J Street calls Givat Hamatos plans 'Not just bad faith, but bad policy'

October 14th, 2011

J Street is baffled by the announcement that plans are moving forward to construct Givat Hamatos—the first new Jewish neighborhood to be built in East Jerusalem since Har Homa in 1997. Read More...

Tags: Bibi Netanyahu Jerusalem Settlements two-state solution

J Street: House Bill to Defund UN Will Hurt United States and Israel

October 13th, 2011

“Chairman Ros-Lehtinen’s bill would essentially force the U.S. Government to defund and disengage from virtually every organ of the United Nations. We agree with Secretary Clinton’s warning that this would spell disaster for America’s standing in the world and our ability to influence events that profoundly impact our national security. It would also imperil Israel’s vital interests if its greatest ally and defender at the UN took our ball and went home,” said Dylan Jacob Williams, J Street’s Director of Government Affairs. Read More...

Tags: Appropriations Congress Foreign Aid United Nations USAID

J Street Applauds Deal to Release Gilad Shalit

October 11th, 2011

Washington — J Street is deeply hopeful about early reports that a deal has been reached to release Israeli Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit. Along with Jews around the world, J Street is overjoyed by the prospect that Staff Sergeant Shalit may soon know freedom again. J Street's leaders have been among the many who have met with the Shalit family over the years and advocated that US policymakers and political leaders provide all possible assistance in obtaining his release. Read More...

Tags: Egypt Gilad Shalit

Days of Reflection

October 7th, 2011

For many of us, these are days for deep reflection and soul-searching on the past year. How, we ask, as individuals and as a community can we better ourselves and the world? Naturally, our focus turns in part to Israel and how events there impact us as a people. My heart, along with many of yours no doubt, swelled with pride on hearing that among the Nobel Prize winners this year is an Israeli physicist, Daniel Shechtman – another amazing accomplishment for a small country that has done so much to advance global learning. My heart filled as well this past week – but with concern – over other, more deeply troubling news from Israel. Read More...

Tags: American Jewish Community extremism Foreign Aid Incitement Pricetags terrorism United Nations

J Street Condemns Settler Violence, Decries Toll on “Israel’s Jewish and Democratic Character”

October 6th, 2011

WASHINGTON — J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement in response to the escalation in violence by West Bank settlers, including the recent attacks on the mosque in Galilee and on the gathering of protesters in Anatot: Read More...

Tags: Incitement Price Tag terrorism

Word on the Street: Time to Lead

September 27th, 2011

Now is not the time for us to step back in despair. It is time for us to step forward to help lead in the American Jewish community. We can and must shift the communal discussion away from an unproductive blame game to a recognition of the urgency of a two-state solution if Israel is to remain both Jewish and democratic. It is time for us to lead in American politics. We have to stop politicians from taking positions that are, in the long-run, counterproductive for Israel and the U.S. while searching for short-term political gain. And it is time for us to lead in the global Jewish community. We must tell our brothers and sisters in Israel the truth: the path that our national homeland is on is unsustainable. Read More...

Tags: American Jewish Community Open Conversation

J Street Gravely Concerned about Israeli Plans to Expand Housing in Gilo

September 27th, 2011

WASHINGTON — J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement in response to the Israeli government’s announcement today of its plans to build 1,100 new housing units in Gilo, a contested Jerusalem neighborhood beyond the Green Line. Read More...

Tags: borders and security israel Jerusalem peace Settlements