Sign the Petition for an Open Jewish Voice for Peace!

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While Elder of Ziyon beat me to this particular gag, I realized that the whole Open Hillel tactic provided me the means to accomplish something I’ve been tempted to do for a while: continue my anti-BDS work as a member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).

When I originally looked into what this might involve, I ran into the fact that JVP requires anyone joining their organization to sign a loyalty oath that commits them to supporting the organization’s pro-BDS agenda.  And since it would be dishonorable to sign up as a member with the specific intention of subverting their mission (even if such a move would reflect the true values of JVP), I decided to simply invest the $60 I would have spent on JVP membership dues into the sole proprietorship that is Divest This!.

But then the Open Hillel program, supported by Jewish Voice for Peace, demonstrated that an organization’s mission should in no way prevent those who oppose that mission from joining and doing whatever they like once inside the tent. So, in the spirit of openness, justice, fairness, inclusiveness, dialog and all kinds of other words with positive connotation, I present a humble petition in support of an Open JVP:

Background

Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization claiming to speak on behalf of Jews interested in a just peace in the Middle East, has chapters and affiliates across the US. Jewish Voice for Peace currently publishes its “JVP Mission Statement,” with a more detailed version appearing as part of their member registration form – a form which asks anyone interested in joining the organization to commit to “work in agreement with our [JVP’s] mission and guidelines.”

Included in these mission guidelines is support of international efforts to target Israel with Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns.  Specifically, joining the organization requires members to adhere to a mission statement which includes the following: “JVP rejects the assertion that BDS is inherently anti-semitic, and we encourage discussion both within our own community and outside of it of the growing BDS movement. JVP defends activists’ right to use the full range of BDS tactics without being persecuted or demonized…”

These guidelines are counterproductive to creating real conversation about BDS among JVP members, and prevents JVP chapters from exploring a full range of options, including supporting efforts to defeat BDS on college campuses and elsewhere, exposing the hypocrisy of the BDS movement and those that support it, discussing the possibility that BDS campaigns might actually be anti-Semitic and bigoted, highlighting the “movement’s” many frauds and failures, and producing parodies and funny songs about Omar Barghouti.

Requiring support of the BDS agenda for membership in JVP excludes the voices of those Jews dedicated to peace who have honest disagreements on how this peace can be achieved, shutting down open discourse on Israel and the Middle East. For example, these rules prevent sites like Divest This! (which is dedicated to defeating the BDS movement) from doing so as a member Jewish Voice for Peace, or from forming coalitions with other anti-BDS individuals and organizations as a representative of JVP.

Petition

As members of the Jewish community dedicated to a just peace we believe that Jewish Voice for Peace acknowledge and engage with a full spectrum of political views on the BDS movement. We see cooperation with anti-BDS groups on and off campus as an essential step towards peace and understanding. Furthermore, if Jewish Voice for Peace truly wants to be an organization dedicated to “Israelis and Palestinians: Two People’s One Future,” it cannot exclude Jewish groups simply for their political beliefs.

Therefore, we ask Jewish Voice for Peace to remove its guidelines for support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions “movement”, which currently exclude groups and individuals with particular political views from participating in the organization, and to make support for all other items on the organization’s mission statement optional.

 

Sign the Petition for an Open Jewish Voice for Peace!

Background

Jewish Voice for Peace, an organization claiming to speak on behalf of Jews interested in a just peace in the Middle East, has chapters and affiliates across the US. Jewish Voice for Peace currently publishes its "JVP Mission Statement," with a more detailed version appearing as part of their member registration form – a form which asks anyone interested in joining the organization to commit to “work in agreement with our [JVP’s] mission and guidelines.”

Included in these mission guidelines is support of international efforts to target Israel with Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns.  Specifically, joining the organization requires members to adhere to a mission statement which includes the following: “JVP rejects the assertion that BDS is inherently anti-semitic, and we encourage discussion both within our own community and outside of it of the growing BDS movement. JVP defends activists' right to use the full range of BDS tactics without being persecuted or demonized...”

These guidelines are counterproductive to creating real conversation about BDS among JVP members, and prevents JVP chapters from exploring a full range of options, including supporting efforts to defeat BDS on college campuses and elsewhere, exposing the hypocrisy of the BDS movement and those that support it, discussing the possibility that BDS campaigns might actually be anti-Semitic and bigoted, highlighting the “movement’s” many frauds and failures, and to producing parodies and funny songs about Omar Barghouti.

Requiring support of the BDS agenda for membership in JVP excludes the voices of those Jews dedicated to peace who have honest disagreements on how this peace can be achieved, shutting down open discourse on Israel and the Middle East. For example, these rules prevent sites like Divest This! (which is dedicated to defeating the BDS movement) from doing so as a member Jewish Voice for Peace, or from forming coalitions with other anti-BDS individuals and organizations as a representative of JVP.

Petition

As members of the Jewish community dedicated to a just peace we believe that Jewish Voice for Peace acknowledge and engage with a full spectrum of political views on the BDS movement. We see cooperation with anti-BDS groups on and off campus as an essential step towards peace and understanding. Furthermore, if Jewish Voice for Peace truly wants to be an organization dedicated to "Israelis and Palestinians: Two People’s One Future," it cannot exclude Jewish groups simply for their political beliefs.

Therefore, we ask Jewish Voice for Peace to remove its guidelines for support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions “movement”, which currently exclude groups and individuals with particular political views from participating in the organization, and to make support for all other items on the organization's mission statement optional.

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5 Responses to Sign the Petition for an Open Jewish Voice for Peace!

  1. anon April 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    Does JVP use the internet? Don’t they realize the majority of packets routed on the internet are through Cisco servers? Don’t they know that Cisco has invested Billions of dollars in Israel. By using the internet and sending more packets they are supporting tiny Israel.

    But then, BDS types are always about the talk. It is way to inconvenient for them to actually walk the walk. I believe the Yiddish term for them is ‘Schmuck’.

  2. Lynne T April 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    I wonder how many paid up members JVP actually has. Most of the creeps who hang out on their FB page are not Jewish and the pro-BDSers commenting there are seldom voices for peace, but rather ranters against “Israeli Apartheid”.

    But yes, Open JVP is a great idea … for the strong of stomach who can deal with the assorted narcissists and worse who are turned on by JVP.

  3. Sylvia April 10, 2014 at 12:47 am #

    JVP’s Rabbinical council head thug, “rabbi” Brent Rosen has authored a chapter in the new antisemitic pamphlet, “Zionism Unsettled”. I would rather sign a petition for the US Reconstructionnist Rabbinical Council to defrock him on those grounds (and many more).

    As one of the founders of the “Fast for Gaza”, Brent Rosen has supported the criminal rocket attacks against the children of Sderot. That shall never be forgotten nor forgiven.

    His acolyte and co-founder of “Fast for Gaza”, “rabbi” Brian Walt, is a former South African who has with his family profited from SAfrican apartheid, enjoyed the privileges at the expense of the Blacks there, and now comes to tear that apartheid sign off his chest and stick it on ours.

    These two Rabbis have never expressed anything but contempt for Judaism.

  4. Sylvia April 10, 2014 at 1:51 am #

    New crazy JVP insert in their already skeletic haggadah: Boycott Hewlett-Packard!
    Why?
    “A Hewlett-Packard powered system divides Palestinians into four categories, each with different rights—blue Israeli IDs, green-blue Palestinian-Jerusalem IDs, green West Bank IDs, and orange Gaza IDs.”

    Oh! and suppression of “Next year in Jerusalem”.

  5. Naftali April 10, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    Love it!!!!

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