Sunday, October 03, 2010

You Need A Scorecard To Track The J Street Deceptions (Updated)

Till now, we have learned that
  • Despite their repeated denials to the contrary, J Street really is getting funded by George Soros.
  • While J Street presents itself as representative of the the real American Jewish voice, the group's voice is actually made in Hong Kong--thanks to the $811,697 donated by Consolacion Esdicul
  • Mort Halperin, a senior adviser in Soros’s Open Society Institute (OSI) is also on the J Street advisory council
  • Halperin also wrote the letter that Goldstone circulated as his own on Capitol Hill last year, defending himself against HR 867 condemning his Report.
Now, we know that J Street did more than just help Goldstone write up a letter--Israel lobby aided Hill visits for U.N. report author:

In a statement provided to The Washington Times this week, Mr. Ben-Ami said, "J Street did not host, arrange or facilitate any visit to Washington, D.C., by Judge Richard Goldstone."

He went on to say, however, that "J Street staff spoke to colleagues at the organizations coordinating the meetings and, at their behest, reached out to a handful of congressional staff to inquire whether members would be interested in seeing Judge Goldstone."

He added, "We believed it to be a good idea for him and for members of Congress to meet personally, but we declined to play a role in hosting, convening or attending any of the meetings."

When asked later how many congressional offices had been contacted, a J Street staffer told the Times that it was "two or three." Mr. Ben-Ami later said he did not remember reaching out to Congress at all.

A senior officer of J Street, however, played a central role in arranging Judge Goldstone's visit.
While J Street may not have their story straight, Goldstone has been more forthcoming:
Judge Goldstone told The Times in an interview that he had sought the meetings after a discussion with longtime friend Morton H. Halperin — president of the Open Society Institute (OSI) and one of five senior officers at J Street, according to the group's federal tax returns. Those forms list Mr. Halperin as a "director," and say he spends 10 hours a week on J Street business.

"He suggested — and I agreed — that it would be a good idea for me to meet with some of the leading members of Congress," Judge Goldstone said. "I thought it was important to correct the misimpressions." He added that Mr. Halperin had hand-delivered a personal letter he had written to members of Congress.

Judge Goldstone said he remembers attending "10 or 12" meetings. J Street co-founder Daniel Levy, who accompanied the judge to several of the parleys, said that the New America Foundation (NAF) — whose Middle East Task Force he co-chairs — had also hosted a lunch with Judge Goldstone for "a group of analysts and Middle East wonks." The judge, Mr. Levy, and J Street all declined to identify the members of Congress.

All three organizations associated with Judge Goldstone's visit to Washington — J Street, NAF and OSI — receive substantial funding from Hungarian-born billionaire George Soros, a fierce critic of AIPAC and Israeli policies.[emphasis added]
Goldstone's admission also serves to highlight the tight connection of the various Soros organizations--including, of course, J Street--with the Goldstone Report.

And just think--today is only Sunday!
Who knows what else we might learn about J Street in the course of the week.

UPDATE: And don't forget about the latest revelation--How Many At J Street Agree With Its Co-Founder That It Was Wrong To Re-establish Israel?

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