J Street Condemns Knesset Passage of Boycott Bill

July 12th, 2011

J Street condemns the Knesset’s passage yesterday of a law making the call for boycotts of Israel or the West Bank settlements illegal, as a clear and unabashed violation of the fundamental democratic precept of freedom of speech. Read More...

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J Street opposes the Gaza-bound flotilla, expresses concern about possible violence

June 28th, 2011

J Street opposes the Gaza-bound flotilla. We strongly urge those organizing and participating in the flotilla to reconsider. We are deeply concerned that a new attempt to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza could spark violence and result in further entrenchment by both sides, derailing efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations at this critical time. Read More...

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Statement by J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami on the Fifth Anniversary of Gilad Shalit's Captivity

June 25th, 2011

It is impossible to imagine the pain that the Shalit family has experienced over the past five years since Gilad was kidnapped by Hamas, and has been held captive without any contact with the outside world, including the Red Cross. Every family in Israel and in the Jewish world extends its heart and prayers to Gilad and to his family on today's anniversary of his capture. Read More...

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Caring enough to engage

June 24th, 2011

We live at a time when serious decisions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are under discussion, the resolution of which will have implications not just for the future of Israel but for Jews living all over the world. It's not surprising that these discussions are accompanied by deep tensions, as they raise questions of life and death, and about the success or failure of the State of Israel and the heart and the soul of the Jewish people. Read More...

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J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami's remarks at the Peres Conference

June 23rd, 2011

Thank you very much Shmuel, and thank you to President Shimon Peres and the organizers of this year’s conference for inviting me to participate. We come together at a time when serious decisions regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are under discussion, whose resolution will have implications not just for the future of Israel but for Jews living all over the world. It is not surprising that deep tensions accompany these discussions as they raise questions of life and death, the success or failure of the state of Israel and the very heart and soul of the Jewish people. Read More...

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Jewish Americans Overwhelmingly Cold Toward Tea Party

June 16th, 2011

In response to reports of a new non-scientific sampling of Jewish American attitudes toward the Tea Party, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement, drawing on the findings of J Street's Election Night 2010 poll of 1,000 randomly-selected Jewish Americans: "Contrary to claims that Jews are 'warming' to the Tea Party, actual scientific opinion research has shown that Jews hold deeply negative views of the Tea Party Movement and there is no evidence of any shift in the basic ideological positions or attitudes in the community as a whole," Ben-Ami said. Read More...

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Guest Post: Peace is Possible, by Representative Charles B. Rangel

June 9th, 2011

In a J Street guest post, Representative Charles B. Rangel "join[s] with President Barack Obama's call for our two great nations [Israel and the United States] to move beyond the current stalemate in peace negotiations with the Palestinians and re-launch efforts to establish a lasting two-state solution." Read More...

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