In a saner time, both groups mentioned would have already been relegated to the ash heap of miserable liars, propagandists and thieves, but in this mixed up world, they’re spun as defenders of “human rights” and “forward looking” organizations seeking to bridge the gaps of misunderstanding in society. Barry nails them good. KGS
J Street AND Ground Zero Mosque Corrupt? Imagine That!
[…] I have a totally different view on this issue that is drenched with irony. The first irony is that the mayor’s office and other city agencies pushed for a project that would never otherwise have been approved (given zoning issues, the bad record of the promoters, the fact that they didn’t even own the property, etc).
This brought the second irony: the city government’s leaning over double-backwards to show extra-special privileges for an Islamic institution–supposedly to fight “Islamophobia” and to prove how “tolerant” they are–raised antagonisms and set off a huge national controversy that otherwise never would have happened!
How can people keep debating this issue without noting that whether they are for or against it the odds of this mosque/community center ever being built is low? Again, even if no voice had ever been raised against this community center/mosque plan, it is never going to exist. And if people had not been so blinded by fear of being thought “Islamophobic” that they would ignore ever other completely non-political factor involved, no one would ever have heard of the Ground Zero Mosque at all.
By the way, while we are on the subject of New York, that state just released its hate crimes report for 2009 (hey, it’s a government so it isn’t very efficient). They found 683 such events including 251 hate crimes against Jews; 11 against Muslims. But, of course, reportedly 242 mosques have already been built in New York state without a single significant protest against any of them. So much for rampant “Islamophobia.”
J Street is a truly amazing phenomenon. The smallest amount of serious research reveals that it is an anti-Israel organization; it has lied about funding; it has undertaken no pro-Israel actions virtually ever; its leader was an anti-Israel lobbyist, and yet since the mass media and even much of the Jewish media don’t publish this material there are many people totally unaware of this information.
Second, J Street has opened an office in Israel headed by someone named Drew Cohen. But in the age of the Internet an intrepid researcher has dug out his record which includes Cohen:
–Explaining that he can’t be comfortable unless he’s “with people who I am certain do not espouse Zionism or any form of oppression.”
–Describing Israel’s handling of the Gaza flotilla confrontation as “a heinous brutality” and saying that Gaza is only a “mythic threat” to Israel.
–Calling Operation Cast Lead (remember that one? How Israel defended itself when that “mythic threat” started firing hundreds of mortar shells and rockets at its civilians?) as an “unjust and even criminal” act.
Truly the right man to head J Street’s Jerusalem office! How many J Street supporters will ever hear about these things? For full documentation and also here’s more:
But guess what! In a recent speech in Pittsburgh, when someone asked Ben-Ami about Drew Cohen, the anti-Israel activist claimed that Cohen was just an intern. Funny, a few hours earlier J Street had issued a press release trumpeting what a great guy he is and how he is the head of J Street’s new Israel office. (Perhaps the office should be located in the Gaza Strip so that Drew doesn’t have to come into contact with those evil Zionists.)