J Street

Israel’s Choice Is Not Between Occupation and Peace

07/15/2016 - 12:49
Special To The Jewish Week

Reports from the recent Herzliya Conference have sparked renewed debate over whether the pro-Israel community should partner with J Street in the fight against BDS on America’s campuses. Those who support this partnership highlight Israel’s collapsing popularity among young progressives and argue that only J Street can provide the left-wing connections and credibility needed to compete for this cohort.

David Brog

Why We Must Speak Out Against The Occupation

07/12/2016 - 10:53

At our National Assembly in April, J Street U students met with several prominent leaders in the American Jewish community – the head of the Reform movement, the CEO of the ADL, and the former head of the UJA-Federation of New York, among others. We invited these leaders to the assembly because we care about Israel’s  future as a Jewish and democratic state, and we believe that they have a crucial role to play in securing its future. As such, we asked them to use their considerable power to demonstrate leadership with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the occupation – in particular around the issue of settlements.

Marissa Rosenberg-Carlson. Via facebook.com

J Street Now Key Player In BDS War

Dovish lobby on front line in fight as new outreach effort to progressives emerges.

06/21/2016 - 22:18
Staff Writer

Since its founding in 2008, J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby, has been unabashedly critical of Israel’s continuing occupation of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and many in the mainstream Jewish community treated the group as a pariah.

BDS activity at Columbia University. Can liberals better engage other liberals in Israel-bias fight? Hannah Dreyfus/JW

New Forms Of Old Bias

05/04/2016 - 09:52


It doesn’t sound threatening. In fact, it sounds kind of technical, and boring, and it’s an awkward word to write on a protest placard. But intersectionality has become a buzzword on college campuses, representing a new form of prejudice toward Jewish students. It is a concept used in critical theories, referring to ways that various forms of oppression are interconnected and can’t be separated from each other. The practical result in our context today is that if a person opposes racism or sexism, he or she must oppose the oppression of the Palestinians at the hand of Israel.

Jewish Groups Slam Trump For Call To Block Entry Of Muslims

12/07/2015 - 19:00

Washington — Jewish groups blasted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his proposal to block all Muslims from entering the United States.

Donald Trump at a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 14, 2015. JTA

J Street U’s New Muslim Head Says She’s ‘Culturally Jewish’

Amna Farooqi facing heat in unique role at liberal lobby’s campus arm.

09/09/2015 - 20:00
Washington Jewish Week

Potomac, Md. — J Street U’s new president, Amna Farooqi, has made no secret of being a “Pakistani American Muslim.”

Amna Farooqi speaking last March at J Street's national conference. Couresy of J Street

J Street U Elects Muslim Student As President

08/19/2015 - 20:00

The campus arm of left-wing pro-Israel group J Street elected a Muslim-American student to serve as president of its national student board.

Amna Farooqi speaking at J Street’s 2015 National Conference. JTA

Let’s Keep the Iran Debate Civil

There's no room in this discussion to question Senator Schumer's patriotism or accuse President Obama of abetting a Holocaust, writes Jeremy Ben-Ami.

08/11/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The debate in the United States over the Iran nuclear agreement has taken an ugly turn in recent days, with charges of anti-Semitism, treason and Munich-like appeasement being thrown around.

Jeremy Ben-Ami

Shhhh! Hillel's Fingerhut Is Speaking At J Street

Both parties privately say a talk is on after a previous cancellation, but neither will say anything more.

08/11/2015 - 20:00

President of Hillel Eric Fingerhut’s decision to speak at J Street U’s Student Leadership Institute next week has everybody talking — just not to the press.

About face: Hillel’s Eric Fingerhut will speak at a J Street U conference next week. JTA

Jews Bitterly Divided On Iran

Deal seen bringing peace or disaster.

07/28/2015 - 20:00
Associate Editor

It was the most haunted time of the Jewish year, the “Three Weeks” leading to Tisha B’Av, when Jerusalem’s walls crumbled, kingdoms fell, exile began, and clocks strike thirteen. “One of the ways God speaks is by way of the calendar, both for good and bad,” Rabbi Benjamin Blech, a Yeshiva University Talmud professor, tells us by phone. It was the time of the Inquisition, Germany’s entry into the First World War (a defeat that is linked to Germany’s precipitating World War II and the Shoah), and the disengagement from Gaza, leading to thousands of rockets and two wars. The changing deadline dates of the Iran deal blew like leaves through a graveyard, from last year’s July to November, to this April, June, and then July 14.

Thousands of protestors gathered in Times Square on to voice their concerns at the Stop Iran rally. Michael Datikash/JW
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