Statement on Amb. Oren's Plans to Speak at Brandeis Commencement

April 27th, 2010

J Street released the following statement on Ambassador Oren's plans to speak at Brandeis University's 2010 commencement. Read More...

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Leadership Mission Visits Israel, West Bank, Jordan

April 27th, 2010

Last week, a delegation of J Street Education Fund leaders visited Israel, the West Bank and Jordan on a trip aimed at providing a more complex and nuanced understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The delegation's packed itinerary included meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah, trips to Sderot, Tel Aviv and Hebron, and a visit to Jordan. In Israel, the delegation met with President Shimon Peres and Israeli government officials, among them Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai and Netanyahu Senior Advisor Ron Dermer.  The group also met with a range of members of Knesset, including Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni. In Jerusalem, the delegation sat down with civil society leaders, including human rights activists and members of the settlement movement.In Ramallah, the group met with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and a number of businessmen and civil society representatives. The delegation also traveled to Jordan, where they held several meetings with His Highness King Abdullah and other high-ranking officials.[Photos from the leadership delegation][Press Release: J Street Leadership Mission Leaves for Mideast] Read More...

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J Street Education Fund Places Full-Page Ad on Jerusalem

April 26th, 2010

The J Street Education Fund announced the placement of a full-page ad in seven Jewish weekly newspapers around the country, underscoring the need to address the demographic realities of Jerusalem as an integral part of any peace negotiations and aiming to spark a broad, robust and civil conversation in the Jewish community on this complex issue. Read More...

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J Street Leadership Mission Leaves for Mideast

April 23rd, 2010

A delegation of J Street Education Fund leaders will travel to the Middle East with the pro-Israel, pro-peace advocacy organization, on a trip aimed at providing a more complex and nuanced understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read More...

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We are not afraid

April 23rd, 2010

A moving article in Haaretz this week by Carlo Strenger, entitled "Israel's leaders have forgotten Herzl's dream," challenged the "silent majority of liberal U.S. Jewry not to be afraid any longer to speak its mind." Amen. We are not afraid. And we won't be afraid even when enforcers like Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz try to intimidate our movement by attacking J Street in an article brimming with distortions and name-calling. Dershowitz's article is a perfect example of what is wrong with the conversation in our community on Israel. Far too often J Street's opponents spend more time manufacturing what they wish J Street has said, rather than checking the facts and actually challenging the merits of our arguments. Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street's Executive Director, fired back in The Huffington Post, calling out Dershowitz for his inability to mount any serious fact-based case to challenge J Street's assertions that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the interests of Israel, the Palestinians, and the United States. For a full wrap-up of the Ben-Ami - Dershowitz debate in The Huffington Post, click here. Read More...

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Fight Partisan Attacks on Israel

April 21st, 2010

Partisan attacks on President Obama over Israel hit a new low last week. Republican Minority Whip Eric Cantor smeared President Obama for acknowledging the basic fact that the status quo of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict poses a serious challenge not only to Israel's future as a Jewish, democratic home but for American interests as well. Two JStreetPAC endorsees - Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) and Congressman Chris Murphy (D-CT) - are fighting back with strong statements today, directly confronting Cantor for turning support for Israel into a partisan political football. Let's join Capps and Murphy in fighting back by showing the political world that speaking out strongly for a two-state solution means serious financial support for their reelection campaigns from people like us. Click here to donate to these two real leaders in Congress now. Read More...

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Jeremy in NY Times: Resolving Conflict in Israeli and US Interests

April 21st, 2010

The New York Times ran a letter to the editor by J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami, highlighting the support in the American Jewish community for resolving the conflict -for both Israeli and American interests. Read More...

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