"Don't Go, Joe" petition delivery

July 22nd, 2008

On July 21st, we delivered over 42,000 “Don’t Go, Joe” petition signatures to Senator Joe Lieberman’s office in Washington, DC, one day before he spoke at Hagee's conference. You can see a slideshow of pictures from our petition delivery to the left. Read More...

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Our open letter on Iran

July 8th, 2008

Talk of military action against Iran grows louder every day. Rumors swirl of an Israeli attack before Inauguration Day or a Bush administration October surprise. There are reports of special ops teams already in place and at work. J Street's position is clear: We oppose pre-emptive military action by either the United States or Israel, and we support stronger US diplomacy - using carrots as well as sticks - to address Iran's nuclear ambitions. That's why we're asking J Street's members to sign our open letter to Members of Congress and Congressional candidates asking them to say "no" to war with Iran and "yes" to tough, smart diplomacy. We'll present this letter to every Member of Congress and Congressional candidate we meet with this cycle. Sign our open letter to Members of Congress and Congressional candidates here. Read More...

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Our ad in The New York Times

June 23rd, 2008

On June 23rd, J Street ran a full-page ad in The New York Times calling out mainstream pro-Israel organizations on their silence in the wake of the Gaza ceasefire, talks with Syria and overtures to Lebanon. Click here to view the full ad (PDF). It was all too clear this past week how much people like us need to play a role in the national conversation about American foreign policy in the Middle East. The next time major pro-Israel organizations are silent about Israel's efforts to achieve security through diplomacy, our voices will need to be even louder. Read More...

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Where is the support for the Gaza ceasefire?

June 19th, 2008

If Israel had gone to war this week, the mainstream pro-Israel community here in the U.S. would have rallied to its side. Instead, encouraging news of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and an offer by Israel to begin talks with Lebanon is met by deafening silence. No public statements of support. No warm words of encouragement. The public here and in Israel should know that there is broad American support for Israel's moves toward security through diplomacy. Luckily, that's what J Street is here for. Can you take just a minute to write a letter-to-the-editor of your local paper, voicing your support for the renewed diplomatic thrust in the region? Click here to send your letter-to-the-editor. Read More...

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Our first round of candidate endorsements

June 16th, 2008

We are proud to announce JStreetPAC's first round of candidate endorsements. The candidates are Donna Edwards (Candidate, MD-04), Debbie Halvorson (Candidate, IL-11), Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-07), Darcy Burner (Candidate, WA-08), Rep. Stephen Cohen (TN-09), Dennis Shulman (Candidate, NJ-05) and Mary Jo Kilroy (Candidate, OH-15). Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), one of our endorsed candidates, recorded the following video message to JStreetPAC supporters. JStreetPAC endorsed fresh faces – junior members of Congress, challengers and competitors for open seats – whose public records and campaign platforms are in line with the PAC’s positions on the issues. The diverse group includes a rabbi, an African American community leader, a freshman Jewish member of Congress and a Lebanese-American, among others. Learn more about JStreetPAC's endorsed candidates here. Read More...

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Don't go, Joe!

May 27th, 2008

Even after Sen. McCain renounced Pastor John Hagee’s endorsement in May, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is still standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Pastor Hagee, the man who preaches Hitler was only doing God's bidding. Watch the video on the left -- Joe Lieberman calls Hagee "a man of God" at Hagee's group's conference last year. Then, join the tens of thousands of Americans who have signed our "Don't Go, Joe" petition and tell Sen. Lieberman to withdraw his commitment to speak at Hagee's Israel Summit. Click here for the petition.   Read More...

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We did it! John McCain renounced Hagee!

May 23rd, 2008

After disturbing new audiotape surfaced of Rev. Hagee saying that God sent Hitler to cause the Holocaust so that Jews would move to Israel, tens of thousands of J Street and MoveOn activists signed a petition asking McCain to finally renounce Hagee's endorsement. Soon after we launched the action, John McCain announced that he was rejecting Hagee's endorsement. We did it! Unfortunately, Hagee's ties to mainstream American politicians and prominent Jewish leaders remain deep. McCain's rejection of Hagee's endorsement is by no means the end of J Street's efforts to rid the American political scene of Hagee's hateful rhetoric. Stay tuned for our upcoming campaigns. Read More...

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McCain: Finally renounce Hagee's extremism

May 22nd, 2008

Have you heard the latest from Pastor John Hagee, John McCain supporter and leader of Christians United for Israel? Audiotape just surfaced of Hagee preaching that God sent Hitler to cause the Holocaust so that Jews would move to Israel, in fulfillment of Hagee's conception of biblical prophecy. Read more about J Street's petition to McCain asking him to renounce Hagee here. Read More...

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