews who spoke at the CUFI gala.
Since the folks at J Street obviously have a very narrow view of what it means to be a Christian
supporter of Israel, let me enlighten them a bit by sharing my own
personal story. I was raised in a heavily Catholic area of working
class Philadelphia by a father who was a veteran of the U.S. 101st
Airborne Division. Not surprisingly, my Dad was a big military history
buff and a close follower of current events. He passed those passions
on to .
By the time I reached my teen years, we would stay up, sometimes into
the wee hours, discussing history’s great empires, battles and military
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