J Street Welcomes Launch of Proximity Talks

May 3rd, 2010

While the start of talks is a step in the right direction, those committed to ending the conflict peacefully remain focused not on maintaining a process but concluding it successfully. This will require moving quickly to address the final status issues at the core of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution. Read More...

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Fight for Two States in Congress

May 3rd, 2010

Congress is already a key political battleground on Israel and the Middle East. Far too often, the pro-Israel, pro-peace perspective gets drowned out by a well-organized, well-funded, vocal minority. Not this time. A letter circulating right now for signatories on Capitol Hill, led by Reps. Ron Kind (WI-3), Bill Delahunt (MA-10), David Price (NC-4), and Vic Snyder (AR-2), supports the President in his efforts to achieve a two-state solution because it is in the vital national security interests of both the United States and Israel. [Email your member of Congress, asking them to sign on to this letter.] [Call your member of Congress.] [Read the full text of the letter.] Read More...

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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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