J Street, your spanking new Pro-Israel political action committee, asked poets Josh Healey and Kevin Coval to perform at its first national conference. But when a few right-wingers scanned Healey’s work and found some lines sympathetic to Palestinians, the jig was up. They’re now about as welcome as evolutionists in a small Texan town. And according to Healy and Coval, J Street fully admits caving to reactionary pressure. “The executive director called us to say â€˜I know what I’m doing is wrong . . . but there are some battles we choose not to fight,’ before cancelling our program, and disinviting us,” Coval writes.
Aren’t we, like, supposed to argue, discuss and have conflicting ideas? And isn’t that the whole point of a conference? Of Jews in general? And for God’s sake, look at that dirty hippie! Didn’t they think he might be just a tad left-wing? You really expect a conservative, non-challenging point of view from the author of “Queer Intifada“?