In December of 2012, while on the way to Boston for a speaking engagement, J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami received the following email:
Dear Mr. Ben-Ami,
We are a small new film production company, in the process of producing a documentary about the Israel/Palestine issue within the American Jewish community.
We are interested in interviewing you while you are visiting Boston in connection with your Dec. 17th presentation at Temple Israel. The interview would be about 30 minutes. We hope to get J Street’s position on the Middle East conflict and the role of the American Jewish community in helping to solve it.
Thank you for consideration,
As Jeremy was not familiar with Mr. Kumahia and had no background on his project, this request was forwarded to the J Street Communications department, which followed up on it. Jeremy’s schedule was full on the proposed date, and when Mr. Kumahia provided no alternative options for dates and no further background on the project, we let the matter drop.
That was the extent of communication between the film’s production team with J Street. Never were we asked to participate in a film about J Street, nor were we told the identity of the film’s producers or the project’s purpose and scope.
The deception involved in approaching us this way and then claiming that “we declined to be interviewed for the project” is sadly in keeping with the pattern and practice of lies and deceit that follow this film, those associated with it, and the larger effort to discredit and defame J Street and its work.