CONFRONTing Zionism: a jvp-nyc publication

Confronting Zionism: a Collection of Personal Stories embodies a year-long project by members of the New York City chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace. The booklet grew out of a three-part discussion series about Zionism, anti-Semitism, and our own histories of coming to embrace justice for Palestine and questioning mainstream Zionism. It contains thirteen testimonies by JVP members from the New York City area—of diverse ages, backgrounds (Ashkenazi, Mizrahi, Sephardic, Israeli, Palestinian) and genders; a discussion of the project’s rationale in the booklet’s introduction; and an annotated bibliography and set of discussion questions. 

We hope this booklet will be of use to educators, students, activists, researchers and anyone who is “wrestling with Zionism” as a political ideology, a family battlefield, a dream betrayed, or a form of racist exclusion in everyday life.

Facing the Nakba curriculum

"Facing the Nakba offers educational resources to U.S. Jews and a general U.S. audience about the history of the Nakba (“Catastrophe” in Arabic) and its present implications in Palestine/Israel. The Nakba refers to the forced displacement of approximately 750,000 Palestinians that began with Israel’s establishment, and that continues to this day."


What are Israeli settlements?

Secretary of State John Kerry: "Nearly every country in the world, other than Israel, opposes settlements." But what are Israeli settlements, who are Israeli settlers, and how do they impact Palestinian lives? Video by Institute for Middle East Understanding

By the Numbers: Refugees in Gaza

70% of Palestinians living in Gaza are refugees due to Israeli policies of mass expulsion. As they face debilitating conditions under Israeli occupation and siege, Israel denies them their internationally recognized right to return to their homes and land. Video by Institute for Middle East Understanding.

End the #DeadlyExchange

One of the most dangerous places where the regimes of Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu converge is in exchange programs that bring together police, ICE, border patrol, and FBI from the U.S. with soldiers, police, and border agents from Israel.

By the Numbers: The Nakba

From 1947-1949, Zionist paramilitaries and Israeli forces dispossessed more than 750,000 Palestinians, destroyed or depopulated more than 400 villages, and committed at least 24 massacres. Today, there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees globally. Video by Institute for Middle East Understanding.