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Jewish Voice for Peace is proud to be a campaign partner of the No Way to Treat a Child Campaign. The No Way to Treat a Child campaign seeks to challenge Israel’s prolonged military occupation of Palestinians by exposing widespread and systematic ill-treatment of Palestinian children in the Israeli military detention system. It is a project of Defense for Children International – Palestine and American Friends Service Committee.
In June of 2010, The International Committee of the Red Cross, a traditionally neutral organization, stated, “The whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law.” Israelis and Palestinians alike deserve to live free of terror and with basic freedom of movement. The best way to do this is with a clear ceasefire agreement that includes ending the blockade with appropriate security to prevent weapon smuggling.
Jewish Voice for Peace urges members of Congress to support the recent framework agreement between Iran and the P5+1. As a Jewish organization deeply committed to justice and a peaceful future for the Middle East, we want to highlight the diverse and wide-ranging views in the American Jewish community about war and about the impact of Iran’s nuclear program. As Jews, we strongly support diplomatic efforts to resolve outstanding international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.
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U.S. policy has consistently opposed ongoing settlement expansion in the West Bank, however, Israeli settlements are still being built. At the same time, Israel continues to receive ever expanding military aid from the United States. Jewish Voice for Peace recommends a comprehensive review of U.S. military aid to Israel, to ensure that this aid is used in compliance with U.S. law and is not used to violate the fundamental human rights of Palestinians under Israeli control.
The Leahy Law is an amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act first adopted in 1998, which applies to all State Department funded assistance (training and arms sales). The United States has provided more than $121 billion in cumulative bilateral assistance to Israel since World War II—more than to any other country in the world. For decades, international human rights organizations have documented Israeli human rights violations committed against Palestinians living under its effective control. Jewish Voice for Peace calls for U.S. military aid to Israel to be subject to the rigors of the Leahy Law.
Israel’s withdrawal from peace talks and subsequent punishment of the Palestinians for the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement was a tactical move meant to deflect from the main cause of the failure of decades of peace talks—Israel’s ongoing settlement expansion and the entrenchment of the occupation, materially and diplomatically supported by the United States.
Since West Bank Palestinians obtain work permits through a thorough Israeli security vetting system, there is no legitimate reason to force them to use separate buses from Jews. Israel’s recent decision to force Palestinians off of Israeli buses is the latest example of heightened prejudice and differential treatment toward non-Jews living under Israeli control.
Both the Israeli government and U.S. organizations consciously assist Israeli settlement expansion. As an organization that focuses on the critical role of the United States in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jewish Voice for Peace is deeply concerned that U.S. organizations use their 501c3 non-profit status to raise money for the maintenance and expansion of West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements. These settlements are illegal under international law and destructive to U.S. foreign policy objectives. Jewish Voice for Peace therefore recommends a review of groups providing money to settlements for compliance with the requirements of their tax status and laws relating to material support to terrorism.