J Street Goes to New Hampshire

January 6th, 2012

By Melanie Harris, J Street Northeast Regional Director January 5th was a cold, gray day in Manchester, New Hampshire. I drove the hour from Boston to meet up with four J Street supporters from New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Together, we were on a mission: To deliver nearly 10,000 petitions to the headquarters of three Republican presidential contenders -- Gingrich, Romney, and Santorum--- in order to make it clear that pro-Israel Americans won't stand for their attempts to turn support for Israel into a political football. Read More...

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J Street Responds to Israeli, Palestinian Meeting in Amman

January 3rd, 2012

WASHINGTON— J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement in response to the meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held in Amman today. “J Street welcomes the news that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held meetings today in Amman, hosted by the Jordanian government and joined by representatives of the Quartet. Read More...

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J Street Welcomes Ambassador's Call to Congress to Remove Holds on Palestinian Aid

December 23rd, 2011

WASHINGTON—J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement in response to Ambassador of Israel to the United States Michael Oren’s recent statement supporting the removal of the Congressional hold on Palestinian aid. Read More...

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Jeremy Ben-Ami on 'what pro-Israel should mean' in the Washington Post

December 18th, 2011

Jeremy Ben-Ami is president of J Street, a Washington-based nonprofit that advocates a diplomatic resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the author of “A New Voice for Israel.” Read the op-ed here. Read More...

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J Street Applauds Record Aid Appropriations to Israel

December 16th, 2011

WASHINGTON—J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami applauded the inclusion of $3.075 billion in aid to Israel in the government spending bill for FY2012. “The decision to provide a record $3.075 billion to Israel this coming year is an important affirmation that a strong and vibrant US-Israel relationship based on shared values and goals is a core American interest,” said J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami. Read More...

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J Street Applauds Inclusion of Palestinian Aid in Appropriations Package

December 15th, 2011

WASHINGTON—J Street welcomes the inclusion of language providing for continued US assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the FY2012 appropriations package introduced yesterday in the House. “Given how US assistance to the PA has always flowed through a labyrinth of conditions and waivers, this is a promising outcome for those seeking to address the complex security challenges facing Israel and who are willing to take meaningful actions to strengthen our ally,” said Dylan Williams, J Street’s Director of Government Affairs. Read More...

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Statement by Jeremy Ben-Ami on Newt Gingrich Remarks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

December 12th, 2011

WASHINGTON—J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement in response to Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s recent remarks about the Palestinians. “Newt Gingrich’s comments about the Palestinian people and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are ill-informed, irresponsible and frightening. Read More...

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Celebrating small victories, recognizing large challenges

December 6th, 2011

These are challenging times for the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement as we fight battles on multiple fronts to promote Israel’s security, democracy, and values. But even in hard times, we have to celebrate the victories – those moments when our voices are heard and dangerous trends are even temporarily reversed. To that end, a quick note highlighting four moves in the right direction: Read More...

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