J Street's Ongoing Response to the Israel-Hamas War and Israeli-Palestinian Crisis

In a moment of crisis and war for Israelis and Palestinians, and with events on the ground and in Washington moving fast, it is extremely important for J Street to be clear about where we stand, what we are advocating for, and what we are encouraging the Biden Administration and Members of Congress to do.

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J Street organizes pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans to promote US policies that embody our deeply held Jewish and democratic values and that help secure the State of Israel as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people. We believe that only a negotiated resolution agreed to by Israelis and Palestinians can meet the legitimate needs and national aspirations of both peoples.

Working in the American political system, in the Jewish community and with others with whom we share core values, we advocate for diplomacy-first American leadership and policies that advance justice, equality, peace, and democracy in Israel, in the wider region and in the United States as well.

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Israel’s Map and Evacuation Messages for Gaza Are Adding to the Chaos, NPR
But the map proved difficult to navigate on computers and the cellphones that most Palestinians use. Residents are asked to locate their neighborhood on a numbered grid, memorize its zone number and then “track and follow the instructions of the [Israeli military] through various media outlets and obey them.” Many residents in Gaza have little electricity or internet service, making it difficult to access the map.

Freed Hamas Hostages Come Home to Find Kibbutz Destroyed, NBC News
Irena Tati and her daughter Yelena Trupanov spent more than seven weeks in Hamas captivity in Gaza, and just over a week after they were freed they returned to survey the wreckage of the burned-out kibbutz that had been their home. Ordinarily, the residents of Kibbutz Nir Oz would be lighting candles Thursday for the first night of Hanukkah. But there are few residents around, the communal dining hall is riddled with bullet holes, and the kitchen is burned out.

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