Jewish Voice for Peace Gathering on Chanukah to Challenge Islamophobia and Fight Against Racism
by Shelly Altman, JVP New Haven
In this time of rising Islamophobia and racism, Jewish community members will gather at 5:30 p.m. on the Green at the corner of College and Chapel streets to publicly rekindle their commitment to justice during the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, Dec 21. Activists of all faiths will gather holding nine signs listing commitments to fighting injustice in the shape of a Chanukah menorah.
This action is organized by the Network Against Islamophobia, a project of Jewish Voice for Peace, inspired by the Jewish tradition to work for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all the people. JVP chapters across the country will be participating on Dec. 21.
The election of Donald Trump has contributed to the already rising Islamophobia and racism in the United States, both on interpersonal and systemic levels. Hate crimes against Muslims were already on the rise and have been accelerating in the wake of the election. Existing policies of heightened surveillance and policing of Muslims and other communities of color as well as U.S. state violence against communities of color both domestically and internationally, will soon be augmented by the even more blatantly racist policies proposed by President-elect Donald Trump.These include banning Muslim immigrants and limiting immigration from largely Muslim and/or Arab countries.
The members of Jewish Voice for Peace New Haven believe that challenging Islamophobia and fighting against racism are part of our obligation within our communities and as partners in the broader struggle for justice and dignity for all peoples.
- We refuse to be silent about anti-Muslim and racist hate speech and hate crimes
- We condemn state surveillance of the Muslim community
- We protest the use of Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism to justify Israel’s repressive policies against Palestinians
- We fully stand with the Vision for Black Lives Platform
- We welcome Syrian refugees and stand strong for immigrants’ rights and refugees’ rights
- We honor indigenous rights and support the courageous resistance led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to protect their land and water.