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 African governments.

Unfortunately, charges of antisemitism are raised whenever one criticizes the Israeli government. We reject this attempt to stifle criticisms of Israel. At the same time, we unequivocally condemn any physical violence against Jews or antisemitic slurs directed at Jews as a people or religion.

JVP stands for justice everywhere. That means we stand for an end to Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. JVP opposes bigotry everywhere, whether antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-Asian racism, or white supremacy.