The Torah Parsha this week is Re'eh, which means 'See'. In every synagogue in the world, the following words will be read from the Torah (Re'eh) 'See' that I place before you this day a blessing and a curse. The blessing will come if you obey the commandments of G-d, your G-d, which I command you today; the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of G-d, your G-d, but stray from the way that I command you today, and pursue other gods, which you have not known. (Devarim 11:26-28)
Rabbi Meir Kahane often would repeat the following words from the 'Ethics of our Fathers', "Who is the wise man? A person that can see the future."
The leadership of American Jewry is undergoing a major change. There is a new organization called J street and it threatens to dominate the leadership of American Jewry. And there will be a major clash between the Jews of the USA and the Jews of Israel. The Jews in the USA fear being perceived as having dual loyalties. James Kirchick, an assistant editor at The New Republic, writing in the Forward, describes hows how the recently formed far-left Jewish organization J Street, and its leader, Jeremy Ben-Ami provide invaluable Jewish cover for the Obama Administration's increasingly anti-Israel policies. Kirchick notes how J Street, which has positioned itself on the fringe left of the Jewish political spectrum, adopts a favorite tactic of the Left, denouncing anyone who disagrees with it as "right wing" and "extremist."
Kirchick offers this example:
In recent months, J Street has adopted an obscure freshman congresswoman from Maryland, Donna Edwards, as a cause célèbre. In January, after the conclusion of Cast Lead, Edwards was one of a handful of representatives to vote “present” on a resolution expressing support for Israel’s right to defend itself. When local Jewish leaders rightly criticized her, J Street raised $15,000 for Edwards in a matter of hours. Ben-Ami issued a defiant statement declaring, “This is exactly how — for decades — established pro-Israel groups have enforced right-wing message discipline on Israel in Congress.” (Notice the labeling of a resolution introduced by Nancy Pelosi and supported by 390 members of Congress as “right-wing.”)
The scary thing is that the tactics of the Obama Administration and its allies on the anti-Israel, Jewish far left seem to be working in turning the opinion of the American people away from support of the Jewish State. Kirchner concludes:
A Greenberg Quinlan Rosner poll released last month found that only 46% of registered voters believe that Israel is committed to peace, down from 66% right before Obama took office. Furthermore, only 44% believe America should support Israel, down from 71% a year before. It’s impossible to isolate a single cause for this decline in sympathy for Israel, but surely the change in tone from the White House has played a substantial role. Even more distressing is that ostensibly “pro-Israel” activists are aiding and abetting this dark transformation in public attitudes.
Check out J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami's message to J Street supporters after he joined other Jewish American leaders for a meeting with President Obama:
AIPAC authored a letter being signed by members of Congress asking President Obama to push Arab states into recognizing Israel.
Should be a no-brainer, right? And to 70 Senators, it is.
But some left-wing Jewish organizations are outraged. For example, J Street writes:Defenders of the unworkable status quo are whispering to the White House and Congress that supporting the President's thoughtful and balanced approach to the Middle East could hurt them politically.So, let's get this straight: J Street feels that Arab governments should not recognize Israel at this time. They feel that their improving their relations with Israel should be dependent on Israel's settlement activity, and should not occur just because Israel exists and is a nation like any other.
And they're supporting a sign-on letter in the Senate, authored by Senators Bayh (D-IN) and Risch (R-ID), that directly undercuts the President's policy, asking that President Obama press only Arab states. The letter doesn't even mention the need for Israel to stop building settlements or for Palestinians to end incitement to violence against Israel!
In Late October, J Street will have a major conference in Washington. May of these groups fund groups that call for a boycott of Israel and refer to Israel as an apartheid State. This is from J Street's web site:
Driving Change, Securing Peace
Our First National Conference for Progressive
Pro-Israel Pro-Peace Advocates
October 25-28, 2009
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC
Make history with us.
Become a part of a bold, growing movement.
Meet people who share your passions.
Talk with activists and experts from the Middle East.
Bring our message back to your community.
(For more information on student conference registration, click here)
Featured SessionsThe Role of the US in the Middle East: Is Time Running Out for a Two-State Solution?
Congressional Panel: Progressive Politics and Israel
How Can Jews, Muslims and Christians Work Together for Two States?
Palestinian Perspectives on the Prospects for Peace
See a complete schedule here.
Click here for a list of conference speakers.
J Street's first national conference will bring together numerous organizations and hundreds of individuals committed to peace and security for Israel and the Middle East on October 25-28, 2009. Conference attendees will include policy makers and academics, community leaders, grassroots organizers and netroots activists, and Israeli and Arab thinkers and leaders, all focused on promoting U.S. diplomatic leadership to achieve peace and security. There will also be a special track for college students. The Conference will feature conversation and debate about the impact of the region's conflicts on politics in America, as well as provide a showcase for the wide range of exciting work that is being done here and in the Middle East.
Click here to download the Conference flyer.
Interested in strengthening the impact of our Conference? Join J Street's Ambassador Program by recruiting 5 friends in exchange for free entry to the Conference and Gala Dinner. Click here to learn more.
If you're a member of the media, click here to register for press credentialing.
Participating Organizations Include:
It is imperative to continue to speak the truth and support the right for all Jews to live anywhere in the Land of Israel and that Jerusalem should always remain united under Jewish rule only. It is important to speak out against Arab State sponsored anti Jewish Laws. In many Arab Countries, it is a law not to sell any land to a Jew and the punishment is death. It is important to advocate for the over 800,000 Jews from Arab Lands that had all their property and assets seized by Arab governments.
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Monday August 17, 8:00 pm
Toronto Zionist Center, 788 Marlee Avenue
Rabbi Meir Kahane at National Press Club, November 13, 1986
Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
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With Love of Israel,
Meir Weinstein, National Director
Jewish Defence League of Canada