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September 28th, 2010

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J Street Condemns Iranian President Ahmadinejad

September 23rd, 2010

J Street reiterates its strong condemnation of Iranian President Ahmadinejad's anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric and virulent Holocaust denial, as well as his regime's flagrant human rights violations and support for terrorist groups. With his vile rhetoric and outlandish conspiracy theories on display at this week's UN General Assembly, we urge the international community to denounce President Ahmadinejad and make clear that these views have no place in the community of nations. Read More...

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President Obama's Remarks at the UN General Assembly

September 23rd, 2010

J Street applauds President Obama's steadfast commitment to achieving a two-state solution, which he expressed in no uncertain terms this morning in his remarks to the UN General Assembly. We recognize that the road ahead will be difficult but, as the President made clear, there is no alternative to an active and sustained push for two states that secures Israel's future as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people and fulfills the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people. Read More...

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Our Message of Hope and Urgency

September 22nd, 2010

As Israeli-Palestinian peace talks enter crunch time, we're making clear that broad supports exists for bold peace moves. Our ads in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other papers urge Netanayahu, Abbas, and Obama to make history now by freezing settlement growth, staying at the table, and giving talks a chance to succeed. Click here to urge Netanyahu, Abbas,and Obama to seize this moment.J Street rejects the cynicism on the right and the left surrounding these talks because it doesn't help achieve a secure and democratic future for Israel. The stakes could not be higher for those of us who care about Israel achieving real peace and security in our lifetime -- and for those of us who want to see all peoples of the region realize the dream of self-determination. As part of our all out push to keep the talks alive, we hosted a National Tele-Townhall that relayed to nearly 2,000 supporters up-to-the-minute information on the situation in the Middle East from J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami and Ophir Pines-Paz, a former member of Knesset who resigned his position as Minister in opposition to Avigdor Lieberman's entrance into government. Listen to a recording of the call below:More links from our "Make History Now" campaign:[Sign our petition][View our New York Times Ad][Read Jeremy Ben-Ami's Op-ed in JTA][Download a recording of the townhall.][Read Ophir Pines-Paz's bio.]   Read More...

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Tell Amb. Oren: We support bold Israeli moves for peace

September 16th, 2010

Why is it that when Israel goes to war, its friends in America rally to its side, but when it makes moves for peace, support is much harder to come by? Israel's Ambassador to Washington Michael Oren recently called for greater American Jewish support, across ideological lines, for Israeli moves toward peace with the Palestinians. [1] Ambassador Oren needs to know that Israel can count on a large and vocal community of support if it takes the hard steps necessary to achieve real peace and security, including an extension of the settlement compromise that Prime Minister Netanyahu authored ten months ago. Click here to tell Ambassador Oren that you support Israel making the tough decisions needed to end the conflict with the Palestinians. These talks are an opportunity for both parties to move beyond cynicism and despair to finally achieve the goal of a lasting peace for their peoples. The fork in the road is clear.  The stakes are high - for the Prime Minister and for American Jews.  The time for us to step forward is now. Read More...

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J Street Condemns Quran Burning Planned in Florida

September 8th, 2010

Acts of hate like these desecrate the values of tolerance and religious freedom on which this country was founded and provide fodder for extremism around the world. This anti-Muslim act is the latest in a deeply disturbing series of events in recent weeks, some which have involved physical violence. Read More...

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They Don't Speak for Us

September 7th, 2010

As direct talks begin between the Israelis and Palestinians, our community faces a choice. We can work urgently and boldly to achieve two states, supporting the President's leadership and a sustained American role. Or we can let opponents of compromise, inside the Jewish community and out, derail the process and attempt to raise the political costs so high that American politicians walk away from the important role they must play in bringing this conflict to an end. We have seen, for instance, how a far-right group called the Emergency Committee for Israel, founded by neo-con Bill Kristol and Evangelical Gary Bauer, is attacking pro-Israel, pro-peace Members of Congress across the country with lies and smears - and it is our job this coming year to support and defend those who are attacked. That's what we promised in creating J Street.  To make clear that the Emergency Committee and its attacks don't speak for our community, we've launched a new website TheyDontSpeakForUs.com,  as well as a new ad calling out Kristol, Bauer and their out of touch records.     Read More...

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