ADL accuses Jewish Voice for Peace of ‘anti-Israel radicalism’
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ADL accuses Jewish Voice for Peace of ‘anti-Israel radicalism’

Anti-Semitism watchdog says pro-BDS group harasses LGBTs, shuts down dialogue and celebrates Palestinian terrorism

Jewish Voice for Peace members at the Jewish United Fund of Chicago protesting donor-advised funds from JUF going to groups that have been deemed Islamophobic, March 24, 2017. (Inbal Palombo)
Jewish Voice for Peace members at the Jewish United Fund of Chicago protesting donor-advised funds from JUF going to groups that have been deemed Islamophobic, March 24, 2017. (Inbal Palombo)

The Anti Defamation League on Wednesday accused Jewish Voice for Peace of seeking to undermine support for Israel among US Jews, saying the pro-BDS group has adopted “increasingly radical positions” and uses “questionable tactics” to promote its agenda.

In a statement, the ADL said JVP is engaged in “harassing LGBT groups,” citing the organization’s infiltration of the pro-Israel Jewish Queer Youth during June’s Celebrate Israel parade in New York and its support for the Chicago Dyke March’s removal of three Jewish women from its parade for carrying Jewish Pride flags.

The ADL also slammed JVP for “shutting down dialogue,” saying that members of the group shout down speakers whom they deem to be too pro-Israel rather than engaging them in debate.

JVP also came under fire from the ADL for its continued praise of convicted Palestinian terrorists, including its decision to host Rasmea Odeh — who was was convicted by Israel of involvement in a 1969 bombing in Jerusalem that killed two and injured nine — at an event in April and an advertisement it published in The Forward newspaper hailing jailed Palestinian terror mastermind and political leader Marwan Barghouti that made no mention of his involvement in the murder of Israelis.

Rasmea Yousef Odeh, November 10, 2014. (AP/Carlos Osorio, File)
Rasmea Yousef Odeh, November 10, 2014. (AP/Carlos Osorio, File)

The ADL also said that JVP seeks to undermine security cooperation between the US and Israel through its “Deadly Exchange” program, which blames joint Israeli-US police training for causing “extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, police murders, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportation and detention, and attacks on human rights defenders.”

It also noted a recent video from JVP accusing pro-Israel Jewish groups in the US of fueling racism and police brutality due to their support for those US-Israel security exchange programs.

The ADL said that while it is legitimate to criticize Israel, JVP is “using language to describe American Jewish organizations that veers uncomfortably close to age-old anti-Semitic canards” and providing a “veneer of legitimacy to the BDS movement” by playing up its status as a Jewish group.

While JVP had yet to issue a response to the ADL statement, it previously has stated that is not anti-Israel in response to reports from the ADL.

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