Stephen R. Shalom

New Jersey State House

NJ Punishes Ben & Jerry’s Parent Company for Principled Stance

[Five years ago, the New Jersey State legislature enacted a measure punishing firms that boycotted Israel or Israeli companies. The bill, S1923, was vigorously opposed by Jewish Voice for Peace of Northern New Jersey, NJ Peace Action, and other organizations supporting Palestinian rights. The ACLU of NJ criticized the bill, a revised bill, and the… Continue Reading NJ Punishes Ben & Jerry’s Parent Company for Principled Stance

The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism: A Gift to the Pro-Palestine Movement

The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism is a gift to those of us who are fighting for justice in Palestine, and a blow to the knee-jerk defenders of Israel. Crucial to the defense of Israel’s indefensible policies toward Palestinians is the suppression of free speech. When we criticize Israel, they yell “antisemitism” and try to shut… Continue Reading The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism: A Gift to the Pro-Palestine Movement

No to Annexation & No to Military Aid

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to annex some 30% of the occupied West Bank — including the strategic Jordan Valley and dozens of Jewish settlements — starting in July. As this date approaches, it is critical for all those who care about social justice and peace to strongly condemn Israel’s planned immoral, illegal annexation.… Continue Reading No to Annexation & No to Military Aid