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July 8, 2016 2:26 am

Jewish Voice for Peace and Its Disgusting Response to Islamic Terrorism

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A vigil for the victims of the Orlando massacre. Photo: Wikipedia.

A vigil for the victims of the Orlando massacre. Photo: Wikipedia.

What else could the group Jewish Voice for Peace do that would shock me? The organization, which has so many university chapters that promote anti-Israel activity, has already placed ads in the LA Times and New York Times promoting a boycott of Israel. It pushes for a Palestinian right of return, to bring an estimated 5 million Arab-Muslims into Israel — therefore turning the only Jewish country into an Arab majority state. And it “proudly” supports the BDS movement, which was started by, among others, the Palestine Liberation Organization [see Munich] and anti-Israel countries such as Iran.

So, nothing could surprise… until now., as the following announcement on JVP’s homepage illustrates:


We are grieving today 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…

A Muslim-American slaughtered 49 people (and wounded dozens) while pledging his allegiance to ISIS, and JVP’s response is not an outcry against the man or his belief system, but against the United States, where “Islamophobic laws are commonplace.” For JVP, though, this logic makes sense. For decades, Arab-Muslims have callously spilled the blood of thousands of Jewish men, women, and children in Israel, and JVP only blamed Israel’s policies.

Islam is not friendly to gays. Homosexuality is illegal in 65 Muslim countries; 10 have the death penalty for this “crime.” So rather than point to Islam’s self-professed homophobic roots and lone-wolf jihadist teachings as inspiration for the Orlando massacre, JVP blames everyone except those truly responsible.

Palestinians have rejected peace deals three times, yet JVP blames the Israeli government for the context and climate of ongoing Palestinian terrorism. Now, following a history of Islamic terrorism outside of Israel (San Bernardino, Brussels, Paris, Orlando, etc.), JVP continues their script, blaming everyone except the people and ideology behind the slaughters.

​The audacity of ​JVP to ​reach out to the LGTBQ community with “broken hearts.” They never boycotted the PA, Hamas, Saudi Arabia or any of the other Muslim-majority countries that torture gays, mutilate their genitalia and throw them off buildings. JVP only boycotts the one country in the Middle East where gays from the Palestinian Authority and Gaza desperately seek (and are given) asylum so they won’t be murdered: Israel. The entire Arab-Muslim world is rife with honor killings, stoning women to death because they were raped, suicide bombings, and beheadings, yet none of JVP’s efforts are directed toward boycotting those countries. It “proudly” boycotts the one country in the Middle East that just hosted more than 100,000 people at an LGBT parade: Israel.

My only hope is that Jewish Voice for Peace drops the word “Jewish” from its name. It tarnishes what a Jew is, what Jewish values are, and what the Jewish religion is about. This isn’t about Democrats vs. Republicans, or Orthodox Jews vs. Reform Jews, or Liberals vs. Conservatives. This is about JVP being an insular fringe group of Jews (by name only) that wants Israel as a Jewish state destroyed, similar to Hamas.

The Orlando terrorist attack did take place in the context of a certain climate, but it wasn’t US policies or laws that murdered those 49 people. The climate was the freest country on earth, where one Muslim-Arab American with a warped religious doctrine committed this atrocity, and Jewish Voice for Peace and its ilk run and hide from that truth.

Jack Saltzberg is the founder and executive director of The Israel Group, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting Israel in the diaspora.

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  • won

    I think the key focus in rebutting these groups should be on the fact that they are liars, not on whether they are really Jews.

    For example, JVP cites historian Ilan Pappe (‘The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine’) on their website as justification for their so-called ‘tikkun olam.’ Only problem is that the book has been debunked as slander; the author himself disavowing an interest in facts.

    So it’s their Big Lies that these Jews must be made to answer for. Debating the definition of “Jew” is simply diversionary bait properly left to Jew-haters.

  •   (M.F. Hammer, Proc. National Academy of Science, May 9, 2000)

    “Despite their long-term residence in different countries and isolation from one another, most Jewish populations were not significantly different from one another at the genetic level. The results support the hypothesis that the paternal gene pools of Jewish communities from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East descended from a common Middle Eastern ancestral population, and suggest that most Jewish communities have remained relatively isolated from neighboring non-Jewish communities during and after the Diaspora.”

    The most recent genetic research consists of obtaining DNA samples, and doing laboratory analysis and comparison of the DNA markers on the Y-chromosome—which is passed from father to son, and on the mtDNA (mitrocondrial DNA)—which is passed intact from mother to son and daughter. This genetic anthropology promises to be particularly informative for tracking the history of Jewish populations, and helping to resolve the debate on the origins and migrations of Jewish communities in the Diaspora.

    Whilst I know others, by stats and lesser test have attempted to discredit these findings-They have not been able to

  • Yaakov

    There is no such thing as a Jew by name only, the halachic definition notwithstanding. A Jew is someone who considers Judaism to be a way of life for himself or for herself. Moreover, if we adopted that definition, we would be hard pressed to call Israel a Jewish state. Our time and energies would be better spent by trying to help Israel rise to that standard. When Israel continues to use an ethnic definition for “Jewish,” it only serves to give credence to fringe groups that use the term in the same way.