New J Street U President Urges 'Richer Communication' With Israel Haters

With the school year set to begin, it was only a matter of time before leftist “peace activists” took aim at Jewish communal institutions.

Enter new J Street U National Student Board President Benjy Cannon to take the first shot.

“There’s a parallel, disturbing trend of scepticism in the established Jewish community toward pro-peace, anti-occupation activism,” wrote the new leader.  “Just in the past year, the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations rejected J Street’s membership bid and Jewish institutions, from JCCs to Hillels, banned speakers and artists critical of Israeli policy on numerous occasions.”

J Street was rejected due to its anti-Israel views and inability to function alongside other organizations but Cannon peddles the lie that J Street was rejected due to its “pro-peace, anti-occupation” activism. Meanwhile, every organization in the Conference of Presidents is “pro-peace” and the majority are “anti-occupation” as well.

Absent from Cannon’s diatribe is the fact that the incident in the JCC centered around the speaker’s support of the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and the Israel-bashing group, Breaking the Silence, was in fact welcomed in Hillel in March,

Cannon then retreats to his radical leftist (J Street) echo chamber and claims that “[o]ftentimes, the bans and responses to them where criticized as restrictions on free speech and expression.”

“Institutions claimed that certain ideas were ‘beyond the pale’ while progressive Jews called for deeper civil discourse and richer communication,” he wrote implicitly attacking the Jewish community for refusing to engage with anti-Semites and individuals who hate Israel. 

Cannon furthered his attack on Hillel and other groups by saying that he can  “take solace in the fact that while Jewish American institutions might shun 'internal' criticism, groups in Israel welcome it” before warning that “when the Jewish state curtails that expression, it only reinforces the American Jewish community’s aversion to progressive Israel activism, and tells the growing cohort of young, progressive American Jews that their brand of pro-Israel activism isn’t welcome either. “

Cannon, eager to welcome anti-Semites and those that hate Israel into pro-Israel events complained that that the American Jewish community is “already disposed to silencing unwanted voices.”

There is no word yet as to whether or not the straw man survived the assault. 

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