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    • reuben
    • 22.02.10 | 23:15 (IST)

    Talk-backers who advocate banning of or refusing to talk with J-Street are reacting with panic. They panic because J-Street does not fit the "terrorist appeaser" or "Israel hater" stereotype. It is the same panic now felt by AIPAC. If J-street was just an irrelevant nuisance, then what justifies taking such trouble to de-legitimize this organization? Knee-jerk right wingers don't read Ha'aretz. It is quite likely that most talk backers heaping their jingoism in this talk-back are not Ha'aretz readers, but activists recruited by AIPAC or ZOA to do their "patriotic" duty by showing how "good Jews" despise J-Street for being "anti-Israel". This was a common tactic used in the old Soviet Union to smear and de-legitimize dissidents by portraying them as agents of the west. Unfortunately for the AIPAC or ZOA handlers, their talk-back recruits are too crude, too stupid and too obvious. Most real readers of Haaretz can spot them a mile away.

    from the article: Israel can't afford to reject J Street
    First published 02:37 22.02.10 | Last updated 08:10 22.02.10
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