J Street statement on ceasefire in Gaza

January 18th, 2009

We welcome the decision on Saturday, January 17th, by the Israeli cabinet to bring an end to military operations in Gaza. We hope this means an end to the rocket fire out of Gaza into Israel and relief for all the civilians who have suffered during this latest round fighting. We also welcome the January 16th agreement between Israel and the United States for enhanced cooperation to end the smuggling of weapons into Gaza. We hope that this ceasefire will provide the necessary time for Egypt and other international actors to work out the final details of a negotiated agreement that not only stops the rockets and the weapons smuggling, but opens up the crossings into Gaza for shipments of food, fuel, medical supplies, and other basic necessities. For Israel to achieve long-term peace and security, there is no alternative to further hard diplomacy and negotiation to resolve the underlying Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  As this round of violence draws to a close, we urge the new American President together with Congress to look for ways to turn this crisis into an opportunity for fresh approaches to address the deeper, long-running conflict. Click here to read the rest of the statement. Read More...

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Dan Rather profiles J Street

January 16th, 2009

Watch a short clip of the Dan Rather Reports episode below, or download the full episode from iTunes here.   Read More...

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J Street Urges Clinton to Reverse Diplomatic Disengagement, Make Resolution of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Immediate Priority

January 13th, 2009

As the United States Senate Foreign Affairs Committee holds confirmation hearings today to consider the nomination of Senator Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State, J Street is urging Senators to press Senator Clinton to make resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict an urgent priority of the new Administration starting on day one. Click here to read the full statement. Read More...

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Responding to the Gaza crisis

January 6th, 2009

Here are a few things you can do right now to advocate for strong U.S. leadership to bring about an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Sign our "Ceasefire Now!" petition to demand that the United States intervene to bring about an immediate resumption of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. We're already using the petition numbers in conversations with President-elect Obama's transition team and Congressional leaders. Click here to sign our petition right now. Read our blog for J Street's statements and responses to the Gaza crisis. Click here to go to our "Word on the Street" blog. Read a collection of 44 thoughtful Congressional statements about the Gaza crisis. Click here to see an index of the statements. Equip yourself to talk about Gaza with friends and family. We're the first to admit that it's not simple to talk with friends and family who hold a different position than you on the recent violence in Gaza. So we've taken a few minutes to develop answers to some frequently asked questions about recent events. Click here to check out our FAQ. Get local. Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, a partner in the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement that focuses on grassroots organizing and persuasion, has dozens of local chapters all over the country. Click here to connect with a local Brit Tzedek v'Shalom chapter near you. Download, print out, and put up J Street's "Ceasefire Now!" flyer in your office, dorm room, or home to show your support for pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-ceasefire policies. Click here to download our flyer. Donate. Contributions of any amount will help us get our pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-ceasefire message out effectively. Click here to make a gift to support our work. Read More...

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Statement in response to Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s Comments in the Forward on December 31

January 5th, 2009

J Street takes serious issue with Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s op-ed in the December 31st Forward, in which he attacks us for questioning the wisdom of the Gaza assault. Our position on the crisis reflects our support for Israel, our hope for its security and our sympathy with the ongoing suffering of the people on both sides in this conflict. It is hard for us to understand how the leading reform rabbi in North America could call our effort to articulate a nuanced view on these difficult issues “morally deficient.” If our views are “naïve” and “morally deficient”, then so are the views of scores of Israeli journalists, security analysts, distinguished authors, and retired IDF officers who have posed the same questions about the Gaza attack as we have. Read the rest of the statement. Read More...

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Statement by Jeremy Ben-Ami in response to Israeli Ground Invasion of Gaza

January 4th, 2009

J Street reiterates its call for strong and immediate American diplomatic leadership to bring an end to the violence through an immediate ceasefire. J Street unequivocally condemns Hamas’ indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel and its use of terror against civilians over the years. We reiterate that J Street is deeply committed to Israel, its security and the safety of its citizens. However, as Americans and as friends and supporters of Israel, we do not believe the continuation of the present military operation is in the best interests of either the United States or Israel.  Rallies and protests in Iraq and Afghanistan in opposition to the Gaza now bring the conflict squarely into arenas where American troops are actively deployed.  Demonstrations throughout the Middle East and the Muslim world indicate that this week’s events are only further damaging America’s image, interests and relationships around the world. Read the rest of J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami's statement here. 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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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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