The anti-Zionist Zionists, J Street, lost its bid to become a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The prestigious and influential group said no to George Soros’s fifth-column attempt to gain admission to the Jewish community’s big tent. Even some liberal Jews, despite their mantras of inclusion and outreach, showed they still understood the difference between tolerance and self-inflicted sabotage.
J Street, after much subterfuge, finally admitted in 2010 that it receives funds from Soros, a man who says the upsurge of anti-Semitism in Europe is a result of the policies of Israel and the United States. According to Soros, Jews are being beaten in the streets of Paris, Amsterdam, and Malmo not because of fundamentalist Islam’s hateful teachings but because of Israel and America.
To divert attention from Soros’ controversial and embarrassing role in J Street, Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street’s executive director, created a straw man. According to Ben-Ami’s diversion, the issue was never about Soros’ funding but about his founding the group.
Ben-Ami pointedly denies that Soros founded the group and shifts ground to minimizing his support as a mere seven percent of the total funding. But then there is the inconvenient Ms. Consolacion Esdicul, a Hong Kong businesswoman, whose admiration for J Street and its quest for peace in the Middle East so moved her that her contributions outstripped Soros’.
Ms. Consolacion Esdicul, regrettably, has the distinct appearance of a Soros proxy. And Ben-Ami’s attempts at explaning both her beneficence and who she is require that one substantially lower the bar of credulity.
Soros is known for many things that caused human misery, including betting against currencies that, when they crashed, took the life savings of people across the globe. But Soros, a non-practicing Jew, seems to have taken a peculiar and succulent delight in being an accomplice to the Nazi expropriation of Jewish property in his native Hungary.
In a “60 Minutes” interview with Steve Kroft, which Soros’ partisans have been continually reinterpreting, Soros said that the war years were the happiest time of his life. During that period, Soros went out with his faux godfather and helped in the confiscation of property of fellow Jews, a fact he acknowledged.
Kroft thought this might put most people on the psychiatric couch, but Soros admitted that he did not feel any guilt.
Although the experience did not send Soros to the psychiatric couch, it might explain his dissonance toward Israel and his embrace of anti-Zionist Jews like Ben-Ami. The organizations Soros’ charitable groups support are known for their attempts to undermine and delegitimize the Jewish state. Media Matters, another recipient of Soros and Esdicul’s largess, has been condemned by the Simon Wiesenthal Center not just for its anti-Zionism but also for old-fashioned anti-Semitism.