What is the Center for Jewish Nonviolence?

The Center for Jewish Nonviolence is cultivating a practice of Jewish Nonviolence in support of Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. We engage in creative, nonviolent activism in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel.

We strive for a future that honors the full equality and shared humanity of both Palestinians and Israelis.

Is the Center for Jewish Nonviolence a registered U.S. nonprofit organization?

The Center for Jewish Nonviolence is an independent project, and we work in partnership with our fiscal sponsor, T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. For the purposes of financial contributions, all contributions made to the Center for Jewish Nonviolence are tax deductible.

Who are your partners?

We work closely with Palestinian and Israeli individuals and groups who share our vision of using nonviolence to bring about an end to the Israeli occupation and a future based on equality and shared humanity. We are constantly building new relationships as we develop each new campaign. See our “Partners” page.

What campaigns have you already done?

Tree Replanting at Tent of Nations, February 2015
In the spring of 2014, the Israeli government uprooted hundreds of fruit trees from the Nassar family farm, the Tent of Nations, located south of Bethlehem in the West Bank. In February 2015 we traveled to their farm to help replant fields and sow seeds of creative, nonviolent activism. Part of our work with this campaign is to ‘repurpose’ the JNF mission, which advances an exclusive and discriminatory approach towards land use in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. We promote tree planting to enable Palestinian farmers and landowners to protect their private property and to reclaim land stolen by settlers and the Israeli government.

World Zionist Congress: End the Occupation & Stand with Susiya; October 2015
From October 20-22, 2015, the 37th World Zionist Congress (WZC) convened in Jerusalem. The WZC distributes millions of dollars in funding to support settlements.  Although the Congress claimed to address the realities facing Israel, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories was entirely absent from their three-day agenda. 

The Center for Jewish Nonviolence organized actions, protests, and solidarity campaigns with Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent activists to counter the World Zionist Congress’ deafening silence on the issue that we believe is most central to Israel’s future, and arguably the most important challenge facing the Jewish people today: ending the occupation.

Stand with Susiya
We traveled to Susiya, a small Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills with a population of 340.  Susiya has been threatened with demolition orders since 2012, with the claim that it was “built without permits.” It is virtually impossible for Palestinians living in Area C, the majority of West Bank, to obtain building permits from Israel. In other words, Susiya is threatened with demolition because it is a Palestinian village.

While in Susiya, we worked with the villagers of Susiya to complete their olive harvest.  Harvesting olives is a seemingly simple task made dangerous and risky due to the threat of neighboring settlers who harass and attack Palestinians in efforts to coerce them to leave their land. The presence of Jewish, Israeli & international allies can serve to deter settler violence.

What is the Center’s stance on  the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement?

In the same way that we are diverse in our practice of Judaism, we are diverse in our strategies for pursuing an end to the occupation. We represent a diverse group of individuals and activists, some of whom take a stance on BDS outside of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence. As an organization, the Center for Jewish Nonviolence does not take a position on BDS.

Do you support a one-state or a two-state solution?

Everyone involved in the Center for Jewish Nonviolence is committed to a future political system in which all Israelis and Palestinians are equal.  None of us knows precisely what that future political system will look like.  We do know that the current system of military occupation is deeply unjust.  We do not take a position on a one-state or two-state solution.  We are diverse in our positions regarding the specific policies for the future, and we welcome that diversity.