A Tale of Two Cities: The Rhodes and Lausanne Conferences, 1949

“By January 1949, the United Nations had established two complementary tracks for promoting a peaceful resolution of the Palestine conflict. The “Rhodes track” was based upon Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 62 of 16 November 1948, which called upon the parties “to seek agreement forth- with, by negotiations conducted either directly or through the acting media- tor, with a view to the immediate establishment of [an] armistice. . . The second track, which would lead to Lausanne, took as its starting point General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 194(11I) of 11 December 1948. Among the key issues addressed by this historic resolution was the need to end the suffering of the some 700,000 Palestinian refugees who had been expelled from or had fled their homes during the fighting of the previous year.”  Access to this essay that compares the relative successes of the two conferences can be obtained from JSTOR by clicking here.


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.

Senators: Investigate Israeli Violence!

No one should be killed for taking part in a peaceful protest. It’s up to us to call on progressive Senators to investigate Israel’s massacre in Gaza that killed over 100 Palestinians wounded 12,000 others.

Huge Palestinian march with text overlaid reading "support the #greatreturnmarch"


Ahed’s courage in standing up against the occupation inspired a global audience to stand alongside her. And together with a huge media response to her story, Israel’s military court bowed to pressure and handed down it’s minimum sentence.

bds movement NOMINATED FOR nobel prize

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.

End the Deadly Exchange

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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