JStreet, the liberal lobby group that proclaims itself to be the “pro-peace, pro-Israel” alternative to AIPAC, has denied that it receives funding from George Soros. Here is what the organization’s “myths and facts” page said, and still says:
Liberal financier George Soros founded and is the primary funder of J Street.
George Soros did not found J Street. In fact, George Soros very publicly stated his decision not to be engaged in J Street when it was launched – precisely out of fear that his involvement would be used against the organization.
J Street’s Executive Director has stated many times that he would in fact be very pleased to have funding from Mr. Soros and the offer remains open to him to be a funder should he wish to support the effort.
I don’t know how any reasonable person could read this and conclude anything but that J Street had not received funding from Soros since it was launched.
But it turns out that Soros and his children gave 245K to J street from July 2008 to June 2009, a gift that JStreet now acknowledges was one installment in a three year gift of 750K.
JStreet’s response to the revelations? Obfuscation: “J Street has always said that George Soros did not found J Street and did not provide its initial funding – a decision about which he was very public before the organization’s launching in 2008.” Okay, but you also suggested about as strongly as possible that you did not receive funding from him after launch, and that was a lie.
Also of interest: “Nearly half of J Street’s revenue during the timeframe — a total of $811,697 —, came from a single donor in Happy Valley, Hong Kong, named Consolacion Esdicul.” So, while JStreet has [...]