JVP leadership transition: Palestinians honor Rebecca Vilkomerson

Rebecca Vilkomerson (Photo: Skip Schiel)
Rebecca Vilkomerson (photo: Skip Schiel)
An open letter of support and acknowledgement from Palestinian and Arab signatories for leadership that has sought to advance Palestinian rights.

Open Letter |  Mondoweiss  | Mar 10, 2020

…the organization undertook a two-year process launched at their national member meeting in 2017 that resulted in the adoption of a position unequivocally opposing Zionism.

On the occasion of the Jewish Voice for Peace transition to a new leadership, we the undersigned take this opportunity to honor and thank past Executive Director Rebecca Vilkomerson for her dedicated and strategic leadership of an organization that has done so much to advance Palestinian rights to self-determination, freedom, justice, and equality in the U.S. and beyond.

During her 10-year tenure, Rebecca not only helped grow the organization’s national presence and staff, making it a force to be reckoned on the U.S. stage. She also led a process that drew on JVP’s open, embracing and affirmative culture to bring consensus around endorsing the Call by 170 Palestinian civil society organizations for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it upholds international law. By supporting the BDS Call, JVP recognized Palestinian self-determination; freedom for all territories occupied in 1967; justice for the Palestinian refugees; and equality for the Palestinian citizens of Israel.

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