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October 27, 2009

Will the Real J Street Please Step Forward

J Street has long insisted on its identity as a "pro-Israel" organization (a tag that has stuck in certain circles), so its move to drop the term "pro-Israel" from its campus groups gives pause. The Jerusalem Post reports:

"We don't want to isolate people because they don't feel quite so comfortable with 'pro-Israel,' so we say 'pro-peace,'" said American University junior Lauren Barr of the "J Street U" slogan, "but behind that is 'pro-Israel.'"

J Street's big tent approach has drawn in unconventional "pro-Israel" advocates such as the former national political director at the Arab American Institute and heads of other pro-Arab organizations, such as AMIDEAST. So its hardly surprising that J Street also seeks to attract their like-minded counterparts at universities.

Posted by TS at October 27, 2009 06:10 AM


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