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Apologize, Joe Walsh, for Your Tirade Against J-Street

Jay Michaelson | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Jay Michaelson

Dear Rep. Walsh: I write to protest your antisemitic statements, which have no place in public discourse. I demand that you apologize and take them back.

There Are Many Ways to Be "Pro-Israel" -- Supporting a Nightmarish One-State Scenario Is Not One of Them

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 09.11.2012 | World
Jeremy Ben-Ami

The majority of American Jews understand what Allen West and Joe Walsh fail to see: Building a viable Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel is the only way to secure Israel's future as a Jewish homeland and a democracy.

Boycott, Divestment And Sanctions Put Allies At Odds

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Jeremy Ben-Ami

I understand that frustration is rising over diplomatic stagnation, and I know that advocates for peace are attracted to tactics like BDS that create the impression of action. But, to date, pursuit of these tactics has promoted little more than debate and division.

The Right Question

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 08.28.2012 | World
Jeremy Ben-Ami

The right question to ask isn't whether all options are on the table with Iran -- because clearly they are -- but which is the most likely to achieve the right outcome with the least danger of making the region and the world even more dangerous.

J Street Undercuts Obama Policy on Iran

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

Absolutely no good has come from J Street's soft policy on Iran. Either J Street must change its policy, or truth in advertising requires that it no longer proclaim itself a friend of Israel.

Incitement in Tel Aviv

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 05.25.2012 | World
Jeremy Ben-Ami

Seeing pictures and reading first-hand reports of Wednesday night's riot in which Jews targeted African refugees in Tel Aviv left me shocked and saddened.

The American Jewish Vote: It's Not All About Israel - But It Is About Peace

Ryan Simon | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Ryan Simon

Not only is the pro-peace, pro-Israel movement growing every year, but a poll commissioned by J Street shows that the American Jewish community overwhelmingly backs the US government playing an active role in bringing about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Joshua Hersh

Growing Pains For Pro-Israel Jewish Group At Annual Convention | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.28.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- By the time former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told the crowd at J Street's annual gathering Monday night that he had "a little s...

How the Split on the Jewish Left Helps AIPAC and What Can Be Done About It

Myriam Miedzian | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Myriam Miedzian

Liberal Jewish organizations agree on many issues, but fundamental disagreements remain.

Bending Foreign Policy: AIPAC's Education Arm Spent $2 Million on One-Sided Congressional Trips to Israel in 2011

Suzanne Merkelson | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Suzanne Merkelson

The enormous resources AIPAC marshals in pursuit of its goals, including for extensive overseas trips for legislators, drown out other voices and make it difficult for Members of Congress to hear other points of view about how to foster a peaceful Middle East and protect U.S. security.

The Numbers Prove It, Now Let's Use It: Young Rabbis Love Israel

Scott Perlo | Posted 12.02.2011 | Religion
Scott Perlo

All of the pro-Israel, pro-peace activists and thinkers I know are under constant barrage of attempts to prove that they are faking their authentic and deep connection to Israel, that they are somehow the enemy itself.

Arab Blood on American Hands

Ira Chernus | Posted 10.22.2011 | World
Ira Chernus

Americans are left assuming that the Israelis are merely defending themselves against cruel aggressors. It never occurs to most Americans to ask why Gazans would risk their lives on military operations against Israelis.

Iran Debate: "Playing With Dangerous Things"

Joel Rubin | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Check out this Bloggingheads TV debate on Iran policy that I just did with Josh Block. Josh is the former AIPAC Spokesman and I'm the former J Street...

Saving the Tent

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 06.06.2011 | World
Jeremy Ben-Ami

As a people, we can spend the remaining time before we reach a cliff debating whether those issuing warnings and proposing solutions that may be unpopular belong in the pro-Israel tent, or we can focus on how to save the tent itself.

U.S. Boat to Gaza is a Quarter Jewish -- "Not Too Shabby!"

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.06.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

What does it mean that the U.S. Boat to Gaza is a quarter Jewish? Maybe it means that we can openly contest a construction of Jewish identity based on supporting the obstruction of Palestinian freedom.

On the Question of Palestinian Statehood

David A. Love | Posted 08.01.2011 | World
David A. Love

Peace and security will come to both Israelis and Palestinians only if it is based on a commitment to universal human rights. For Palestinians, this means self-determination.

In the Tent, or Out: That is Still the J-Street Question

Rabbi Daniel Gordis | Posted 07.29.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Daniel Gordis

Given the extent of the forces aligned against Israel, seeking to delegitimize the very idea of a Jewish State, the pro-Israel camp needs a big tent.

The Worst And Best Of Times: Arrogance And Resistance

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 07.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The worst danger facing the world today is the arrogance of powerful men and institutions toward the warp and woof of human communities and the weave of life-forms on our planet.

A Letter to Progressive U.S. Jews: These Are Your People

Bradley Burston | Posted 06.14.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

There is much more that our people, progressive American Jews, can and should do to demonstrate humanist concern on this side of the border.

Writing a New Language About Israel at J Street

Dahlia Scheindlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dahlia Scheindlin

Do not confuse the new "pro-Israel" with the old, dead meaning of "pro-Israel." Anyone not actively working for a democratic resolution is against Israel, because the conflict is killing us.

J Street Needs Another Lane

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

If the goal is to bring together Israel and Palestine, isn't it important to scrutinize both sides? J Street's relentless focus on pressuring Israel isn't only unfair, it's also remarkably ineffective.

Republicans and Democrats Agree: Cut Aid for Poor People, Not Israel

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Medea Benjamin

As Republicans and Democrats propose cuts in programs that actually benefit their constituents, they agree there's one area of the budget that's not to be touched: the annual $3 billion subsidy taxpayers provide to the Israeli military.

Why the Jewish Right Is Terrified by J Street's Conference

Dan Fleshler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Fleshler

American Jews, evidently, are not supposed to listen to Arabs who are unhappy with Israel, or to people with different narratives and perspectives than those of the pro-Israel community.

J Street's Wrong Turn

Ira Chernus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ira Chernus

As long as pathological fear passes for fact, none of the arguments presented by J Street and other peace groups will make much of a dent in the American political scene, no matter how logical and well packaged they are.

Don't Let the Window of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Close

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

The window for the only solution I believe has any chance of bringing about meaningful, sustainable peace for Israelis and Palestinians is closing, and with it Israel's future as a Jewish, democratic homeland.