Since the demonstrations in Gaza began, Jewish Voice for Peace chapters have organized or participated in over 45 demonstrations, vigils and protests across the country in solidarity with Palestinians’ right to protest and to demand a better life.
Rabbi Joseph Berman, Manager of Government Affairs and Grassroots Advocacy for JVP, said: “Jerusalem is a symbol of wholeness, liberation, and hope. Trump’s immoral and irresponsible move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem desecrates the city, goes against international consensus, and contributes to the ongoing occupation and displacement of Palestinians.”
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, a member of the JVP Rabbinical Council, added: “I am shaken to the core and dumbfounded that, on the even of the 70th commemoration of the catastrophe that befell the Palestinians when the state of Israel was established, Israeli military forces are continuing to shoot unarmed men, women and children engaged in nonviolent protest. We cannot be silent. The killing and maiming of Palestinians seeking their human rights must stop immediately.” The JVP Rabbinical Council issued a statement condemning the killing of protesters in Gaza: “This is not what human beings do to one another. And we will not stand idly by as our neighbor’s blood is shed.”