Statement on Anti-Semitism and anti-BDS pressure at Oberlin

March 11, 2016–This morning, a post on Jewschool identified a statement by Oberlin students as a JVP statement.  While we are proud to work with these students as they navigate the complicated dynamics of racism, anti-Palestinian activism, and anti-Semitism on their campus, their statement reflects their own words and not Jewish Voice for Peace as a whole.

As an organization dedicated to acting on our values of dignity and justice for all people, we take anti-Semitism along with all forms of racism and oppression very seriously. At the same time, we also know that false accusations of anti-Semitism are frequently deployed to silence advocates for Palestinian human rights.

In this case we do not hesitate in saying it was both. Anti-Semitic comments were made by an Oberlin professor and anti-BDS activists have seized on this opportunity to demonize the movement for Palestinian human rights. We condemn both of those things. We are committed to challenging anti-Semitism along with all forms of bigotry and oppression, and to supporting students and faculty who are doing courageous work for Palestinian human rights.

JVP’s Academic Advisory Council and our Student Network, will be releasing statements of principle about how we engage with these issues on campus in the near future.


This year, you have many offerings to choose from: live streamed high holiday services, a list of local JVP member-led services, JVP holiday cards, ritual guides, and ritual resources.


This Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, let us bend ladders into bridges. Buy a pack of these beautiful High Holiday cards – designed by JVP Artist, Mara Gerson – and send them to your friends, family, and colleagues.

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Norwegian MP Bjørnar Moxnes has nominated the Palestinian-led movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions for the Nobel Peace Prize!


Israel systematically prosecutes as many as 700 children in military courts each year. Email your Rep to support Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, H.R. 4391.

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When US law enforcement trade tactics with the Israeli police and military, Israel deepens its military occupation and the US heightens its violence of policing.

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