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Organizing Against State Level Anti-BDS Legislation: the Massachusetts Experience

by JVP Boston

JVP-Boston, Massachusetts Peace Action and the Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine recently led a campaign that won a spectacular victory against anti-BDS legislation in Massachusetts. On February 7, 2018, a legislative committee voted 11 to 1 (with 3 abstentions) to send an anti-BDS bill to study, effectively killing it for this session. According to […]

A Victory for the Right to Boycott, in Massachusetts.

by JVP Boston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018 Boston, MA, February 8 — Defenders of free speech and Palestinian human rights won a victory in the Massachusetts legislature today when a key committee refused to advance a bill that would have prevented the state government from signing contracts with those who support an economic boycott […]

Beyond Displacement: William Ruhm Reports Back on IFPB Delegation

by JVP Boston

Beyond Displacement  May 18, 2017 William Ruhm, member of JVP-Boston and Massachusetts Against Hewlett Packard As our delegation traveled around East Jerusalem yesterday, my heart repeatedly sank with grief. My heart sank with grief as we learned about Israel’s persistent efforts to expel the Palestinian population of East Jerusalem from their homes and neighborhoods, in […]

New JVP Book: On Antisemitism

by JVP Boston

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

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
Freedom to Boycott coalition

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

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

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
The Palestine Contingent at a mass rally in Ferguson on 11 October. (sarah-ji/Flickr)

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

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; […]