Jewish Voice for Peace Boston believes in justice, equality, and lasting peace for Palestinians and Israelis. We are part of a global movement to challenge Israeli oppression of Palestinians and the US policies that support it.
We are one of over 60 Jewish Voice for Peace chapters across the country, collectively telling the U.S. and Israel: Not in Our Name.
What’s going on in Palestine/Israel?
The violence between Israelis and Palestinians is often falsely presented as a conflict between two equal sides with irreconcilable claims to one piece of land. In reality, this is a conflict over territory between a nation-state, Israel, with one of the world’s most powerful and well-funded militaries, and an indigenous population of Palestinians that has been occupied, displaced, and exiled for decades. The U.S. sends more than $8 million taxpayer dollars to Israel every day.
What do we work for?
- A negotiated peace agreement based in international law and principles of social justice.
- An end to the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem
- Full and equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, including an end to segregation in housing, transportation, employment, healthcare, education, and water distribution.
- An end to unconditional U.S. military aid to Israel.
- Recognition of Palestinian refugees’ right to return home.
JVP supports the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS): a global strategy to challenge Israeli policies.
What do we do?
- Challenge corporate and government complicity in Israeli oppression through actions, campaigns, and advocacy
- Educate our community through speakers, panels, films, and classes
- Build a vibrant Jewish community based in justice
- Speak out against Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry
- Support our allies in Boston’s social justice movements, including interfaith partners
Why do people get involved with JVP Boston because….
- Mark: “Palestinians deserve support from Jews who believe in human rights.”
- Pam: “It’s so multi-generational and it welcomes non-Jews like me.”
- Elsa: “I hate that Israel is doing to Palestinians what was done to my Jewish parents in 1930’s Germany.”
- Tali: “I believe in a Judaism that is grounded in tikkun alam, tzedakan, and hesed rather than in militaristic nationalism.”
How can you get involved?
Whether you are a grandparent or a student; whether you want to learn, organize, build community, donate, or demonstrate—there is a place for you in JVP Boston. Visit our facebook page for information about upcoming events and opportunities, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JVP Boston has monthly meetings on the 4th Tuesday of the month, alternating between Jamaica Plain and Cambridge. Check our facebook page for the location and time of the next meeting. –a great opportunity to meet fellow activists and get a closer look at many of our working groups. We start with a light dinner, followed by a short full-group discussion on an issue we are focusing on. Then, we break into working groups. New people are invited to sit in on several of these Working Groups to see what might match their interests.
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