CJNV brings Jewish activists from around the world to Israel/Palestine to join in Palestinian-led nonviolent civil resistance to occupation, apartheid, and displacement.
CJNV’s mission is to strengthen and uplift a robust and connected movement of Palestinians, Israelis and Jews from around the world committed to co-resistance and solidarity against Israeli occupation and apartheid. CJNV works towards its mission by taking part in on-the-ground and international campaigns that bring these communities together in nonviolent action.
Our activities aim to leverage Jewish privilege to support Palestinian efforts to stay on their land and maintain their way of life, as well as model and amplify the viability and impact of shared resistance.
Our main activities include:
- Delegations of large groups of activists who come for 9-10 days and join in nonviolent action, critical learning, and projects that support sumud/steadfastness.
- Hineinu, where activists stay in Palestinian communities in the West Bank and engage in daily embodied solidarity for three months, primarily through accompaniment and human rights documentation work.
- Bringing volunteers to support the Olive Harvest, a vital time of year economically and culturally in Palestinian society. Activists join Palestinian farmers and families to materially support the harvest and provide protective presence against settler-state violence.
- Activating, training and developing Jewish activists from around the world who are grounded in the realities of life under apartheid and the communities who struggle against the systems of injustice in Israel/Palestine.
- Using our platform to amplify and highlight the voices and experiences of the individuals and communities we work with.
We choose nonviolent action because we believe it is an important, effective and strategic way for us to leverage our particular position and privilege in this struggle. This includes the use of proactive or disruptive nonviolence and non-cooperation, existence is resistance efforts, and critical education.
Invited by Palestinians. All of our activities are led by and planned with our Palestinian partners. We are grounded in solidarity and close relationship with the communities and activists that we work with, and we follow their invitation as we co-vision the shared resistance that guides our work.
Resistive Relationships. We believe that relationships rooted in deep solidarity and co-resistance between Palestinians, Israelis, and Jews from around the world can and will disrupt and destabilize the material and ideological systems that uphold occupation and apartheid and oppress communities across Israel/Palestine.
Radical Imagination. We know that this work requires us to be flexible and adaptive, to learn from and be responsive to changing circumstances and possibilities. We seek to push the edges of what seems possible–strategically, politically, personally and spiritually–in order to vision and actualize different realities.
Our Privilege. Within a system that is built upon a notion of Jewish supremacy, we–as Jews from around the world–carry immense privilege that we can leverage to undo that very system. We recognize that this privilege is not distributed equally amongst us, particularly along racial and gender lines. We support and amplify the efforts of those marginalized while working to dismantle and disrupt the systems that benefit some os us at the expense of others.
The entire premise of the Center for Jewish Nonviolence is that there’s power in using our privilege as Jews from the Diaspora to resist the occupation in solidarity with Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent activists.
On May 19, 2014, the Israeli army uprooted hundreds of fruit trees on Daoud Nassar’s family farm, the Tent of Nations, located just south of Bethlehem in the West Bank. The Tent of Nations is an internationally known educational and environmental meeting center where people from around the world come together. The Nassar family has lived on this land for the last century, despite efforts by the Israeli government to displace them.
When Daoud was asked how Jews around the world could support his family, he replied: come replant the trees with us in a show of solidarity, to demonstrate that the Israeli Army’s bulldozers don’t represent your Jewish values.
Nine months later, in February 2015, twenty-five Jews from the US, Canada and Europe spent a week replanting trees on the farm and the Center for Jewish Nonviolence was born.
The Center for Jewish Nonviolence was founded on the premise that solidarity between Jewish and Palestinian communities is both powerful and necessary to build a just future.