Responding to the Gaza crisis

January 6th, 2009

Here are a few things you can do right now to advocate for strong U.S. leadership to bring about an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Sign our "Ceasefire Now!" petition to demand that the United States intervene to bring about an immediate resumption of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. We're already using the petition numbers in conversations with President-elect Obama's transition team and Congressional leaders. Click here to sign our petition right now. Read our blog for J Street's statements and responses to the Gaza crisis. Click here to go to our "Word on the Street" blog. Read a collection of 44 thoughtful Congressional statements about the Gaza crisis. Click here to see an index of the statements. Equip yourself to talk about Gaza with friends and family. We're the first to admit that it's not simple to talk with friends and family who hold a different position than you on the recent violence in Gaza. So we've taken a few minutes to develop answers to some frequently asked questions about recent events. Click here to check out our FAQ. Get local. Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, a partner in the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement that focuses on grassroots organizing and persuasion, has dozens of local chapters all over the country. Click here to connect with a local Brit Tzedek v'Shalom chapter near you. Download, print out, and put up J Street's "Ceasefire Now!" flyer in your office, dorm room, or home to show your support for pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-ceasefire policies. Click here to download our flyer. Donate. Contributions of any amount will help us get our pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-ceasefire message out effectively. Click here to make a gift to support our work. Read More...

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Statement in response to Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s Comments in the Forward on December 31

January 5th, 2009

J Street takes serious issue with Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s op-ed in the December 31st Forward, in which he attacks us for questioning the wisdom of the Gaza assault. Our position on the crisis reflects our support for Israel, our hope for its security and our sympathy with the ongoing suffering of the people on both sides in this conflict. It is hard for us to understand how the leading reform rabbi in North America could call our effort to articulate a nuanced view on these difficult issues “morally deficient.” If our views are “naïve” and “morally deficient”, then so are the views of scores of Israeli journalists, security analysts, distinguished authors, and retired IDF officers who have posed the same questions about the Gaza attack as we have. Read the rest of the statement. Read More...

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Statement by Jeremy Ben-Ami in response to Israeli Ground Invasion of Gaza

January 4th, 2009

J Street reiterates its call for strong and immediate American diplomatic leadership to bring an end to the violence through an immediate ceasefire. J Street unequivocally condemns Hamas’ indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel and its use of terror against civilians over the years. We reiterate that J Street is deeply committed to Israel, its security and the safety of its citizens. However, as Americans and as friends and supporters of Israel, we do not believe the continuation of the present military operation is in the best interests of either the United States or Israel.  Rallies and protests in Iraq and Afghanistan in opposition to the Gaza now bring the conflict squarely into arenas where American troops are actively deployed.  Demonstrations throughout the Middle East and the Muslim world indicate that this week’s events are only further damaging America’s image, interests and relationships around the world. Read the rest of J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami's statement here. Click here to sign our petition calling strong U.S. leadership to bring about an immediate ceasefire, read our policy FAQ about the ongoing conflict, and find out what else you can do.  Read More...

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Gaza: Ceasefire now!

December 28th, 2008

Last weekend, Israeli Defense Forces launched a major military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, leaving hundreds dead and wounded - pushing the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict further down a path of never-ending violence. As friends of Israel, we felt immediate pressure from friends and family to pick a side. Did we think that Israel's actions were fully justified or disproportionate? Did Hamas bring this on itself by firing rockets and provoking Israel or are the strikes an act of aggression against a people trapped in misery and poverty? Couldn't we see who's right and who's wrong? At this moment of extreme crisis, we're showing that, among those who care about Israel and its security, there is a constituency for sanity and moderation. There are many who recognize elements of truth on both sides of this gaping divide and who know that closing it requires strong American engagement and leadership. Click here to sign our petition calling strong U.S. leadership to bring about an immediate ceasefire, read our policy FAQ about the ongoing conflict, and find out what else you can do.  Read More...

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