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July 1, 2020: Your 5-minute action —

In standing with our coalition partners, we implore you to call senators Warren and Markey and tell them to take a stand against S.3176:
The United States sends Israel $3,800,000,000 in military aid and S.3176 would have significant effects for the future of this aid. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the bill – or the The US-Israel Security Assistance Authorization Act of 2020 – without debate or recorded vote, to increase US aid to Israel.

The amount of aid would increase to $38 billion over ten years, bringing the cumulative total since 1948 to nearly half a trillion dollars. Israel’s intention to illegally annex the West Bank would entrench its apartheid regime that has existed de facto since 1967. History shows that condemning Israel without any material consequences will not spark meaningful change. It is crucial to act now. We must stand in solidarity with Palestinians by calling upon our government to stop funding apartheid.
Call senators Warren and Markey now with these demands:
  1. BLOCK ANY VOTE on S.3176/HR 1837 while Israel threatens the further annexation of West Bank land.  Specifically, we ask that Sen. Warren inform the Senate leadership that she is putting a “hold” on consideration of S.3176.  This is a traditional privilege of US Senators.
  2. OPPOSE S. 3176 or any other bill which does not hold Israel accountable for adherence to international law and human rights and which locks-in military aid over the long term. Deny “unanimous consent” if this bill comes up for a vote and demand a thorough debate with a recorded vote.

They can be reached here:

Senator Warren
Washington DC Office: (202) 224-4543
Boston Office: (617) 565-3170
Springfield Office: (413) 788-2690
 
Senator Markey
Washington DC Office: (202) 224-2742
Boston Office: (617) 565-8519
Springfield Office: (413) 785-4610

 

JVP News & Statements

JVP Boston Statement on Day of Rage

Today, on this Day of Rage, Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston stands with Palestinians facing the violence of annexation, and alongside the millions of Palestinians in diaspora watching the destruction of their homeland. We denounce any proposed annexation plan and also recognize that the unofficial stripping away of Palestinians from Palestine has been happening for decades –what is known as “creeping annexation”. We fully condemn any proposed erasure of Palestinian life, and acknowledge that this is not a new problem–only one made unacceptably worse under the so-called “Deal of the Century”. We commit our voices, wallets, and bodies to supporting Palestinian liberation.

We ourselves stand on occupied land. We recognize the genocide against Native peoples carried out by Europeans and the ongoing attempts to steal the land of Indigenous peoples –most recently in the case of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.

This moment of rage illuminates connections we have opposed for years: cozy relationships between American police forces and the IDF; oppressive governments like Trump and Netanyahu’s; prison and surveillance contractors on both sides of the ocean; and the thriving international arms trade. We know the source of all of these oppressive forces is white supremacy and Zionism, which promote the well-being of some over the safety of all.

The deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and so many others are the most recent iteration of anti-Black racism in America. This evil began with the trans-Atlantic slave trade and continues into the present. As our law enforcement kills Black people with impunity, JVP-Boston pledges to fight alongside Black America with accountability, in solidarity, and in love.

We see the struggles of Black, Indigenous, and Palestinian communities as deeply linked. We uplift their stories not just to connect dots, but to illuminate the very real dangers they live with every day. As a predominantly white and Jewish organization, we commit to continue grappling with our privileges and dedicating ourselves to ensuring that all peoples are valued equally, from Boston to Palestine.

On this Day of Rage, we ask our supporters to use your rage to fight for the Palestinian people, for people of color in America, for all peoples who are denied the safety and dignity they deserve. Justice is indivisible.

Recent Activity

Below are some pictures from the July 1, 2020 “Day of Rage”  in Boston that JVP Boston co-sponsored.  JVP activists joined over a hundred people to rally in support of and in solidarity with Palestinians in the face of impending annexation.

 

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