Israeli-Palestinian Agreement on UNESCO Encouraging

April 24th, 2013

J Street welcomes the agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority brokered by the international community that will allow UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, to resume its work in Jerusalem, as a small but encouraging step forward. Read More...

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J Street Supports United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013; Opposes Senate Visa Waiver Provision

April 15th, 2013

J Street does not support the version of the legislation introduced in the Senate (S.462) for the sole reason that the Senate version would amend the visa waiver program to exempt Israel (and only Israel) from the key requirement that countries participating in the program ensure that reciprocal travel privileges are extended to all United States citizens. J Street is deeply concerned that this provision would-- and appears expressly intended to -- codify in US law an acceptance of Israel's reportedly frequent denial of entry to US citizens of Palestinian, Arab or Muslim origin seeking to lawfully enter Israel or Israeli-controlled territory, often without explanation. Read More...

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Fayyad’s Resignation Sign of Urgent Need for Diplomatic Progress

April 15th, 2013

J Street regrets the resignation this weekend of Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad, who made such significant contributions to the cause of peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians. His commitment to non-violence, building the institutions of Palestinian statehood, good governance and rooting out corruption will be sorely missed. Read More...

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J Street Statement on the Accusation of Pinkwashing

April 9th, 2013

As the conflict continues, the need for two-states has never been greater. And never before has a renewed, forward-focused conversation about the urgent need for American leadership been as necessary. Viewing Israel solely through any one lens -- either through the gains of the LGBT community or through the occupation -- does not advance the pragmatic conversation this situation demands. Read More...

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J Street Calls on Congress to Swiftly Pass the Iron Dome Support Act

March 28th, 2013

J Street applauds the reintroduction of the Iron Dome Support Act, lead by Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA-53), and strongly supports its swift passage. Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ rocket defense system is key to helping protect Israeli civilians and soldiers from rocket attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah, and other militant groups. Maintaining and expanding this project will help save lives and improve the quality of life of Israelis, particularly in the South of Israel, who have lived under the threat and reality of rocket attacks for too long. Read More...

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