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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74 Members of Congress Say Support for a Two-State Solution ‘Inseparable’ from Support for Israel

April 11th, 2012

WASHINGTON — J Street applauded the 74 Members of Congress who have signed a letter to President Obama affirming that active US leadership toward achieving a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an “essential element of the United States’ unbreakable commitment” to Israel. Read More...

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J Street Responds to Middle East Quartet’s Washington Meeting

April 11th, 2012

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following response to the statement by the Middle East Quartet at the close of its meeting today in Washington. Read More...

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J Street Statement on Eilat Rocket Attack

April 6th, 2012

J Street expresses concern about ongoing violence and terror originating in the Sinai, highlighted by a rocket landing in Eilat early yesterday. Read More...

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J Street statement on Hebron, East Jerusalem settlements

April 4th, 2012

J Street appreciates the Government of Israel’s decision today to evacuate Israeli settlers from a house in Hebron, ending a weeklong stand off between the settler community in the city and Israel’s Defense Ministry. Read More...

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