J Street on Palestine Papers: Obama Administration Must Step Up

January 24th, 2011

How many more signs are needed before the White House recognizes the need for a serious Presidential initiative to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before it is too late? J Street calls on President Obama to take strong action immediately to ensure that a viable two-state solution that meets well-known, internationally-accepted parameters is put on the table now. Read More...


New J Street Policy Statement on Settlement Expansion & UN Security Council Resolution

January 20th, 2011

We would urge the government of the state of Israel to recognize that it is in Israel's own interest to stop further building over the Green Line, and to immediately sit down with the United States and the Palestinians to establish a border and security arrangements that define where it can and cannot continue to build. Read More...

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J Street Statement on Rep. Steve Cohen's Comments

January 19th, 2011

J Street strongly opposes the use of Holocaust imagery and Nazi metaphors in American political debate. We have spoken out strongly in the past when it was used by those who we oppose politically, and we also ask our friends to refrain from using such language. We call on Congressman Cohen to apologize for these remarks, and urge him and all American political leaders to refrain from the use of such imagery in the future. Read More...


J Street to Ros-Lehtinen: Give Back Moskowitz's Campaign Cash

January 19th, 2011

The new Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen seems to see nothing wrong with taking large campaign contributions from Irving Moskowitz, a notorious funder of settlements in East Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhoods. Moskowitz actively works to derail the chances for a two-state solution by funding Jewish settler housing in the middle of Palestinian neighborhoods - and has been condemned by both Republican and Democratic US Administrations for undermining the prospects of peace. With the two-state solution hanging by a thread, what a terrible signal it sends for an American political leader to be so cozy with a far-right political funder whose actions undermine the foreign policy of the United States and makes a two-state solution harder to achieve. Click here to call on Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to return Moskowitz’s campaign contributions. ["Shepherd Hotel developer top donor to GOP foreign affairs chair Ros-Lehtinen," by Laura Rozen] [Read J Street's statement on the Demolition of the Shepherd's Hotel] Read More...


J Street Speaks Out Against Knesset Inquiry Into Human Rights Groups

January 14th, 2011

J Street is speaking out against the Knesset's approval of a commission of inquiry into Israeli human rights and civil society non-governmental organizations.  We are deeply troubled by the increasing strands of racism, authoritarianism and McCarthyism emerging throughout Israel's politics and society. [Click here to read our full statement] Read More...


J Street Responds to Palin's "Blood Libel" Statement

January 12th, 2011

We hope that Governor Palin will recognize, when it is brought to her attention, that the term "blood libel" will bring back painful echoes of a very dark time in our communal history when Jews were falsely accused of committing heinous deeds. When Governor Palin learns that many Jews are pained by and take offense at the use of the term, we are sure that she will choose to retract them, apologize and make a less inflammatory choice of words. Read More...


Statement on Demolition of the Shepherd's Hotel

January 10th, 2011

The demolition of the Shepherd's Hotel in East Jerusalem is a deeply provocative action, and we urge the Israeli government to find a way to stop such provocations and refrain from unilateral actions that undermine peace efforts. Read More...