Sunday, September 1, 2013

"Jewish Voice for Peace" supports hate speech

From the Elder of Ziyon Website:

At the "Jewish Voice for Peace" anti-Israel site, they urge their fans to lobby to defeat Proposition 76:

The California Assembly is considering Resolution 76, which opens the door to condemning advocacy for Palestinian human rights in California campuses. Arab, Muslim and progressive students of all identities should not be in fear of censure, discipline or reputational smear for criticizing injustice and demanding Palestinian equal rights. Defend campus freedom of speech. Tell your legislator in Sacramento to vote NO on Resolution 76!
Does Proposition 76 curtail anyone's right to demand equal rights for Palestinian Arabs?

Not at all. It mentions multiple times how important freedom of speech is, and it really only seeks to stop hate speech on campus.

Here are operative parts of the latest draft:

Be it Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes the supreme importance of the right to freedom of speech , as protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, and its rightful place on college campuses as a mechanism for the sharing and discussion of diverse ideas and opinions, including those that challenge a person to consider the merits of his or her own positions; and be it further

Resolved, That the Legislature hereby condemns biased, hurtful, and dangerous speech intended to stoke fear and intimidation in its listeners speech that promotes discrimination based on a protected characteristic, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation and identity, medical condition, or political activities or affiliations ; and be it further

Resolved, That the Legislature encourages public post-secondary institutions to ensure that they provide a safe, encouraging environment for exercising the right to freedom of speech and for the vibrant discussion of ideas and opinions from people of all walks of life; and be it further

Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.

Jewish Voice for Peace is an anti-Israel organization which views itself as the “Jewish wing” of the Palestinian solidarity movement.  

 From the NGO monitor report on JVP

Though JVP regards the organized Jewish community as its “enemy” and “opponent,” it nonetheless demands a seat at the communal table.  The strategy, as stated by JVP’s executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson, is to create “a wedge” within the American Jewish community to generate the impression of polarization over Israel.  The tactic is to dilute support for Israel in the Jewish community, toward the goal of reducing or eliminating the United States government’s economic, military, and political support for Israel.


Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

i like how JVP gets pissed off about being barred from having a booth and the annual Israel In The Gardens Festival in S.F.

The back of the hill said...

It is remarkable how many members of Jewish Voice for Peace are neither Jewish nor pro-peace.

Gary Fouse said...

When Matan Cohen, Rachel Roberts and Estee, what's her name came to UC Irvine a couple of years back, they came right out and said that pro-Israel voices should not be able to fell comfortable on campus and that any pro-Israel speech was "useless discourse", which they were free to disrupt by "direct action" as they did in New Orlaens with Netanyahu's speech. In other words, free speech is only for them not for those with whom they disagree.