(November 14, 2018 / JNS) Since 1996, Jewish Voice for Peace has been a prominent anti-Israel group nationwide, especially on college campuses, advocating for the BDS movement and collaborating with similar groups such as IfNotNow, according to a new report from the watchlist Canary Mission.
It receives grants worth hundreds of thousands of dollars annually from numerous funds and foundations, such as Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Schwab Charitable, for its purported mission of “peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.” However, JVP’s financial sources exposes it to be part of the anti-Israel narrative.
“Although Students for Justice in Palestine has increasingly been revealed as anti-Semitic, JVP has increasingly come to their aid,” according to Canary Mission. “In fact, JVP and SJP have proven to be two sides of the campus anti-Israel coin.”
Moreover, JVP is also supporting the annual SJP conference, which will be held on Nov. 16-18 at the University of California, Los Angeles.
“We want to express our strong support for the young people organizing the upcoming National Students for Justice in Palestine conference at UCLA,” said the group. “Students for Justice in Palestine … has also been a crucial space for students to learn about anti-Semitism.”
Their chapters at at the University of California, Berkeley, plan to hold a vigil on Nov. 22 for the 11 Jewish worshippers killed in Pittsburgh, while at the same time blasting Israel’s defensive response to Palestinian and Hamas violence along the Gaza border.
Finally, the report stated that JVP “regularly dismisses and enables anti-Semitism. In various campaigns and events, JVP has repeatedly refused to acknowledge anti-Semitism disguised as anti-Zionism and has chosen to align itself with anti-Semites and even convicted murderers of Jews.”
“JVP’s Jewish identity acts as a ‘shield’ protecting other anti-Israel organizations from accusations of anti-Semitism,” added the report. “Groups accused of promoting anti-Semitic views can deflect those accusations by stating that Jews affiliated with JVP share the same views, therefore they can’t possibly be anti-Semitic.”