J Street Commends CUNY Vote to Reverse Decision Revoking Tony Kushner Honorary Degree

May 10th, 2011

The decision by the Board of the City University of New York to grant an honorary degree to Tony Kushner is a victory for all of those in the Jewish community and beyond who cherish freedom of speech and are unwilling to punish people for the content of their political views. Read More...

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Statement on Yom Ha-Zikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

May 9th, 2011

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement as those in Israel mourn the fallen on Yom Ha-Zikaron (Israeli Remembrance Day), and begin to celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day): Read More...

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J Street Meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

May 8th, 2011

In a meeting today with J Street's National Leadership Mission, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reaffirmed his willingness to proceed to immediate negotiations with Israel if a credible diplomatic initiative is put forward and Israel freezes settlement activity for two to three months. Read More...

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Response to CUNY Decision to Revoke Tony Kushner Honorary Degree

May 5th, 2011

J Street and J Street U strongly objects to a decision by the City University of New York Board of Trustees to revoke an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner, a decision based purely on his views on Israel. Read More...

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J Street Leaders Bring Message of Urgency to Israel in Call for a Two-State Solution

May 1st, 2011

Delegation meeting with Israeli and Palestinian Presidents, other top political leaders JERUSALEM-- J Street national leaders are arriving in Israel for meetings this week with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor, Leader of the Opposition Tzipi Livni, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, and others. Read More...

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J Street on Palestinian Reconciliation

April 29th, 2011

The only way to answer the questions raised by these new developments is through engagement and talks. We urge the United States, Israel and the international community to respond to this new development with caution and questions, but not with hostility. We believe that, with eyes wide open to the risks, it is imperative not to shut the door to talks with a newly configured Palestinian leadership – perhaps initially through third parties. Read More...

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8 Members of J Street Rabbinic Cabinet Honored in Newsweek's List of "50 Most Influential Rabbis in America"

April 18th, 2011

J Street congratulates the eight members of our Rabbinic Cabinet included in Newsweek's 2011 list of the "50 Most Influential Rabbis in America." According to Newsweek, "the rabbis on this list personify the most important roles in Jewish leaders—as selfless listeners, teachers, connectors, and galvanizers." Read More...

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J Street Welcomes Speaker Boehner's Invitation to PM Netanyahu

April 14th, 2011

J Street is pleased that the Speaker Boehner has announced his intention to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress during his upcoming visit to the United States in May. We are very hopeful that the Prime Minister will take this opportunity to put forward a proactive, far-reaching proposal for a resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in line with the internationally-accepted parameters for a two-state solution. Read More...

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