The Jewish Anti-Israel Lobby

Commentary by Dr. Gerhard Falk



J Street


     J Street is an anti-Jewish lobby and organization that seeks the destruction of Israel and the persecution of Jews. Because a direct, open confrontation against Israel and the Jewish people would never succeed, J Street has disguised its aims by claiming to be pro-Israel but anti-Zionist. How both are possible is not understandable but that is their official position.

      J Street seeks to influence the administration and Congress to end all financial and military aid to Israel. J Street also supports Iran in its threat to annihilate Israel with atomic bombs and encourages anti-Jewish riots at universities such as the University of California at Irvine and other campuses.

       At a recent convention of J Street, numerous well known hate mongers spoke and ranted their Jew baiting views, even as the Israeli ambassador labeled J Street as “impairing Israel’s interests.” J Street is opposed to sanctions against Iran; opposed the residence of Jews in Judea and Samaria; opposed the presence of Jews in Jerusalem; and supports the substitution of an Arab terrorist state for Israel. In the words of Ambassador Michael Oren: “When it comes to the survival of the Jewish state, there should be no differences of opinion. You (J Street) are fooling around with the lives of 7 million people. This is no joke.”

     At a 2009 conference conducted by J Street, speakers included such haters as Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ambassador of Jordan to the United States; Alvaro de Soto, United Nations “envoy”; and Phillip Wilcox, President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, who seeks to drive 400,000 Jews out of their homes in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem.

     Additional speakers at that conference were Salam al-Marayati, of the Muslim Public Affairs Council; the Jew baiting Maureen Shea, representing the most anti-Jewish Christian denomination in America, i.e. the Episcopal church; and an assortment of self hating Jews from Israel and the United States, all of whom “dumped’ on Israel and blamed “the Jews” for everything wrong in this world.

     One answer to this development is a new organization founded in Israel. It is called Im Tirtzu, which is Hebrew for the phrase “If you will it (it is not a dream)”, a phrase taken from the book by Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism. It is found in Alt-Neuland, which Herzl published in 1902.

     The effort of Im Tirtzu is directed at students in Israeli and American universities, many of whom have little or no knowledge of the Zionist movement and do not understand the necessity of maintaining a Jewish state. It is of course well known that academics and many American students are enemies of the Jewish people, seeking to eliminate Jews by whatever means are at hand.

     There are a considerable number of professors at our universities who seek the destruction of Israel and who attack American Jews with the same phrases and propaganda once used by their Nazi predecessors.

     These anti-Jewish trends are also visible in the media. For example, the media call a Jews born in Judea a “settler” but call a third generation native of Detroit a “Palestinian refugee”. Terrorists who throw bombs into crowded buses are called “freedom fighters” but the Israel Defense Force is accused of “war crimes” by a former Jew, Goldstone. Judea and Samaria are called Palestinian territory but Palestine is called Jordan. A barrier  built to prevent murderers to enter Israel is called a “separation wall” and is compared to the Berlin wall, but the Egyptian wall at Gaza is ignored. 

     An entire vocabulary of perversion has been invented by the media and the J Street haters, who know the value of words to achieve their ends. It is this which Im Tirtzu seeks to contradict. Im Tirtzu responds to the anti-Jewish mudslinging and lies and the incitement against Jews on American campuses. 

    The members of J Street are not the only ex-Jews to endear themselves to the enemies of the Jewish people. This is part of Jewish history and has been in vogue since Barnabas, a former Jew, wrote his hate filled rantings in the first century. He was followed by other Jews, who denounced their fellow Jews to the Inquisition and even sided with the Nazi killers in the camps in the hope of being exempt from our common fate.

     To all these haters we Jews say this: “We will not walk into your gas ovens a second time. Never again.”

Shalom u’vracha.

Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including Women & Social Change in America (2009).

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