Statement on Israeli Cabinet Decision Regarding Gaza Blockade

June 17th, 2010

J Street welcomes the Israeli cabinet's decision to "liberalize the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza." We've believed that the closure as implemented was not serving Israel's best interests, was strengthening Hamas' capabilities and hold on the Strip, and was imposing an unacceptable level of hardship on the civilian population. Read More...

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World Zionist Congress votes to support settlement freeze and two-state solution; far right storms stage and shuts down Congress

June 17th, 2010

J Street Director of Policy and Strategy Hadar Susskind reports back from the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem Read More...

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Successful Jan Schakowsky Fundraiser

June 16th, 2010

JStreetPAC raised over $35,000 in a matters of hours for pro-Israel, pro-peace champion Jan Schakowsky - just as her opponent was holding a luncheon fundraiser with Alan Dershowitz on Wednesday. Click here to make a contribution and demonstrate the broad support that exists in our community for pro-Israel, pro-peace candidates like Rep. Schakowsky. Here are a few links to media coverage of the fundraiser:  "Dershowitz fund-raises for Schakowsky opponent," JTA. 6/16/10. "Dershowitz backs Schakowsky challenger," by Ben Smith. Politico. 6/16/10. "Barney Frank's student interrogator running for Congress," by David Weigel, The Washington Post. 6/16/10. Read More...

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Support Jan Schakowsky

June 16th, 2010

Have you been itching to send a message to Alan Dershowitz? Dershowitz is in Chicago to headline a fundraiser for Rep. Jan Schakowsky's Republican opponent, who is making vicious, unfair attacks on her pro-Israel credentials. Read More...

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J Street Letter to Congress Regarding Gaza Flotilla "Dear Colleagues"

June 15th, 2010

J Street sent a letter to House and Senate offices today, expressing concern that the "Dear Colleague" letters currently circulating regarding the Gaza flotilla incident "have been drafted primarily for domestic political consumption rather than to advance the U.S. interest in peace and security in the Middle East." Read More...

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A Palestinian Partner

June 10th, 2010

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami reflects on the Jewish community's meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Read More...

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J Street Welcomes UN Security Council Passage of Iran Sanctions

June 9th, 2010

We commend President Obama and his team for their effort and this step in the right direction, and urge them to continue employing a dual track approach -- meaningful engagement plus multilateral sanctions -- to convince Iran to change course. Read More...

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Change Course in Gaza

June 9th, 2010

In the wake of last week's flotilla tragedy, the United States, Israel and Egypt seem to be grasping just how counterproductive the present blockade of Gaza has been. Hamas is stronger, Gilad Shalit remains captive and rockets still fall on Israel.  Of course that hasn't stopped Glenn Beck, Liz Cheney, and the American "Israel-right-or-wrong" chorus from circling the wagons to defend the blockade in its current form. It's time for the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement to say clearly: the present blockade has been wrong - strategically and morally - and it's time to change course in Gaza. The blockade of Gaza hasn't simply failed, it's undercut the goals it was meant to achieve: Hamas remains heavily armed and its hold on the Strip is as strong as ever, while the people of Gaza suffer - and they and the world blame not Hamas but Israel and the United States. Click here to sign our letter to Secretary Clinton, Israeli Ambassador Oren, and Egyptian Ambassador Shourky, urging the US, Israel and Egypt to pursue a saner policy towards Gaza. [Gaza Flotilla Resource Page] [J Street Gaza/Hamas Policy Page] [Gaza Blockade Q&A] Read More...

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