Over 70K Tune In To Sold Out Panel On Antisemitism In NYC


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2017
Contact: media@jvp.org | 845-377-5745

View links to broad coverage of the November 28th event here.

Over 70K tune in to sold out panel on antisemitism in NYC

The New School’s Alvin Johnson Auditorium was sold out Tuesday night as nearly 500 people gathered – and over 70,000 tuned in via livestream – to hear the panel, “Antisemitism and the Struggle for Justice,” moderated by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and featuring Jewish Voice for Peace Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson, Palestinian American activist Linda Sarsour, member of the Jews of Color and Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus Lina Morales, and Jews for Racial & Economic Justice movement building organizer Leo Ferguson.

“The institutional Jewish community has abdicated its responsibility to fight against actual antisemitism – trading it for support of Israel. Which leaves it to us to build the real intersectional movements for justice needed in this time. Our discussion tonight was seen as so provocative precisely because we collectively represent a new vision for fighting antisemitism.”Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace

Despite threats to shut down the event, a small protest outside and a few minor interruptions, the event went on as planned. The event was co-hosted by Jewish Voice For Peace, The New School, Jacobin Magazine, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JFREJ), and Haymarket Books, which published JVP’s anthology On Antisemitism [Haymarket Books 2017].

“We cannot dismantle anti-Black racism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, every phobia and -ism without also dismantling antisemitism…Antisemitism is one branch of a larger tree of racism – we have to address all the branches.”Linda Sarsour, Palestinian-American activist, co-chair, National Women’s March

“Nothing can be more counterproductive or hurtful to Jews than to be intentionally confusing the issue of anti-Semitism by spreading false charges of anti-Semitism.”Leo Ferguson, Movement Building Organizer, JFREJ

“I became an anti-Zionist right after my birthright trip when I saw that in Israel, Palestinians are treated no better, and worse, than blacks on the south side of Chicago. It was then I realized I could not support it.” – Lina Morales, member of the Jews of Color and Mizrahi/Sephardi Caucus in partnership with JVP

Background:

Photos from the event.
Link to livestream.
For more information, interviews, please contact Media@jvp.org

# # #

Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 200,000 online supporters, over 70 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.



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"]