JVP Statement of Support for BDS Campaign

We, the members of Swarthmore’s newly formed chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), write in solidarity with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)’s Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.  Last October, SJP launched a BDS campaign urging Swarthmore College to divest from seven companies that uphold the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. We are proud to support this Palestinian-led, nonviolent international movement to hold Israel accountable for the human rights abuses entrenched within the state’s policies and actions towards Palestinians.

We are inspired by the rich Jewish tradition of striving for justice and working towards peace and freedom. Our history as a people has taught us the dangers of occupation and discriminatory practices along with the importance of international accountability. We support BDS because of our Judaism, not in spite of it.

Many critics of BDS claim that the movement is inherently anti-Semitic; we want to explicitly deny that claim. BDS is not anti-Semitic. Jewish liberation is not predicated on Palestinian oppression––instead, our struggle for liberation is inextricably linked to the struggle for Palestinian liberation and to liberation movements across the globe. We will not be free until Palestine is free.

More information on the Swarthmore BDS movement can be found here and here. Information about the national JVP organization’s support for BDS can be found here.

In solidarity,

Swarthmore Jewish Voice for Peace