Josh Block of The Israel Project reportedly made derogatory comments about Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal in an email exchange with a Voice of America producer that was laced with sexist overtones. The Intercept obtained the emails through a FOIA request made by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy.
Josh Block brings an in-your-face style to his new job as head of The Israel Project. He is also leading sweeping changes at the fast-growing advocacy group.
Jewish professionals are known to play musical chairs and switch from one organization to another. It’s mostly institutional inside baseball, but some moves are more interesting than others.
The Israel Project, known for advocacy with a velvet glove, is set to name ex-AIPAC’er Josh Block as CEO, presaging big changes in style and substance.
Eric Alterman blasts back at Josh Block, a self-appointed guardian of pro-Israel policy. Alterman says there’s nothing ‘anti-Semitic’ about taking on Israel’s right-wing.
Josh Block has set off alarm bells by harshly criticizing liberal groups that take on Israel. The feud exposes lines between legitimate debate over Israel and anti-Semitism.
We have all been taught to fight anti-Semitism wherever it exists. That’s why it is so shameful when the label ‘anti-Semitism’ is tossed around for political gain.
American Israel Public Affairs Committee spokesman Josh Block is stepping down from his post at the pro-Israel lobby and setting up shop as a consultant for Democrats. Block, who has been AIPAC’s spokesman for the past 9 years, will be starting a new Washington media consulting firm with former Clinton White House aide Lanny Davis.
It happens even to a powerful media-savvy organization.