NY Times equates Jewish Voice for Peace with neo-Nazis

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Bret Stephens, op-ed columnist for the NY Times. (photo: Tamara Beckwith / New York Post)

The paper draws a moral equivalency between peaceful advocacy for human rights and violent hate speech.

By  Phil Weiss and Donald Johnson | Mondoweiss | Nov 16, 2017


You start out framing JVP as so bad that when you say white nationalists are bad, you say it by saying they are as bad as the JVP.  So JVP becomes the standard of badness against which to measure just how bad neo-Nazis are.


Here is a clever but repellent variation of hasbara, or propaganda for Israel: New York Times columnist Bret Stephens equates Jewish Voice for Peace with white nationalists, because JVP supports Palestinian rights. In “Steve Bannon Is Bad for the Jews,” Stephens sets out to condemn the Zionist Organization of America for welcoming Steve Bannon to its gala the other night. Why? Because Bannon is an anti-Semite, just like JVP.

Here’s Stephens’s logic:

[W]hen a far-left group such as Jewish Voice for Peace makes common cause with someone like Linda Sarsour — the Palestinian-American activist who advocates the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state and publicly praised a convicted terrorist — it disqualifies itself as an advocate of any Jewish interest save its own. To deny Israel’s right to exist, as U.N. Secretary General António Guterres noted in April, is “a form of modern anti-Semitism.”
It also means that when a right-wing Jewish group such as the ZOA chooses to overlook Bannon’s well-documented links to anti-Semitic white nationalists, it puts itself on a moral par with JVP.

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Film Screening: Budrus, Oct 22, 2016

From our friends at JVP-Seattle.


September 28, 2016

Hello Friends of JVP-Seattle!

In collaboration with Muslim Association of Puget SoundMuslim Community Resource Center, we are excited to invite you to join us for a film screening and short facilitated discussion about the Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions Movement in support of Palestinian liberation.

Budrus tells a story of Palestinian community organizers, with the support of Israeli and international activists, nonviolently resisting the destruction of their village by Israel’s Separation Barrier.

Date:   Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time:   1:30–4:00 PM
Location:   Muslim Association of Puget Sound, 17550 NE 67th Ct, Redmond, WA 98052
Cost:   Free

To guarantee a seat, please register in advance. (Walk-ins welcome if space allows.)

Wheelchair accessible. Rideshare board here. For more information contact sarahzareen@gmail.com.

This screening is a collaborative project presented by Muslim Association of Puget Sound – Muslim Community Resource Center (MAPS-MCRC), and Jewish Voice for Peace – Seattle (JVP).

Hope to see you there!

California AB2844

We received this letter from our friends at JVP Los Angeles.


September 26, 2016

Friends,

As you have likely heard, over the weekend Gov. Jerry Brown signed California anti-BDS bill AB 2844 into law. As our coalition looks at next steps, it would be good to know if any church groups here in California have chosen to boycott or divest believe they will/might be affected by this legislation which bars persons (but legally includes entities) from applying or renewing contracts for over $100,000 if they have a “policy” “against any sovereign nation or peoples recognized by the government of the United States, including, but not limited to, the nation and people of Israel.”

Thank you to all who engaged in the long and collaborative effort to block this bill from becoming law. My personal frustration with our governor’s decision does not overwhelm my gratitude to all of you and those in our broad coalition for the hours, days, weeks and months we joined together to fight this good fight.

I believe legislators should pay attention to the growing number of constituents who actively work to raise Palestinian rights as we do the rights of all oppressed people and minority groups. All who voted to support this misguided and dishonest legislation will find themselves on the wrong side of history.

Let’s stay focused and steadfast as Palestinians are. The arc of the moral universe is long.

— Estee Chandler
JVP-LA Organizer

“Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.” — Cesar Chavez