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Liberal Group Channels Beyonce To Troll Netanyahu | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.30.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- A new advocacy campaign is borrowing from Beyonce to push Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to support a two-state solution in t...

Attacking J Street Won't Bring Justice for Palestinians

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Regardless of what one thinks about J Street's conduct during the war, the promulgation of this line is a threat to any future pragmatic effort to move U.S. policy on Israel-Palestine in a progressive direction in any future that we can see.

Will Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders #StandWithJStreet Against Illegal Israeli Settlements?

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Progressive champions Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have gotten grief lately from progressives for their apparent status quo-embracing actions and statements on Israel/Palestine in the context of the recent war in Gaza.

If Liberal Zionism Were Dead, What Actions Would That Imply?

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

The core problem with the Liberal Zionists, the key reason that they are politically moribund, is not that they believe in Zionism, but that they do not believe in organizing effective pressure on the Israeli government to bring about the policies that the Liberal Zionists claim to support.

The Last Tisha B'Av: A Tale of Jewish-Muslim Reconciliation

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 09.27.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In Jewish tradition, on this very day of disaster Mashiach (Messiah) was born, but hidden away till a generation would come that is ready to make peace and eco-social justice in the world.

J Street Flap Exposes Jewish Double Standard

Shai Franklin | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Shai Franklin

As the Jewish right and left wings rush to their respective corners, those of us in the relative center of the community have a right to feel excluded and frustrated by the Presidents' Conference decision.

Are You a Member of Alpha Epsilon Pi? (And Why Am I Asking?)

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

I joined AEPi in my freshman year of college. In my chapter at Johns Hopkins were mostly what we'd now call "nerds." Including me: In those days, I c...

Words and Deeds That Hurt at the Jewish Communal Table

Rabbi Yael Ridberg | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Yael Ridberg

J Street might not be for everyone, but its exclusion from the Conference injures the entire community.

J Street Will Win, Without Congress

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

The Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations' decision to ban J Street demonstrates, if there was any doubt, that the Israel lobby is nearly identical to the gun lobby.

Jewish Charities' Lack of Tolerance Maligns All Nonprofits

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

The rejection of J Street flies in the face of what all nonprofits stand for, but it is also hard to avoid pointing to the irony and hypocrisy of major Jewish organizations rejecting discussion and debate within their own ranks after the long history of discrimination against Jews and their views.

Financing the Flames -- NIF Parade Fracas Pushes Outraged Jewish Groups to Define Mainstream

Edwin Black | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Edwin Black

The outrage in some American, Jewish, and Israeli circles over the NIF's inclusion in the highly visible parade, formerly known as the Israel Day Parade, may be more than just a passing horn blast.

Michele Bachmann Says American Jews 'Sold Out' Israel By Supporting Obama

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has very strong feelings about Israel, and she's disappointed that American Jews don't have the same feelings she...

Behind AIPAC's Successes and Failures

Marwan Bishara | Posted 05.03.2014 | World
Marwan Bishara

If all politics is more or less local, the upcoming midterm Congressional elections should provide AIPAC with a huge "carrot or stick" leverage over the makeup of Congress, especially the Senate, and the legislative agenda in Washington for the next two years.

American Jews Must Support, Not Hinder, Kerry's Efforts

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Alon Ben-Meir

I am one of those who certainly support J Street's ongoing efforts to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace, and I applaud their repeated outreach calling on congressional leaders and Jewish groups to support Secretary of State John Kerry's peace offensive.

Could We Make @BilldeBlasio Meet With J Street?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Bill de Blasio, the new progressive mayor of New York City, has now given us an opportunity to take the fight against AIPAC to the center of its political power among Democrats.

With AIPAC's Power in Doubt, Is Peace With Israel Now Possible?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If AIPAC can lose on Syria and lose on Iran, this raises a spectacular question: Could AIPAC also lose on Israel-Palestine?

The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

What does J Street's motto "Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace" really mean? That question calls for grasping the context of Zionism among Jews in the United States -- aspects of history, largely obscured and left to archives, that can shed light on J Street's current political role.

Israel, Hillel, & Idolatry

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Recent controversies within Hillel International, the "home" for many Jewish college students of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, have made public in a sharper way a profound spiritual issue confronting American Jews and their "official" organizations.

Berkeley's Jewish Student Union's Rejection of J Street - and Reality

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Alan Elsner

Some 37 years ago, when I was a field organizer for the Union of Jewish Students in Britain, I fought against attempts by far left groups to ban Jewis...

No Olive Branch From Netanyahu for Iran; a Small Twig for Peace with Palestinians

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.02.2013 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Seeking to discourage a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel threatened military action against Iran and dared others to do the same.

Let's Get Beyond Lip Service to A Two-State Solution

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

It seems like almost everyone in the American-Jewish community - with the exception of a few on the extreme right and the far left - supports the two-...

J Street Conference will Bolster Israel-Palestine Peace Efforts

Alan Elsner | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

This weekend will see an unusual and significant event in Washington DC when the five-year-old J Street peace organization holds its largest-yet annua...

Syria Vote Tests Limits Of Influential Groups

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Of all the interests backing President Barack Obama's call for Congress to authorize military strikes on Syria, perhaps none is more con...

Liberal Israel Group Won't Support Strike

BuzzFeed | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Liberal pro-Israel advocacy group J Street has decided not to take a position on the White House’s Syria resolution currently being d...

Blue Moon Over Congress: Opening to Push for Diplomacy with Iran

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.11.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Iran just had a presidential election. Who knew? So there's going to be a new Iranian president. New guy, opportunity to "reset" U.S. relations with Iran. But wait, there's more.