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March 6, 2015 1:13 pm

Jewish Voice for Peace Whitewashes Antisemitism in the Anti-Israel Movement

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CODEPINK protests outside the 2015 AIPAC conference in Washington, DC. Jewish Voice for Peace played a leading role in CODEPINK's anti-AIPAC campaign, writes Yitzhak Santis. Photo: YouTube. – Why is a self-styled “Jewish organization” collaborating with rabid anti-Israel campaigners, including antisemites? This is a question that Oakland, Calif.-based Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) should answer, as it played a leading role in this week’s two pronged anti-Israel campaign, “Shut Down AIPAC” and “Skip the Speech,” in Washington, DC.

JVP, whose funding sources are a complete mystery, partnered with the radical organizations CODEPINK, If Americans Knew, Sabeel, and the Answer Coalition. Who are the activists behind these groups?

Anti-war group CODEPINK’s co-founder Medea Benjamin appeared at the October 2014 New Horizon conference in Tehran. Despite the participation of well-known anti-Semites at the conference, Benjamin somehow thought this was an appropriate venue to advance CODEPINK’s mission of “support [for] peace and human rights initiatives.”

This “peace and human rights” group remains mum on the Iranian conference, which boasted a range of anti-Jewish activists. This included French antisemitic “comedian” Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, who created the “quenelle” gesture that is modeled after the Nazi seig heil salute. There was also conspiracy theorist Wayne Madsen, who has accused Israel of carrying out the 9/11 attacks. Holocaust-deniers Maria Poumier and Claudio Moffa also presented. The conference featured discussions titled “Mossad’s Role in the 9/11 Coup d’Etat,” “Zionist Fingerprints on the 9/11 Cover-up,” and “9/11 and the Holocaust as pro-Zionist ‘Public Myths.'”

If CODEPINK or Benjamin had anything to say about Iran’s abysmal human rights record or this conference’s racist agenda, it is not readily apparent.

Another participant at this Iranian conference was Allison Weir, founder of If Americans Knew, another JVP partner. She has promoted the medieval blood libel that Jews ritually murdered Christian children. For centuries, this accusation was used to incite mobs throughout Europe into massacring Jews. Weir modernized this blood libel by accusing Israel of “harvesting” Palestinian organs to sell on the international black market.

Sabeel, another JVP partner in this week’s campaign, consistently attacks Jews and Judaism. Sabeel’s founder, Rev. Naim Ateek, has declared “the establishment of Israel was a relapse to the most primitive concepts of an exclusive, tribal God.” He also employs antisemitic deicide imagery: “In this season of Lent, it seems to many of us that Jesus is on the cross again with thousands of crucified Palestinians around him. … The Israeli government crucifixion system is operating daily.”

Another JVP partner was Answer Coalition, a Marxist anti-war organization, which has drawn condemnation from groups as widely varied politically as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the far-left Tikkun MagazineADL revealed the Answer Coalition’s support for terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Tikkun related that “many Jews report that they were encountering what they perceived to be antisemitism at anti-war demonstrations organized” by the Answer Coalition. Chants of support for Hezbollah, burning of Israeli flags, and Nazi-like salutes have beenreported at Answer  Coalition rallies.

JVP’s toleration of anti-Semitism is further seen in its other partners. When Presbyterian Church (USA) last year voted for divestment from Israel, JVP lobbied the delegates shoulder-to-shoulder with anti-Israel activists of the denomination’s Israel Palestine Mission Network (IPMN). NGO Monitor exposed IPMN’s Facebook page, which contained numerous antisemitic entries by its members such as deploring “Jewish interests” that are “corrupting” the US government, charging that the media is “owned” and “operated” by these same “Jewish interests,” or that the “Christian Holy Land” is “occupied” by the “zionist (sic) instigator.” Even after NGO Monitor issued a report detailing this antisemitism, JVP remained silent and some of its leaders are still members of IPMN’s Facebook page.

