Israel must not allow such tours to take place. Israel must designate J-Street as a hate group, and forbid all tours sponsored by J-Street from entering the country.
By Abe Greenwald, Commentary Magazine, July 11, 2019:
“Not a word, from the “opponent of occupation” on the murderous Palestinian anti-Semitic violence that necessitates Israel’s policing of such places in to begin with. Similarly, no mention of the kleptocratic Palestinian leadership that’s consigned generations of Palestinians to certain ruin. Finally, no mention of the fact that the Palestinians have, again and again—and again—refused to make peace with Israel when it was offered.”
The Magical Misery Tour
A host of progressive organizations use their ostensible Jewishness as cover or sanction for their campaigns against Israel. J Street, which calls itself “pro-Israel” and “pro-peace,” is perhaps the best known among them. There’s no better example of how this works than J Street’s recent launch of a program to compete with Birthright Israel, the 20-year-old organization that’s provided free trips to Israel for more than 600,000 young Jews around the world.
According to J Street, “the omission and erasure of Palestinian perspectives and narratives on these [Birthright] trips creates a political environment that allows home demolitions, settlement expansion, and other destructive policies of occupation to continue unchallenged.” Instead, the group says, “organized educational trips for young American Jews must present a robust, nuanced and honest view of the current realities on the ground in Israel and the Palestinian Territory.”
The first such J Street trip, labeled the “Let Our People Know” tour, just concluded. Here, according to a miserable piece by the New York Times’s David Halbfinger, is the “nuanced” and “honest” take that was offered to the 28 American college students involved:
- J Street U co-sponsors events with anti-Semitic groups such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).
- The group brings anti-Israel speakers to campus to spread lies about Israel.
- It draws a moral equivalence between Israel and Hamas by placing the blame equally on “both sides.” It does this despite the fact that Israel is a liberal democracy fighting a terrorist group that uses Palestinian-Arabs as human shields and has the genocide of the Jewish people as a stated goal in its charter. Hamas has also launched nearly 20,000 rockets and mortars at Israeli Jewish and Arab civilians since 2001.
- J Street U calls the Palestinian Authority (PA) a legitimate peace partner. It does this despite the fact that PA leaders use their media outlets, schools, and mosques to teach their people that Israel must be destroyed and that Jews should be killed. J Street U spreads this message despite the fact that PA leaders glorify terrorism and name schools and summer camps after the terrorists that have killed the most Jews.
The Truth Must be Told
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