Legalization of New Settlements is No ‘Holiday Gift’ to Israel

April 29th, 2012

Israeli Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s characterization in a speech on Yom Ha’atzmaut of the government’s legalization of three West Bank outposts as a “holiday gift” should deeply concern all those committed to ensuring Israel’s future as a democratic, Jewish homeland. Read More...

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Setting the Record Straight

April 26th, 2012

The following is a response from J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami to false accusations leveled in the Boston Jewish Advocate regarding J Street’s commitment to support Israel if it were engaged in a war with Iran. Read More...

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A Letter from our Director of Israel Programs, on commemorating Yom HaZikaron and celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut

April 26th, 2012

I write to you during the transitional hours between Memorial Day and Independence Day; this unique time encapsulates the State of Israel’s past, its present and its future. During these hours, strong emotions mix with heavy thoughts. Unlike any other time, the personal becomes inseparable from the national, proving the depth of the connection between the two. These hours become more difficult for me with every passing year. Read More...

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Horowitz Ad Demeans Memory of Holocaust Dead, Degrades Jewish Community Conversation

April 26th, 2012

On Tuesday— the eve of Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Day of Remembrance— J Street was stunned and appalled by the advertisement that was placed in the New York Times by the David Horowitz Freedom Center comparing supporters of using boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel to agents of the Holocaust. Read More...

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An Open Letter to Paul Krugman

April 26th, 2012

On Tuesday around 3.30pm, my inbox began filling up with subject headings such as, “Did you see this from Krugman???” and, “From my favorite economist… on Beinart?!” Your three short paragraphs, which began as a heads-up that you intend to write something at some point about Peter Beinart and his new book, The Crisis of Zionism, created quite a stir. Read More...

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J Street Marks Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

April 25th, 2012

J Street joins with Israel and Jews all over the world in honoring the memory of Israel’s fallen soldiers today on Yom HaZikaron, the day of remembrance. We look forward to the day when Israelis live in true peace and security, free from violence; it is this very hope that drives our work. Read More...

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J Street Statement on the Iron Dome Support Act

April 23rd, 2012

WASHINGTON — J Street Director of Government Affairs Dylan Williams today issued the following statement in support of the Iron Dome Support Act (S.2325 and H.R.4229): “J Street strongly supports passage of the Iron Dome Support Act. Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ rocket defense system is essential to protecting Israeli civilians from rocket attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah, and other militant groups. Maintaining and expanding this project will help save lives and improve the quality of life of civilians, particularly in the South of Israel, who have lived under a cloud of fear of rocket attacks for too long. Read More...

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J Street Welcomes Clinton's Decision to Disburse Palestinian Aid

April 11th, 2012

WASHINGTON — J Street applauds Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision to disburse $147 million in fiscal year 2011 economic support funds for the Palestinian people. Secretary Clinton released the funds over the objections of House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), whose months-long ‘hold’ had put US-funded programs critical to Israeli security and Palestinian humanitarian needs at risk. Ros-Lehtinen’s hold jeopardized accountable governance, civil society, infrastructure, and education programs benefiting the Palestinian people, even forcing “Shara'a Simsim”-- the Palestinian Sesame Street— to suspend production. Read More...

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