J Street calls Givat Hamatos plans 'Not just bad faith, but bad policy'

October 14th, 2011

J Street is baffled by the announcement that plans are moving forward to construct Givat Hamatos—the first new Jewish neighborhood to be built in East Jerusalem since Har Homa in 1997. Read More...

Tags: Settlements

J Street Gravely Concerned about Israeli Plans to Expand Housing in Gilo

September 27th, 2011

WASHINGTON — J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement in response to the Israeli government’s announcement today of its plans to build 1,100 new housing units in Gilo, a contested Jerusalem neighborhood beyond the Green Line. Read More...

Tags: Settlements

Members of Congress Should Visit Settlement Construction Sites, Observe First-Hand Damage Done to Two-State Prospects

August 16th, 2011

J Street strongly opposes the Israeli government’s announcement of new housing development in the outlying settlement of Ariel. In calling the new housing “unhelpful” or “counterproductive,” the Obama administration is understating the enormous damage that daily announcements of new settlement construction are doing to the chances for a two-state solution. Read More...

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Israeli decisions on housing starts objectionable and counterproductive to peace

August 11th, 2011

J Street is deeply concerned by the government of Israel’s recent announcements of new approvals for construction of thousands of additional housing units over the Green Line. In the weeks leading up to a possible United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood, such provocative decisions undermine diplomatic efforts to move Israelis and Palestinians toward a two-state solution and avert a United Nations vote. Efforts to portray the housing decisions as a legitimate response to the ongoing protests in Israel over the cost of living in general, and of housing in particular, are a manipulative ploy by those who oppose a two-state solution. Read More...

Tags: Settlements

J Street Condemns Knesset Passage of Boycott Bill

July 12th, 2011

J Street condemns the Knesset’s passage yesterday of a law making the call for boycotts of Israel or the West Bank settlements illegal, as a clear and unabashed violation of the fundamental democratic precept of freedom of speech. Read More...

Tags: Settlements