J Street receives no funding from any foreign government or agent

November 30th, -0001

Right-wing bloggers continue to assert J Street is somehow “tied” to Saudi Arabia

J Street receives no funding from any foreign government or agent – Arab or otherwise. J Street has no formal association with any other organizations – Arab or other.

Nearly all of J Street’s funding comes from Jewish Americans who seek peace and security for Israel and the whole Middle East. A small percentage of J Street’s funding comes from non-Jewish Americans who share our desire for peace and security for all people in the Middle East and support the right of the Jewish people to a secure and democratic home in Israel.

J Street believes the United States and Israel should explore the possibility of regional, comprehensive peace offered by the Arab League in what is commonly known as the Arab Peace Initiative. The Initiative was introduced originally by the Saudis and has received positive reaction from numerous high ranking Israeli officials (Israeli President Shimon Peres, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni, to name a few). The Initiative is not a comprehensive peace plan, rather it is an offer that should be explored not ignored. Necessary modifications (on the “Right of Return,” for example) should be made in context of a comprehensive, negotiated peace.

Some right-wing bloggers and opposition researchers engaged in a fear-and-smear campaign attempt to tarnish J Street because – among its thousands of donors are a small handful who have worked in some capacity with Arab countries or are themselves Arab Americans. We reject such tactics that, to our mind, are all but racist. We are proud of our cooperation with non-Jews – Christians and Muslims – who share our recognition that peace and long-term security will only come to the Middle East when Jews find common ground with Arabs – both Muslim and Christian – and a formula for sharing one land among two peoples through a two-state solution.