Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 9:37am
People do not seem to understand that there is no part of our lives that is not affected by the occupation. The majority of Palestinians do not know what it means to be free. There are restrictions on our movement, our education, our speech, and our even our access to food, water, and shelter. As a way to counter all this repression, we turn to education as a tool to express ourselves.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Tue, 04/12/2011 - 2:59pm
In 2008, Jewish Voice for Peace promoted putting an olive on the seder
plate as part of its Trees of Reconciliation project, which sought to
donate 3,000 olive saplings to Palestinian farmers to replant trees torn
down to make room for Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Fri, 04/08/2011 - 5:48am
Last Thursday in Pearlman Hall, the Jewish Voice for Peace hosted
Palestinian speakers Amer Shurrab and Mira Dabit as part of the We
Divest! tour which promotes the boycott and divestment of as well as
sanctions against the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College
Retirement Equities Fund-a financial service that includes a retirement
According to the tour's website, the purpose of the movement is to
stop TIAA-CREF from investing in large companies that profit from the
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 5:35pm
A coalition of progressive Jewish organizations on both coasts yesterday
slammed the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s honoring of the civil rights-era
Freedom Riders while “engaging in anti-Muslim bigotry that is no less
destructive than that against which the Freedom Riders protested,” as
Alan Levine, a New York activist and civil rights lawyer who worked in
Mississippi in 1964 and 1965, put it in a press statement.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Thu, 04/07/2011 - 5:05pm
I was surprised, however, to find that the demonstrators’ claim about
the Ground Zero Mosque and School of Dance was accurate. The Simon
Wiesenthal Center, which funds the Museum of Tolerance, did oppose the
Park51 development back when that issue was still in the headlines. I’d
think the whole “tolerance” thing would include tolerating the exercise
of somebody else’s First Amendment rights.
Submitted by Jesse Bacon on Fri, 04/01/2011 - 10:03am
Although Hillel remains fixed to a narrow political agenda, I am
optimistic about open dialogue within the Brandeis community. During the
past week, JVP has collected the signatures of more than 1,000 Brandeis
students opposing Hillel’s exclusionary decision and demanding a truly
pluralistic Jewish community. Hillel’s constituency trusts itself to
think critically in an open marketplace of ideas, and acknowledges the
necessity of uncensored discussion about Israel in order to achieve
peace. Together, we have challenged the status quo of uncritical support
for Israeli policy.