AIPAC Gets Back to Basics Pro-Israel lobby features diversity of voices, bipartisanship

For the 18,000 Israel supporters who came to Washington, D.C., this week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference was like a family reunion or a gathering of old friends, where everyone sticks to comfortable topics and tries to avoid provoking barely concealed disagreements. After years of growing affinity to Republicans in Congress… Read More

Jewish Defense League Counter-Protests Turn Violent Outside AIPAC Conference

Counter-protests led by the ultra-right wing Jewish Defense League turned violent Sunday outside the AIPAC conference in downtown Washington, resulting in two arrests. Tensions began when close to 1,000 protestors from the leftist group IfNotNow arrived at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. There, 20 or so people carrying Israeli flags and yellow flags with… Read More

Pence at AIPAC: New Man, Similar Speech

Vice President Mike Pence gave what amounted to a textbook AIPAC speech to close out the first day of the pro-Israel lobby’s annual policy conference Sunday in which he affirmed the United States’ support for Israel, spoke of his personal admiration for the Jewish state and assured the audience of 18,000 that he and President… Read More

Will AIPAC Put 2016 Discord Behind It?

Thousands of politically-savvy pro-Israel activists will come to Washington this weekend for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s 2017 policy conference. Despite a tumultuous 2016 conference, in which then-Vice President Joe Biden was booed and an AIPAC official publicly criticized remarks by then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, observers say they expect the past to be left… Read More

J Street Founder Encourages Diversity of Opinions on Israel

Before a crowd of about 100 at Temple Oheb Shalom last week, J Street president and co-founder Jeremy Ben-Ami said that it is both healthy and necessary for Jews in the United States to voice their diverse opinions on Israel. He called J Street both pro-Israel and pro-peace, outlining them as an organization that recognizes… Read More

A Divisive Result With domestic discontent and concern for Israel, Jewish community applauds and decries Trump's election

  Donald Trump’s stunning victory in last week’s presidential election has stirred strong reactions from both those distressed and those enthused by the Republican candidate’s improbable win. And those reactions have struck on many issues that divide Jewish people the most. Indvidudals and organizations that adovcate for Jewish social welfare programs, the importance of a… Read More