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I just started a new group here on Mepeace,"J-Street."

I just wanted to let everyone here know that I started a new group here on mepeace called, "J-Sreet."
Here is the link to my group:

http://www.mepeace.org/group/jstreet

So you maybe wondering, "What is J-Street?!"
J-Street is the new pro-Israel lobby voice. Our group was created as a result for many Jewish + non Jewish supporters dissapointment in the US not helping both Israel and Palestine create a long lasting peace process, with safety and security for both sides.
W\e have seen that AIPAC's leadership in Washington has not done much to help promote peace for both the Israelies and the Palestinians.
J-Street is challenging AIPAC and the US gov. towards promoting better methods to help both Israelies and Palestinians.
It is the new let of center pro-Israel lobby, the first of it's kind ever in the US.

Here is more info about it:

Street is the political arm of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement.

J Street was founded to promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israel conflicts peacefully and diplomatically. We support a new direction for American policy in the Middle East and a broad public and policy debate about the U.S. role in the region.

J Street represents Americans, primarily but not exclusively Jewish, who support Israel and its desire for security as the Jewish homeland, as well as the right of the Palestinians to a sovereign state of their own - two states living side-by-side in peace and security. We believe ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the best interests of Israel, the United States, the Palestinians, and the region as a whole.

J Street supports diplomatic solutions over military ones, including in Iran; multilateral over unilateral approaches to conflict resolution; and dialogue over confrontation with a wide range of countries and actors when conflicts do arise.

J Street will advocate forcefully in the policy process, in Congress, in the media, and in the Jewish community to make sure public officials and community leaders clearly see the depth and breadth of support for our views on Middle East policy among voters and supporters in their states and districts. We seek to complement the work of existing organizations and individuals that share our agenda. In our lobbying and advocacy efforts, we will enlist individual supporters of other efforts as partners.

J Street is itself a 501(c)(4) organization and is part of the J Street family of organizations, which includes an independent, legally unconnected Political Action Committee, JStreetPAC.

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Comment by Stephanie Chase on November 10, 2008 at 1:36am
Here are some youtube videos that help explain what J-Street is about:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8TN5Rs_5sk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt1dFK2CuP4&feature=related
Comment by Stephanie Chase on November 10, 2008 at 1:28am
Also, here is the link + info to their policies:
http://www.jstreet.org/page/policy


Policy
J Street has been established to advocate for a new direction in American policy that better advances US interests in the Middle East through the active diplomatic resolution of existing conflicts thereby promoting Israel’s security and the stability of the broader region.

The links below lead to J Street policy positions in eight different areas. In each, we briefly outline our key positions and principles.

J Street believes the policies it endorses improve the chances that America can help to promote a more stable and secure Middle East, an outcome that would serve US national interest as well as Israel’s. At its core, our policy platform is based on the view that American interests require robust and strong diplomatic engagement to promote the interests of our allies and potential allies and to check and try to alter the unhelpful actions of our adversaries. We firmly believe that engaging with problematic leaders and states is neither an endorsement of their policies nor is it appeasement. It is a smart and tough policy designed to promote American interests, deploying a full diplomatic tool-box and avoiding precipitous and unnecessary military conflagrations. We favor - where possible - diplomatic solutions over military ones and multilateral over unilateral action.

Central to our approach is a negotiated end to the Arab-Israeli conflict, which we believe must be an American foreign policy priority and can lead to a much-needed new regional security architecture. As stated by the Iraq Study Group, a diplomatic surge in the region will "help marginalize extremists and terrorists, promote US values and interests, and improve America’s global image."

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