Standing Against Islamophobia
Jewish Network Against Islamophobia
Jewish Network Against Islamophobia or (JNAI) is a new JVP project that we hope will provide support and resources for those interested in organizing against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism and to making the connections between Islamophobia and Israel politics.
JNAI is facilitating online resource-sharing of FAQs, public letters, press statements, and other materials developed by JNAI, individual chapters, and our allies.
JNAI seeks to build connections among JVP chapters and other groups working on these issues to effectively challenge Islamophobia in our local communities and develop our thinking together.
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Elly Bulkin, Sydney Levy, Donna Nevel—JNAI Conveners
JNAI resources build on work that many people and groups have long been doing, especially in the Muslim and Arab American communities. We created these resources for JVP members and other Jewish groups organizing against Islamophobia, and hope that they will also be useful for those in the larger community who want to learn more about the links between U.S. Islamophobia and Israel politics, and U.S. Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism.
Video: Jews recommit to Standing Against Islamophobia
This two-page document responds concisely to six questions that address: (1) the importance of making links between Islamophobia and Israel politics; (2) the development of the view of Israel’s leaders and supporters that Muslims are “the enemy”; (3) financial connections between Islamophobia and adamantly pro-Israel politics; (4) the Israel politics of leading anti-Muslim ideologues; (5) “liberal Islamophobia”; and (6) the notion of “good Muslims” with whom mainstream Jewish groups find it “acceptable” to work.
The resource list begins with an overview section, “A First Look at Islamophobia & Anti-Arab Racism in the United States.” Eleven sections focus on different aspects of Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism, including one on “Islamophobia, Israel, & the ‘War on Terror.’” Seven additional sections fall under the heading of “Post-9/11 Anti-Muslim Campaigns.”
Many of the resources provide links or references to articles, interviews, reports, and books on these topics, as well as to sites that provide other relevant resources
We know that Islamophobia takes many different shapes and forms, as do our actions. We highlight the multiple responses to the Geller/AFDI ads as examples of the bold and creative organizing that groups have been doing all over the country—often in coalition with one another. We hope that learning about such activism will be useful to our continued organizing against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism. The Geller/AFDI ad campaigns most often explicitly link Israel with Islamophobia, either through images and words that smear both Muslims and Palestinians or through ads designed to respond to “anti-Israel” or “pro-Palestinian” ads.
What JVP Chapters Have Been Doing to Challenge Islamophobia
Stories & Strategies: Two Organizers Speak Out—interviews with Estee Chandler of JVP-Los Angeles and Taher Herzallah, one of the Irvine 11 and National Campus Coordinator of American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).
- Learning More about Islamophobia: (1) Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America (2011) by the Center for American Progress (CAP); (2) “Follow the Money: From Islamophobia to Israel Right-or-Wrong” (2012) by Elly Bulkin & Donna Nevel; and (3) Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims (2013) by the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC), Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR) and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).