J Street slams MK’s ‘absurd’ criticism

The American Jewish organization responds to allegations made by Kadima MK Schneller who has championed discussions criticizing the group.

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
March 11, 2011 01:05
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Otniel Schneller 311

Otniel Schneller 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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The American Jewish organization J Street responded on Thursday to allegations made the previous day by MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima), who has championed Knesset debates criticizing the group.

On Wednesday, hours after delivering an impassioned speech in the Knesset plenum highly critical of J Street, Schneller said “the fact that J Street fought against the sanctions that the United States wants to place against Iran is very, very serious in my eyes, as is the fact that they acted against the American veto [of a draft Security Council resolution condemning the settlements].”

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J Street described Schneller’s statements as “erroneous and absurd.”

“J Street, as part of its deep commitment to Israel’s security, supported, supports and will continue to support sanctions against Iran,” the organization said in a statement on Thursday. “J Street is sorry that there are members of Knesset who harm Israel’s relationship with Jews who are committed to its existence and security, for the sole purpose of gaining questionable domestic political and inner-party capital. Even if you don’t agree with J Street’s position in favor of Israel and in favor of peace, one should be specific regarding the facts.”

In 2010, J Street issued statements welcoming the passage of both the US congressional move to place new sanctions against Iran, as well as the passage of the passage of sanctions against Tehran in the UN Security Council.

J Street had a lukewarm response to earlier moves to place sanctions on Iran, and in 2009, the group called on US legislators to delay the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act in order to further diplomatic attempts to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Later that same year, however, J Street moved to support the legislation, which passed with a sweeping majority.

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