At their Twitter feed, here, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) has remained relatively silent of late about the recent wave of stabbings in Israel. At the beginning of the disturbances (early October 2015) they highlighted outbreaks of anti-Arab racist mobs, and casualties at Palestinian demonstrations in the West Bank without an explicit word about the wave of knifings.
In the Tweet posted above, JVP implicitly endorses this “important statement” by “the BDS Movement” promoting “Palestinian resistance,”
In their official statement here JVP takes one quick sentence to deplore the loss of life on both sides, before then taking the pains at great length to hold Israel responsible for imposing collective punishment on the Palestinian people.
No sympathy, not even a word about the murder of Naama and Eitam Henkin in front of their four children.
This is not a Jewish voice peace. The one-sided support of Palestinian rights at JVP remains uncritical, and counter-productive. And while I don’t at all like the hashtag getting trotted about by the Jewish right, I don’t think they think “Jewish lives matter.” They are the mirror image of the Zionist right. Morally obtuse, the violence they frame inside a neat and supporting “context.”
If context explains “everything,” one could just as well shift the onus and “contextualize” Jewish racism in Israel, but to what effect? The problem with context is that it explains nothing, not because context doesn’t matter, but because it’s a rabbit hole.