10:46 AM, Nov 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Paul Miller, writing in the New York Observer:
Before the final votes were counted on election night, the Progressive political action committee J Street was scrambling to save face. Failing to win competitive races and losing some of their strongest allies the self-declared “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group is taking chutzpah to a new level with the hope of convincing its donors and activists they still matter.
As the J Street spin machine was declaring victory Wednesday morning, I was reminded of my father’s timeless observation: “Only in America can you get blown out in an election and still tell people you won.” That is exactly what J Street is doing.
According to the organization’s website, “With votes still being tallied, endorsees are leading or have won in 77 of 95 races, and 90% of JStreetPAC endorsed incumbents are leading or have won.“
Inexplicably, the organization then reminds supporters of its failures, stating “JStreetPAC was a top bundler in the key Senate battlegrounds of New Hampshire, Georgia, Iowa and Colorado, raising an average of over $190,000 each for Jeanne Shaheen, Michelle Nunn, Bruce Braley and Mark Udall.”
Unfortunately for J Street, with the exception of Ms. Shaheen in New Hampshire, all their Senate candidates lost. And a couple of those failed efforts were double-digit defeats.
Whole thing here.
5:33 PM, Nov 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Adam Kredo reports:
Political candidates backed by the controversial Middle East advocacy group J Street were trounced at the polls on Tuesday, with J Street’s endorsees losing in almost every competitive race.
8:09 AM, Aug 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, whose political career has been aided by the left-leaning Middle East activist group J Street, announced his resignation from office on Friday amid a drawn-out and escalating sexual harassment scandal.
11:18 AM, Aug 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Democratic National Committee is hosting an "Obama Shabbat" tonight at its Washington, D.C. headquarters to observe the Jewish sabbath.
1:34 PM, Mar 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a Facebook note published today, Congressman Allen West blasts J Street, or as he calls them, the "Pro-Palestinian Jewish Organization."
Obama’s favorite Middle East lobby drops the mask.1:55 PM, Mar 15, 2011 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Lori Lowenthal Marcus, president of Z Street, has done some excellent reporting on the recent 2011 J Street conference in Washington. J Street, an invention of Obama allies, has been feted at the White House, and addressed by senior Obama administration officials. It’s Obama’s favorite Jewish group.
9:43 AM, Mar 4, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
J Street’s second annual conference – at least, that’s what it was called until the organizers realized it had actually been two years since their first annual conference – took place this past weekend in Washington, D.C. For the liberal lobbying group, which proudly (and falsely) calls itself “pro-Israel” and “pro-peace,” it’s been a rough two years.
5:24 PM, Feb 24, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Emergency Committee for Israel executive director Noah Pollak has written a letter to Ambassador Dennis Ross, urging him to use his upcoming address to the liberal lobbying group J Street “to explain why the Jewish State is not just one of our closest allies, but a country that fully deserves the admiration and moral support of all Americans.” If Ross does just this – express his support for Israel – he may not be received well, but “There are few moments when someone with [Ross’s] experience and credibility is invited into the anti-Israel echo chamber and provided an opportunity to dispel myths, combat falsehoods, deliver much-needed moral clarity – and state clearly that the United States stands with Israel.”
And J Street's.1:10 PM, Oct 12, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
The blog Mere Rhetoric recently reported that Daniel Levy, one of the founders of the left wing, anti-Israel lobby J Street, made remarks that reveal his radical approach to Israel. (I followed up on this report here.) “Levy quite explicitly revealed that he thinks that Israel’s creation was ‘an act that was wrong,’” Mere Rhetoric said. “For good measure he added that ‘there’s no reason a Palestinian should think there was justice’ in Israel’s founding.”