The scene of an explosion in Gaza 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS/ Ismail Zaydah)
MK Otniel Schneller (Kadima) sharply criticized J Street, the left-leaning
American “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobbying group, in the Knesset on Tuesday, for
a statement it made on Sunday about the confrontation this week between the IDF
and terrorist groups in Gaza.
The statement made on Sunday morning
expressed concern for “rockets fired on Israeli cities and towns and airstrikes
on Gaza that have killed over a dozen Palestinian civilians.”
clashes, 22 Palestinian terrorist operatives were killed along with four
Palestinian civilians. On Sunday, when J-Street issued its statement, 16
terrorists and two civilians had been killed.
“At a time when a million
Israeli citizens have been living in bomb shelters for four days and four
nights, have not gone to school or work and anxiously await the next siren, the
terrorists firing on them are getting encouragement and support, not just from
Iran and Hezbollah, but also from the left-wing Jewish American organization J
Street,” Schneller said in the Knesset plenum on Tuesday.
anti-Israel and anti-ethical statement of J Street should serve as a warning for
Israeli politicians and left-wing activists, including members of my party,
against supporting and identifying with J Street, as they have done in the
past,” he added.
J Street subsequently revised the statement on their
website by removing the reference to the “dozen Palestinian civilians.” By
Tuesday afternoon, the organization had also added a brief apology saying,
“Please note the original statement misstated the number of civilian
casualties. We regret the error.”
On Tuesday night, a spokeswoman
for J Street told The Jerusalem Post
that the organization regrets the error and
had misreported the number of civilian casualties “based on an unfounded
report.” She emphasized that the mistake was corrected “within a couple of hours
of the publication of the original statement.”