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...

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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...

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Response to Soros Op-Ed and RJC Attacks

February 4th, 2011

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami responds to George Soros' recent op-ed in The Washington Post and the Republican Jewish Coalition's misrepresentation of the op-ed and attacks on J Street and Soros Read More...

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J Street Statement on Taglit-Birthright Israel Trip

February 1st, 2011

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement today, following J Street U student board President Mori Rothman's statement on Taglit-Birthright Israel's cancellation of the "Explore Israel: Progressive Zionism and Social Justice" tri Read More...

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J Street U Responds to Birthright's Decision to Cancel Trip

January 31st, 2011

J Street U had planned our Birthright trip in order to forge an avenue through which liberal-minded college students - who may otherwise not engage - could develop a deep and lasting relationship with the Jewish homeland. Particularly in light of the tremendous enthusiasm for the trip, we are deeply troubled by Birthright's abrupt decision to cancel it. Read More...

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J Street Alarmed by Senator Paul's Call to End Foreign Aid

January 27th, 2011

Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street President, issued the following statement after Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he would end all foreign aid, including assistance to Israel Read More...

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