I’m happy to report that Jeremy Ben Ami, J Street’s president, has written to apologize for the tweet published in its official Twitter feed which called my criticism of the Aipac Israel junket “crazy, disgusting and racist.” Jeremy’s heard some strong words from me on this; and it’s been some time in coming, but the result is what’s important. I’m grateful both to Jeremy for being big enough to admit a mistake (not of his own direct making) and to those supporters who took up my defense.
Here’s what Jeremy wrote:
I do feel strongly that J Street should strive to avoid turning substantive disagreements into personal attacks, and in this case – having taken a quick look at the various posts – we did not live up to that goal, and for that I am personally sorry.
While we as an organization will disagree with you and others over time, we should find other words to express our disagreement. I would say the same is true of your disagreement with Rep. Jackson and Adam Holland. You too could have benefited from expressing yourself differently.
Let’s say that we’ll all strive to avoid personalizing the issue differences we may have and let’s consider this matter closed.
I want to add something I’ve written on this subject before, my disagreements with J Street have always been substantive and I’ve tried never to stoop to using the terms which Jeremy has finally renounced. I have never called him or the group racist and certainly would never call them crazy or disgusting. I hope I don’t ever do so in future.