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J Street co-sponsors event with anti-Israel group at Swarthmore

(JNS.org) The self-labeled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby J Street states that it opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel; but its campus arm has sometimes come under scrutiny for partnering with anti-Israel organizations. Now, in response to the latest such test case, J Street is clarifying that it in fact does “not have any problem” with co-sponsoring programs with pro-BDS groups. The Swarthmore chapter of Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine (SPJP), an offshoot of the well-known anti-Israel group Students for Justice in Palestine, on Sept. 4 co-hosted a discussion on the recent Gaza conflict with J Street U. Additionally, J Street U, SPJP, and other campus groups recently held a vigil to honor those who died in the Gaza conflict. In response to an inquiry about the Swarthmore events, J Street said its co-sponsorship policy does not preclude partnering with pro-BDS groups. “We do not support BDS, but we do not have any problem with co-sponsoring programs with organizations that do,” Jessica Rosenblum, J Street’s director of media and communications, told JNS.org.

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