Antisemitism

Why NJ Should Not Adopt the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

Jewish Voice for Peace – Northern NJMay 1, 2024 The NJ Legislature is considering legislation that would adopt for the State of New Jersey a particular definition of antisemitism, that of the International Holocaust remembrance Association (IHRA), along with its included examples. Most of the examples are about Israel. Critics charge that enacting the IHRA… Continue Reading Why NJ Should Not Adopt the IHRA Definition of Antisemitism

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Testimony on IHRA by JVP-NNJ prepared for delivery to NJ Senate committee

Testimony in Opposition to Senate Bills S1292 and S2937 (as prepared for delivery) Stephen R. Shalom and Renée Steinhagen Jewish Voice for Peace, Northern New Jersey Senate Committee on State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation March 18, 2024 Chairperson Beach, Vice-Chair McKeon, and members of the Committee, We are Stephen R. Shalom from Montclair… Continue Reading Testimony on IHRA by JVP-NNJ prepared for delivery to NJ Senate committee

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Why What Happens in Israel/Palestine Matters to U.S. Citizens

As the newly elected far-right-wing Israeli government tightens its noose around Palestinians in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, so too does the noose tighten around U.S. citizens and organizations who dare to criticize Israeli apartheid, occupation, and war crimes. State after state in the United States has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition… Continue Reading Why What Happens in Israel/Palestine Matters to U.S. Citizens

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We Should Fight Antisemitism, Not Critics of Israel

We are living at a time of rising instances of virulent anti-Semitism in the United States, endorsed by leading media and political figures. We have just witnessed the reticence of many top Republicans to condemn former President Donald Trump for consorting with rabid Jew haters. In these circumstances, it is natural that people of good… Continue Reading We Should Fight Antisemitism, Not Critics of Israel

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University Students and Professors Silenced on Palestine

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

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Westfield BoE: Prof. Aziz is not antisemitic.

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.

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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

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NNJ JVP Member Replies to Column

  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

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Statement on Antisemitism: May 22, 2021

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

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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

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