Gaza: Ceasefire now!

December 28th, 2008

Last weekend, Israeli Defense Forces launched a major military operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, leaving hundreds dead and wounded - pushing the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict further down a path of never-ending violence. As friends of Israel, we felt immediate pressure from friends and family to pick a side. Did we think that Israel's actions were fully justified or disproportionate? Did Hamas bring this on itself by firing rockets and provoking Israel or are the strikes an act of aggression against a people trapped in misery and poverty? Couldn't we see who's right and who's wrong? At this moment of extreme crisis, we're showing that, among those who care about Israel and its security, there is a constituency for sanity and moderation. There are many who recognize elements of truth on both sides of this gaping divide and who know that closing it requires strong American engagement and leadership. Click here to sign our petition calling strong U.S. leadership to bring about an immediate ceasefire, read our policy FAQ about the ongoing conflict, and find out what else you can do.  Read More...

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Statement by Jeremy Ben-Ami, Executive Director, on Israeli Airstrikes in Gaza

December 27th, 2008

While this morning's air strikes by Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza can be understood and even justified in the wake of recent rocket attacks, we believe that real friends of Israel recognize that escalating the conflict will prove counterproductive, igniting further anger in the region and damaging long-term prospects for peace and stability. Respecting Israel's right to defend itself, we urge leaders there to recognize that there is no military solution to what is fundamentally a political conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. Read the full statement here. Read More...

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"House of Contention" buyer speaks about role in Hebron riots

December 18th, 2008

Morris Abraham, the New York City-based American Jew who claims to have originally purchased the "House of Contention" that became the rallying cry of violent settler extremists in recent settler riots in Hebron, recently tried to distance himself from his role in the riots in an interview with the Jewish Telegraph Agency. Read More...

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Tell Malcolm Hoenlein: Denounce settler pogroms

December 15th, 2008

Prime Minister Olmert's description of the recent violent riot of Jewish settlers through Palestinian areas of the West Bank city of Hebron as a "pogrom" [1] is both powerful and disturbing. While many American Jewish organizations denounced the extremist settlers' actions - there was one notable omission: the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the self-proclaimed "central coordinating body for American Jewry." [2] Despite public calls for a statement on the settlers' actions, the Conference, and its leader Malcolm Hoenlein, have refused. It's time to make our voices heard, particularly with other provocative settler actions and marches in the works. Click here to demand that the Conference of Presidents condemn the violent settler riots in Hebron. Read More...

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