U.S. Jews favor 2-state solution for Israel, Palestine — J Street
LA JOLLA, California (Press Release)–A capacity crowd of more than 60 people filled the library at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center in La Jolla last Wednesday, Sept. 19, for a lively discussion of “The Truth about the Jewish Vote.”
The event was the inaugural public program of J Street San Diego. J Street is a national organization formed in 2008 as the political home of pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. J Street’s San Diego local launched last July, with an announcement in the Union Tribune signed by prominent supporters including Qualcomm founder Irwin Jacobs, City Councilwoman Marti Emerald, and La Jolla businessman and philanthropist Murray Galinson.
A launch event at the Old Town Synagogue featuring Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53) later that month drew 120 supporters, as well as a handful of colorful protesters. For their first public program, J Street San Diego hosted a timely discussion of how American support for Israel is discussed and, at times, distorted by politicians and the media.
Amelia Glaser, an event organizer, said, “I was thrilled to see the enthusiasm, passion and concern in San Diego for the role the Middle East is playing in this election cycle.” The event drew both Jews and non-Jews, and the crowd ranged from active supporters to vocal critics of J Street’s political advocacy.
“I was pleasantly surprised by the frank discussion,” said UCSD senior Jacob Silverman, a founder of J Street U at UCSD. “Attendees didn’t hold back from their opinions but still the discourse remained very respectful. The presentation was enlightening, and we hope to use some of the information we learned when organizing and educating on campus.”
Yael Maizel, J Street’s Southwest Regional Director, presented a series of film and TV clips showcasing how politicians on both sides of the political spectrum have pandered on Israel throughout the 2012 elections. Footage of the chaotic discussion of the status of Jerusalem at the Democratic National Convention drew laughs from the audience, and inspired a conversation about how support for Israel is used as a political football. Given that a large majority of American Jews say they support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinianconflict, Maizel’s presentation suggested that the hawkish rhetoric favored by some politicians is out of step with the constituents they may be seeking to impress.
J Street San Diego is planning a series of upcoming events, including a presidential debate watching party on Oct. 22. For more information and to find out about future events, visit www.facebook.com/jstreetsandiego or www.jstreet.org
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