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May 16, 2016 7:35 am

A Jewish Voice for Peace? No — Just Another Hate Group

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An October 2007 demonstration in Seattle by the anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace. Photo: Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons.

A demonstration in Seattle by the anti-Israel group Jewish Voice for Peace. Photo: Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons.

Who is the group called A Jewish Voice for Peace and why does it hide its funders from the public?

Don’t be fooled by the name. JVP is an organization of extremists masquerading as Jewish advocates seeking a just peace for all people in the Middle East. Using the language of human rights and claiming to be acting in accordance with Jewish values, JVP demonizes, defames and delegitimizes Israel, labeling it an “occupier,”“apartheid” and “racist,” while embracing the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign (BDS) which would result in the destruction of the only Jewish homeland in the world.

With 9,000 dues-paying members and 60 chapters, JVP’s stated mission is to dilute support for Israel in order to end the Israeli “occupation” of the “West Bank,” Gaza and East Jerusalem, to resolve the Palestinian refugee problem and bring peace to the Middle East.  JVP attempts to convince Jews that opposition to Israel is consistent with Jewish values, professing, “We work to build Jewish communities that reflect the understanding that being Jewish and Judaism are not synonymous with Zionism or support for Israel.”

But JVP’s mission statement is a smokescreen, the old “bait and switch” – to lure volunteers by feigning devotion to Jewish values, human rights and social justice and then to propagandize them into warriors in the global anti-Israel war of words as lethal as a war fought with bullets and bombs.

The only thing this “voice for peace” wants is the delegitimization of Israel.  In its “Nakba Fact Sheet,” JVP characterizes the founding of Israel as a “catastrophe” and blames Israel exclusively for creating Palestinian refugees, ignoring the roles played by five attacking Arab armies and local Arab leaders advising them to leave.

During the deadly, random Palestinian knifings of innocent Israeli civilians in 2015, JVP posted a Facebook statement referring to the attacks as  “Palestinian popular resistance,” and praising “a new generation of Palestinians…rising up en-masse against Israel’s brutal, decades-old regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid.” JVP uses the Palestinian Authority’s false argument of the threat to the Jerusalem Al-Aqsa mosque to validate murder.

Although it accuses the American Jewish establishment of stifling dissent and McCarthyite actions, JVP itself has a history of attempting to shut down debate. It disrupted the Taglit Birthright reunion, joined with other anti-Jewish groups to disrupt a New York city council meeting discussing a Holocaust commemoration and participated in campaigns to “shut down AIPAC” and “skip the speech” — Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress. Brandeis University Prof. Ilan Troen explains, “If you’ve ever dealt with the JVP, they themselves are a semi-terrorist group, promoting the disruption of free speech and the inability of others to conduct public discourse.”

In response to the January 2015 Paris terror attacks, JVP merely expressed concern about Islamophobia, saying, “Muslims are at greatly heightened risk…in the context of pervasive, systemic and long-standing anti-Islam bigotry.”  This “Jewish Voice for Peace,” despite its stated opposition to bigotry, never acknowledged that the murder of shoppers at the kosher market was an anti-Jewish act.

The Anti-Defamation League describes JVP as one of the 10 worst anti-Israel organizations in America: “While JVP’s activists try to portray themselves as Jewish critics of Israel, their ideology is nothing but a complete rejection of Israel.”

In February 2015,  JVP acknowledged that they fully endorse and promote the global BDS campaign, joining other radical leftist groups in advocating for “ending the occupation of all Arab lands” — not just the territory captured in 1967 — and the “right of return” of millions of Arabs to Israel.

BDS proponents acknowledge that their efforts will ultimately result in the dismantling of Israel as a sovereign Jewish state.  Omar Barghouti, a BDS founder, stated in 2011, “BDS National Committee … sees JVP as an important ally in the U.S.”  Barghouti admits, “Ending the occupation doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t mean upending the Jewish state itself.”

JVP partners with American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) which, according to recent congressional testimony, has at least seven individuals on its staff or working with it “who worked for or on behalf of organizations previously shut down or held civilly liable in the United States for providing financial support to Hamas.” In 2013, JVP supported an AMP campaign to post signs demonizing Israel as apartheid and in 2015 it joined AMP’s “No US Tax Dollars for Israel” rally in Washington, DC.

