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The 'J Street Challenge' film comes to Longwood


“J Street Challenge” comes to Central Florida following its sold out, world premier screening in South Florida. The film will be shown at Congregation Beth Am, 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, on Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m., and is sponsored by Zionistas.

“ Ever since its founding in 2008, J Street, the liberal Jewish advocacy group, has expended a great deal of time and energy trying to convince American Jews that it is a credible and more ethical alternative to traditional pro-Israel organizations like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC),” stated Ben Cohen, columnist for Jewish and Israel News.

Phyllis Chesler, writer, a Fellow of the Middle East Forum and recipient of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award, gave her own opinion of J Street’s founder, “based on the new film, ‘J Street Challenge,’ Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of J Street, may be a far more dangerous and morally problematic traitor to his people than were any of the Judenrat leaders during the Shoah. I say this because no one is threatening Ben-Ami with imminent death (each kapo and Judenrat leader was death threatened while in captivity). Ben Ami lives in the United States and is a free man. Yet, in classic Orwellian style, he presents his organization as both ‘pro-peace’ and ‘pro-Israel’ when he is neither. He condemns Israel at every turn and he does so in an era when Israel is under existential siege and a second Holocaust is fully underway in slow motion.”

American lawyer, jurist, and political commentator, Professor Alan Dershowitz called the organization’s leadership on the carpet. “Ben-Ami has the chutzpah to actually blame me for those on college campuses who disdain Israel,” he stated. “It is typical of J Street to blame Israel and its supporters for everything, without putting any of the responsibility on those who are truly to blame—Islamic extremists who are the ones killing American troops; the Palestinian leadership, who are the ones refusing to engage in direct negotiations with Israel; anti-Israel campus bigots, who are the ones calling for divestment and boycotts; and J Street leaders, who are the ones endangering Israel’s security under the false banner of being pro-Israel.”

The “J Street Challenge” is a must to see film produced by Americans for Peace and Tolerance, the group founded by anti-slavery activist, Charles Jacobs, who was a special consultant on the project. This film is produced, written and directed by Avi Goldwasser and Ilya Feostikovew.

Suggested donations are $10 at the door for those with reservations, and $15 for others. Students with valid IDs may attend free of charge. Contact Sandi Solomon at 407-575-9899 or sansolomon@hotmail.com.


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