Coverage of #SkiptheSpeech Campaign

Jewish Voice for Peace members across the country demonstrated in the media that there was grassroots support for Congress member to skip Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s March 3rd speech.

Op-Eds by JVP members:

The Washington Post: Š__Netanyahu doesnŠ__t speak for all American JewsŠ__ (February 20, 2015)
JVPŠ__s Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson writing about NetanyahuŠ__s upcoming speech to Congress and JVPŠ__s #SkiptheSpeech campaign.

Huffington Post Religion: Š__Dear Congress, Please #SkiptheSpeechŠ__ (February 16, 2015)
JVP media coordinator writes about why Congress should #SkiptheSpeech

The Detroit News: Š__Congress needs to cancel NetanyahuŠ__s speechŠ__ (February 17, 2015)
JVP member David Finkel on why Michigan elected officals should skip NetanyahuŠ__s speech.

The Chicago Sun-Times: Š__Durbin and all the Dems should boycott NetanyahuŠ__s speechŠ__ (February 25, 2015)
JVPer Ari LevinŠ__s op-ed on why the Dems should #SkiptheSpeech

The Santa Barbara Independent: Š__Bibi Go HomeŠ__ (February 25, 2015)
JVPer Rand ClarkŠ__s op-ed on why Congress should #SkiptheSpeech

The Albany Times Union: Š__Skip the Speech. Lose the Lies. Counter Corruption. Peace, not politics.Š__ (February 27, 2015)
JVP member Mickie Lynn writes to encourage NY electeds to skip the speech.

The Durham Herald-Sun: Š__Netanyahu not a man Congress should applaud and cheerŠ__ (February 28, 2015)
JVP member Nina Bollag writes to encourage Rep. David Price to skip the speech.

The Democrat and Chronicle: Š__Israel is not always rightŠ__ (February 28, 2015)
JVP member David Sperber writes from Rochester to encourage MoCs to skip the speech.

The New Haven Register: Š__ConnecticutŠ__s members of Congress should join move to Š_…Skip the SpeechŠ__Š__ (March 1, 2015)
JVP New Haven members Bob Gelbach, Megan Iorio, and Shelly Altman encourage their MoCs to #SkiptheSpeech

Huffington Post Religion: “The Purim Story is a Warning, Not a Justification” (March 4, 2015)
JVP media coordinator Naomi Dann writes about Netanyahu’s invocation of the Purim story.

Mondoweiss: Š__In Praise of Mr. NetanyahuŠ__s Political TheaterŠ__ (March 5, 2015)
JVP members Jonathan Graubart and David Deutsch on NetanyahuŠ__s speech.

On Camera:

RT The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann: Š__Does Netanyahu Really Speak for all Jews?Š__ (March 2, 2015)
Naomi interviewed about NetanyahuŠ__s speech on national progressive TV.

GVHlive: Š__Jewish Millennials Protest NetanyahuŠ__s speechŠ__ (March 3, 2015)
JVP member Rachel Roberts speaks to Washington media start up on NetanyahuŠ__s speech.

NBC 10 Philadelphia“American Jews split on Netanyahu speech” (March 6, 2015)
JVP board member Lev Hirschhorn debates Joseph Pudur of StandWithUs on TV in Philadelphia.

and Seth Morrison on Al Jazeera International. 

Letters to the Editor:

Bucks County Courier Times: Netanyahu Should Cancel (February 25, 2015)

Marin Independent Journal: Š__Congress Should Boycott Netanyahu SpeechŠ__ (February 27, 2015)
Letter by JVP member David Glick.

The Delaware Bee: Š__Netanyahu defends indefensible positions.Š__ (March 4, 2015)
Letter by JVP member Mary-Lee Lutz

The San Francisco Chronicle: Letters to the Editor (March 4, 2015)
Three letters by JVPers Ellen Brotsky, David Spero and Mitchell Zimmerman

The Tampa Bay Times: Stop the March to War (March 4, 2015)
Letter by JVP member Michelle Kenoyer

LeHigh Valley News: Letter: Netanyahu DoesnŠ__t Speak for all Jews (March 5, 2015)
Letter by JVP member Addison Bross

The Wichita Eagle: Pushing us to war (March 5, 2015)
Letter by JVP member Laura Tillem

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Letters (March 6, 2015)
Letter by JVP member Tammy Murphy

Morning Call (PA): Netanyahu delivers a ‘frightening’ message (March 6, 2015)
Letter by JVP member Addison Bross.

