J Street Seattle Calls on Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign to Reconsider Bus Ads

December 21st, 2010

J Street Seattle calls on the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign to reconsider its advertising campaign that will run later this month. The ads accuse Israel of utilizing U.S. aid to commit war crimes. This only serves to inflame tensions and promote division and confusion, rather than to point the way towards a productive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read More...

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Statement on Berman Resolution

December 15th, 2010

J Street opposes a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood, but we regret that we cannot support the Berman Resolution as drafted because it addresses only one issue standing in the way of peace. Read More...

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Consensus Building Around Bolder American Moves

December 14th, 2010

After too much talking about talking, Israel, the Palestinians, and the region as a whole cannot afford yet another delay. It's time for a bold new American strategy, focused on borders and security, before it's too late. Read More...

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J Street Calls For A Borders and Security Approach From The Obama Administration

December 8th, 2010

As the Obama Administration rethinks its approach to advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace, the urgency of the moment demands a new, bolder, more assertive approach to achieve two states before time runs out. There is now a real opportunity to make a welcome course correction after nearly two years without serious progress. It is time for a bolder, more assertive "Borders and Security First" approach aimed at fulfilling President Obama's campaign promise of achieving a two-state solution. The world knows the outlines of the solution. So it is time for the United States – with broad international support – to put forward a real proposal for ending the conflict in which the parties are asked to give yes-or-no answers. The proposal should make clear that the border will be based on the 1967 lines, creating a Palestinian state on the equivalent of 100 percent of the land beyond the 1967 Green Line with one-to-one, agreed-upon land swaps.  It must also meet the full range of Israeli security needs in the face of the threats it faces. [Policy Page on Borders and Security First] [Sign the Petition to the Administration] Read More...

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J Street Rabbinic Leaders Condemn Religious Ruling Barring Home Rentals to Non-Jews

December 8th, 2010

This week's ruling by rabbis in Israel that forbids the renting or selling of homes to non-Jews is deeply disturbing and represents a cynical and offensive use of Torah and Jewish values to promote a discriminatory, fundamentalist ideology. As rabbis, we join with Prime Minister Netanyahu and many other Israeli leaders in condemning this racist decision and standing up for the democratic principles on which Israel was founded. Read More...

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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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