With such partners, it should come as no surprise that JVP endorses the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This is consistent with JVP activities such as attempting to block ZIM cargo ships from unloading in Tampa and in Los Angeles, participating in the Free Gaza flotillas, and raising funds for the anti-Zionist International Solidarity Movement.

Why does JVP associate itself with such radical, hateful organizations? Perhaps it is because they share the same goal: Israel’s demise. To this end, JVP advances a one-sided anti-Israel narrative, refers to Israel as an “apartheid” state, and lobbies to distance the United States from Israel. JVP views itself as the “Jewish wing of the Palestinian Solidarity movement“ and is an integral part of this anti-Israel coalition, serving as its “Jewish shield,” washing away the moral stain of antisemitism from their partners’ records.

Given JVP’s emphatic statement that “as Jews, we have no tolerance for antisemitism,” the organization should be the first to speak out against its allies’ antisemitic rhetoric. Yet JVP remains silent, showing it has a blind spot when anti-Jewish hate emanates from its anti-Israel comrades. This willingness to consort with antisemites hiding behind an anti-Zionist façade says much more about JVP’s character than Israel, the sole target of its vitriolic and obsessive criticism.

Yitzhak Santis is Chief Programs Officer for NGO Monitor, a Jerusalem-based research institute.

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  • Wayne Madsen is ex NSA. Anyone who reports the truth is called a conspiracy theorist. ie a person who doesn’t trust known liars.

  • Thank you for clarifying JVP’s true agenda. Their collaboration with groups who openly advocate the end of Israel is alarming. JVP works hard to portray itself as innocent:

  • yehudi

    Severe Oslo/Stockholm Syndrome

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Members and supporters of JVP are the lowest scum of all the scum!

  • Isaac Brajtman

    Its only 70+ years that Jewish Jew haters were exterminated with other Jews. Maybe a psychiatrist can explain the mental disorder that Jewish Jew haters suffer from.They must surely realise that they must be hating themselves too. If not ,they are more disturbed than I originally thought.

  • Robert Davis

    All of these antisemite groups including that purported jewish jvc (group or single person?) are in teheran TO MAKE MONEY nothing else. Apart from one or two paranoiacs the rest are professionnal antisemits who are there to sell hate as they would sell shirts except they find hate brings in more money than shirts or shoes! negro dieudonné is an example,he makes money with antisemitism on all markets! As to opportunist jews such as that benjamin he does not care for judaism all he wants is…money and since he is not bright enough to earn it decently he sells…antisemitism! These people are vomit!

  • Fred

    That how Judas goats act. I doubt that these so called Jews are Jews. Arrogance in ignorance is the motto. They should convert to ” peace-loving “Islam .

  • art

    while they may be Jews they hate Jews. They are NOT self hating Jews they are self loving people who hate other Jews. They are willing or eager to advance themselves at the expense of others. They forget, eventually the Kapos were killed

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    If indeed this is a group of Jewish hater of self then I feel sorry for them. They make good tinder like the rest of the Jewish people. They will burn just as brightly. IF they have so little self value and are so weak with so many emotional problems, I suggest suicide to end their misery. I guess if you lok up this organizzaation you will find it well entrenched in the left wing political circles. If you pull the circle closed the Red Left will meet the Black Right. Same pile of crap.

  • CGG

    The Bay Area, Oakland included, is a bastion of political correctness. I know, I live there. Sadly it follows that there are many antisemitic voices in the guise of “constructive” criticism of Israel. Many Jews have lent their voices to this clamor. Most have no experience of antisemitism whatsoever. Worse, most have little in-depth knowledge of the historical foundations of Israel, Islam, Judaism, or of the Holocaust. These people seem to think that joining the anti-Zionist trend is a noble cause. What they don’t understand is that they’re contributing to this unprecedented wave of antisemitism to which they are not immune. The best thing people can do is to educate themselves so that they do not act counter to their own best interests.



  • Harry Brown

    JVPis our modern Judenrait

  • manley kiefer

    Where does JVP find and collaborate with all these people that really are not pro Semites or pro Israel?