Another Soros-front left wing religious group exposed

Thomas Lifson
The left-wing Jewish group J-Street, which purports to represent "moderate" Jews opposing "hard line" Israelis, has been revealed to be a Soros front, receiving Soros money and lying about it. Thus, J-Street joins left winger Jim Wallis's group Sojourners as lying religious group fronts for Soros.

Eli Lake
reports in the Washington Times:

The Jewish-American advocacy group J Street, which bills itself as the dovish alternative to the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC) lobby, has secretly received funding from billionaire George Soros despite previous denials that it accepted funds from the Hungarian-born financier and liberal political activist.

Tax forms obtained by The Washington Times reveal that Mr. Soros and his two children, Jonathan and Andrea Soros, contributed a total $245,000 to J Street from one Manhattan address in New York during the fiscal year from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.

The contributions represent a third of the group's revenue from U.S.sources during the period. Nearly half of J Street's revenue during the timeframe - a total of $811,697 - however, came from a single donor in Happy Valley, Hong Kong, named Consolacion Esdicul. [...]
 
Mr. Ben Ami [J-Street's executive director] said his group had no qualms about getting money from Mr. Soros.

"I am very, very proud that our movement and what we are trying to do is aligned with the values and principles of George Soros and we are proud to have his support," he said.

Mr. Ben Ami said Mr. Soros "made the public decision not to support us once we launched. Once we got started, he provided us with some money."

Mr. Ben Ami's words on Thursday contrasted sharply with statements on the J Street website concerning the group's receipt of funding from Mr. Soros.

In a section of the website called "myths and facts," the group includes a passage that reads: "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."

After Mr. Ben Ami spoke with The Times, the website was abruptly amended Thursday night with an addition that stated: "J Street has said it doesn't receive money from George Soros, but now news reports indicate that he has in fact contributed."

So roughly 70% of the J-Street funding comes from two sources -- wealthy leftists. I have no idea who Consolacion Esdicul is, but I can't help wondering if he has any connections to Soros.

The revelation should destroy the credibility of J-Street as a legitimate group. It is an astroturf operation, and lies about itself.
The left-wing Jewish group J-Street, which purports to represent "moderate" Jews opposing "hard line" Israelis, has been revealed to be a Soros front, receiving Soros money and lying about it. Thus, J-Street joins left winger Jim Wallis's group Sojourners as lying religious group fronts for Soros.

Eli Lake
reports in the Washington Times:

The Jewish-American advocacy group J Street, which bills itself as the dovish alternative to the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC) lobby, has secretly received funding from billionaire George Soros despite previous denials that it accepted funds from the Hungarian-born financier and liberal political activist.

Tax forms obtained by The Washington Times reveal that Mr. Soros and his two children, Jonathan and Andrea Soros, contributed a total $245,000 to J Street from one Manhattan address in New York during the fiscal year from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009.

The contributions represent a third of the group's revenue from U.S.sources during the period. Nearly half of J Street's revenue during the timeframe - a total of $811,697 - however, came from a single donor in Happy Valley, Hong Kong, named Consolacion Esdicul. [...]
 
Mr. Ben Ami [J-Street's executive director] said his group had no qualms about getting money from Mr. Soros.

"I am very, very proud that our movement and what we are trying to do is aligned with the values and principles of George Soros and we are proud to have his support," he said.

Mr. Ben Ami said Mr. Soros "made the public decision not to support us once we launched. Once we got started, he provided us with some money."

Mr. Ben Ami's words on Thursday contrasted sharply with statements on the J Street website concerning the group's receipt of funding from Mr. Soros.

In a section of the website called "myths and facts," the group includes a passage that reads: "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."

After Mr. Ben Ami spoke with The Times, the website was abruptly amended Thursday night with an addition that stated: "J Street has said it doesn't receive money from George Soros, but now news reports indicate that he has in fact contributed."

So roughly 70% of the J-Street funding comes from two sources -- wealthy leftists. I have no idea who Consolacion Esdicul is, but I can't help wondering if he has any connections to Soros.

The revelation should destroy the credibility of J-Street as a legitimate group. It is an astroturf operation, and lies about itself.