October 26, 2009

WHAT SORT OF LOVE IS IT...?:

J Street conference opens (Eric Fingerhut, October 26, 2009, JTA: Capital J)

"We want to change the nature of the Jewish communal conversation on Israel," [J Street executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami] said, and he said he trusts the American Jewish community is "strong enough to handle wide open discourse."

What should be a prominent part of that discourse? "Defining support for the creation of a Palestinian state as a core pro-Israel position," said Ben-Ami.

"No longer should this 'pro' require an 'anti,'" said Ben-Ami.

He also stressed that J Street wants the United States to be pushing the parties forward as urgently as possible.

"We want action and we want resolution -- we want the conflict to end," he said to big applause.

Ben-Ami stressed that his movement "gives expression to the most basic and universal values of Judiaism," which includes caring "about the future of the Palestinian people -- not because it is in our interest, but because the Palestinian people deserve a future. Palestinian children should enjoy peace and happiness every bit as much as Jewish children."

"Only through peace can there truly be a state created in our image," he said, one of "treating your neighbor as you wish to be treated yourself."


...that requires your neighbor not live in your state?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 26, 2009 12:12 PM
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