In response to a column in local Gannett newspapers, our member Tova Fry sent her thoughts to editors at the Daily Record. She points out that JVP members are part of a new understanding among many U.S. Jews. Her article, published today, July 9th, 2021, may be found here: https://www.dailyrecord.com/story/opinion/2021/07/09/jewish-opposition-israeli-oppression-palestinians-growing/7874371002/ (limited free access). Congratulations and… Continue Reading NNJ JVP Member Replies to Column
Thanks to Terri Kay for these photos from the Block the Boat rally on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the port of Elizabeth.
International Block the Boat Campaign
NEW YORK CITY—Out of one dream, another dream is born. Yesterday, I heard someone from the West Bank say that denying Palestinians the vaccine is another act of genocide. I thought of you, Dion, and the video you posted from federal prison last year, in Michigan. Are you alive? I don’t know what happened to… Continue Reading A Prisoner Videotaped Covid Conditions Last Year. Where Is He Now?
Jewish Voice for Peace of Northern New Jersey has consistently denounced the Israeli government’s denial of basic rights to Palestinians—but individual Jewish Americans are not responsible for the crimes of the Israeli government any more than individual Muslim Americans or Asian Americans or African Americans are responsible for the crimes of Muslim or Asian or… Continue Reading Statement on Antisemitism: May 22, 2021
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
As children, we learned a simple definition of antisemitism: hostility toward Jews, often accompanied by harmful actions. We learned the truth about this form of racism when it was taken to its unspeakable conclusions in the mid-20th century. As the state of Israel matured, this unambiguous definition of antisemitism underwent a transformation. In order to avoid… Continue Reading Statement on Antisemitism: March 10, 2021
I have been a member of JVP for many years, for the last 6 years in the North New Jersey chapter. Before that, for nearly all of my adult life, I took part in a number of movements for human rights and justice: against the Vietnam War and both of the Iraq Wars, for the… Continue Reading No Way to Treat a Child: Isolated and Alone
“Wow, your name is so American.” When you meet someone for the first time, one of the first things they ask you is ‘what is your name?’ For many reasons, that question is extremely significant. It defines how our relationship with that person will play out. Will they remember my name? Does that person even… Continue Reading I am جنين.
In the picture, my grandfather sits on a wood chair, leaning back, the paunch of sixty-three years preceding him in the foreground smiling, lip curled in the narrow space between mustache and beard nose sloping downward olive skin body compact, heavy. Add a kefieh to his balding head and he’s a grandfather of the Nakba,… Continue Reading Twin