J Street Officials Contradict Each Other on "Pro-Israel" Label
2:45 PM, Oct 29, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
US News reports that J Street will allow it's university affiliates to drop the "pro-Israel" label and remain affiliated with the J Street organization:
But on Tuesday, I pressed the same spokeswoman, Jessica Rosenblum, for an answer to the same question. She beckoned to Matt Dorf, the managing partner at Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications and a senior adviser to J Street, to answer the apparently complicated question. Dorf said very clearly that if these groups don't label themselves as explicitly pro-Israel, "then they're not a J Street U chapter." It was a definitive statement of the kind that J Street is suddenly loathe to make and it seemed to put the matter to rest. But apparently Dorf wasn't speaking for J Street -- or was he? Which is it?
J Street has been trying to spin this story for two days now and all the while insisting that the Jerusalem Post story was bogus. The latest official statement from the group came out this morning and still doesn't answer the question. It is reproduced in full below. J Street can't decide if it's pro-Israel or not, but anyone who doubts the group's pro-Israel bona fides is accused of engaging in smears. J Street can't have it both ways.
The latest statement from J Street on the unanswerable question of whether or not it is a "pro-Israel" group: