An email from "Jewish Voice for Peace" by Jay Knott (12/26/12) ⇌ (Zionist opposition to freedom of speech)
Years ago, on my first flight to Tel Aviv, the woman with whom I had been chatting pleasantly for hours suddenly started talking about "the Arabs" with a cruelty that felt like I had been transported to the Jim Crow South.
That encounter would change my life. But in that moment, I was inexperienced and scared. I said nothing.
Not long after, back in the U.S., someone started talking about Jews, about me, in that same dehumanizing way. But this time, a friend stood up and said:
Stop now, you are wrong.
That act of courage, of being a true ally to someone else, will stay with me forever. And that kind of courage to stand up for what is right is the essence of Jewish Voice for Peace, this amazing, one-of-a-kind organization you're helping to build when you make a year-end contribution today.
Our entire reason for being is to unleash the courage of people like you and me to speak up, to speak the truth, and to do it now - all to prevent the dehumanization and oppression of entire peoples.
When an anti-Muslim hatemonger put up ads calling Palestinians "savages," Jewish Voice for Peace activists in San Francisco, New York, and DC quickly acted in support of Muslim and Arab allies and said NO.
When UC Irvine students protesting Israel's Operation Cast Lead which killed over 1,300 Palestinians in Gaza were criminalized because they were Muslim, Jewish Voice for Peace members made sure that Jews were heard saying: we reject this bigotry because of our history as Jews.
It is because of actions like these that a group of our donors came together to challenge you to a $100,000 year-end match to ensure JVP can continue to grow louder and stronger. Will you help us get there this year with your tax-deductible donation?
I've worked in movements my whole life, but no organization comes close to what we do here at Jewish Voice for Peace in giving so many people the courage and the tools to fight for a world that recognizes our shared humanity.
In the 10 years that I've been here we've grown from 1 to 35 chapters, launched our brave Rabbinical Council, grown a vocal and proud youth branch, and built a network of 135,000 online supporters. It's a lot for our small organization - but it's working. It's working to shift a culture of hate and fear to one of dignity and equality. And it's working to generate real pressure on the US and Israel to change harmful policies.
But there are no short-cuts. Our work costs money. That's why I hope, hope, hope you'll pitch in what you can right now to help. Please make a donation today and let our donors match your gift dollar-for-dollar.
I can tell you, for certain, that every dollar donated to Jewish Voice for Peace has an impact far beyond our bottom line. Every gift activates a network of courageous voices, like yours. Every gift enables those life-changing moments when someone stops being silent, and starts speaking out.
I can't believe how far I've come since that time on the airplane long ago. Here's the truth: I changed because I found Jewish Voice for Peace, because we all found each other. And together, we are continuing to make change. Day by day, minute by minute. Your gift - your gift is part of that. Thank you.
PS: Your support has been a huge part of JVP's growth up to this point. Thank you so much for all you have done to help us build an unstoppable movement for justice.