Standing Against Islamophobia
We stand by our Muslim friends and neighbors against anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry.
We are witnessing an insidious new wave of demonization of Arabs and Muslims in this country. We are particularly concerned about right-wing Christian and Jewish groups dedicated to denying the fundamental rights of Palestinians, who are deliberately fueling fear of Muslims and Arabs to push their unfair agenda in the Middle East. We oppose this poisoned environment. It violates our bedrock values of tolerance and diversity, marginalizes American citizens from political participation, and makes it nearly impossible to have open and reasonable dialogue about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and US foreign policy.
A strong democracy requires a majority that stands up for the minority, refusing to remain silent when others fuel the fires of division and hatred.
As Jews and other people of faith, we know too well the price when others remain silent. That's why we stand up as allies when Muslims and Arabs in the United States in particular are unfairly attacked.
Jewish Voice for Peace is proud to partner with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and Jews Say No! in the Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition.
9/12 New York: Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition Statement on Pamela Geller ads
8/12 Bay Area: Coalition Statement Against Pamela Geller ads.
4/11 New York Jews Against Islamophobia Oppose Simon Wiesenthal Center
9/11 New York Jewish Groups Protest Simon Wiesenthal Center
Selected Media Coverage:
We condemn NYPD's Use of Anti-Muslim Propaganda (JFREJ, 1/23/12)
'Irvine 11' accused of censorship (LA Times, 9/20/11)
Irvine Muslim Students Convicted of Shouting at Israeli Ambassador (The Nation, 9/24/11)
The Irvine 11: Islamophobia is alive and well (Al-Jazeera, 9/24/11)
Orange County Residents Sound Off On The ‘Irvine 11’ (CBS Los Angeles, 9/26/11)
Jewish Group, Rabbis Condemn Charging of Muslim Students by Orange County DA (JVP Press Release, 2/7/11)
Irvine 11 Trial Reaches Its Final Stages (Annenberg News, 9/19/11)
As we wait for jury verdict in Irvine 11 trial: the BIG picture & Fact check (Muslim Matters, 9/23/11)
JVP and other Jewish groups protest Simon Wiesenthal Center's lack of tolerance for Muslims (Indypendent, 9/17/11)
Mondoweiss on Jews opposed to Islamophobia (Mondoweiss, 4/7/11)