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For Immediate Release


Press Release

Palestine is a Progressive Issue at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Jewish Voice for Peace leaders and members will be in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention to highlight the issue of Palestinian human rights as one of many racial and economic justice issues that U.S. political leaders must address.  

The high-profile debates over Israel/Palestine in the Democratic Party platform demonstrated the tension between a growing desire among constituents for U.S. leaders to recognize Palestinian rights and the ongoing resistance from some political leaders to even name the reality of Israel's military rule over Palestinians as an occupation. While polls show growing criticism of Israel’s conduct and rising support for Palestinian rights among key Democratic constituencies, including millennials, women and people of color, the Democratic Party platform drafting committee rejected amendments to include language around settlements and occupation.

At the same time, efforts to stifle advocacy for Palestinian rights are increasing, including efforts in state legislatures and in both major party platforms to suppress the use of nonviolent tactics such as boycott, divestment and sanctions to change Israel’s policies. In Philadelphia, Jewish Voice for Peace will host a panel on Tuesday July 26 on the use of boycotts as a tool for social justice movements.

Boycotting for Justice: Building Progressive Grassroots Power
Progressive leaders from a range of historical and contemporary movements will discuss the power of boycotts and divestment as tools for social justice movements, and the pushback in state legislatures and party platforms against the use of these nonviolent tactics. Panelists will include leaders in the Palestine solidarity/BDS movement, the anti-Apartheid movement, and the farmworker justice movement. 
WHEN: Tuesday July 26, 2-4 pm  
WHERE: Ethical Culture Society, 1st Floor, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square
See speakers and more details here.

Jewish Voice for Peace leaders and members will also be hosting and participating in a number of events in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention, including: a policy discussion on Israel/Palestine co-hosted with the Arab-American Institute, a town hall on Islamophobia co-hosted with the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American Friends Service Committee and a panel on U.S. foreign policy co-hosted with the Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), and the New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia.

For quotes, analysis or further information on issues relating to Israel/Palestine during the DNC, please contact Naomi Dann | | 845-377-5745. For the the schedule of events that JVP members and leaders will be hosting, partipating in and attending, please see:


Jewish Voice for Peace is a national, grassroots organization inspired by Jewish tradition to work for a just and lasting peace according to principles of human rights, equality, and international law for all the people of Israel and Palestine. JVP has over 200,000 online supporters, over 70 chapters, a youth wing, a Rabbinic Council, an Artist Council, an Academic Advisory Council, and an Advisory Board made up of leading U.S. intellectuals and artists.

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