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Become a 2014 JVP Member

(Your dues will include your membership from now through the end of 2014)

1. Check the box to agree to carry out your JVP work in agreement with our mission and guidelines.
2. Check the box to commit to take action to advance our mission in at least three ways per year.
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and press Submit.
4. Make the dues payment of $60 for a regular membership, or $18 for students or low-income, or more if you'd like, with your Mastercard, Visa, American Express or Discover card.

Our Mission

JVP members are inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.

JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East

Justice and Human Rights:
We support justice, equality, democracy, self-determination and human rights for Israelis and Palestinians. We oppose all violence against civilians and all anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, and anti-Jewish bigotry and oppression.

Right of Return:
JVP supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the right of people to return to their countries. Peace will only be possible when Israel acknowledges the Palestinian refugees' right of return and negotiates a mutually agreed, just solution based on principles established in international law including return, compensation and/or resettlement.

U.S. Aid to Israel:
We call for suspension of military aid to Israel until the Occupation ends. We oppose all US aid to Israel that is used to perpetuate the occupation, to attack civilians, to violate human rights, or to support the settlements.

Boycotts, Divestment, and Sanctions:
The boycott/divestment/sanctions movement (BDS) encompasses a variety of tactics and targets. JVP rejects the assertion that BDS is inherently anti-semitic, and we encourage discussion both within our own community and outside of it of the growing BDS movement. JVP defends activists' right to use the full range of BDS tactics without being persecuted or demonized. We support divestment from and boycotts of companies that profit from Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. This includes companies operating in or from occupied Palestinian territory, exploiting Palestinian labor and scarce environmental resources, providing materials or labor for settlements, or producing military or other equipment or materials used to violate human rights or to profit from the Occupation.

Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be resolved through a negotiated peace agreement to both sides and grounded in international law and principles of equity and justice. Whether that agreement embodies a one-state or two-state solution, JVP’s position is that any solution must be consonant with peace, social justice, equality and human rights, democracy, and respect for international law. The terms, “Zionism” and “Jewish state,” are emotionally loaded and defined differently by different people. We do not articulate our positions in these terms, but instead in terms that affirm the values we endorse: equality, human rights, democracy, and respect for international law. From this, it follows that we oppose discrimination against non-Jews in Israel, and we reject arguments for either a one-state or a two-state solution that are based in ensuring dominance of one group over another.

How We Communicate
JVP communicates from a basis in Jewish values and principles of justice. JVP does not tolerate racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, or anti-Jewish language or imagery, nor does it demonize any group of people. JVP is unafraid to name injustice and condemns violations of international law, no matter who commits them. JVP avoids hyperbolic language and supports its claims with facts.

How We Form Coalitions
JVP groups are encouraged to engage in coalition work and may join coalitions in the name of their group (e.g. “Jewish Voice for Peace – Wichita”) even if some members of the coalition have positions different from our policy guidelines, as long as the official messaging of the coalition is generally consistent with our policy guidelines and the goals of the coalition are generally consistent with our mission statement. For example, a JVP group may join in coalition with pro-Zionist or anti-Zionist groups. JVP groups may not participate in a coalition whose demands or slogans are pro- or anti-Zionist.

When Do We Sponsor Events
JVP groups may sponsor or participate in educational events in which speakers take positions that JVP itself does not take (for example, speakers who advocate a one-state or a two-state solution), as long as it is made reasonably clear that the opinions of those speakers do not necessarily represent the views of JVP, and as long as such educational events do not violate JVP’s principles of intolerance for racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Arab, anti-Muslim or anti-Jewish language or imagery, nor demonization of any group of people.