FIGHT FOR JUSTICE
Demanding equal standards
for the Jewish people and the State of Israel.
The J’accuse Coalition for Justice is a think tank dedicated to combating antisemitism. We seek to achieve justice in the public sphere by competing in the marketplace of ideas, disseminating the truth in regional and national media, and exposing the often double standards used to demonize and delegitimize both the Jewish people and the Jewish State.
In 1894, a French military officer of Jewish descent, Alfred Dreyfus, was wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to life in prison. French public opinion swelled not only against Dreyfus, but against all Jews in France. Outraged, the prominent novelist Émile Zola wrote an open letter to the President of France entitled “J’accuse…!” (I accuse), recounting evidence of the military’s corruption and faulting what he called a “dirty Jew obsession” for provoking such a miscarriage of justice.
Years later, in an act widely credited to Zola’s letter, Dreyfus was ultimately granted a presidential pardon and reinstated as an officer in the French army.
In first exposing the hypocrisy and antisemitism of France’s military court, and later helping to clear Dreyfus’ name, “J’accuse” attests to the power that words and activism can have in changing the course of history. The term serves as a reminder that we cannot remain silent in the face of discrimination, and that we must shine a light on antisemitism wherever we find it—especially when it is on public display, masquerading as justice.
In the 19th century, "J’accuse" started as a protest against the discrimination of a single Jew. Today, we must stand up and defend against the discrimination, marginalization, and demonization of any Jew.
It is that spirit in which “J’accuse” serves as the rallying cry for this organization. By bringing sound arguments directly into the public discourse, using appeals to reason and fairness, and demanding equal standards, we seek to expose and correct this historic wrong.