Pro-BDS Jewish Group Voices Support for Black Lives Matter Platform

Jewish Voice for Peace formally endorses the Movement for Black Lives platform, which accuses Israel of practicing apartheid and committing genocide against the Palestinians.

JTA
JTA
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Protesters rally during a demonstration against police brutality at City Hall Park, New York City, U.S., August 1, 2016.
Protesters rally during a demonstration against police brutality at City Hall Park, New York City, U.S., August 1, 2016.Credit: Drew Angerer, AFP
JTA
JTA

Jewish Voice for Peace, which supports the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement against Israel, gave on Friday unconditional support to Black Lives Matter's newly released platform, which in part accuses Israel of committing genocide.

The platform, published on Monday by a coalition of more than 50 groups, is called the Movement for Black Lives and encompasses a broad set of economic and social policy goals aimed at eliminating racism, mass incarceration and police violence. It includes a section criticizing United States aid to Israel, accusing Israel of practicing apartheid and committing “genocide” against the Palestinians.

Several Jewish organizations, such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Reform movement, have criticized the platform’s statements on Israel. But JVP’s statement, published Friday, “endorses the Movement for Black Lives platform in its entirety, without reservation.” Regarding the genocide accusation, JVP wrote in a statement sent to JTA that “it is not our role to police the language of the vision for Black lives.”

JVP said it was “deeply disappointed” in other Jewish organizations for condemning the platform, calling on them instead to support the Movement for Black Lives.

“These Jewish organizations are rejecting a thorough and inspiring transformational set of policy ideas developed by a broad coalition of Black leaders simply because these Black leaders have explicitly linked the experiences and struggles of Palestinians with their own,” the JVP statement said.

“We should all take this opportunity to reflect on the impact of Israeli policy, and the interconnected nature of violence around the world,” the organization told JTA.

Bend the Arc, a progressive Jewish group focused on domestic policy, also released a statement praising the platform Friday. The statement acknowledged the “deep pain and outrage” felt in the Jewish community due to the language on Israel, but said that “these differences should not distract from the broad agreement that exists within the progressive and Jewish community on the need for a bold racial justice agenda.”

“The Movement for Black Lives has done extraordinary and powerful work raising consciousness about the harms inflicted on Black communities in the United States, and our collective need to transform the systems that perpetuate this violence,” Bend the Arc’s statement read. “It is our belief that our country will be made more whole, more inclusive, and more just because of this courageous racial justice movement.”

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Soldiers using warfare devices made by the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems.

Russia-Ukraine War Catapults Israeli Arms Industry to Global Stage

Flame and smoke rise during an Israeli air strike, amid Israel-Gaza fighting, in Gaza City August 6, 2022.

Israel Should End Gaza Operation Now, if It Can

Rio. Not all Jewish men wear black hats.

What Does a Jew Look Like? The Brits Don't Seem to Know

Karolina Bielowka.

'My Uncle Told Me, ‘Go on the Trip of Your Life, Go Dig in Israel.’ So I Did'

The replica ship, 'Ma’agan Mikhael II,' sailing from Haifa to Acre in northern Israel.

Replica of 2,400-year-old Ship Solves Ancient Mediterranean Mystery

File photo: Bus operated by Kavim company.

Ultra-Orthodox Extremists Assault Woman for Sitting at Front of Jerusalem Bus