Daniel Levy's Israel Problem
And J Street's.
1:10 PM, Oct 12, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
As Stern says, “The Nakba is the heart of the Palestinians’ backward-looking national narrative, which depicts the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 as the original sin that dispossessed the land’s native people. Every year, on the anniversary of Israel’s independence, more and more Palestinians (including Arab citizens of Israel) commemorate the Nakba with pageants that express longing for a lost paradise. Every year, the legend grows of the crimes committed against the Palestinians in 1948, crimes now routinely equated with the Holocaust.”
And this year, the myth of Nakba has grown so much that even the co-founder of a self-proclaimed pro-Israel group buys into the myth, even if he isn’t entirely sold – at least in public – on its conclusion.
So, here we are again, with J Street having to play defense after another truth about its core has been revealed – despite its best wishes. And this time J Street says its co-founder Daniel Levy says, “He did not call Israel’s creation ‘an act that was wrong.’” Except that he did.
By way of context, it’s important to note that J Street has recently, and rightly, come under fire for lying about the source of their funding and saying that George Soros had not donated to J Street when in fact he has, for accepting substantial sums of money from mysterious foreign nationals, and for facilitating a Capitol visit for the controversial Richard Goldstone.
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