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Quaker responses to Israel’s blacklist of human-rights organisations

One of the groups on the Israeli government’s banned groups list is a Quaker organisation which won the Nobel prize along with the British Quaker Service Committee for their work rescuing Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis […]

Who are the friends of Israel…

David Rosenberg discusses a few “Friends” of Israel you wouldn’t want to know. And how some of its real friends – those who have the interests of the peoples of the region at heart – are now being banned from entering the country. […]

Israeli imposes a travel ban on members of groups supporting BDS

The Guardian reported yesterday (7th January) that Israel has imposed a travel ban on 20 foreign NGOs over boycott movement.

War on Want responded with forceful statement that this was “a desperate attempt to silence a growing movement that is holding Israel to account for its systematic abuse of Palestinian rights and persistent violations of international law”. […]

JVL gives full support to Kate Osamor MP

Jewish Voice for Labour welcomes Kate Osamor MP’s courageous endorsement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) targeted on Israel as a non-violent way to advance the struggle for Palestinian rights. The pressure on her to abandon her stance is predictable. The people who berate her for endorsing a ‘morally wrong’ strategy, themselves too often defend the Israeli state, despite its record of actions and policies which are not only morally wrong but also illegal and in breach of international human rights conventions. […]

Jewish News: Fascinating interview with Len McCluskey

Hats off to Stephen Oryszczuk, Foreign editor of Jewish News for this lengthy, probing and insightful interview with Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union. It ranges widely, from Trump’s Jerusalem embassy announcement, Britain’s role, talking to Hamas, Priti Patel, Ken Livingstone and more to an extended discussion about antisemitism and the Labour Party, and BDS.

And there’s a hat-tip towards JVL: “Suddenly, his face comes alive. ‘Now, Jewish Voice for Labour, which only formed at the recent Labour Party conference – I’m very, very attracted to dealing with them…'”

Read all about it! […]

The weaponisation of antisemitism in the US

The New School of Social Reserch, was founded in New York in 1918 as a centre for higher learning, independent critical research and progressive social and political engagement. In the 1930s and 1940s it was host to hundreds of exiled scholars from Nazi Germany and has maintained is critical edge ever since.

Today it is under fire for planning to host a panel on antisemitism which includes two activists who support boycotting Israel, Linda Sarsour and Rebecca Vilkomerson of Jewish Voice for Peace. […]

Pro-Israel Social Democrats USA endorse BDS with a heavy heart

Sheldon Ranz has contacted JVL to say: “Shalom! I’m from across the Pond(USA), and I’m excited about JVL. Recently, my organization, Social Democrats USA endorsed BDS as Democratic Zionists. I was a co-author of the resolution, If anyone in JVL feels a positive emotional attachment to Israel but has been led to believe that the BDS movement or demands are inherently anti-Zionist, you need to read this article.” […]