- Written by AUPHR and JVP-PDX AUPHR and JVP-PDX
- Published: 14 August 2015 14 August 2015
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The Movement for Justice for Palestinians is rooted in Human Rights, Justice and Equality
A Statement by Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights (AUPHR) and Jewish Voice for Peace -Portland (JVP-PDX)
Portland, Oregon - August 14, 2015 - Recently, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Jewish Voice for Peace issued statements saying that they would no longer work with Alison Weir and If Americans Knew due to Ms. Weir/IAK not working within the principles of anti-racism set by these organizations. See their statements here and here.
We agree with the statements and positions taken by both organizations. Anti-racism principles must be a core part of our work if we wish to mainstream our movement and build principled ties to other movements that will lead to mass mobilization in support of Palestinian rights and social justice for all communities. White supremacists have no place in our work. We cannot fight racism by encouraging racists and feeding and validating a racist framework.
While challenging Israel’s racist system of inequity is a focus for many of us, we cannot forget the wider context of U.S. complicity, ongoing US support for non-democratic violent regimes around the world, home-grown US racism and systems of inequality, and our own settler-colonial and slavery roots. To treat Israel as a case apart blinds us from joining with other movements and ignores the fact that Israel plays a role in furthering longstanding US foreign policy.
We stand firmly that the movement for Palestinian justice deserves its place front and center with all current and historic movements to combat racism, settler colonialism, and dispossession, such as the Civil Rights movement,#BlackLivesMatter, the Immigrants rights movement, the South African anti-Apartheid movement. Our movement should be rooted in time-honored universal principles of universal human rights backed by international law.
US Campaign Statement on Complaint
Filed Regarding Alison Weir and If Americans Knew: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=4510
Jewish Voice For Peace Statement On Our Relationship With Alison Weir: