JTNews whitewashes ADL designated anti-Israel group… and a new Cartoon.
The Anti Defamation League (ADL), America’s leading Jewish civil rights organization today released its annual list of the “Top Ten Anti-Israel Groups in the U.S.” and again Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) made the list. The ADL describes JVP as “the leading Jewish anti-Zionist organization in the U.S. working to steer public support away from Israel.
JVP by any standard is a radical organization. The group “consistently co-sponsors rallies that are marked by signs and slogans comparing Israel to Nazi Germany, demonizing Jews and voicing support for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah”. Which is why mainstream national Jewish organizations consider JVP beyond the Pale. Hillel at Brandeis University rejected JVP’s application for membership explaining in a statement that “Hillel will not partner with groups that do not accept Israel as a Jewish and democratic state”.
You would know these things about Jewish Voice for Peace after investing about five minutes and conducting a simple Google search. You will not learn this in the JTNews.
This past January the editor of the JTNews solicited and prominently featured an article from Jewish Voice for Peace which libeled the Israel Defense Forces. The JTNews editors never provided their readers with a scintilla of context to understand the tainted source of the incendiary accusations. An uninformed JTNews reader would likely assume by the name of the organization that it was a Jewish “Peace” group that was condemning Israel, rather than a group identified by the ADL as virulently anti-Israel.
This is not an anomaly; the JTNews’ Guide to Jewish Washington includes Jewish Voice for Peace among their listing of local Jewish communal organizations. In what could kindly be called misleading, the JTNews describes JVP as an organization that works to “achieve a lasting peace“. This is in marked contrast to the ADL description of JVP “as the leading Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States”.
We have no way of knowing why the JTNews is so invested in concealing the true nature of JVP from their readers.
The JTNews editorial staff are well aware of JVP’s radical positions, they know that JVP is a proud affiliate of the BDS movement, a movement designated by the ADL as anti-Semitic.
We have no way of knowing why the JTNews is so invested in concealing the true nature of JVP from their readers. Nor can we fathom why the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the owner of the JTNews, allows their house organ to consistently whitewash the mission and activities of a group so steeped in hostility to the Jewish State,
JVP’s extreme views would undoubtedly be anathema to the vast majority of JTNews readers, if they only knew.
*The Mike Report solicited a response from JTNews editor Joel Magalnick, but at press time he has not responded to our inquiry.
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- ADL publishes list of ‘top 10 anti-Israel groups’ (timesofisrael.com)