Carmel Fire: Rebuilding Begins Now

December 6th, 2010

Israeli officials recently announced that the ferocious fire in Israel's North, which claimed 42 lives, hundreds of homes, and 10,000 acres of forest had finally been brought under control. J Street mourns this tragic loss of life, and our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims’ families and all those affected by this disaster in the Carmel Forest. We've been shocked and saddened by this tragedy -- and we are relieved to hear of a respite and heartened by the outpouring of international support that aided Israel in combating the blaze. But the real work of rebuilding tattered homes, communities, and Israel's gorgeous northern areas begins now. With a $10,000 gift from J Street and matching donations from the J Street community, we directed more than $40,000 to the New Israel Fund's Carmel Forest Fire Response Fund. [J Street Statement on Carmel Forest Fire Tragedy] Read More...

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J Street Mourns Loss of Life in Carmel Forest Fire

December 2nd, 2010

J Street mourns the loss of the 40 Israelis who died in today's tragic fire in the Carmel Forest near Haifa, the deadliest fire in Israel's history. Read More...

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John Ging Speaks at Busboys & Poets in Washington

November 29th, 2010

On November 16, UNRWA Gaza Director John Ging joined J Street DC Metro at Busboys and Poets Peace Cafe to discuss the current situation in Gaza. Read More...

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A New US Strategy: Borders and Security First

November 29th, 2010

J Street is calling on President Obama to take a "Borders and Security First" approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and achieving a two-state solution. We have stood shoulder to shoulder with President Obama as he has repeatedly pushed both sides toward negotiations. Our community taken hundreds of thousands of actions in support of the President's vision of Middle East peace and his active efforts to make it a reality from day one. With the parties stuck in yet another unproductive diplomatic crisis over whether or not to even resume negotiations, the urgency of the moment demands a new, bolder, more assertive approach from the Administration to realize the President's vision before time runs out on negotiations -- and on his first term. Click here to urge President Obama to move beyond talk toward tangible progress in defining and implementing a two-state solution. We are urging the Administration to focus – with or without resuming direct negotiations and/or a 90-day extension of the moratorium – on delineating an agreed-upon border between the state of Israel and the state-to-be of Palestine, and on proposals for meeting the full range of Israeli security needs in the face of the threats it faces. The United States should make clear now that the border will be based on the 1967 lines with one-to-one land swaps, creating a Palestinian state on the equivalent of 100 percent of the land beyond the 1967 Green Line.  If the sides are unable to reach agreement, the United States should present a proposal to both sides that adheres to those parameters, asking for a yes-or-no decision. [Policy Page on Borders and Security First] [Sign the Petition] [Press Statement] Read More...

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J Street Condemns PA Official's Denial of Jewish Connection to Western Wall

November 27th, 2010

J Street condemns this week's denial by an official of the Palestinian Authority of any Jewish connection to the Western Wall. This blatant disregard of historical fact and disrespect for Judaism's connection to its holiest of places is both disappointing and extremely unhelpful as the United States attempts to break the stagnation and resume direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians Read More...

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New J Street Policy Urges Obama to Adopt "Borders and Security First" Strategy

November 23rd, 2010

To address persistent stagnation in Israeli-Palestinians negotiations, J Street is putting forth a new policy proposal urging President Obama to adopt a bolder, more assertive strategy to resolve the conflict. Read More...

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Huge Turnout for Boston Event

November 19th, 2010

A small number of motivated activists recently convinced Temple Beth Avodah outside Boston to cancel an event at the synagogue where Jeremy Ben-Ami was meant to speak. J Street leaped into action by circulating a "We Will Not Be Silenced" petition that garnered over 10,000 signatures in ten hours. 

 As happens whenever opponents try to shut us out, we grow bigger and stronger.  

The community and media have been on our side. Public Radio in Boston (WBUR) led with the story, the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council defended us, the Boston Globe carried favorable commentary and the local Jewish Advocate wrote a positive editorial. Even the Rabbi at the synagogue in question has been carrying the message of the need for open dialogue. 

 The event went on as planned at a school down the block -- and hundreds of people packed the hall, practically hanging from the rafters. We're keeping our "We Will Not Be Silenced" petition open, because every day, in every community around the country, our friends and allies are fighting similar battles. Every time they run into the stonewall of resistance, we want them to be able to say that they are not alone – that thousands upon thousands of pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans want our voices heard in the communal and national conversation on Israel. [Sign the petition] [Check out photos from the event] [The Boston Globe] [Boston Public Radio WBUR] [Come Give Voice to Your Values at J Street's 2nd National Conference] Read More...

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J Street Applauds Israeli Cabinet Approval of Ghajar Withdrawal Plan

November 18th, 2010

J Street applauds the Israeli Security Cabinet's approval of a plan to adhere to UN Security Council Resolutions 425 and 1701 and withdraw Israeli military forces from the village of Ghajar. This decision serves Israel's long-term strategic interests and regional security, and is an important step toward a comprehensive peace agreement. Read More...

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