Why I don't like the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) blog badges

Hello everyone! :)

I am on a local Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) e-mail list serve, and I support several of their activities, petitions, speakers, etc.
But nonetheless, I am still critical of a few things that they do (just like any other organization that I am apart of).

I recently just signed a JVP petition to ask for more aid for the people of Gaza. I am cool with that.
The only part that I found appling were the blog badges, as show below:

What I have a problem with these pictures is that it is putting all the weight on the Jewish girl to not occupy. (I agree that Israel is occupying Palestinian land and territories, but I feel like it's directed towards ALL Jews).

Again I need to see the context of things, but it just irritates that it's ok for a Palestinian in this picture to hold onto their nationalism, while I as a Jew can not believe in Jewish nationalism. (While I am not an advocate for nationalism, and have recently just abandoned American nationalism after going to the Presidential Inaguration---> which I will explain more later, I find it irritating when one nationalism is legitimized/ok to believe in one nationalism, but it's not politically correct to believe in the other, and that's what I have a problem with).

I also have a problem with how the photo portrays the Palestinian girl as weak and powerless. I say this because I have seen way to much of this portrayal of Middle Eastern women on US mainstream media, especially Fox News (as in Iraq and Afghanistan, in which one common rhetoric is "We are fighting for freedom, so women don't have to cover their heads,") making it sound like they have no power and are victims.

People need to realize that not just one party or group of people is responsible for the violence. Both sides are.
It is once both sides come to realize their wrong doings, can we progress towards peace.

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Comment by Sam Ginsburg on February 9, 2009 at 11:45am
It does make sense, no worries about that. I have met some amazing Arabic women who are much more empowering than their Jewish and American counterparts as well. They are just as strong, if not stronger. It seems like "weak women" is just an excuse, and not a very good one at that.

As a side notion, an improvement on those buttons could be to have the two women side-by-side, working towards peace together.
Comment by Eyal Raviv on February 9, 2009 at 10:57am
Makes sense. Thank you.
Comment by Stephanie Chase on February 9, 2009 at 12:48am
I hope that this makes sense. I have been really tired and sick, but I hope that this sounds somewhat articulate! :)


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