Israel, Justice, Politics, Religion

Round up: J Street conference – first full day

I was fortunate enough to get interviews (on video!) with Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf of the Cordoba Initiative and Mona Eltahawy, both incredible thinkers and speakers.  The internet at my hostel (and at the conference) is incredibly slow, so I’ll post them once I’m back at home.
More generally, though, the conference this year has a different feel than the last.  The moments of complete inspiration are a bit fewer, but there’s much more of a sense of cohesiveness between sessions.  J Street has really matured as an organization, and I think a lot of the credit for this goes to the work of the locals, who provide a reference to the real conditions that activists face in attempting to advance the Israel-Palestine discussion on the ground.  This isn’t to enforce the view of all Washington politicians as part of a bubble, totally disconnected from the outside world, just to say that a connection to those who are actually the constituents is an invaluable asset for an organization that values its supporters’ views.
Now more than ever, I feel that J Street values mine.

7 thoughts on “Round up: J Street conference – first full day

  1. @RB:
    Is that your J-Street video on youtube? If so, I suggest you put it up here, which might begin an interesting conversation.
    If not, you might want to talk to the film maker, because it seems like you are the interviewer also.

  2. This is why nobody should speak to people with cameras–it might end up with some Max Blumenthal style investigative journalism.

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