We are not afraid

April 23rd, 2010

A moving article in Haaretz this week by Carlo Strenger, entitled "Israel's leaders have forgotten Herzl's dream," challenged the "silent majority of liberal U.S. Jewry not to be afraid any longer to speak its mind." Amen. We are not afraid. And we won't be afraid even when enforcers like Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz try to intimidate our movement by attacking J Street in an article brimming with distortions and name-calling. Dershowitz's article is a perfect example of what is wrong with the conversation in our community on Israel. Far too often J Street's opponents spend more time manufacturing what they wish J Street has said, rather than checking the facts and actually challenging the merits of our arguments. Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street's Executive Director, fired back in The Huffington Post, calling out Dershowitz for his inability to mount any serious fact-based case to challenge J Street's assertions that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the interests of Israel, the Palestinians, and the United States. For a full wrap-up of the Ben-Ami - Dershowitz debate in The Huffington Post, click here. Read More...

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Fight Partisan Attacks on Israel

April 21st, 2010

Partisan attacks on President Obama over Israel hit a new low last week. Republican Minority Whip Eric Cantor smeared President Obama for acknowledging the basic fact that the status quo of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict poses a serious challenge not only to Israel's future as a Jewish, democratic home but for American interests as well. Two JStreetPAC endorsees - Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) and Congressman Chris Murphy (D-CT) - are fighting back with strong statements today, directly confronting Cantor for turning support for Israel into a partisan political football. Let's join Capps and Murphy in fighting back by showing the political world that speaking out strongly for a two-state solution means serious financial support for their reelection campaigns from people like us. Click here to donate to these two real leaders in Congress now. Read More...

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Jeremy in NY Times: Resolving Conflict in Israeli and US Interests

April 21st, 2010

The New York Times ran a letter to the editor by J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami, highlighting the support in the American Jewish community for resolving the conflict -for both Israeli and American interests. Read More...

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J Street Celebrates Yom Ha'atzmaut

April 19th, 2010

J Street proudly celebrates the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, joining with the Israeli people in honoring the country's founders and marking its innumerable achievements and successes. The work of the founders will only be complete when Israel has secure, internationally-recognized borders and achieves full acceptance by its neighbors in the region. Read More...

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J Street Honors Israel's Fallen Soldiers on Yom HaZikaron

April 19th, 2010

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. Read More...

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Our Second Birthday

April 16th, 2010

J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami wrote the following blog post to mark the second anniversary of J Street's founding: J Street turned two this week. As ever, there wasn’t a quiet moment. With fury to our right over President Obama’s more focused attention to resolving the conflict and fury to our left over divestment at Berkeley, J Street’s thesis that a powerful political movement can be built with its feet planted in the progressive mainstream of our community is being put to the test. We at J Street remain convinced - as we were at our launch two years ago - that a large number of Americans - Jewish and not - are pro-Israel and pro-peace: uncomfortable with either extreme and supportive of a rational but urgent effort to end the occupation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution. Our polling tells us that the largest number of Jewish Americans and other friends of Israel believe that Israel’s future and security depend on achieving a negotiated resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that leads to two states living side by side in peace and security. Yet, just in the past few weeks, the right wing has gone on the attack against President Obama for staking out a clear position on America’s interest in resolving the conflict and for demanding that both Israel and the Palestinians demonstrate seriousness of purpose in ending the conflict. Click here to read the rest of this post. Read More...

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J Street Responds to Right-Wing Attacks on President Obama

April 16th, 2010

J Street responds to right-wing attacks on President Obama's Middle East policy. Read More...

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J Street's Ben-Ami Meets with Ambassador Oren

April 15th, 2010

The meeting builds on months of discussions between the pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby and the Embassy aimed at clarifying the Israeli government's understanding of J Street's views and included a forthright discussion of points of agreement and disagreement. Read More...

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