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'Jewish Voice for Peace' Drives 'Wedge' Through Jewish Community

“Jewish wing” of Palestinian solidarity movement creates “wedge” within American Jewish community over support for Israel.
By Rina Tzvi
First Publish: 7/9/2013, 4:40 PM

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NGO Monitor released on Monday a report detailing the goals, tactics, and opaque financing of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a U.S.-based advocacy organization dedicated to driving "a wedge" within the Jewish community to create the impression that the Jewish community is polarized over Israel.  

The group implements this tactic in an effort to dilute support for Israel in the Jewish community, toward the goal of reducing or eliminating the United States government’s economic, military, and political support for Israel, says the report.

"Since American Jews are important supporters of Israel, JVP's attempt to divide the Jewish community is aimed at undermining U.S. support for Israel," warned Yitzhak Santis, Chief Programs Officer of NGO Monitor and the report's author.

JVP implements a strategy of political warfare against the state of Israel, which was adopted at the 2001 Durban NGO Forum,  and promotes divestment campaigns on U.S. campuses and in mainline churches by deploying the language of demonization and delegitimization, the report states.

"JVP's tactics," said Santis, "include boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS), a sustained campaign of demonization against Israel, and support for a Palestinian claim to a 'right of return.'"  

The NGO Monitor report indicates that JVP views itself as the "Jewish wing" of the “Palestinian solidarity movement”.

JVP consistently partners with anti-Israel groups in the U.S. and abroad, including Electronic Intifada, American Muslims for Palestine, Adalah-NY, Code Pink, Sabeel, International Solidarity Movement, and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation (of which JVP is an official member).  

JVP members also participated in the 2011 Gaza flotilla, which sought to breach Israel’s borders and posed a threat to the safety and security of the Jewish state.

According to the report, JVP’s funding sources are not transparent and  its website carries no information on its donors.  Limited financial information on JVP is only available through public IRS documents and databases, which report a total budget of $876, 529 for 2011. 

JVP has received funding from an Arab-American foundation that also supports Electronic Intifada, the Firedoll Foundation, and the Wallace Global Fund, which all contribute to numerous anti-Israel groups.   

"JVP's funding sources are far from transparent, and its website carries no information on its donors," Santis emphasized, "Yet, we discovered that a number of foundations that contribute to JVP also contribute to other groups active in the BDS delegitimization campaign. Most of JVP's funding sources remain hidden, leaving the question: who is funding this group?"