JVP Statement on Trump and Netanyahu’s “Shared Values” Press Conference

February 15, 2017
Contact: Naomi Dann| media@jvp.org | 845-377-5745

Following the press conference between President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jewish Voice for Peace offers the following statement from Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson:

“Today Trump and Netanyahu spoke of their “shared values” of democracy and respect for human rights. These are alternative facts. Their “shared values” are in reality a shared agenda of walls, militarism, xenophobia, racism, anti-Muslim bigotry, and borders closed to refugees. Netanyahu’s cynical denial of the real and dangerous anti-Semitism in the Trump administration makes clear that he does not represent the interests of Jews around the globe. Netanyahu and Trump share a vision of the world which paints aspirations for freedom and dignity as security threats and falsely and intentionally pits Islam against the West and democracy. In response to their joint agenda, we will continue to grow the resistance to their anti-refugee, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim policies here in the U.S. and in Israel and put forward a vision of true dignity, equality, and justice for all. For this future to be possible, the tactics of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) will be even more important tools to build a global grassroots pressure against today’s one-state apartheid reality.”

For interviews, please contact: Naomi Dann | media@jvp.org | 845-377-5745

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