After Gaza: The power of BDS, and the rise of Jewish voices for Palestinian rights
A conversation with Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace
Chaired by Karma Nabulsi, PSC Patron and Professor at University of Oxford
At King’s College, London, PSC co-hosted Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of US-based organisation, Jewish Voice for Peace. Vilkomerson told a packed audience that the Israeli government’s claims to be acting for and speaking on behalf of Jewish people worldwide was simply not true. She said that support for JVP in the US had increased hugely during the summer, and the group had tripled its number of branches countrywide in that period.
Watch the video from 12 minutes in due to sound distortion.
The horrific attacks on Gaza over the summer focused the attention of the world on Israel’s brutality and matrix of control over the Palestinian people. Students, activists, people of conscience, took to the streets to demand an end to this injustice.
They also responded to the 2005 Palestinian call for international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. Activists around the world intensified their BDS actions, from the Block The Boat campaign and the Presbyterian Church’s decision to divest in the US, to the campaigns against Sodastream, G4S and Hewlett Packard in the UK.
Jewish people are increasingly playing a key role in this movement. Jewish Voice for Peace is the largest Jewish organisation in the US which fully backs the BDS call for justice, freedom and equality. They have a membership of 150,000 and reflect the rapidly changing views of the American public. JVP has been at the forefront of a number of BDS victories.
Rebecca Vilkomerson, JVP’s Executive Director, discussed the power of BDS, and the increasing number of Jewish voices in solidarity with Palestine.
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