JVP has raised money for the International Solidarity Movement, linked to Hamas and Islamic Jihad. ISM members have hidden terrorists from the Israeli military, provided funding to Hamas and participated in the Hamas propaganda effort in Gaza in 2014.

JVP publicly associates with organizations having ties to US-designated terrorist groups and yet won’t disclose its funders. Why?

According to IRS 990s and audited financial statements, JVP reported 2014 total contributions/grants of$1,407,148. Since its founding in 1996, significant growth in funding has allowed JVP to become a player in the Israel delegitimization campaign.

NGO-Monitor, a Jerusalem-based watchdog organization, has discovered 33 foundations and organizations that give money to JVP. This diligent work represents real progress in identifying contributors JVP refuses to disclose.

Among the major funders is the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) whose grant of $140,000 to JVP, together with grants to other virulent anti-Israel groups, runs counter to its mission of promoting “a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world.”

Additional funding is provided by 21 other private foundations including: Firedoll Foundation, Bonus Fund, Kaphan Foundation, Violet Jabara Charitable Trust and the Left Tilt Fund, all organizations which vigorously support anti-Israel groups.

What other individuals and groups are underwriting JVP? Could there be funding from sources connected directly or indirectly to terrorist organizations? We don’t know.

What we do know is that Jewish Voice for Peace is not a “voice for peace.” Its hatred for Israel is palpable and underlies the organization’s raison d’etre — to defame, demonize and criminalize Israel so that the world sees the Jewish state as JVP sees it — a pariah among nations.

There is and has always been a genuine Jewish voice seeking peace — the millions of Jewish voices in Israel who offered peace repeatedly in 1947, 2000, 2001, and 2008 and are willing to do so today. Where is the Palestinian voice for peace?

We do hear their voice — “From the river (Jordan) to the sea (Mediterranean), Palestine will be free.” That voice wants to ethnically cleanse the Middle East of the Jewish people.

Ziva Dahl is a fellow with the Haym Salomon Center with a Master of Arts degree in public law and government from Columbia University and an A.B. in political science from Vassar College.  Her bylines appear in the New York Daily News, the New York Observer and The Hill. This article was originally published by The American Spectator. 

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  • As one of my friends stated:
    Jewish Voice for Peace is an Iranian funded Jew-hate monger. It has NOTHING to do with Jewishness or Peace. It aids, abets and promotes the worst type of Jew-hate not seen since the time of Der Sturmer.

  • Delusional disconnected and dysfunctional IDIOTS; they should be transported to the border between Syria and Iraq, where they could preach “peace”, and teach ISIS and the Shiites to sing in perfect harmony. F-cking Idiots, and I say that with the out most respect.

  • Rob Green

    If you look at their Facebook page, most of the venomous anti-Semitic comments are from non-Jews. They make absolutely no attempt to remove these hateful comments and in fact remove comments critical of their anti-Semitic organization. They are a pathetic bunch of leftist scum.

  • Larry Robins

    The author asks the question: “Where is the Palestinian Voice For Peace?” Good question. I think some of the wonderful subscribers to Algemeiner should start a group like this and expose the real reasons for a lack of peace, namely Arab hatred, violence and stubborness.

  • Yeshayahu Hollander

    I don’t think these young Jews are bad or stupid. They are just a sad product of their environment. See

  • nat cheiman

    I have no time for slimey cowards who are ashamed to be Jewish. My message for them is . Go to hell or better still. Go and live in Gaza/ Syria/Yemen etc

  • Pearl

    There is a special place in hell for these kind of people! May they all travel together and get there ASAP!

  • Robert Davis

    This is the new arab method to deligitimize Israel thru namesakes and we can see that on jewish sites as well. Their method is to keep lying all the way as usual but Under NAMESAKES. Instead to signing their crap with their names such as ahmet or Mehmet they sign it with Thompson, Greg or Smith! We can easily find out from the things they say since no one except arabs would say such CRAP.

  • Peter Joffe

    Please note the words of Muhammad and those are to kill all Jews and Christians and dominate the civilized work with Shia Barbarity. Peace is not possible as long as the Quran and Islam remain.Islam is the greatest evil the world has ever known. Using politically correct language does not turn a deadly snake into a safe pet!!

  • Albert Linder

    Very informative and interesting perspective on an organization that few of us know.

  • Anschel

    Well stated! The organization probably has only a nominal number of Jews and is probably largely funded by anti-Semites from outside the U.S. The few Jews who may belong to it are either wholly misguided or are fifth columnists.

