J Street And Disaffected Youth
Wed, 10/30/2013

The finding of the Pew Survey of “Less Attachment To Israel Among Younger
Non-Orthodox” (Oct. 25) can be attributed importantly to the
absence, at least until quite recently, of a forum where young Jews could
manifest support for Israel while criticizing Israeli government policies
many perceive to violate their values regarding human rights and social
justice.

The establishment of J Street has attracted many of these
disaffected youth back into the Zionist fold, as was strikingly demonstrated
by the presence at J Street’s recent national conference of over 900
enthusiastic students from 50-plus colleges around the U.S. (along with —
for the first time — Knesset members from six Israeli political parties
spanning the ideological spectrum).

They represent a key constituency among the 180,000 J Street supporters who
are actively backing the promising efforts of President Obama and Secretary
of State Kerry to broker a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict.

Chair, Communications Committee
 J Street NYC


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I support the point of view of this letter and the truth it highlighted. Not only young people but all of us appreciate the presentation of a truer picture of the Israeli Palestinian situation. Being confronted with the untenable situation of only speaking good of Israel's behavior or ignoring or rejecting Israel has pushed all ages away from Israel. J Street provides a vehicle for support that does not ignore the complexity of the situation. Thank you for pointing this out.

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