12 hours after Trump’s election
Jewish Voice for Peace statement on the election of Donald J. Trump for U.S. President
President-elect Donald Trump has consistently indicated that his administration will be against everything Jewish Voice for Peace fights for: equality, dignity and freedom for all peoples. Propelled into office by a wave of racist, sexist, hateful, anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant sentiment, the election of Donald Trump has held a mirror up to the United States, reflecting back to us hate, bigotry and disenfranchisement on a new and terrifying scale.
Today’s messages from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ambassador Ron Dermer called Donald Trump a “great friend of the Jewish people and of Israel.” Israeli education minister Naftali Bennett congratulated the new U.S. president, reveling in the end of U.S. talk about a peace process and a two-state solution. These are unconscionable responses, given both the anti-semitism that Trump’s campaign has encouraged and the blatant disregard for Palestinian rights.
President-elect Trump is a true friend of Israel and I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability & peace in our region
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) November 9, 2016
Jewish Voice for Peace is committed to holding ourselves and the rest of the Jewish community accountable in this new era. We are committed to speaking out against white supremacy, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies, anti-Jewish bigotry and all forms of racism.
We are committed to challenging policies of the new administration that will harm people here and around the world.
Specifically, we are committed to continuing our work for Palestinian human rights.
Boycott, divestment and sanctions are tools for peaceful resistance to state violence, discrimination and injustice. More than ever at this moment it is crucial that our local and federal governments uphold these political rights.