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J Street Elects Muslim President For Student Arm

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON, D.C. (RNS) A young Muslim woman has been elected as the head of the student arm of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel organization. Amna...

10 Reasons Why Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal Is Bad Politics for Dems, Bad Policy for America

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.20.2015 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Many of the same people who rushed America to war with Iraq are now engaged in a no-holds-barred campaign to convince a small group of House and Senate Democrats that they should vote to kill President Obama's Iran nuclear agreement when Congress returns in September.

How the Iran Deal May Impact Israel's Influence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Whether the deal is rejected or not by the U.S. Congress, in the process, conservatives in Israel and in the U.S. will have enhanced their ability to flex their lobbying muscles going forward, and Israel will be well positioned to receive enhanced defense assistance from the U.S.

Torah, World Politics and Iran

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 08.03.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

How does our Jewish community make a decision on an issue that is crucial to our own future and the fate of the world around us -- like the decision that faces us now about making sure that Iran adheres to its own claim that it does not intend to produce nuclear weapons?

The View From Kepler-452b

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

High in the night sky over Washington, the bright stars Deneb and Vega mark a star field at the center of a probe unrelated to Benghazi or Hillary's emails or whether Iran will get the bomb. NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has discovered Kepler-452b.

Why Is the 'New York Times' Swiftboating J Street?

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.26.2015 | Media
Robert Naiman

If we want to prevent war in the future, we need to take a "broken windows policing" approach to any hint of warmongering at the New York Times, and that includes any swiftboating of advocates for diplomacy.

Jessica Schulberg

AIPAC Drops Pretense Of Supporting Iran Deal, Urges Congress To Vote It Down

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Wednesday issued its first public direction to Congress to reject the nuclear agreement ...

Bernie Sanders' Run Can Help the Less War Movement

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The thing that we need most in the United States is not more people for whom less war is their top issue; the thing that we need most is to reduce the general phobia among liberals and progressives so that making advocacy for less war becomes a standard feature of the liberal-progressive package presented to the public.

Does Fast Track Supporter Earl Blumenauer Also Support Israeli Settlements?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

From the point of view of the administration, Blumenauer is an extremely rare commodity: a House Democrat who supports the Ryan-Hatch fast track legislation.

Hillary's Left Flank

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 06.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

What pragmatic liberals like me are calling for is not surrender on the part of progressives, but political maturity. Hillary is far better than any GOP candidate. If she is the Democratic nominee, those who don't want to see a century of reforms decimated should give her their vote.

The Days of 'Kumbaya' Are Over: It's Time for Netanyahu and Abbas to Enter the Tent

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Dana Beyer

When both Barack Obama and James Baker take the same position on a critical foreign policy and national security issue, you know things have changed. When the bald call for automatic support for an Israeli government that has betrayed its own principles and people, and its agreements with the United States, finally turns away former supporters, you know things have changed.

Samantha Lachman

After Israeli Election Disappointment, Two-State Supporters Plan Their Next Moves

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Advocates of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict weren't too discouraged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanya...

Will Democrats Back Obama's UN Push for Two States in Israel-Palestine?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The Obama administration has broadcast that since Benjamin Netanyahu announced that there will never be a Palestinian state so long as he remains Prime Minister of Israel, the U.S. may end its policy of blocking consideration of the Israel-Palestine conflict at the UN Security Council.

Samantha Lachman

James Baker Recalls An Israeli Prime Minister More Difficult Than Netanyahu

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State James Baker said Monday he remains "cautiously optimistic" for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian...

Jessica Schulberg

White House Chief of Staff Has Harsh Words For Israeli Leadership

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough brought a strong message to an American pro-Israel conference on Monday, telling a crowd of 3...

Samantha Lachman

Like Father, Like Son? James Baker, Who Was Tough On Israel Under George H.W. Bush, Will Now Advise Jeb

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- James Baker denies that he ever said "F*** the Jews, they didn't vote for us" while discussing the low share of the Jewish vote that for...

People of Faith to GOP Leaders: Support Negotiations With Iran

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Are those who signed this letter willing to send more young American men and women to die on yet another battlefield in the Middle East when there is an option for peace without military conflict? Apparently so.

Boehner Makes Republicans 'Tools and Dupes' of Netanyahu's Election Campaign

David Miles | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
David Miles

Netanyahu's speech may be evidence of hubris run amok on his part, but it is also a vivid illustration of the pervasive and destructive rise of partisanship in American politics over the last few decades.

Samantha Lachman

Liberal Group Channels Beyonce To Troll Netanyahu

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...