Tell Obama's team: Make Middle East diplomacy a priority

December 1st, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama has just introduced his new foreign policy team and reiterated his determination to chart a new course for American foreign policy, with diplomacy front and center.  The new administration inherits numerous challenges all across the globe - not least in the Middle East. A critical task facing the President-elect's new team will be deciding quickly where to focus limited time and energy. Resolving the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts should be at the top of the list. There is no better way to put the President-elect's vision of new American leadership into action while repairing our image in the world than to engage early and actively in Middle East diplomacy. Will you write to President-elect Obama's incoming national security team right now asking them to prioritize efforts to bring about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace? Click here to send a message to Senator Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, General Jim Jones, Susan Rice, and the rest of Obama's national security team. Read More...

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JStreetPAC raises $570,000 for 41 candidates in 2008

November 8th, 2008

Eight JStreetPAC Endorsed Candidates pose for a picture. JStreetPAC scored some exciting victories on Election Day, with 33 winning candidates. Nine of our candidates will join Congress in January: Jeff Merkley will represent Oregon in the U.S. Senate, and Gary Peters (MI), Eric Massa (NY), Debbie Halvorson (IL), Dan Maffei (NY), Mary Jo Kilroy (OH), Jared Polis (CO), Chellie Pingree (ME) and Tom Perriello (VA) will join the U.S. House of Representatives. They join 24 incumbent Members who we supported and who won re-election. Together they will provide a strong voice in Congress advocating for peace and diplomacy in the Middle East. Click here to learn more about all of our endorsed candidates from the 2008 cycle. Read More...

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American Jews support Obama with 78% of vote

November 5th, 2008

The verdict is in on the politics of fear when it comes to Israel and the Middle East. It didn't work. The overwhelming majority of American Jews chose hope yesterday, giving Barack Obama 78% of the Jewish vote, well ahead of John Kerry's 2004 total.  [1] This is more than an historic electoral victory.  It is our chance to deal a knock-out blow to the politics of fear when it comes to Israel and the Middle East. That's why we're collecting signatures on a letter to President-elect Obama to demonstrate the breadth of his mandate in our community for far-reaching change. Click here to tell President-elect Obama you chose hope over fear. To amplify our message, we ran a full-page ad in The New York Times stating that this election carries a promise of change in America and of hope, peace and security for Israel and the Middle East. Click here to view the ad and sign our letter. Read More...

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Stop Jewish Republican Obama smear campaign

October 7th, 2008

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) just launched a new disturbing attack ad. This one reads, "Barack Obama's Friends: Pro-Palestinian. Anti-Israel. Hostile to America." It's just the latest in a series of revolting, Swift Boat-style attacks from the RJC in the Jewish media in the past month. Publications serving the Jewish community should stop running RJC attack ads filled simply with lies and distortions. Will you sign the petition to stop the RJC's fear mongering and hate peddling? Click here to sign our "No More Republican Jewish Coalition Smears" petition. Read More...

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We Won! Palin Not Speaking at Iran Rally

September 19th, 2008

We collected over 20,000 signatures in 24 hours asking Iran Unity rally organizer Malcolm Hoenlein to take Sarah Palin off the schedule for Monday's rally, and he caved to our pressure on Thursday afternoon citing the fact that the rally had become too partisan. This is the right decision.  A unity rally to express communal solidarity is no place for partisan politics.  And to give such prominence to Sarah Palin alone would have spoken neither to, nor for, the American Jewish community. This is a victory not just for the 20,188 others who signed J Street's petition.  It's a victory for the broader community.  And we're pleased the rally's organizers came to their senses so quickly. Victories like these don't come easily - or often. But when they do, we should savor them, at least briefly. We'll be back at it tomorrow, because our next task is making sure that the messages at the rally reflect the view of a majority of Americans - Jewish and otherwise - that the best way to deal with Iran is through tough, smart diplomacy - not saber rattling and threats of force. Read More...

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Stop Sarah Palin at non-partisan Iran rally

September 18th, 2008

Sarah Palin is scheduled to headline Monday's rally in New York of Americans Jews concerned about the threat Iran poses to the United States and Israel. Sarah Palin at a rally to unify American Jews on Iran? Really? Palin stands diametrically opposed to the majority of American Jews on nearly all issues - including on Iran. With just a few days left before the rally, we have no time to lose. Click here right now to tell rally organizer Malcolm Hoenlein that Monday's rally is no place for partisan politics. Read More...

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