Setting the Record Straight

April 26th, 2012

The following is a response from J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami to false accusations leveled in the Boston Jewish Advocate regarding J Street’s commitment to support Israel if it were engaged in a war with Iran. Read More...

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A Letter from our Director of Israel Programs, on commemorating Yom HaZikaron and celebrating Yom Ha’Atzmaut

April 26th, 2012

I write to you during the transitional hours between Memorial Day and Independence Day; this unique time encapsulates the State of Israel’s past, its present and its future. During these hours, strong emotions mix with heavy thoughts. Unlike any other time, the personal becomes inseparable from the national, proving the depth of the connection between the two. These hours become more difficult for me with every passing year. Read More...

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An Open Letter to Paul Krugman

April 26th, 2012

On Tuesday around 3.30pm, my inbox began filling up with subject headings such as, “Did you see this from Krugman???” and, “From my favorite economist… on Beinart?!” Your three short paragraphs, which began as a heads-up that you intend to write something at some point about Peter Beinart and his new book, The Crisis of Zionism, created quite a stir. Read More...

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J Street Statement on the Iron Dome Support Act

April 23rd, 2012

WASHINGTON — J Street Director of Government Affairs Dylan Williams today issued the following statement in support of the Iron Dome Support Act (S.2325 and H.R.4229): “J Street strongly supports passage of the Iron Dome Support Act. Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ rocket defense system is essential to protecting Israeli civilians from rocket attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah, and other militant groups. Maintaining and expanding this project will help save lives and improve the quality of life of civilians, particularly in the South of Israel, who have lived under a cloud of fear of rocket attacks for too long. Read More...

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A Reflection on Peter Beinart's New York Times Op-Ed

March 19th, 2012

By Jeremy Ben-Ami Peter Beinart's op-ed in The New York Times this morning will undoubtedly raise more than blood pressure and eyebrows in the Jewish community. It immediately raises pressure on J Street and other organizations over giving a platform to Peter after he has explicitly called for boycotts and other civil protests against Israeli settlements and settlers. Read More...

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REVISED: J Street Responds to Recent Violence Between Israel, Gaza

March 11th, 2012

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami today issued the following statement in response to the most recent outbreak of violence between the Israel Defense Forces and militants in Gaza, which began on Friday. Read More...

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Ehud Olmert to Address J Street Gala

March 7th, 2012

WASHINGTON – Former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert will address J Street’s Gala Dinner, at which Davidi Gilo, chairman of the J Street Board of Directors, will be honored. Read More...

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APN, J Street, NIF respond to Bret Stephens' characterization of President Obama on Israel

March 7th, 2012

Americans for Peace Now, J Street and the New Israel Fund today issued their first-ever joint statement condemning the unseemly attack on President Obama by the Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens. Stephens focuses on the President's association with our organizations and some of our key supporters. This is simply the latest in a litany of partisan attacks on the President for standing for and with the values that are actually at the very heart of the Jewish community. Read More...

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