I’ve talked before about the intriguing position J Street, the controversial Jewish lobbying organization that emerged in 2008, has staked out with regard to BDS. And recently the organization has chosen to openly condemn the PCUSA’s controversial Middle East Study Committee Report entitled Breaking Down the Walls.
As noted when I discussed J Street’s similar condemnation of BDS and “Israel Apartheid Week” activity, it’s an open question whether this political position represents an opportunistic attempt to shore up the group’s claim of being “pro-Israel,” or whether documents like Breaking Down the Walls truly revolts the group at a deep and fundamental level.
Just as I lack the ability to look into the souls of those pushing divestment and other anti-Israel measures at this week’s PCUSA General Assembly, I am similarly unable to discern the internal motivations of those who take positions similar to mine (as J Street has done with regard to the Middle East Study Group’s almost laughably one-sided, propaganda assault masquerading as Christian witness and peacemaking).
But even if you look at J Street’s choices cynically, they have managed to stake a claim to what represents legitimate vs. illegitimate left-wing opinion with regard to Jewish attitudes towards Israel. Which means it will be that much harder for those who have tripled down on getting Breaking Down the Walls approved at the General Assembly later this week to claim that they have any support within the Jewish community, behind the most marginal fringe.