Date published: March 1, 2012
WASHINGTON (JTA) - A group of congresswomen toured Israel under J Street's auspices.
Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Yvette Clarke (D-N. Y), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and Gwen Moore (D- Wis.) met with top officials in the opposition and the ruling coalition, a statement issued Feb. 24 from the dovish pro-Israel group said. All of the congresswomen, with the exception of Speier, are African Americans.
Joining them were 14 female philanthropists; they were not named in the release. The statement was released after the delegation returned from the weeklong visit.
The trip was sponsored by the J Street Education Fund and the Women Donors Network, a group that promotes investment to advance peace and women's rights.
"In meetings with leading Israeli and Palestinian women in the governmental and nongovernmental spheres, the delegation explored the possibility of building working alliances to advance the role of women in both countries in advocating for a two-state solution and security for Israel," the release said.