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
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.
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
Member Joe Attamante had this article published in Long Island’s The Island Now newspaper in response to media coverage of heckling and abuse of a high-school honor student whose graduation speech referred to “international dilemmas, including ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and Uighurs”. Events reported in the recent news story, “Wheatley grad’s speech met with backlash… Continue Reading Voices for the Voiceless
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
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
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.