When I was a student at Oberlin College in the late ’70s, I was encouraged to reach outside myself and become aware of injustices faced by people in our world. I became an activist in the boycott/divest from South Africa movement to free Black South Africans from oppression and apartheid. As was the case at… Continue Reading University Students and Professors Silenced on Palestine
At a recent school board meeting in Westfield, NJ, several speakers charged board Vice President Sahar Aziz with antisemitism for a ‘reTweet’ recommending an article that argued that the slogan “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free” was not antisemitic. Aziz is the Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, and Middle… Continue Reading Westfield BoE: Prof. Aziz is not antisemitic.
This just in from Students for Justice in Palestine at Rutgers, New Brunswick and Newark: The Students for Justice in Palestine at Rutgers – New Brunswick and Rutgers – Newark write this statement to express our dissent and exasperation over the University’s recent decision to engage in a close partnership with Tel Aviv University, as… Continue Reading SJP Rutgers Releases Statement on MoU with TAU
17 January 2022 Dear President Holloway, I write to protest the recent memorandum of understanding that you signed on behalf of Rutgers with Tel Aviv University, as part of the New Jersey Innovation and Technology Hub. I write as an associate professor in the history department at Rutgers-Newark and as a supporter of Jewish Voice… Continue Reading Letter to Rutgers President Holloway
We think our readers will be interested in the statement below from the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem and the ad from more than 20 Israeli civil society organizations that appeared on the front page of Haaretz: Last Friday, Israel’s new government crossed a line that no Israeli government has dared cross before, designating six… Continue Reading B’Tselem Statement against Israeli “Terrorist Organization” Designation
We are pleased to republish this article from Soni Lloyd’s blog, Loyal to the Truth. Soni spoke at one of our Coalition Web seminars this Tuesday, and while we may not always agree on every point, this post seemed to us to be worth sharing. The Human Cost of Zionism Can you put yourself into the… Continue Reading California Teachers Stand for Human Rights in Palestine
[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
Sunday, July 25th, at 6 a.m., more than 100 pro-Palestine community activists in the New York metropolitan area picketed Israeli shipping giant ZIM in an attempt to block their cargo ship, Zim Qingdao, from unloading in the Port of New York/New Jersey at the Maher Terminal in Elizabeth, NJ. Zim Integrated Shipping Services Ltd (ZIM)… Continue Reading NY/NJ Activists at Port to Block Israeli Cargo Ship
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
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?