Our Engagement


 

  • MYTH: J Street sponsors and engages with anti-Israel activists.

  • FACT: J Street seeks to widen the pro-Israel conversation and encourage open debate in our community.

    Wrestling with conflicting ideas is a long-standing Jewish tradition, and we abandon that tradition at our peril. We disagree with the tendency of organizations in the Jewish community to welcome only those viewpoints with which they agree. We welcome debate with activists from across the political spectrum because we are confident that our ideas offer the best protection for Israel’s democracy and Jewish character, while the best way to combat bad ideas is to debate their merits in the light of day.

  • MYTH: J Street’s willingness to publicly engage with supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement indicates that the organization itself supports BDS.

  • FACT: J Street very clearly opposes the global BDS movement and believes that actions that target the state of Israel or its people are incompatible with our vision of Israel and incompatible with a two- state resolution of the conflict. Our full policy positions are available here.

    We believe that it serves the long-term health and vibrancy of our community to engage in discussions of the substance of these issues, even – and especially – when we have fundamental disagreements with some of the individuals or organizations we debate. Closing the door to an open, robust conversation only drives away many of those our community seeks to engage, especially when it comes to younger Jews.

    It is for those reasons that we were proud to have speakers at our conference to the left and to the right of J Street’s own positions.

  • MYTH: J Street sponsors and engages with anti-Israel activists.

  • FACT: J Street is proud to have sponsored a speaking tour featuring John Ging, the Gaza Director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Ging’s commitment to peace and human rights should be an example for all of us working to resolve the conflict.

    During that tour, Ging was interviewed by the New York Jewish Week and reiterated his opposition to boycotts of Israel.

    A recording of Ging’s remarks in Washington, DC is available here.

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