Jan. 9, 2018
Jewish Voice for Peace, the fringe anti-Israel group that supports the boycott of Israel, is back in the news again now that the Israeli government has officially banned its leaders from entering the Jewish state. Many supporters of Israel are viewing the ban as a sign of weakening democracy in Israel or a deepening divide between American Jewry and Israel. Lost in all the noise, however, is a serious assessment of what JVP is.
It is this assessment that I undertake here. Perhaps surprisingly, my argument will not, as so many already have, take on the question of whether the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement or its anti-Zionism is inherently anti-Semitic. For though anti-Israel activism makes up the lion’s share of JVP activities, there is an underlying worldview much more problematic than its animosity toward Israel.