Who is Standing Up to Friedman?

Melanie Fineman Image
Melanie Fineman
on December 19, 2016

This is a compilation of statements. The inclusion of a particular statement does not indicate J Street’s agreement with the contents of those statements or the agendas of those who are quoted.

Trump recently nominated David Friedman to be the ambassador to Israel. Friedman is a friend of the settlement movement, he’s spread conspiracy theories and he’s said that organizations lose all credibility when they aim to work with J Street – whom, as you’ve probably heard by now, he’s called “worse than kapos.”

It’s unacceptable. And we’re happy to report that others – on the Hill, in the Jewish community and in the broader political sphere – have said so, too.

Here’s a running list of Members of Congress, Jewish communal organizations and papers who’ve spoken out against Friedman. We’ll be updating it as others add their names:


Members of Congress

Rep. Gerry Connolly

Rep. Jerry Nadler

Rep. John Yarmuth

Rep. Gwen Moore

Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Rep. Steve Cohen

Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Rep. Brad Sherman

Jewish Communal and Pro-Israel Organizations


Americans for Peace Now


Boston JCRC


Israel Policy Forum

Jewish Labor Committee

Jewish Voice for Peace



New Israel Fund

Partners for Progressive Israel

Union for Reform Judaism

Influential Individuals

David Axelrod

Martin S. Indyk (former US Ambassador to Israel)

Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Daniel Kurtzer (former Us ambassador to Israel)

Brad Lander (NYC City Council)

Stephen Levin (NYC City Council)

Joshua Malina (actor and pro-Israel activist)

David Remnick

David Rothkopf

Chemi Shalev

Howard Wolfson

Randi Weingarten

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand



New York Times

Washington Post

Stand With J Street

Donald Trump has nominated David Friedman - a friend of the settlement movement who has called President Obama an anti-Semite and calls J Street supporters "worse than kapos" - to be the next US ambassador to Israel. We will fight this with everything we've got - and we need your help.