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.
[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
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
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