Far-Right Attacks Fail, Backfire in IL-09

October 28th, 2010

A new poll of Jewish voters in Illinois' 9th Congressional District shows Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky with an overwhelming lead over Joel Pollak.  In a congressional race closely watched for attempts to make Israel a wedge issue, this poll shows that attacks on the congresswoman’s pro-Israel credentials have not only failed, but actually backfired. More on Poll Results Full Poll Results Summary of Poll Findings Press Release Poll Crosstabs Read More...


J Street to Rep. Eric Cantor: Funding Israel is Not a Political Football

October 26th, 2010

J Street opposes separating aid to Israel from the foreign assistance appropriations to other countries for the sake of accommodating right-wing politicians who are ideologically opposed to foreign aid. US assistance to Israel can only maximize our ally's security when provided in concert with economic and military aid to other countries that enhances stability by fighting poverty and extremism in the region and beyond. Read More...


Statement on 15th Anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination

October 19th, 2010

J Street's Vice President for Policy and Strategy Hadar Susskind issued the following statement marking the 15th Anniversary of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassination. Read More...


Who Are the Partners for Peace?

October 14th, 2010

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, the J Street Education Fund and J Street DC Metro put on "Who Are the Partners for Peace" at Temple Sinai in Washington, DC. With direct peace talks underway and crucial decisions looming, it was a timely and thought-provoking exploration of the Palestinian side of negotiations. Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, currently the Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, moderated a panel of three distinguished Washington-based Palestinian leaders: Dr. Amal Jadou, Deputy Chief of Mission of the General Delegation of the PLO to the U.S. Amjad Atallah, Co-Director of the Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation Ghaith Al-Omari, Advocacy Director, American Task Force on Palestine J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami, Stephen Stern and Rabbi Jonathan Roos gave opening remarks. The event is part of a national educational initiative to foster greater awareness of Palestinian partners for peace.  Click here to learn more about the work of moderate Palestinian leaders, as well as J Street's approach to some tough questions. [Click here to watch the program] [Click here learn more] Read More...


Shut Out of the Pro-Israel Tent?

October 11th, 2010

Rabbis and Jewish communal officials constantly wring their hands about young Jews' disengagement from Israel. They commission studies, run focus groups, and convene meetings in an attempt to determine how they can engage my generation and ensure a lasting connection to the state of Israel. But, sometimes, when young Jews finally enter a synagogues, attend an Israel-related event, or even attempt to have a conversation about the Middle East, they are met with the very vitriol and closed-mindedness that kept them out in the first place. Read More...


Statement on Proposed Israeli Loyalty Oath

October 8th, 2010

J Street opposes the proposal Israel's Government is considering to amend the oath that non-Jewish applicants must take to acquire Israeli citizenship. We join with these and other leading Israelis across the political spectrum in calling on the Government of Israel to pull back from this proposal which runs counter not just to the values enshrined in the country's Declaration of Independence, but puts at risk the very democratic nature of the state itself. Read More...


J Street Joins Israeli and Jewish Leaders in Condemning West Bank Mosque Arson

October 5th, 2010

J Street applauds Israeli and Jewish leaders from across the political spectrum for rejecting yesterday's incendiary and hateful arson attack at a West Bank mosque, believed to have been perpetrated by right-wing Jewish settlers. Read More...


Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi & The Israel Project get it wrong on J Street, settlements

October 1st, 2010

J Street's Isaac Luria responds to The Israel Project's distortions of J Street's settlements positions and poses a few questions of his own for the group. Read More...