JVP-Boston supports One State Conference being held at Harvard
Jewish Voice for Peace Boston Letter supporting One State Solution Conference, Harvard, March 3-4:National Jewish group supports open debate while Anti-Defamation League condemns conference
Contact: Heike Schotten, , heike.schotten AT umb.edu
[February 28, 2012] Jewish Voice for Peace Deputy Director Cecilie Surasky said, "Abe Foxman and the ADL's condemnation of the One State Solution conference held at Harvard's Kennedy School as somehow anti-Israel is astonishing. Experts on all sides have long noted that Israel's policy of ongoing settlement expansion is the primary threat to a possible two-state solution. Further, we're pretty sure, unlike Abe Foxman, that Harvard students can be trusted to look at the facts and make up their own minds. Jewish Voice for Peace Boston has made an eloquent statement congratulating Harvard's commitment to open and free academic debate and inquiry. Anything less would be a disservice to the academic community, to Israelis and Palestinians." Read JVP-Boston's letter online: http://scr.bi/JvpBoston1state
From the letter: "While Jewish Voice for Peace takes no position on the issue of the One State Solution, we very much support your creation of a free and open academic space to discuss the difficult issues that confront anyone who cares about justice, democracy, and human rights in Palestine/Israel. While anti-Semitism must be combated in all forms, too often fears of anti-Semitism lead to unjust quelling of legitimate debate, and academic bullying...Like Buber and the many Jewish leaders before us who were ostracized for questioning the majority opinion, we strongly believe freedom to raise new ideas is what is best for the Jewish people and for all peoples."