Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), an organization that supports the BDS movement, has come under fire for a since-deleted tweet that appears to glorify the First Intifada.
The Dec. 8 tweet featured a poster from a member stating “where there is oppression, may there thrive resistance” and “L’Chaim Intifada.” JVP described the First Intifada in the tweet as “a series of mass protests against Israeli settler-colonialism and occupation.”
“277 Israelis, mostly civilians, were murdered during the First Intifada,” tweeted Avi Mayer, director of global communications for the American Jewish Committee. “What do you call a group that celebrates the deaths of Jews?”
The Israel Advocacy Movement, a pro-Israel group in Britain, similarly tweeted: “This utterly repulsive antisemitic tweet from JVP will shock you. In it, they compare the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade terror group and [Leila] Khaled [a terrorist who hijacked a plane] to Jews who resisted the Nazi genocide. This is disgusting, even by their standard.”
International human-rights lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky tweeted: “[The] 1st Intifada was a brutal and violent Palestinian uprising. But trust [JVP] to stand up and glorify the terrorists.”
JVP did not respond to the Jewish Journal’s request for comment.
This article was first published by the Jewish Journal.