Swiftboating Israel's Democracy

February 2nd, 2010

Israel's democracy and those who defend its commitment to basic civil rights are under attack - and we need to fight back right now. Growing crackdowns by Israeli authorities in Jerusalem against peaceful political activists. Leading Israeli feminists threatened with charges for the "crime" of holding a prayer service at the Western Wall. Swiftboat style ads, funded by extremist groups based in the States and reminiscent of propaganda from the darkest days of Jewish history, attacking pro-civil rights, pro-human rights, pro-democracy activists in Israeli papers. Alan Dershowitz inciting against a political opponent, calling him "evil" and a "traitor" to the Jewish people on Israeli Army Radio. Those of us who believe that Israel should be a symbol of Jewish and democratic values in action must fight back right now. The very character and quality of Israel's democracy and civil society is under threat. Click here to sign our open letter in support of Israel's democracy and civil society. We'll deliver the letter to the organizations and individuals who need to hear our pro-Israel message. Read More...

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A Huge First Step for J Street Local

February 2nd, 2010

J Street Local held kick-off events in 21 cities on February 4th. The events were packed to the gills with nearly 2,000 new and veteran activists, ready to struggle for change. Watch Jeremy Ben-Ami's remarks, live streamed from Philadelphia, below.  NOTE: This event was not sponsored by or endorsed by Penn Hillel or the Hillel of Greater Philadelphia.  More links:  [Find, and get involved with, a Local near you] [J Street Local Press Coverage]  [Slideshow of pictures from J Street Local launch events]   [Text of Jeremy Ben-Ami's remarks at February 4th Launch events] Read More...

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J Street Responds to Attacks on New Israel Fund

February 1st, 2010

J Street is gravely concerned about escalating threats to the character of Israel's democracy - including vicious, new attacks on organizations defending its democratic values and on individuals exercising their basic democratic rights. Read More...

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J Street Applauds Chairman Berman's Remarks on Two States

January 26th, 2010

J Street welcomes Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman's recent public remarks on the urgency of achieving a two-solution. Read More...

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J Street Responds to Sheikh Jarrah Arrests

January 22nd, 2010

J Street is deeply concerned by recent actions taken by Israeli authorities in response to protests and dissent in Jerusalem and the occupied territories. Read More...

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J Street Applauds Israel's Response in Haiti

January 22nd, 2010

J Street applauds Israel's immediate and meaningful response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti last week. We are proud of and grateful to the many Israelis who have risked their own lives to save those in dire need of medical attention and other emergency services. Read More...

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JStreetPAC Launches 2010 Campaign; Endorses 41 Candidates

January 21st, 2010

JStreetPAC, the country's first and only pro-Israel, pro-peace political action committee, announced its first Congressional endorsements of the 2010 cycle, backing 41 candidates - matching in its first wave of endorsements the number it backed in the whole 2008 cycle. Read More...

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Our First Endorsements of 2010

January 21st, 2010

JStreetPAC announced today its first congressional endorsements of the 2010 cycle, backing 41 pro-Israel, pro-peace candidates from around the country. Today’s announcement is the first round of endorsements the PAC plans to make this cycle, and kicks off a sizeable expansion of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement’s political and financial reach. By electing and reelecting pro-Israel, pro-peace candidates to Congress through JStreetPAC, we aim to change the rules of the political game on Israel and the Middle East by providing meaningful political and financial support to candidates who share our views. Together, we can give the Middle East peace process the shot in the arm it needs. [Press Release - First Round of 2010 Endorsees] [List of First Round of Endorsees] [JStreetPAC Homepage] [JStreetPAC in 2008 Report Back] Read More...

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