Panel Discussion: Jewish Solidarity with Palestine

November 6, 2023

Join Jewish organizers and scholars for an urgent conversation about the political importance of Jewish organizing against Israeli violence, dispossession, and occupation. Speakers will discuss the political analysis and strategic orientation guiding IfNotNow and Jewish Voice for Peace in this moment, as they organize for a ceasefire to end Israel’s latest brutal attacks on Gaza, as well as the long history of Jewish organizing in relation to the Palestinian struggle for freedom, equality, and justice.

This event is co-sponsored by IfNotNow, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Haymarket Books, and is part of “Until Liberation: A Series for Palestine” by Haymarket Books. Future events in the series will be listed here.

Register today to receive a link to the video conference on the day of the event. This event will be recorded, and live captioning will be provided.

Eva Borgwardt is the national spokesperson for IfNotNow, a movement of American Jews working to organize their community to end US support for Israel’s system of apartheid and demand equality, justice, and a thriving future for Palestinians and Israelis. Borgwardt has been organizing on Israel/Palestine since 2014, focusing on the American Jewish community and Congress, and lives in Brooklyn.

Beth Miller is the political director of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and JVP Action. She has been an activist in the movement for Palestinian rights for over a decade, focusing specifically on Congressional advocacy. She was previously the US advocacy officer for Defense for Children International – Palestine, where she co-led the nationwide No Way to Treat a Child campaign. She lives in Brooklyn.

Atalia Omer is a professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. She is also a senior fellow and Dermot TJ Dunphy Visiting Professor at the Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative at Harvard University’s Religion and Public Life program. Her research focuses on religion, violence, and peacebuilding as well as theories and methods in the study of religion. Omer was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2017, resulting in Decolonizing Religion and Peacebuilding (Oxford University Press, 2023). Among other publications, she is the author of When Peace is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks about Religion, Nationalism, and Justice (University of Chicago Press, 2015) and Days of Awe: Reimagining Jewishness in Solidarity with Palestinians (University of Chicago Press, 2019).

Moderated by Mari Cohen, associate editor of Jewish Currents.

Haymarket Books is a radically independent press whose mission is to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. They strive for their books to be a vibrant and organic part of social movements and the education and development of a critical, engaged, and internationalist Left. Since their founding in 2001, Haymarket has published more than 900 titles.

IfNotNow is a movement of American Jews organizing our community to end US support for Israel’s apartheid system and demand equality, justice, and a thriving future for all Palestinians and Israelis.

Jewish Voice for Peace is the largest progressive Jewish anti-Zionist organization in the world, organizing a grassroots, multiracial, cross-class, intergenerational movement of US Jews into solidarity with Palestinian freedom struggle.