Media Coverage of JVPŠ__s role in the #SkiptheSpeech campaign:

The New York Times (Open Source): “In Dance Remix of Netanyahu’s Speech, Two Words Echo: ‘Iran-Haman'” (March 6, 2015)
Naomi’s Huffington Post piece is quoted.

Mondoweiss: Š__Biden will skip NetanyahuŠ__s speechŠ__ (February 6, 2015)

Al Jazeera America: Š__NetanyhauŠ__s Speech to Congress sparks #SkiptheSpeechŠ__ (February 9, 2015)
AJŠ__s The Stream covers our campaign.

Le Monde Diplomatique: Š__Š_…Kiss MeŠ__ Bibi says to BoehnerŠ__ (February 9, 2015)
Ralouf HalabyŠ__s opinion piece mentions JVP and quotes Rebecca in a longer version on Juan ColeŠ__s site.

The Grio: Š__Why the CBC should boycott NetanyahuŠ__s speechŠ__ (February 9, 2015)
Mentions JVP’s role in the campaign.

Common Dreams: Turning Point? Grassroots Groups Mobilize against NetanyahuŠ__s Š_…CatastrophicŠ__ SpeechŠ__ (February 19, 2015)
Sarah Lazare covers the #SkiptheSpeech campaign.

The Star-Gazette: Š__Reed Urged to Skip NetanyahuŠ__s Speech Before CongressŠ__ (February 19, 2015)
JVP board member Beth Harris quoted in an article about the #SkiptheSpeech petition delivery by the JVP Ithaca chapter.

Middle East Eye: Š__US Lawmakers call for NetanyahuŠ__s Speech to be PostponedŠ__ (February 20, 2015)
Cites JVPŠ__s reporting about he #SkiptheSpeech campaign on social media.

Jewish Telegraph Agency: Š__Senate Dems ask Netanyahu for private meeting to clear bad feelings.Š__ (February 24, 2015)
JVPŠ__s campaign is mentioned.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Š__Perdue Sides with Netanyahu on IranŠ__ (February 25, 2015)
JVP Atlanta member Daniel Rice quoted about the speech.

The Daily Sabah (Turkey): Š__Netanyahu and Eroding IsraelŠ__s Standing in AmericaŠ__ (March 1. 2015)
Hatem Bazian mentions JVP in coverage of the campaign against NetanyahuŠ__s speech.

Middle East Eye: Š__Protestors Ready for NetanyahuŠ__s Gamble in CongressŠ__ (March 2, 2015)
JVP member Seth Morrison quoted in article about protests against NetanyahuŠ__s speech.

CBS News: Š__5 Things to Know about NetanyahuŠ__s Speech to CongressŠ__ (March 3, 2015)
JVP-DC protest mentioned.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Š__Pittsburgh Area Jewish Leaders have Mixed Reactions to NetanyahuŠ__ (March 3, 2015)
JVP member Dani Klein quoted.

Al Jazeera America: Š__NetanyahuŠ__s Brazen American Power PlayŠ__ (March 3, 2015)
JVPŠ__s participation in the #SkiptheSpeech campaign.

Vice News: Š__Netanyahu Warns US Deal With Iran Would Turn Middle East into Š_…Nuclear TinderboxŠ__Š__ (March 3, 2015)
Naomi quoted on how the speech also provided a rare and invaluable opportunity for activists to encourage questioning of the dominant discourse on Israel.

amNY: Š__Jewish New Yorkers Divided in Reactions to Bibi NetanyahuŠ__s Speech to CongressŠ__ (March 3, 2015)
Rebecca quoted: Netanyahu’s “bombastic” rhetoric was familiar warmongering — hyperbolic, Islamophobic and hypocritical: “He’s pursuing the same aggressive policies toward Palestinians he’s accusing Iran of pursuing against the rest of the Middle East,” Vilkomerson said in a video chat. And the dozens of Democrats who boycotted Netanyahu’s address reflected anger at being expected “to always back Israel no matter what it does,” because “of the strength of the Israel lobby,” she said.

The Daily Tar Heel: Š__Israeli Leader Speaks to CongressŠ__ (March 4, 2015)
University of North Carolina paper interviews Naomi about BibiŠ__s speech.

Waging Nonviolence: “Netanyahu Speech was a Failed Dilemma Action” (March 4, 2015)
Kate Aronoff writes about the speech and mentions JVP’s role in the campaign.

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