George Soros is one of thousands of J Street donors

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J Street has always said that George Soros did not found J Street and did not provide its initial funding – a decision about which he was very public before the organization’s launching in 2008. J Street has also always said that it would be very pleased to have funding from Mr. Soros. In fact, the organization has received approximately $250,000/year in funding from the Soros family since launching. We are not clear whether the Soros family will fund our work in the future, though we hope they will choose to do so. Read More...

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J Street receives support from many places

November 30th, -0001

Some press reports have noted a large contribution on our 2009 tax return from a resident of Hong Kong named Consolacion Esdicul. The explanation for this is straightforward: Bill Benter, a philanthropist and political activist from Pittsburgh, is a major supporter of and contributor to J Street. He is a generous donor to a range of causes related to his hometown, national politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and a passionate advocate for peace. Read More...

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J Street polls are fully transparent

November 30th, -0001

J Street publicly releases the survey methodology, composition of the sample, and the full question wording for our polls of American Jews. This full disclosure and transparency reflects J Street’s commitment to opening up its research to professional scrutiny and is unparalleled among other organizations conducting public opinion research of American Jews. Read More...

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J Street has no relation to Fenton Communications

November 30th, -0001

As stated in his bio on our website, Jeremy Ben-Ami was a Senior Vice President at Fenton Communications from late 2004 until the end of 2007, at which time he resigned to launch J Street. Ben-Ami retained no connection to Fenton after he left the firm, had no involvement in its management and operations, and has had no financial interest in and has received no compensation from the firm since that time. J Street does not retain Fenton Communications and has had no formal or informal relationship with the firm. Read More...

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J Street did not comment on Mary Robinson

November 30th, -0001

J Street never issued a single statement related to Mary Robinson. Individuals associated with J Street’s public relations firm may have done some personal work on the issue – but that had nothing to do with J Street, just as the firm’s work for dozens of other clients is completely unrelated to J Street. Read More...

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J Street supports Israeli statehood

November 30th, -0001

Daniel Levy was part of the original group that conceived of J Street. He is currently a policy consultant to J Street. By way of background, he is Israeli and worked for the Israeli government as part of the team negotiating with the Palestinians in the period after Camp David in 2000-2001, including at Taba. Prior to that, he was a part of the negotiating team in the mid-90’s during his Israeli Defense Forces service, under Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin. Read More...

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J Street did not arrange meetings for Judge Goldstone on Capitol Hill

November 30th, -0001

Despite a false report in the right-wing Washington Times, J Street did not set up meetings for Judge Goldstone on Capitol Hill, as JTA reports. Former Israeli consul general Colette Avital remains actively involved with J Street and, in fact, joined J Street for a speaking tour this October 2010. Ambassador Avital’s statement on the false Washington Times report is available here Read More...

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J Street did not oppose Congressional letters about the Gaza flotilla

November 30th, -0001

J Street did not oppose the congressional letters about the flotilla incident but, rather, urged members of Congress to seek changes to the letters or write their own. The sign-on letters circulated in the House and Senate, while expressing strong American support for Israel – a position we endorse – failed to address the impact of the closure of Gaza on the civilian population, the deep American interest in resolving this conflict diplomatically, or the urgency of moving forward with diplomacy before it is too late. Read More...

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