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  1. Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism (JDA)

    April 18, 2021 by IJV

    Independent Jewish Voices welcomes and supports the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism (JDA).  Drafted by an international group of leading scholars on this issue, and signed by over 200 academics in Jewish Studies and related fields,  the JDA is a useful tool to help identify, confront and raise awareness of antisemitism in the contemporary world. It is also attentive to issues of free speech, and includes, in relation to Israel and Palestine, examples both of the sort of statements that  are likely to be antisemitic and of those which, on the face of it, are not antisemitic. Our founding declaration notes that the battle against antisemitism is undermined whenever opposition to Israeli government policies is automatically branded as antisemitic. Independent Jewish Voices recommends reference to the JDA, or indeed adoption of it, in contexts where a definition of antisemitism, or guidance on the topic, is called for.

  2. Defining Antisemitism: Freedom of Speech on British Campuses and Beyond

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    December 1, 2020 by IJV

    Kenneth Stern in conversation with Seth Anziska and Salma Karmi-Ayyoub, chaired by Jacqueline Rose IJV and Birkbeck Institute for the …
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  3. IJV EVENT: CAN ISRAEL BE BOTH ‘JEWISH AND DEMOCRATIC’? THE ISRAELI NATION STATE LAW, JEWISH IDENTITY & THE ONGOING STRUGGLE FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS

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    March 10, 2021 by IJV

    In response to Israel’s ‘Nation State Law’ of 2018, widely regarded as formalising the supremacy of Jews over the country’s non-Jewish citizens, Avraham Burg has petitioned through the Israeli courts to have his official designation as a Jew revoked. Burg’s arguments sharply highlight the contradictions between Israel’s discriminatory practices towards Palestinians and its international presentation as an outpost of liberal democracy.
    This panel discussion, hosted by Independent Jewish Voices, will explore these issues, asking how the contestation of Jewish identity in Israel might resonate in Europe and North America, and how these arguments might productively strengthen campaigns in support of Palestinian dignity and rights.

  4. IJV response to EHRC report

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    October 30, 2020 by IJV

    As British Jews committed to working for a just peace between Palestinians and Jews in the Middle East, we are dismayed by the bitterness and division currently raging in and around the Labour Party in the wake of the EHRC report on antisemitism in the Labour Party. These inward-looking arguments do nothing to help the crucial struggle against anti-Semitism and at the same time draw attention and energy away from the plight of Palestinians, which continues to worsen while simultaneously fading as a matter of international public and political concern. We call on everybody in the Labour Party, and also on our fellow Jews in Britain, to seek to move beyond the current dispute and to focus on working together for equal human rights and dignity for everybody in the Middle East.

  5. IJV call to action on Trump “peace plan”

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    February 10, 2020 by IJV

    We are British Jews who believe that a successful resolution of the Israel/Palestine dispute can only be achieved on the …
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  6. What Now after Israel’s Election? A Conversation with Haggai Matar, 7 November

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    October 19, 2019 by IJV

    Haggai Matar, editor of the radical Israeli +972 media organisation, will speak about the fall-out from the recent elections at …
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  7. IJV Statement on BDS and Responsible Investment Campaigns

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    June 14, 2019 by IJV

    Since the launch of Independent Jewish Voices in 2007, the prospects for peace between Israel and Palestine have progressively diminished …
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  8. Not In Our Name

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    July 26, 2018 by IJV

    This week, the Jewish Chronicle, Jewish News and Jewish Telegraph are publishing the same front page, headed “United we stand” …
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  9. Global Jewish organizations condemn attempts to stifle criticism of Israel

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    July 20, 2018 by IJV

    Independent Jewish Voices is proud to join Jewish Voice for Peace and over 30 other Jewish organizations worldwide in signing …
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  10. IJV response to the Jewish Chronicle on Jeremy Corbyn

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    July 19, 2018 by IJV

    We note with dismay and outrage the front-page headline in today’s Jewish Chronicle, which uncritically quotes Labour MP Margaret Hodge’s description …
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