J Street & J Street U Dismayed by Counterproductive "Israel Apartheid Week"

March 10th, 2011

J Street U Director Daniel May released the following statement as "Israel Apartheid Week" takes place on college campuses around the United States and Canada. Read More...

Tags: apartheid week BDS

J Street Objects to Rep. King's Congressional Hearing on "Islamic Radicalization"

March 8th, 2011

J Street strongly objects to Congressman Peter King's provocative and anti-Muslim congressional hearing scheduled for Thursday. We urge America's political leaders to embrace our nation's core values of equality and freedom, and to reject attempts to stoke ethnic fear and division. Read More...

Tags: Congress

With World's Eyes on the Middle East, 2000+ Gather for 2nd Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Conference

February 23rd, 2011

With the world riveted on the Middle East, more than 2000 community activists, religious and lay leaders, experts in the field and students are converging in Washington this week for a record-breaking conference, charting the next steps forward for the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. Read More...

Tags: J Street Conference

J Street Condemns Jordanian Minister Mjali’s Call to Release Murderer

February 17th, 2011

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement after Jordan’s new Justice Minister Hussein Mjali called for the release of Ahmad Dakamseh. Read More...

Tags: Incitement israel Jordan

J Street's National Conference

February 14th, 2011

Over 2,300 people from across the country came together in Washington, DC from Saturday, February 26th to Tuesday, March 1st for J Street's second national conference -- the largest ever gathering of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement. Read More...

Tags: J Street Conference pro-Israel pro-peace

Statement on Mubarak's Resignation

February 11th, 2011

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami welcomed the announcement that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as President of Egypt. Read More...


J Street U's Birthright Trip

February 4th, 2011

J Street U -- J Street's campus movement -- was told recently that its Birthright trip to Israel will not go forward as planned, despite approval from Birthright's trip provider, Israel Experience. As Jeremy Ben-Ami, President of J Street, said in a statement this week: "Our interest is in furthering the mission of Birthright, working with them to meet their criteria, and to bring young people on a trip who are excited by the chance to visit Israel for the first time. If changes in the trip need to be made to meet criteria that are different than Israel Experience had set out, we will work with Birthright to do so. "For the sake of Jewish unity, we can only hope that this is not a politically motivated decision because a decision to work with pro-Israel groups with one set of views and not another would deeply damage the cause of Jewish unity that Birthright is playing such an important role in promoting." Birthright's leadership says that they didn't approve the trip because they don't organize "political trips." But AIPAC regularly organizes Birthright trips -- including one this coming summer. J Street U students are petitioning Birthright CEO Gidi Mark to "provide more Birthright trips that speak to the values of social justice, democracy, and peace that are so important to young, progressive Jews." [Sign JStreetU's petition] [Read J Street's full statement] [Read J Street U's full statement] [New Voices Article] [Video of Support from Steven M. Cohen] Read More...