PHYLLIS BENNIS (Washington, DC) is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies, and of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She is a longtime activist and analyst on Israel/Palestine, other Middle East and U.S. war issues, and helped found both the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and the United for Peace & Justice anti-war coalition. She writes and speaks widely, and her most recent books are Understanding ISIS & the New Global War on Terror, and Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer. Phyllis has worked closely with UN officials and agencies on Palestine, co-chaired the UN-based International Coordinating Network on Palestine, and was short-listed twice to become the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Palestine.
SCOUT BRATT (Chicago, IL) teaches body-positive sexual health education in Chicago Public Schools and community-based organizations. Originally introduced to anti-occupation organizing through feminist philosophy and feminist critiques of the occupation, intersectional feminism remains a key part of not only Scout’s Judaism but also Scout’s Palestinian solidarity work. Scout majored in Peace Studies and Philosophy at Goucher College and is currently studying Youth Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
ASHLEY BOHRER (Chicago, IL) is a queer, feminist, abolitionist activist who splits her life between Illinois and Indiana. She has been a chapter leader and a chapter co-founder for JVP. In addition to years of Palestine organizing, Ashley also has over a decade of experience in racial, gender, and economic justice movements; she sees the liberation of Palestine as inextricably bound up with the liberation of all people.
ESTEE CHANDLER (Los Angeles, CA) is the founding organizer of JVP Los Angeles which was launched in 2010. She hosts and produces the long running Middle East in Focus Radio show on KPFK along with Nagwa Ibrahim; and is the executive producer, co-creator and host of The Middle East Minute+, a short format weekday news report also on KPFK.
ERAN EFRATI (Brooklyn, NY) is the executive director of RAIA (Researching the American-Israeli Alliance), an investigative researcher into the Israeli military, and former director of ICAHD-USA. He formerly served as the chief researcher of Breaking the Silence, where he collected testimonies from hundreds of IDF soldiers about their activities. He has worked with the International Criminal Court and participated in both independent and UN investigations into Israeli military operations. His investigative reports have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian, among others. Today his research is focused on international military and police partnerships between the United States and Israel.
ANNIE KAUFMAN (Chicago, IL) is a plus-size fashion designer who lives in Baltimore, where she teaches patternmaking and Talmud, enjoys her Yiddishist community, and organizes with Baltimore Palestine Solidarity and JVP.
LINA MORALES (Boston, MA) is a longstanding member of JVP and former Education Chair for JVP Boston and a core member of the Jews of Color Mizrahim Sephardim Caucus in partnership with JVP. She is a biracial Ashkenazi jew from Chicago who has been active organizer and educator in the Palestine solidarity movement since 1998.
SETH MORRISON (Las Vegas, NV) has been active in Jewish and Zionist organization for his entire life. He was formerly a leader in J Street and other Jewish organizations before becoming a BDS activist. Professionally he recently retired from a career in marketing and strategic planning in the cable television industry.
LISA ROFEL (San Francisco, CA) is a white U.S. American Ashkenazi Jewish lesbian who was raised as an Orthodox Jew taught to support Israel wholeheartedly. The long and painful journey she has taken to become an anti-Zionist gives her insight into how to encourage others to fearlessly challenge Israeli settler colonialism. As an academic-activist (she is a professor emeritus at University of California, Santa Cruz), she has taken a public, visible role in speaking out in support of Palestinian freedom and rights on campus, nationally and in the BDS campaign in the American Anthropology Association (her professional association) and at large.
ERIC ROMANN (Los Angeles, CA) is a white Jewish guy from the middle class suburbs of New Jersey who became a political radical at a young age and has never looked back. He has been active in movements, organizations, and campaigns to challenge white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, US empire, and environmental destruction for over 20 years. He has also been a self-identified anti-Zionist Jew and an activist and organizer in solidarity with the Palestinians’ movement for justice and self-determination dating back to the beginning of the second Intifada.
SHAHAR Z (Sacramento, CA) is a Mizrahi anti-Zionist Jew who was born and raised in Israel. His political journey started in the Israeli NGO Zochrot which seeks to promote acknowledgment of and accountability for the ongoing injustices of the Nakba, the Palestinian catastrophe of 1948. Upon moving to the U.S., Shahar joined the JVP Indiana chapter as a chapter leader, and has worked with the community in creating educational workshops and training, as well as co-created a multi-faith, multi-racial justice-based Jewish monthly ritual space. He recently moved to California to pursue graduate studies in Sociology.