Newsletter #111 – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper Likes J Street Money

Rep. Jim Cooper, (D – Tennessee), who has been endorsed by the J Street-PAC, will be earning his keep stumping for J Street on March 31, 2014 at the Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom in Nashville led by Islam apologist Rabbi Mark Schiftan.

In 2010, Rep. Cooper signed the bi-partisan Hoyer-Cantor letter that reaffirmed “our commitment to the unbreakable bond that exists between our country and the State of Israel…Our valuable bilateral relationship with Israel needs and deserves constant reinforcement. As the Vice-President said during his recent visit to Israel: ‘Progress occurs in the Middle East when everyone knows there is simply no space between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to security, none. No space.’”

(It’s interesting that Tennessee’s other J Street enthusiast, Jewish Democrat Congressman Steve Cohen, did not sign the letter).

What a shame that Rep. Cooper’s understanding about the security needs of Israel is so easily compromised by the promise of J Street dollars.  Does Cooper know what J Street stands for?

For example, “The organization is known for taking a critical stance against Israel and pressuring Washington to do the same. J Street has opposed building in Jewish areas of East Jerusalem, spoke out against Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, and refused to condemn the famously-biased Goldstone Report following the operation, which American Jewish groups largely unified against. In January, the group called on the U.S. government to not veto the UN Security Council resolution condemning continued West Bank settlement construction, an action that prompted U.S. Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY) to break ties with the group and call their campaign ‘the befuddled choice of an organization so open-minded about what constitutes support for Israel that its brains have fallen out.‘“

“Indeed, a look at its record of actions reveals positions more aligned with the so-called moderate Palestinian Authority rather than mainstream Israeli political positions. For example, this month J Street urged U.S. House members not to vote on a Congressional letter calling on the Palestinian Authority to root out incitement against Jews and Israel.” (emphasis added)

More recently, a just released documentary “The J Street Challenge” makes the compelling case best summarized by Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz: that J Street is “neither pro-Israel nor pro-peace.”  As he so aptly states, “truth in advertising requires that it [J Street] no longer proclaim itself a friend of Israel, a friend of peace, a friend of truth, or a friend of the Obama Administration.”

J Street’s funding by Israel-hating George Soros, it’s collaboration with advocates of BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) against Israel and J Street’s own consistent criticism of Israel’s government and its policies, is all presented in the “The J Street Challenge,” raising very reasonable questions about J Sreet’s misguided agenda.

Rep. Cooper should not be involved in J Street’s goal of dividing the Jewish community. Does he even know whether  J Street represents a majority of the Jews in his district – or the Jews that support him?  Has he read about J Street’s anti-CUFI and anti-Evangelical support for Israel?

Cooper should question how his support for Israel squares with J Street, but do so with more objective information. J Street may be a natural match for The Temple given its extreme leftist affiliations and apologist outreach to Muslim Brotherhood Islamists.  If that is how Cooper defines his support for Israel, better that voters in his district know now.