JVP’s Network Against Islamophobia issues the following statement in response to the horrific attack at “Latin Night” at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016:

We are grieving with and for the Orlando LGTBQ community, and, in particular, the queer and trans Latinx communities that were the targets of this horrifying attack. Our hearts break for all those lost and their loved ones, for all those injured and traumatized.

We cannot ignore that this murderous attack takes place in the context of a political climate in this country where homophobic, transphobic, racist, and Islamophobic laws are commonplace, and where the same politicians promoting those laws adamantly oppose any restrictions on guns and assault weapons.

We are outraged that some of those same politicians–as well as the media, police, and others– are using this tragedy to demonize the Muslim community. It is appalling to instrumentalize the horror of these murders in order to spread dangerous Islamophobic messages, including characterizing Islam as uniquely threatening and homophobic. We know that such anti-Muslim narratives contribute to increased harassment and violence against Muslims or those perceived as Muslim, including LGBTQ members of those communities.

As LGBTQ people and allies, let us respond in ways that reflect a proud queer history of fighting back against all hatred and oppression. As we mourn all those who were murdered and reflect on this tragedy, we must continue to put all our energies into standing strong against homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, racism, and all forms of hatred, and to build for justice within and among our communities.

The Network Against Islamophobia provides support and resources for those interested in organizing against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism.

Islamophobic discourse is sweeping America – and it has to stop.

As Jews and allies, we pledge to stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters.

Stop Profiling Muslims

One of the many manifestations of Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism is that Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim are being stopped at airport security, having their rights routinely violated, and being removed from flights.

This is completely unacceptable. It is intimidating, it is discriminatory, and it is a violation of basic human rights. We need to say so.

Working with our partners at Jews Say No!, we, the Network Against Islamophobia decided to make these t-shirts. The message is simple: Stop profiling Muslims. And we hope that all of us who are not profiled can wear them when we pass through security, when we walk through the airport, when we board and sit next to people on our flights (or trains or buses or at rest stops on the highway).

Jewish Voice for Peace is distributing these shirts at cost as part of our ongoing organizing against Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism.

It’s critical that we say, with total clarity, that we stand against Islamophobia and profiling of any kind.

It’s critical that we say, with total clarity, that we stand against Islamophobia and profiling of any kind. Learn more about the Network Against Islamophobia's 'Stop Profiling Muslims' campaign.

Order the:  Onesie  |  Button  |  Window Sign

Or, download and print the 8.5×11 poster:
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All our hearts broke, and continue to break, for the Orlando LGTBQ community, for all LGBTQ communities, and, in particular, for the queer and trans Latinx communities that were the targets of the horrifying attack on Saturday night. We light candles, say prayers, and hold each other close.

But many politicians and media don’t allow us even our devastation and grief. Too many have refused to acknowledge the role that the homophobic, transphobic, and racist political context of this country plays in creating such tragedy. Many have used this tragedy to demonize Muslim communities, and all those perceived as Muslim, including LGBTQ members of those communities.

And so, as we light our candles we must also raise our voices, and take to the streets. As LGBTQ people and allies, we rise with the Orlando community and with queer communities across the country. We know we have to fight homophobia, transphobia, racism and Islamophobia at once.


Order the:  Sticker  |  Button  |  Poster

Refugees are Welcome Here

This poster represents the strength, humanity, and dignity of refugees. Created by Micah Bazant in collaboration with JVP’s Artists & Cultural Workers Council, this image defies Islamophobia and publicly declares our solidarity with refugees everywhere, from Syria to Central America to Palestine.

At least 4 million Syrians have fled their homeland since 2011. Most have gone to neighboring countries. The war in Syria has killed more than 300,000 people and displaced 12 million, forcing more than four million to flee the country.

As the poet Warsan Shire has said, “no one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark”: the devastating and urgent refugee crisis is a humanitarian disaster grown from the deeper political disaster of the war in Syria. Learn more about the Syrian refugee crisis.


The Network Against Islamophobia (NAI) was created to serve as a resource to, and work with, JVP chapters and other Jewish groups and to be a partner to the broader, Muslim-led movement against Islamophobia. The Network Against Islamophobia is facilitating online resource-sharing of FAQs, public letters, press statements, and other materials developed by NAI, individual chapters, and our allies.

We seek to build connections among Jewish Voice for Peace chapters and other groups working on these issues to effectively challenge Islamophobia in our local communities and develop our thinking together. To get involved, email nai@jvp.org

Read NAI’s statement about resisting Islamophobia

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The NAI initiated community canvassing across the U.S. to visually show our opposition to Islamophobia. You can download and print “Stop Profiling Muslims” posters and ask your local businesses and community centers to post them in their windows.

Jews Against Islamophobia in NYC and the Network Against Islamophobia, a project of Jewish Voice for Peace, initiated Chanukah actions to call for the Jewish community to stand strong against Islamophobia and racism. 

Islamophobia, the United States, and Israel

Islamophobia plays a key role in building and sustaining public and U.S. government backing for Israel.

Right-wing Christian and Jewish groups dedicated to denying the fundamental rights of Palestinians deliberately fuel fear of Muslims and Arabs (commonly assumed to be Muslims) to push their agenda in the Middle East.

Unwavering support of Israeli policies contributes to the characterization of Muslims and all Arabs as the “enemy” and to the perpetuation of Islamophobia, or the failure to speak out against it. A money-Islamophobia-Israel network—bound by ideology, money, and overlapping institutional affiliations—both furthers a rabidly anti-Muslim climate in this country and helps bolster the state-sponsored Islamophobic and anti-Palestinian policies adopted and promoted by the U.S. government.

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