  • Chaim Birnboim

    Does anyone know what proportion of JVP are actually Jewish (by any standard)? Not that there are not very many Jews who are anti-Israel – for example, presidential candidate, B.S.

  • Mitch paul

    The real hate group is the north American Jewish federations leadership.
    Read how they steal under the guise of protecting us.BTW…for what reason would you call the police…

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    On Apr 1, 2016 6:19 PM, “Mitch Paul” wrote:
    Please do…when can I come to your office and share my insight

    On Apr 1, 2016 6:18 PM, “Ed Wittenberg” wrote:
    If you contact me again, I am calling the police.

    From: Mitch Paul []
    Sent: Friday, April 01, 2016 12:23 PM
    To: Ed Wittenberg
    Subject: Fraud

    These people are Crooks.. Read carefully
    Please help expose these goniffs….math not difficult. number .. These people responsible for billions of charitable funds.
    These Jews at the top of Jewish leadership forgot ‘though shall not steal!’
    Some folks saw an opportunity to capitalize on hate and fear…our basic desire for security.
    North American Jewish federations leadership set up ‘Secure COMMUNITY network’ (read Forward story linked below) Ein# 20- 1437733 check guidestar for instance to allegedly protect all jews..certainly the members of their organizations, from terror.
    I have discovered they had other motivation. The grants mostly from North America Jewish federations but many other clearly exceeds the amount of grants ‘secure community network’ has claimed to have received.
    Another charitable fraud for Clevelanders, my hometown, at our Jewish federation with Stephen HOFFMAN at the till (helm)with accomplices Malcolm Hoenlein,Robert Sugarman and David Harris who was paid one and a half millions last year…. group north American Jewish federations paid nearly all(350 and 450,000$ to support secure community network alone),of secure community networks claimed income. 450,000 $ alone is more than they have ever claimed. MANY other Jewish federations have also donated, look at the board membership… All thieves…. Malcolm hoenlein is one the highest paid Jewish leaders over 600 thousands… Wrote letter to William Rapfogels (who stole 9+ millions from NY Jewish Poverty charity) federal judge asking for leniency because William was hard up only making 450,000$ poor fellow…. Also raised most of the restitution for the poor thief so he wouldn’t have to dip into the proceeds of his crimes to pay his court ordered restitution… Lots of other Jewish leaders also wrote letters to the judge… They are all suspect. Hadassah in addition has paid over a million dollars to secure community networks’ subcontractor ‘public safety strategies group ‘ my efforts to inform them of their duplicate payments has earned me a threatening letter from their attorney…. Find such payments to ‘public safety strategy group ‘in the category contractors over 100,000$. As members of the the’ conference of presidents ‘ they should have received those services already. The Hadassah 990s from 2010-3 list ‘public safety ‘. In 2010 they paid 360,000. More than they received from the rest of the Jewish community represented by north American Jewish federations and the’ conference ‘.
    Him and his buddies Stephen Hoffman (850,000) and David Harris set up this phony charity.. ‘Secure community network’ to line thier own pockets. Not difficult to see that said charities 990 lists a lot less revenue from grants than was given to it.(ein#20-1437733).. Where is the rest? Was the huge 69,000$ insurance expense on your last 990 possibly from century insurance Rapfogels partner in crime. Why was there not an insurance expense in the previous 2 990s??. Why is the 2014 990 still not filed? Why is your longtime accountant Loeb and troper no longer employed?
    Hope these Crooks use the traditional sincere Japanese method of apology rather than further burden society with the cost of their incarceration.

    Have been posting this widely with no effort by leadership to defend themselve. The numbers just don’t add up.
    Also at Hoenlein’s 2 ‘cops’ charities.(one ends in fund) Add both together and the benefits vs other salaries is ridiculous. 2012 salaries for others 208,469….benefits 179,689. 86%~. Normally around 15%.
    Look at all the years and check the disparity in 990 statements.
    It’s bizarre. Usually much greater continuity.
    The willingness of these accountants like Loeb.troper . and donors Is directly linked to the constant assertions of multiple levels of it’s squeaky kosher…ie you can trust us.
    Brilliant Jewish nonprofit leadership trying to squeeze every drop of charitable donations into their needy clients larder.
    Or the opposite as we saw with Rapfogel?
    This will make Rapfogels case look small.

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