Majority of Jewish Americans Support J Street's Views, Not ECI's

October 24th, 2011

WASHINGTON— J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement in response to an article posted today in Washington Jewish Week, “After J Street Declares War, ECI Punches Back.” Read More...

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Emergency Committee for Israel Is Bad for Israel

October 24th, 2011

Mainstream American Jewish Groups, Israeli Government Leaders Reject Efforts to Make Support of Israel a Partisan Wedge Issue Taken by itself, the Emergency Committee for Israel’s (ECI) founding board member Rachel Abrams’ blog post on the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was inappropriate and wrong. Read More...

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J Street Calls on ECI to Cut Ties With Rachel Abrams

October 24th, 2011

WASHINGTON — J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement today in response to a recent blog post by Emergency Campaign for Israel (ECI) board member Rachel Abrams in which she calls for the slaughter of Palestinians, including children. Read More...

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J Street Applauds Release of Gilad Shalit

October 18th, 2011

Washington — J Street is deeply moved by the release today of Israeli Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit. Along with Jews around the world, we celebrate the news that Staff Sergeant Shalit is now free and reunited with his family. Read More...

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J Street calls Givat Hamatos plans 'Not just bad faith, but bad policy'

October 14th, 2011

J Street is baffled by the announcement that plans are moving forward to construct Givat Hamatos—the first new Jewish neighborhood to be built in East Jerusalem since Har Homa in 1997. Read More...

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J Street: House Bill to Defund UN Will Hurt United States and Israel

October 13th, 2011

“Chairman Ros-Lehtinen’s bill would essentially force the U.S. Government to defund and disengage from virtually every organ of the United Nations. We agree with Secretary Clinton’s warning that this would spell disaster for America’s standing in the world and our ability to influence events that profoundly impact our national security. It would also imperil Israel’s vital interests if its greatest ally and defender at the UN took our ball and went home,” said Dylan Jacob Williams, J Street’s Director of Government Affairs. Read More...

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J Street Applauds Deal to Release Gilad Shalit

October 11th, 2011

Washington — J Street is deeply hopeful about early reports that a deal has been reached to release Israeli Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit. Along with Jews around the world, J Street is overjoyed by the prospect that Staff Sergeant Shalit may soon know freedom again. J Street's leaders have been among the many who have met with the Shalit family over the years and advocated that US policymakers and political leaders provide all possible assistance in obtaining his release. Read More...

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Days of Reflection

October 7th, 2011

For many of us, these are days for deep reflection and soul-searching on the past year. How, we ask, as individuals and as a community can we better ourselves and the world? Naturally, our focus turns in part to Israel and how events there impact us as a people. My heart, along with many of yours no doubt, swelled with pride on hearing that among the Nobel Prize winners this year is an Israeli physicist, Daniel Shechtman – another amazing accomplishment for a small country that has done so much to advance global learning. My heart filled as well this past week – but with concern – over other, more deeply troubling news from Israel. Read More...

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