Opposition to Friedman Nomination Demonstrates Grassroots Support for Equal Rights in Israel/Palestine

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Opposition to Friedman Nomination Demonstrates Grassroots Support for Equal Rights in Israel/Palestine

WASHINGTON - Jewish Voice for Peace issues the following statement following the Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote (12 to 9 with near united Democratic opposition) to approve President Trump’s nomination of David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel:

David Friedman’s dedication to advancing Israel’s illegal settlement enterprise, his support for extremist Israeli policies, harsh attitude towards critics of Israel’s occupation and anti-Palestinian racism and Islamophobia should disqualify him from appointment as U.S. ambassador to Israel. It is heartening to see so many Senators take a stand against his nomination today, in recognition that someone with such disregard for Palestinian rights is the wrong person for this job. The broad opposition to Friedman’s nomination is a testament to the efforts of grassroots constituents who are working to hold their elected officials accountable to a vision of equal rights and justice for all people in the region.

Jewish Voice for Peace chapters around the country organized and participated in more than 50 meetings with Senate offices and Members of Congress, attended town halls and protests, and dropped off petitions, signed by over 26,500 people. JVP members made thousands of emails and phone calls to Senate offices, including more than 500 calls to Senator Cardin in the last few days before he publicly announced his opposition to Friedman.

As the vote goes to the full Senate, we will continue to call on our Senators to stand for justice and equality by opposing President Trump’s nomination of Mr. Friedman’s.

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Jewish Voice for Peace members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.

JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.

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