Organized by the Middle East Forum, the new caucus puts forward a racist and anti-Muslim vision for the region that denies Palestinians basic rights to dignity and equality

JVP to Congress: Boycott Launch of Hate-backed “Congressional Israel Victory Caucus”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2017
Contact: Naomi Dann| media@jvp.org | 845-377-5745

Washington, DC (April 26, 2017)–Tomorrow, Congressmen Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Bill Johnson (R-OH) will host a breakfast to launch a new “Congressional Israel Victory Caucus.” Organized by the Middle East Forum, the new caucus puts forward a racist and anti-Muslim vision for the region that denies Palestinians basic rights to dignity and equality.

The approach of the caucus is laid out in a promoted paper by MEF’s head, notoriously anti-Muslim Daniel Pipes, titled “A Palestinian Defeat is Good for All” in which Pipes lays out a proposal to, in his words, “break the Palestinian will.” The paper explicitly encourages U.S. support for Israel to impose collective punishment of the Palestinian people, a crime under international law. It makes specific recommendations, including shutting off the water and electricity for Palestinians, expanding settlements, seizure and occupation of Palestinian land, stripping Palestinians of citizenship and residency rights in response to individual acts of violence. Many of the steps encouraged by the newly formed caucus are actions that Israel has already taken, actions that violate international law and go against basic values of human rights. The goal of the caucus appears to be to garner explicit support from U.S. political leaders for such appalling practices.

Rabbi Alissa Wise, Jewish Voice for Peace Deputy Director: “There’s no such thing as an “Israeli Victory.” There is only justice, for Palestinians and Jewish Israelis together. The alternative is ongoing occupation, apartheid, and dispossession. We are coming up on 50 years of occupation, and 70 years since the Nakba, the violent displacement of Palestinian people during the establishment of the State of Israel. There is no better time for congressional leaders to demonstrate that they are on the side of human rights, not the side of ongoing apartheid and collective punishment.”

Jewish Voice for Peace, alongside our partners at MPower Change and the Center for New Community are calling on our congressional leaders to reject this hateful approach, and instead work towards a just and more peaceful future based on equality and freedom.

###



WE WELCOME 5779

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.

ORDER JVP HOLIDAY CARDS

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"

TELL AHED TAMIMI YOU ARE WITH HER

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!

SUPPORT PALESTINIAN CHILDREN

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.

[lyte id="qC6THX2J_so"]
4 Things You Should Know About Sheldon Adelson