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What pro-Israel Jews can learn from Jewish Voice for Peace

We need to fearlessly teach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We don’t really do it now because the politics of it have become toxic, the narratives entrenched and the complexities overwhelming.

If the Island of Misfit Toys had a Jewish community, its extreme political left would look a lot like Jewish Voice for Peace. The Anti-Defamation League calls JVP “the largest and most influential Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States,” and accuses them of using Judaism “to shield the anti-Israel movement from allegations of anti-Semitism and to provide the movement with a veneer of legitimacy.”

In response to Israel’s defensive actions against violent rioters last week on the Israel-Gaza border, JVP held a webinar to discuss the crisis and, more broadly, the nakba—the Arabic word for “catastrophe” used to refer to the founding of the Jewish state. Among these self-identified Jews, there wasn’t a single reference made to Israel’s establishment as anything other than nakba.

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1 Comment on "What pro-Israel Jews can learn from Jewish Voice for Peace"

  1. The “musts” in the article are on target but miss the essential point, which is that at the local level those in Jewish community leadership positions generally refuse to step up and publicly defend the Jewish community, and national organizations’ agenda doesn’t include the support of independent local grassroots groups which are in a position to pressure leadership. Proper financial support at the local level for media campaigns, social media presence, locally-based events is the missing “MUST”. E.g., http://www.ricoalitionforisrael.org

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