April 2015 JVP in the News

JVP Press Highlights:

Common Dreams: US lawmakers quietly advance legislation to penalize boycotts of Israel (April 23, 2015)
“Rabbi Joseph Berman, federal policy organizer for JVP, declared, “This legislation, which actually encourages illegal settlement building while strengthening the far right in Israel, shows that BDS is an increasingly powerful means to challenge Israel’s impunity when it comes to Palestinian rights.”‘

The Forward: Does Israel’s Anti-Boycott law muzzle free speech? (April 23, 2015)
“Take, for instance, Rebecca Vilkomerson, director of Jewish Voice for Peace, an American organization that endorses BDS. Though Vilkomerson is not an Israeli citizen, she comes to Israel frequently, is married to an Israeli and has children with Israeli citizenship. According to ZaherŠ__s reading, were she to call for BDS inside Israel, she, too, could be sued.”

Huffington Post LiveIslamophobic ads to run in New York buses (April 24, 2015)
Rebecca Vilkomerson on a panel with Marc Lamont Hill talking about Pamela Geller’s Islamophobic ads.

Forvarts: Yiddishists at the JVP conference (April 15, 2015)

Truth-Out: Progressive Groups call for Congress to Let Diplomacy Work on Iran  (April 13, 2015)

International Business TimesPassover 2015: Seder political discussions to include Israel, Iran and Palestinian peace (April 3, 2015)
Including interviews with JVPers Mia Warshofsky and Yotam Amit.

Chapters in the Spotlight:

Arizona Daily Wildcat: Speakers Criticize Israel’s violations (April 30, 2015)

Mondoweiss: Jewish groups stand in opposition to hate speech and all forms of Islamophobia (April 28, 2015)
Statement from Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition.

Chicago Monitor: Illinois Lawmakers Vote To Divest from Companies that Support Palestinian Human Rights (April 27, 2015)

The Pitt News: Holocaust survivor speaks amidst controversy (April 16, 2015)

The Jewish Chronicle: Holocaust survivor holds her own despite controversy at Pitt event (April 23, 2015)

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Smeared by the ZOA (April 17, 2015)
Coverage of the controversy around the SJP and JVP sponsored event with a Holocaust survivor for Yom Ha’atzmaut. Also a positive response article from other Jewish community members in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, several letters to the editor (and here), and an op-ed by JVP member Daniel Klein about the ZOA’s pushback against the event.

The Columbus Dispatch: Group working for Israel/Palestine peace forms Columbus branch (April 24, 2015)
Profile of new Columbus chapter with quotes from JVP members Farrell Brody and Connie Hammond.

The Wesleyan Argus: Student groups clash over politics of Israel and Palestine (April 13, 2015)
JVPer Yael Horowitz interviewed.

The Nation: StudentNation (April 10, 2015)
Open Hillel Freedom summer tour and JVP Wesleyan’s successful shabbat noted in the biweekly StudentNation round up.

The Cambridge Chronicle: Boycott Sodastream for Peace (April 6, 2015)
Guest column by JVPers and coalition partners.

South Florida Caribbean News: Community Organization holds May Day Rally for Š__inclusion and equal treatmentŠ__ on International WorkerŠ__s Day (April 29, 2014)
Event co-sponsored by JVP South Florida.

International Business TimesPhiladelphia public transport adverts linking Islam with Adolf Hitler spark outrage (April 3, 2015)
Quotes JVP Philly’s statement.

Members in the Media:

MondoweissHow fighting Islamophobia in the US is connected to justice in Israel/Palestine (April 29, 2015)
Interview with JVP board member Donna Nevel by Tufts student Miranda Wilson

Philadelphia Inquirer: Rabbi’s guerilla war against anti-Islam bus ads (April 30, 2015)
Spotlight on Rabbi Linda Holzman and the campaign against Pamela Geller’s hateful ads in Philadelphia.

Mondoweiss: Reconstructionist Jewish site censors Rabbi’s essay because he supports BDS and one state (April 26, 2015)
Profile of JVP Rabbinical Council member Shai Gluskin.

The Daily Texan: The AR3 failure will increase debate, not end it (April 23, 2015)
Op-ed in support of divestment by JVP Austin member Katie Pace.

Shalom Rav: Confronting the “New Campus Anti-Semitism” (April 20, 2015)

Insightful piece by Rabbi Brant Rosen on his blog Shalom Rav. 

Alternet: Inside American students’ fight for justice in Palestine (April 13, 2015)
Profile of the campus movement by Donna Nevel. Also reprinted in Mondoweiss.

Albany Times-UnionA graphic message to Senator Chuck Schumer: Represent the interests of your constituents! (April 13, 2015)
Guest column by JVP member Mickie Lynn on the Iran negotiations debate.

Mondoweiss: From AIPAC to JVP: The political evolution of Seth Morrison (April 14, 2015)

The Hill: The Undiplomatic Diplomat (April 9, 2015)
Op-ed by JVP member Martin Karcher.

Tikkun Daily: Time to Choose: A renewed call for boycotts divestment and sanctions (April 9, 2015)
Op-ed by JVPers Liza Behrendt and Jessie Lowell.

by JVP Academic Advisory Council member Joel Beinin

Tikkun Daily: Demographic Threats and the Passover Story (April 8, 2015)
Op-ed by JVP member Elana Bauer.

Electronic Intifada: Defying college’s threats, California students build mock Israeli wall (April 2, 2015)
Coverage of Pitzer’s Israeli Apartheid Week controversy.

The Washington Post: Letters to the Editor: The Virigina State Bar goes international (April 1, 2015)
Letter to the editor by JVP member Bill Simmonds.



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