As a movement of young Jewish Americans, J Street U is committed to promoting a just and peaceful future for both Israelis and Palestinians through a two-state solution.
We believe in the importance of traveling to Israel to engage with and learn more about its people, culture, and history. We know we are privileged to be offered the opportunity to travel to Israel for free through programs like Birthright.
We also know that the omission and erasure of Palestinian perspectives and narratives on these trips creates a political environment that allows home demolitions, settlement expansion, and other destructive policies of occupation to continue unchallenged.
To be consistent with our progressive Jewish values, organized educational trips for young American Jews must present a robust, nuanced and honest view of the current realities on the ground in Israel and the Palestinian Territory. In addition to a wide range of Israeli perspectives, they must include Palestinian voices who can speak to the realities of life under occupation.
That’s why we’re taking the pledge: