Joining the ICC: A Step Towards Accountability

Palestine became a member of the International Criminal Court on April 1, giving the court jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute war crimes committed in the occupied territories. JVP recognizes the right of Palestinians to pursue legal, non-violent recourse in the international arena, which is especially relevant in light of the lack of a peace process and the repeated statements against Palestinian statehood by newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Since the Oslo Accords, Israel has accelerated facts on the ground to make the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state impossible by accelerating settlement construction that effectively divides the land in the West Bank into discontiguous cantons. The construction of these settlements is illegal under Article 49 of the Geneva Convention, which prohibits the transfer of population into territory won in war.

As a member of the ICC, Palestinian leadership will have the ability to bring cases before the court, to address violations of international law such as settlement construction, the wall in the West Bank declared illegal by the International Court of Justice in 2004, and war crimes committed during the latest conflict in Gaza including the targeting of medical facilities and UN shelters.

It is well past time for Israel to face accountability for its nearly 50-year occupation and recurring human rights abuses. We see this development as an opportunity to end Israeli impunity, and to bring to bear pressure to advance a lasting solution to the conflict based on principles of justice and international law.


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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