Jewish Voice for Peace chief threatened over pro-Palestinian campaign
Estee Chandler, who heads 'anti-Israel' organization, found a poster of her picture, her workplace, other personal details and names of her relatives at her West coast home.
The head of the pro-Palestinian organization Jewish Voice for Peace received a threatening poster at her Los Angeles area home this weekend for her involvement in the organization.
Estee Chandler, the organization leader on the West coast, said she found a poster on her front porch last week reading “WANTED for treason and incitement against Jews.”
According to Chandler, the poster displayed her picture, her workplace, other personal details and names of her relatives.
The poster charged her with using "her own presumed Jewishness as a weapon against the Jewish People and the Jewish State of Israel while conspiring with other well-known anti-Israel groups to assist in Israel's destruction and to otherwise engender hatred and incite further violence against the Jewish People and the Jewish State of Israel."
In a statement responding to the threat published on the organization's website, Chandler said "I was forewarned about extremists when I first decided to start a Jewish Voice for Peace chapter here in my hometown of Los Angeles. I went into it with my eyes open. While I didn’t think anything would happen this soon, i cant say it wasn’t something I didn’t anticipate. Ultimately I think these people really are cowards, and not really to be feared."
"We are the silent majority of American Jews and its time for us to stop being silent. if we raise our voices a fraction of the level of these people- we will become the message, too many people who are with us are afraid. ultimately nonviolence is the only thing that has ever won out," she added.
In October last year, the Anti-Defamation League named the Jewish Voice for Peace — which champions the rights of Palestinians and is considered an anti-Israel organization by many Americans, especially after calling to boycott companies that profit from Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza - among the top 10 anti-Israel groups in America.
The organization, however, maintains the stand that they are not fighting against Israel or challenging its right to exist, but rather questioning the Israeli government's policies and actions in the Palestinian territories.
The distributors of the threatening poster have yet to be found, according to the JVP.