With liberals constantly upset about losing foreign policy battles, a few years ago J Street was founded to counter American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) hawkish advocacy for Israel. Since then J Street has actually been the source of considerable diplomatic friction between the Israel and the the U.S. J Street claims to represent “mainstream American Jews” but critics of the organization have always suspected a more extremist political agenda. Now there’s some fairly tangible evidence those critics were right. Eli Lake at the Washington Times has the story:
The Jewish-American advocacy group J Street, which bills itself as the dovish alternative to the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) lobby, has secretly received funding from billionaire George Soros despite previous denials that it accepted funds from the Hungarian-born financier and liberal political activist.
Tax forms obtained by The Washington Times reveal that Mr. Soros and his two children, Jonathan and Andrea Soros, contributed a total $245,000 to J Street from one Manhattan address in New York during the fiscal year from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.
Making matters worse, Michael Goldfarb at The Weekly Standard notes that J Street may have been lying about their funding:
The Myth vs. Fact section of the J Street website makes clear that “George Soros very publicly stated his decision not to be engaged in J Street when it was launched — precisely out of fear that his involvement would be used against the organization.”
An just six months ago, Ben-Ami told Moment Magazine, “We got tagged as having his support, without the benefit of actually getting funded!”
But wait! There’s more. Aside from Soros, Lake’s story notes that the largest funder of J Street, which again claims to represent “mainstream American Jews,” lives in Hong Kong:
The [Soros] contributions represent a third of the group’s revenue from U.S. sources during the period. Nearly half of J Street’s revenue during the timeframe — a total of $811,697 — however, came from a single donor in Happy Valley, Hong Kong, named Consolacion Esdicul.