Now is our moment on Iran

July 24th, 2008

All summer, Congress has been on the verge of supporting a provocative and dangerous naval blockade of Iran. Quick approval had been expected, but thankfully, some of our friends in Congress put on the brakes. The House leadership now has the real power to stop Congress from supporting this escalation with Iran. Now's the moment for us to speak up. Click here to sign our new letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House leaders. Read More...

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Our ad in The New York Times

June 23rd, 2008

On June 23rd, J Street ran a full-page ad in The New York Times calling out mainstream pro-Israel organizations on their silence in the wake of the Gaza ceasefire, talks with Syria and overtures to Lebanon. Click here to view the full ad (PDF). It was all too clear this past week how much people like us need to play a role in the national conversation about American foreign policy in the Middle East. The next time major pro-Israel organizations are silent about Israel's efforts to achieve security through diplomacy, our voices will need to be even louder. Read More...

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Where is the support for the Gaza ceasefire?

June 19th, 2008

If Israel had gone to war this week, the mainstream pro-Israel community here in the U.S. would have rallied to its side. Instead, encouraging news of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and an offer by Israel to begin talks with Lebanon is met by deafening silence. No public statements of support. No warm words of encouragement. The public here and in Israel should know that there is broad American support for Israel's moves toward security through diplomacy. Luckily, that's what J Street is here for. Can you take just a minute to write a letter-to-the-editor of your local paper, voicing your support for the renewed diplomatic thrust in the region? Click here to send your letter-to-the-editor. Read More...

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Our first round of candidate endorsements

June 16th, 2008

We are proud to announce JStreetPAC's first round of candidate endorsements. The candidates are Donna Edwards (Candidate, MD-04), Debbie Halvorson (Candidate, IL-11), Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-07), Darcy Burner (Candidate, WA-08), Rep. Stephen Cohen (TN-09), Dennis Shulman (Candidate, NJ-05) and Mary Jo Kilroy (Candidate, OH-15). Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), one of our endorsed candidates, recorded the following video message to JStreetPAC supporters. JStreetPAC endorsed fresh faces – junior members of Congress, challengers and competitors for open seats – whose public records and campaign platforms are in line with the PAC’s positions on the issues. The diverse group includes a rabbi, an African American community leader, a freshman Jewish member of Congress and a Lebanese-American, among others. Learn more about JStreetPAC's endorsed candidates here. Read More...

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Don't go, Joe!

May 27th, 2008

Even after Sen. McCain renounced Pastor John Hagee’s endorsement in May, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is still standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Pastor Hagee, the man who preaches Hitler was only doing God's bidding. Watch the video on the left -- Joe Lieberman calls Hagee "a man of God" at Hagee's group's conference last year. Then, join the tens of thousands of Americans who have signed our "Don't Go, Joe" petition and tell Sen. Lieberman to withdraw his commitment to speak at Hagee's Israel Summit. Click here for the petition.   Read More...

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We did it! John McCain renounced Hagee!

May 23rd, 2008

After disturbing new audiotape surfaced of Rev. Hagee saying that God sent Hitler to cause the Holocaust so that Jews would move to Israel, tens of thousands of J Street and MoveOn activists signed a petition asking McCain to finally renounce Hagee's endorsement. Soon after we launched the action, John McCain announced that he was rejecting Hagee's endorsement. We did it! Unfortunately, Hagee's ties to mainstream American politicians and prominent Jewish leaders remain deep. McCain's rejection of Hagee's endorsement is by no means the end of J Street's efforts to rid the American political scene of Hagee's hateful rhetoric. Stay tuned for our upcoming campaigns. Read More...

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McCain: Finally renounce Hagee's extremism

May 22nd, 2008

Have you heard the latest from Pastor John Hagee, John McCain supporter and leader of Christians United for Israel? Audiotape just surfaced of Hagee preaching that God sent Hitler to cause the Holocaust so that Jews would move to Israel, in fulfillment of Hagee's conception of biblical prophecy. Read more about J Street's petition to McCain asking him to renounce Hagee here. Read More...

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That's offensive, Mr. President

May 15th, 2008

Speaking to Israel's Parliament, President Bush accused those who believe in diplomacy to make America and Israel safe of indulging in a "foolish delusion" and the "false comfort of appeasement." Even more offensive, he likened us to those who favored talking to rather than defeating Adolf Hitler on the eve of World War II. How dare he invoke the memory of the Holocaust to justify his disastrous policies. Write to Bush now and tell him - Shame on you! Read More...

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