In case you thought my comparison of J Street to CAIR was a rhetorical flourish, get a load of this concerning the ADL’s statement condemning the Ground Zero mosque: “The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group, urged ADL to retract its statement.”
Umm. This might explain why J Street had no problem backing and raising money for the Senate candidate who keynoted at CAIR, Joe Sestak. You see, the two groups have much in common. As for the ADL, Abe Foxman explained the group’s opposition:
In a phone interview, he compared the idea of a mosque near ground zero to the Roman Catholic Carmelite nuns who had a convent at the Auschwitz death camp. In 1993, Pope John Paul II responded to Jewish protests by ordering the nuns to move. “We’re saying if your purpose is to heal differences, it’s the wrong place,” Foxman said of the mosque. “Don’t do it. The symbolism is wrong.”
But the symbolism is exactly right for the likes of J Street and CAIR. That sort of tells you all you need to know about the former’s false billing as a “pro-Israel” group.