Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"J" Street - for peace and Israel...

Soo...

Everybody in the know, was and is all excited and got their panties in a bunch about "J" Street.

J Street is according to its "About Us" tab:

J Street is the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement.

J Street was founded to promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israel conflicts peacefully and diplomatically. We support a new direction for American policy in the Middle East and a broad public and policy debate about the U.S. role in the region.

J Street represents Americans, primarily but not exclusively Jewish, who support Israel and its desire for security as the Jewish homeland, as well as the right of the Palestinians to a sovereign state of their own - two states living side-by-side in peace and security. We believe ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the best interests of Israel, the United States, the Palestinians, and the region as a whole.


Sounds super.

There is only one problem.

It is a primarily Jews only organization (with a token non-Jew as window dressing) and it, again, pushes non-Jew goyim out of the discussion.

As an American not particularly enamored with Israel, I consider myself pro-peace and pro USofA but not necessarily pro Israel (or pro-Palestine, nor pro-Hamas, nor pro-France... you get the picture).

I think that the first sentence of the "about us" article gives the game away.

I was looking for a way to formulate my uneasy feeling into words for an article on this blog, but Jim Haygood has already done a better job summing up than I could come up with.

Comment is here, from this article on Philip Weiss' blog profiling "J" Street.

So, here comes Jim Haygood's analysis of "J" Street:
In the linked Salon article, after bemoaning the "taboo" on criticizing Israel, author Gary Kamiya writes:

"But because of the highly sensitive nature of the subject, American Jews must lead the way."

How incredibly patronizing! This isn't true for any other issue. For instance, in opposing the disastrous tax-subsidized ethanol industry, no one says that "because of the highly sensitive nature of the subject, the ethanol industry must lead the way." Israel is only "sensitive" because Jews go off like crazed badgers on anybody who intrudes into their lucrative little tax-funded franchise.

So, Kamiya counsels that the gentile majority needs to delegate Jeremy Ben-Ami, a son of Israeli parents who has lived in Israel, as their proxy on U.S. policy toward Israel. It's way too sensitive to be handled by their clumsy gentile mitts, Kamiya opines. Mooo-oo-ooo ... we cattle who are about to be slaughtered, salute you!

Generally, proponents of a two-state solution are either ignorant of the geography of Israel-Palestine, or simply want to stall for time to build more settlements, by holding out the carrot of a solution which will somehow remain just out of the Palestinians' grasp. Having lived in Israel, Ben-Ami knows better than provincial Americans that Jewish and Palestinian settlements are entwined in a way which makes two viable, contiguous states almost impossible. Yet he continues to advocate "a two-state solution with a broad-based land for peace agreement."

Thus, I can only reluctantly conclude that Ben-Ami belongs to the latter group. Recognizing that hardline Zionism is in crisis as younger Jews recoil from it, Ben-Ami wants to offer a smoother, gentler, Richard Witty-style Zionism, which prattles about "even-handedness" for U.S. consumption, while the settlements expand and the IDF goes on annihilating women and children.

Ben-Ami, the son of Israelis who's going to give Americans back their country? HA HA HA. That's funny; tell me another one!

Spot on, 100% correct, no need for me to write anything else.

Patronizing son of a bitch indeed - great example on the ethanol lobby leading the way on questioning... itself.

Me goy, am not qualified to discuss what is best for my country, the USofA. Only smart Jews can do that, ugh! I go back to my cave now - where iz my spear?!

"Recognizing that hardline Zionism is in crisis as younger Jews recoil from it, Ben-Ami wants to offer a smoother, gentler, Richard Witty-style Zionism, which prattles about "even-handedness" for U.S. consumption, while the settlements expand and the IDF goes on annihilating women and children."

Damning but has the ring of truth to it.

"Generally, proponents of a two-state solution are either ignorant of the geography of Israel-Palestine, or simply want to stall for time to build more settlements, by holding out the carrot of a solution which will somehow remain just out of the Palestinians' grasp. Having lived in Israel, Ben-Ami knows better than provincial Americans that Jewish and Palestinian settlements are entwined in a way which makes two viable, contiguous states almost impossible. Yet he continues to advocate "a two-state solution with a broad-based land for peace agreement.""

This is 100% true, as I have spoken with many ACTUAL Israelis who educated me that the Jewish and Palestinian areas are so entwined, are such a mish mash that it is not practical to divide the two people into two separate ghettos.

Jerusalem, for one, is one such (hilly) area, with every hilltop being mostly Jewish, the other being mostly Arab, then Jewish, Arab, Jewish... you get the picture.

This is not practical, this two state solution.

Come on "J" Street - prove me, the cynical old bastard, wrong!
Take an actual action for peace.
Think of it as a challenge.

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3 comments:

Michael R. V. Weis said...

Hey americangoy, I've noticed you post many of your things to Digg. I have a question on your name though. Concerning the 'goy' part of your name, people usually don't name themselves by what they are not, so why did you choose that name?

American Goy said...

Well, Michael, I answered your question on DIGG linked to this article.

Greg Bacon said...

How to get Israel to stop its genocide of the Palestinian people.

We would need an American president that would put American needs first, second and third and not some shitty little country like Israel's first.

That president would tell Israel that they have 30 days to stop the war against the Palestinians, drawback to the pre-1967 lines and stop meddling in American politics or we would stop all funding, including weapons, money and political backing.

And this prez would announce that one more false-flag attack against the US, like 9/11, would result in the immediate destruction of Israel.

But, that would take a real American president who was beholden to our country and not Israel.