Successful Jan Schakowsky Fundraiser

June 16th, 2010

JStreetPAC raised over $35,000 in a matters of hours for pro-Israel, pro-peace champion Jan Schakowsky - just as her opponent was holding a luncheon fundraiser with Alan Dershowitz on Wednesday. Click here to make a contribution and demonstrate the broad support that exists in our community for pro-Israel, pro-peace candidates like Rep. Schakowsky. Here are a few links to media coverage of the fundraiser:  "Dershowitz fund-raises for Schakowsky opponent," JTA. 6/16/10. "Dershowitz backs Schakowsky challenger," by Ben Smith. Politico. 6/16/10. "Barney Frank's student interrogator running for Congress," by David Weigel, The Washington Post. 6/16/10. Read More...

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Support Jan Schakowsky

June 16th, 2010

Have you been itching to send a message to Alan Dershowitz? Dershowitz is in Chicago to headline a fundraiser for Rep. Jan Schakowsky's Republican opponent, who is making vicious, unfair attacks on her pro-Israel credentials. Read More...

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J Street Letter to Congress Regarding Gaza Flotilla "Dear Colleagues"

June 15th, 2010

J Street sent a letter to House and Senate offices today, expressing concern that the "Dear Colleague" letters currently circulating regarding the Gaza flotilla incident "have been drafted primarily for domestic political consumption rather than to advance the U.S. interest in peace and security in the Middle East." Read More...

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A Palestinian Partner

June 10th, 2010

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami reflects on the Jewish community's meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Read More...

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J Street Welcomes UN Security Council Passage of Iran Sanctions

June 9th, 2010

We commend President Obama and his team for their effort and this step in the right direction, and urge them to continue employing a dual track approach -- meaningful engagement plus multilateral sanctions -- to convince Iran to change course. Read More...

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Change Course in Gaza

June 9th, 2010

In the wake of last week's flotilla tragedy, the United States, Israel and Egypt seem to be grasping just how counterproductive the present blockade of Gaza has been. Hamas is stronger, Gilad Shalit remains captive and rockets still fall on Israel.  Of course that hasn't stopped Glenn Beck, Liz Cheney, and the American "Israel-right-or-wrong" chorus from circling the wagons to defend the blockade in its current form. It's time for the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement to say clearly: the present blockade has been wrong - strategically and morally - and it's time to change course in Gaza. The blockade of Gaza hasn't simply failed, it's undercut the goals it was meant to achieve: Hamas remains heavily armed and its hold on the Strip is as strong as ever, while the people of Gaza suffer - and they and the world blame not Hamas but Israel and the United States. Click here to sign our letter to Secretary Clinton, Israeli Ambassador Oren, and Egyptian Ambassador Shourky, urging the US, Israel and Egypt to pursue a saner policy towards Gaza. [Gaza Flotilla Resource Page] [J Street Gaza/Hamas Policy Page] [Gaza Blockade Q&A] Read More...

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Turning Tragedy into Action

June 1st, 2010

Rarely have we felt as much emotion as in the hours since the tragedy off Gaza's shores. Few among our supporters lack for an opinion or an emotional response - which is natural, human and reflects the diversity of viewpoints in our movement. But today our focus must turn to the future - toward the meaningful action needed to resolve this conflict. Moments of great tragedy provide a rare opportunity for focus, clarity, and action. True leaders rise to challenges at times like this -and we look to ours, in particular to President Barack Obama. Click here to join us in an open letter demanding Presidential leadership to end the conflict now. We have had enough of actions and reactions that set back the cause of peace and security for all the people of the region. Now is the time to demonstrate overwhelming support for determined leadership to immediately end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We need the President to lead the way to an end - a real and immediate end - to this tragic conflict. [ACTION: Sign the open letter to the President.] [ONE PAGER: Read J Street's full position on the Gaza Flotilla and its aftermath.] [Q&A: Questions and Answers on the Gaza Flotilla.] [Q&A: Questions and Answers on the Gaza Blockade.] [POLICY: Read J Street's Policy on Gaza, Hamas and the Blockade.] [MORE RESOURCES: Editorials, Congressional Statements, and more.]  Read More...

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In Wake of Flotilla Tragedy, J Street Urges Stronger US Leadership to End Conflict Now

May 31st, 2010

Today, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement upon reports of an IDF clash with the Gaza Flotilla: "J Street is deeply shocked and saddened by reports that at least 10 civilians have been killed and dozens more wounded (including Israeli soldiers) this morning as Israel intercepted a naval convoy bringing humanitarian supplies and construction materials to the Gaza Strip. "We express our condolences to the families of those killed and we wish the injured a full and speedy recovery. We hope that leaders on all sides will take immediate steps to ensure that this incident does not escalate into a broader round of violence – in Israel, in Gaza, or in the region.There will undoubtedly be calls in the coming days for a UN investigation into today’s events. "A credible, independent commission appointed by the Israeli government should provide the world with a full and complete report into the causes and circumstances surrounding the day’s events and establish responsibility for the violence and bloodshed. "This shocking outcome of an effort to bring humanitarian relief to the people of Gaza is in part a consequence of the ongoing, counterproductive Israeli blockade of Gaza. J Street has been and continues to be opposed to the blockade – believing that there are better ways to ensure Israel’s security and to prevent weapons smuggling than a complete closure of the Gaza Strip. "We do not know yet what the impact of today’s incident will be on the just-restarted peace process, on Israel’s relations with the international community, or on the health of Arab-Jewish relations within Israel itself. "We do know, however, that today is one more nail in the coffin for hopes of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peacefully and diplomatically and for preserving Israel’s Jewish and democratic character. We urge President Obama and other international and regional leaders to take today’s terrible news as an opportunity to engage even more forcefully in immediate efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Read More...

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