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J Street’s Deception

By on 9.27.10 | 5:37PM

Lots of liberal organizations get money from George Soros. As the Washington Times's Eli Lake reported on Friday, one of them is J Street, the fake "pro-Israel" organization that exists to make the US government less pro-Israel. What makes J Street different is the lengths they've gone to conceal and even lie about their connection to Soros. Over at NewsBusters, Alana Goodman has a good rundown of journalists who've been deceived by J Steet on this front.

Soros has written that he's "not a Zionist," and in 2003 he blamed Israel for European anti-Semitism (echoing the "look at how she was dressed, she was asking for it" school of victim-blaming). So it's no surprise that J Street would try to obsfucate about their connection to Soros. But this is just a symptom of the deception that is at the core of J Street's identity, which involves attempting to revive the failed ideas of the Israeli far-left by claiming that, in advocating those ideas, they are accurately reflecting the views of the American Jewish community. One hopes, now that the deception about Soros's money has been exposed, that jounalists will be skeptical of claims not only about J Street's funding, but also about its agenda.

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