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Human Rights Groups Applaud Withdrawal of Anti-Boycott Amendment in Massachusetts

by JVP Boston

Massachusetts Human Rights Advocates Applaud Withdrawal of Anti-Boycott Amendment: Proposal Would Have Impeded First Amendment Rights Contact: Eli Gerzon, Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston: (339) 223-3185, Boston, MA: After pressure from advocates for Palestinian rights, Massachusetts Senator Cynthia Creem of Newton withdrew amendment 133 of Economic Development Bill S.2423 around 5 pm yesterday.  If passed, 133 would […]

Boston Multifaith Letter Supporting Unitarian Universalist Divestment

by JVP Boston

To the Massachusetts Bay District of the Unitarian Universalist Association, As members of a multifaith group in Boston committed to a just peace in Israel/Palestine, we are gratified to hear that the Unitarian Universalist Association is divesting from companies that profit from human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories. We know that your initiative […]

Why is Massachusetts Attorney General Healey Visiting Israel?

by JVP Boston

What could Massachusetts’ highest-ranking legal officer learn from one of the world’s leading violators of international law? Today, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is in Washington, DC, to address gun violence. But local community leaders are concerned about her next stop on the trip: Israel. On Sunday the Associated Press reported that Healey would take […]

MASS AGAINST HP Campaign Launches in Cambridge

by JVP Boston
HP report group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, May 19, 2016 Contact: Ibraheem Samirah, (202) 492 – 0034, (Photos below) . MASS AGAINST HP LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO END PUBLIC CONTRACTS WITH HP Releases report exposing local contracts & company’s role in global human rights violations Cambridge, MA (May 18, 2016) – Last night 75 community members gathered to […]

ADVISORY: Statewide Boycott of HP to Launch in Cambridge, MA

by JVP Boston
boycott hp fbook

MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Ibraheem Samirah, (202) 492 – 0034, Statewide Boycott of Hewlett-Packard to Launch in Cambridge, MA Activists Condemn HP’s Complicity in Racism; Call on Local Governments to End Contracts WHAT: Massachusetts Against HP (MAHP) is calling for local and state governments to end contracts with Hewlett-Packard until the company agrees to end […]

Jewish Institutions Must Condemn Hate Group, in Newton and Beyond

by JVP Boston
Newton public schools forum

Jewish Institutions Must Condemn Hate Group, in Newton and Beyond Last week Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT), a known hate group dedicated to undermining Muslim organizations and spreading Islamophobia, disrupted a community forum addressing instances of racism, homophobia, and antisemitism in Newton Public Schools. The disruptors, identifying themselves as “Jewish activists,” insisted that antisemitism was the only form of bigotry […]

FOR RELEASE: Over 60 Massachusetts Organizations Protest Anti-Boycott Legislation

by JVP Boston
"July 22, 2014. Boston, MA.
Hundreds of people supporting Palestinians rallied at Copley Square and marched to the Massachusetts State House where they held a "die-in." Protesters chanted “Free Palestine” in response to Israel’s actions in Gaza and called for Israel to “end the siege of Gaza."  A smaller group of pro-Israeli protestersheld counter-rally nearby. 
© 2014 Marilyn Humphries"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Lauren Jappe (, Nancy Murray (, 617 – 470 6300) Over 60 Massachusetts Organizations Protest Anti-Boycott Legislation Plan to Deliver Open Letter to Commonwealth Senators and Representatives Tuesday Morning Over 60 organizations across the Commonwealth have formed the Massachusetts Freedom to Boycott Coalition, including groups representing Muslims, Christians, Jews, American Indians, students, professors, […]

Boston Jews Raise Concerns about Anti-Boycott Legislation in Massachusetts

by JVP Boston
© 2014 Marilyn Humphries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Lauren Jappe | Boston Jews Raise Concerns about Anti-Boycott Legislation in Massachusetts Jewish Voice for Peace Boston is deeply concerned about an upcoming Massachusetts anti-boycott bill that would legislate against institutions that have chosen to withdraw from complicity with Israeli human rights abuses by boycotting or divesting from Israel. While […]

No Room for Islamophobia in Cambridge: Statement of Support for City Councilor Nadeem Mazen

by JVP Boston

Even in Massachusetts, the so-called ‘bluest state’, Muslim communities live under suspicion, surveillance, and attack.  If Governor Baker’s injudicious comments regarding Syrian refugees weren’t enough of a reminder two weeks ago, Islamophobic bigotry is now being leveled at the only Muslim elected official in the state. Concurrent with Baker’s remarks, the Orwellian-named anti-Muslim group ‘Americans for Peace and […]

The MBTA’s Misguided Decision to Ban Political Ads

by JVP Boston

In response to outcry from right-wing groups over subway ads critical of Israeli policies, the MBTA Fiscal Control Board has banned all political advertisements on public transportation. Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston is disappointed in this decision, and in the role played by local groups claiming to represent the Jewish community. .  A series of advertisements sponsored […]