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Proud Members of Jewish Voice for Peace

The past few years have seen anti-Semitism rising at alarming rates in both Europe and the US. It’s hardly news that the new anti-Semitism is often expressed in the more socially acceptable form of demonizing the world’s only Jewish state, delegitimizing it, and holding it to a double standard. With the increase in this “polite” anti-Semitism, we are also seeing a rise in the internalization of anti-Semitism among some American Jews. The victims of this internalized bigotry adopt the falsehoods and stereotypes of the anti-Jewish racists who manufacture accusations against Israel in order to foment anti-Semitic sentiment and actions. One example of this phenomenon is the so-called “Rabbinical Council” of a purportedly Jewish organization, whose mission is to aid those who seek to delegitimize the Jewish state.

While many of the members of this “Rabbinical Council” are either not actually rabbis or hold ordinations from a fringe group, disturbingly, eight of them claim to hold ordinations from either the Reform or Conservative movements. These Reform and Conservative rabbis, like the other members of their organization, Jewish Voice for Peace, have succumbed to this internalized anti-Semitism. They help to perpetuate the slanders put forth by enemies of Israel and the Jewish people, and they allow their titles to be used as weapons by those whose true goals are to do harm to Jews.


Jewish Voice for Peace’s Anti-Israel Policies and Rhetoric  

Jewish Voice for Peace, founded in 1996, openly supports the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel (“BDS”) — all of Israel, not just the West Bank. JVP openly supports those who call for an Arab-majority single state in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank through the “return” of the descendants of Palestinian Arabs who abandoned their homes inside of Israel in 1948 as well as through obliteration of the distinction between Israel and the West Bank.

This is illustrated by JVP’s statement that “the Palestinian BDS call asks international civil society groups and individuals to use boycott, divestment, and sanction tactics until Israel meets its obligations under international law to . . . dismantle the Wall [and to] respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinians to return to their homes. . . . Supporters of the call include those who support 1 state, 2 states, a confederation or some other configuration.”

Many of JVP’s own statements, like the vast majority of material coming out of the BDS movement, disregard recent history. The methods that JVP advocates are designed to put pressure only on Israel to resolve the conflict. JVP ignores Palestinian rejection of the 2000 Camp David offer of peace and statehood, Palestinian rejection of the 2008 Ehud Olmert offer of the same, and Palestinian violence and terror in response to the 2005 disengagement from Gaza. In spite of these Israeli overtures, JVP makes the patently false claim that Israel has not made “serious efforts” to resolve its conflict with the Palestinian Arabs and puts all of the blame for the perpetuation of the problem onto Israel.

JVP not only ignores events that took place, it also makes up a few that never did. It claims that “Israel must stop land seizures; destruction of homes, infrastructure, orchards and farms; arbitrary arrests and imprisonment; torture; assassinations; expulsions; curfews; travel restrictions; abuse at checkpoints; raids; collective punishment; and other violations of human rights.”

The organization’s statements, moreover, misrepresent the BDS movement, using the common but misleading description of the BDS movement as a “call from Palestinian civil society.” In fact, as has been well-documented by both Cornell Law School Professor William Jacobson and the watchdog group NGO Monitor, the BDS movement grew out of the hate-filled 2001 UN Durban conference.


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Mirabelle Ward is a non-practicing lawyer and a blogger at the Israellycool blog.


  1. This episode was quickly pulled from history channel collaborators series After much muslim protest by(cair of muslim brotherhood)
    No to land for Peace
    With This void the new reich
    “palestinians” and Jordans claims on Israel
    hitlers world legacy following
    Share when commenting everywhere
    “palestine” gaza or “west bank” hamas fatah cair muslim brotherhood bds is mentioned
    be well
    abbas is a shia persian name leading fatah
    hamas is sunni arabia lead by meshaal

    humanshields were a myth the children and citizens were and are willing combatants summer training camps arent new nor is their news papers,school books and childrens programs
    Schools,unrwa,hospitals and other public works are occupied by terrorist supporters
    Bring down nation of islam
    Bring down doha emir tamim gcc
    Send mufti to Jordan
    Level dome of the rock mosque of chains al aqsa

    “”These are the things that you shall do speak out the Truth to one another judge with Truth and judgment to Peace in your gates””

    Join together for right
    Dont be with afraid of them
    Strength of Truth was given
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    Help the world to see
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  2. They may have Jewish parents, and they may have a voice, and they may say they want peace, but th!s group is not a Jewish voice for peace. It is an anti- Jewish scream for hate and excludes its own people from the right they give to every other nation…i.e. the right to ts own land where they were and are the original inhabitants. BTW any rabbi who does not underxtand the connetion between Jews and Israel (IF I forget thee or Jerusalem….) has not received proper training or smicha!

  3. It is now. This is directly from their website:

    “Why is JVP moving beyond Occupation-focused Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction campaigns?
    JVP has long participated in the global movement to hold Israel accountable through nonviolent economic pressure, and we’ve done so by focusing on Occupation-specific targets including corporations as well as academic and cultural institutions. Today, the idea that there is a clear economic, political, or social separation between “Israel” and “the occupation,” has been widely discredited.”

  4. RIght, so they support BDS. Nothing in their position about “ending the Jewish state.” You might infer that, but the rest of the shallow slander in the article (internalized anti-semitism?) kind of detracts from any real attempt at analysis.

  5. “The Palestinian BDS call asks international civil society groups and individuals to use boycott, divestment, and sanction tactics until Israel meets its obligations under international law to:

    End the occupation and dismantle the Wall
    End discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel
    Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinians to return to their homes
    Supporters of the call include those who support 1 state . . . .”

  6. Selective quoting and using “…” to cover up their statement. Here is what the page says, “Supporters of the call include those who support 1 state, 2 states, a confederation or some other configuration— but we all agree Israel must recognize the fundamental rights listed above.” It does NOT say their position is “ending the Jewish state.”

  7. So far we have established: the group does NOT have an official position of supporting a one state solution. Their official position: “An end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.” It is therefore NOT a fact that they “openly support ending the Jewish state.”

  8. If BDS harms the economy of Israel, Israel will not be able to afford to continue to defend herself. Twice, surrounding Muslim countries have attacked Israel trying to kill all the Jews there. Do you wish that they will succeed next time? Are you hoping for another 6 million Jewish lives to be destroyed?

  9. I certainly oppose ending the Jewish State, but pray that war mongers be voted out and the voters be smart enough to not ally with evangelical/conservative protestant Christians whose only real goal is elimination of Judaism, do not trust them, so it can survive and prosper 🙂

  10. The only thing worse than Nationalist Socialist Nazis and Islamo-Nazis, are self-loathing Jews who actively support those who actively seek and engage in the demise and destruction of all Jews on earth and the State of Israel- aka KAPOS / Judenrats, and for what, so they can pretend to not be the target of their enemies by embracing the enemy . This is the true meaning of mind boggling asinine stupefying stupidity beyond all belief.

  11. These Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, etc "Rabbis" are already far down the path of destroying Jusaism and the Jewish people. These JVPeepees are just the logical continuation of a tradition of destruction perpertrated by the so called 'liberal' streams of Judaism. Scream and rail against what I have said, but IT us the truth of the matter. Look at Pew and say what you will, it substantiates this destruction.

  12. JVP members are the spiritual offspring of the Jewish Kapos in the concentration camps that brutally attacked and injured other Jewish inmates. No difference , and they're proud of it . HASHEM will still deal with them and their so-called rabbis (rabbits – more likely) – Micha'el Sar'ya Bloch-Israel

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