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New JVP Book: On Antisemitism

by JVP Boston
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A collection of essays on antisemitism, edited by Jewish Voice for Peace. Purchase here! With Trump and Bannon in the White House, empowering antisemites while claiming their love for Israel, how do we talk about antisemitism in the present moment? How have false charges of antisemitism been used to stifle criticism of Israeli policy and […]

Help JVP recruit 4,000 New Members by the end of May!

by JVP Boston
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Set up your own Peer-to-Peer page to recruit your networks to become JVP members! And check your own membership status to make sure it’s up to date! WHAT IS JVP MEMBERSHIP? Jewish Voice for Peace is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and […]

Why 100 Massachusetts Groups Oppose the Anti-Boycott Bill

by JVP Boston
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Despite its progressive-sounding title, 100 organizations in Massachusetts oppose An Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts.  Among the reasons for this opposition  are the following: » The bill is unnecessary. S.1689 /H.1685, An Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts, purports to combat discrimination.  But Massachusetts already has robust laws to prohibit discrimination based on an individual’s race, […]

Media Advisory: Chanukah Solidarity March Against Islamophobia

by JVP Boston
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MEDIA ADVISORY Contact: Liza Behrendt, (603) 397-2412, liza@jvp.org HUNDREDS OF BOSTON JEWS TO MARCH IN SOLIDARITY WITH MUSLIMS Days before Chanukah, similar protests planned in over 25 cities WHAT: Beginning at 5 PM on Wednesday, hundreds of Jewish Bostonians and allies will march through Downtown Boston to protest Islamophobia and racism. Days before Chanukah, they […]

Celebrating Jewish New Year, Envisioning Radical Jewish Future

by JVP Boston
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On Sunday, October 2nd, 40 Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston members gathered on a cold, rainy day in Cambridge to welcome the Jewish New Year of 5777. We adapted traditional rituals to envision a future where the Jewish community has ended its support for racism and violence, from Boston to Palestine. Tashlich is a a Rosh […]

Against the Israel Exception

by JVP Boston
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The following letter was submitted to the Boston Globe by local activist Eleanor Roffman, in response to an op-ed by Alan Dershowitz. Alan Dershowitz’s August 15, 2016 editorial (“Black Lives Matter must rescind anti-Israel declaration”) raises an important concern for me. I have often wondered over the years when someone criticizes Israel, why they are […]

EMERGENCY ACTION: The right to boycott in MA is under attack TODAY.

by JVP Boston
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The Massachusetts Senate will vote TODAY on legislation to penalize supporters of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) strategy for justice, as well as other social movements that employ economic pressure.  This is part of a national right-wing strategy to silence Palestinians and support Israeli policies by limiting our first amendment right to protest; […]

Why I’m with JVP and Against Hate

by JVP Boston
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By Mark Golden  . Last month, JVP-Boston released a statement condemning the actions of Islamophobic hate group Americans for Peace and Tolerance (APT) at a Newton community meeting.  An APT staffer then published an op-ed in the Newton Tab denying our claims and smearing us.  (We won’t link to their op-ed because it promotes hateful […]

May 18, 2016: Mass Against Hewlett-Packard Campaign Launch!

by JVP Boston
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Join us to launch our campaign calling on Massachusetts and its municipalities to boycott Hewlett-Packard (HP) until it agrees to end its corporate complicity in Israeli occupation of Palestine, U.S. Deportation of immigrants, and Mass incarceration. We need you to make this campaign a success! . Speakers will include Caroline Hunter, who led the successful boycott […]

Letter of Support for BDS Colombia’s Israeli Apartheid Week

by JVP Boston
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Versión española por debajo  . Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) activists at the University of Bogotá are currently facing a right-wing backlash for their Israeli Apartheid Week, and a Jewish community leader has put pressure on the university director to censor the events. An organizer with BDS Colombia reached out to us, and here is our letter. […]