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Exposing jewish voice for Peace

by NGO Monitor Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Important new report from NGO Monitor, on Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) , which views itself as the “Jewish wing” of the Palestinian solidarity movement. From NGO Monitor: Though JVP regards the organized Jewish community as its “enemy” and “opponent,” it nonetheless demands a seat at the communal table. The strategy, as stated by JVP’s executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson, is to create “a wedge” within the American Jewish community to generate the impression of polarization over Israel. The tactic is to dilute support for Israel in the Jewish community, toward the goal of reducing or eliminating the United States government’s economic, military, and political support for Israel.



Introduction

Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is a U.S.-based organization, which views itself as the “Jewish wing” of the Palestinian solidarity movement. Though JVP regards the organized Jewish community as its “enemy” and “opponent,” it nonetheless demands a seat at the communal table. The strategy, as stated by JVP’s executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson, is to create “a wedge” within the American Jewish community to generate the impression of polarization over Israel. The tactic is to dilute support for Israel in the Jewish community, toward the goal of reducing or eliminating the United States government’s economic, military, and political support for Israel.

In this role, JVP has actively promoted the central dimensions of the political warfare strategy against Israel, which was adopted at the 2001 Durban NGO Forum. This “Durban strategy” includes the tactics of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), a sustained campaign of demonization such as accusations of “apartheid” and “racism,” support for a Palestinian claim to a “right of return,” with the ultimate goal of dismantling Israel as a Jewish and democratic state. To these ends, JVP promotes divestment campaigns on U.S. campuses, in mainline churches, and in corporate stockholder meetings by deploying the language of demonization and delegitimization.

JVP works closely with other organizations that promote the Durban strategy, such as Electronic Intifada, American Muslims for Palestine, Adalah-NY, Code Pink, Sabeel, International Solidarity Movement, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (of which JVP is an official member).

JVP amplifies the radical anti-Israel agenda through its Rabbinical Council, a youth section called “Young, Jewish and Proud,” and activism within the LGBT community. It also hosts the “Muzzlewatch” website, purporting to expose “McCarthyism” in the Jewish community. Yet, JVP has engaged in the disruption of the programs of organizations with whom JVP disagrees.

JVP’s funding sources are not transparent. Its website carries no information on its donors. Limited financial information on JVP is only available through public IRS documents (990s) and databases, which report a total budget of 6, 529 for 2011.

These sources reveal that JVP has received funding from an Arab-American foundation that also supports Electronic Intifada (the Violet Jabara Charitable trust), the Firedoll Foundation, and the Wallace Global Fund, which all contribute to numerous anti-Israel groups.
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Jewish voice for Peace Finacials NG Monitor Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013 at 1:44 PM
Jewish Voice for Peace strategy NGO Monitor Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013 at 1:53 PM
JVP: Disruptions of Jewish Programs and Muzzling of Free Speech NGO Monitor Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013 at 3:15 PM
thowing stones from your glass house crazy_inventor Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013 at 3:51 PM
An ad hominim is not a rebuttal its a way to change the topic Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013 at 6:32 PM
JVP associates with holocaust deniers Max messages Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013 at 8:12 PM
"disputed a word that was written" crazy_inventor Tuesday, Jul. 09, 2013 at 9:23 PM
JVP is neither Big boy Friday, Jul. 12, 2013 at 3:37 AM
and what does 'NGO Monitor' exist for? crazy_inventor Friday, Jul. 12, 2013 at 3:53 AM
Jewish Voice for Peace Seeks to Split Jews on Israel Jewish Voice for Peace Seeks to Split Jews on Monday, Jul. 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM
Not exactly for peace Tilla Thursday, Aug. 01, 2013 at 11:05 PM
JVP BDS Boot camp 2013 strange Friday, Aug. 02, 2013 at 9:32 AM
Sexism at JVP retreat so sad Thursday, Aug. 08, 2013 at 1:00 PM
One tiny correction Lina Thursday, Aug. 08, 2013 at 3:13 PM
The ADL on JVP Raychul Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 at 2:25 AM
If you sleep with dogs, you will get fleas Glen Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 at 7:44 AM
Whats makes JVP "Jewish" Rae Wednesday, May. 04, 2016 at 4:14 AM

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