Statement in Response to NGO Monitor Report
The extreme right-wing organization NGO Monitor released a report on July 8 about Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) which was apparently intended to be an expose of JVP's mission, activities and goals.
JVP is proud to be an organization that is a home and a voice for those who share our values of working toward a truly just peace for all the people of Israel and Palestine. What NGO Monitor portrays as an attempt to split the Jewish community is in fact an accurate reflection of the growing divide in the Jewish community about Israel’s ongoing occupation and unequal treatment of Palestinians.
JVP’s principles, inspired by Jewish tradition, of supporting equality and human rights, have never wavered. We believe that BDS campaigns are one of the effective strategies toward that goal. As such we are proud to support student and church efforts to divest from companies that profit from the occupation, and of our own role in founding the “We Divest” campaign to urge TIAA-CREF to divest from these companies as well, in addition to the wide array of other activities we engage in in pursuit of our goals.
NGO Monitor has a long history, broadly documented, of attacking any organization that it believes is effectively criticizing Israeli policies. The organizations NGO Monitor has attacked include Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, B’tselem, Breaking the Silence, Al Haq, and the New Israel Fund, to name just a few. We are honored to be among them.