‘Jewish Voice for Peace’ Group Showcases Palestinian Woman With Assault Rifle, Defends ‘Right to Resist Military Occupation’
An anti-Zionist Jewish group shared a drawing on Wednesday of a Jewish woman holding hands with a Palestinian counterpart who was armed with an assault rifle and bullets, before defending what it described as “the right to resist military occupation.”
Jewish Voice for Peace — a leading supporter of the Palestinian-led boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, which major Jewish communal bodies in the US and worldwide have denounced as antisemitic — posted the image on its Twitter feed with the caption, “Being Jewish is *not* the same as being zionist!”
Being Jewish is *not* the same as being zionist!
Artwork by Lisa Kokin for the Jewish Alliance Against Zionism, 1978, courtesy of the Palestine Poster Project pic.twitter.com/FADkVP0E0i
— JewishVoiceForPeace (@jvplive) January 9, 2019
Responding to criticism that the drawing legitimizes Palestinian terrorism, JVP added in a series of now-deleted tweets that it has a “duty to support the right to resist military occupation, a right which is protected by international law.”
The tweets were archived by Petra Marquardt-Bigman, a German-Israeli writer and Algemeiner contributor.
JVP has previously been accused of using its professed Jewish identity to give cover to antisemitic elements within the anti-Zionist activist movement, and of whitewashing crimes committed by Palestinian factions, including terrorism against civilians.
The group’s 2017 national conference featured Rasmea Odeh, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine who was convicted in Israel of a 1969 bombing that killed two Hebrew University students. Odeh, who was deported from the US in September after lying on her immigration forms, maintained that she was innocent and only confessed under duress.
That year, JVP also took out a full-page advertisement in the Forward, a Jewish newspaper, which featured an extended quote from Marwan Barghouti. He was only identified as the leader of a Palestinian hunger strike in an Israeli prison, with no mention of his conviction on five counts of murder.
The group is currently helping spearhead opposition to the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, congressional legislation that seeks to expand exiting laws that ban companies from adhering to the Arab League boycott of Israel to organizations like the United Nations.