The anti-Israel organization recently scrubbed its Facebook account of Lebanon-based page manager.
The Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) organization was recently exposed for covering the fact that one of its administrators is located in Lebanon. The finding was revealed on Monday by Israellycool.
In May, Israellycool took advantage of Facebook’s new page transparency feature that divulges where page managers are located. It found that one of JVP’s page managers was located in Lebanon.
“I think it is fair to assume the Lebanese page manager of the JVP page is not one of the 40, elderly Jews who live there,” David Lange, founder and manager of Israellycool, wrote following the find. “I’m guessing they are also likely not so keen on the existence of the State of Israel, given they live in an enemy country.”
Lange demanded “that JVP change their name to more accurately reflect who they are and what they stand for.”
On Monday, Israellycool also reported that JVP “removed all evidence of its Lebanon connection.” The page transparency feature now only reveals that it is managed in the United States.
Is JVP a ‘Jewish’ Group?
In 1996, JVP was founded by three University of California – Berkeley undergrads as a volunteer group for “Israel and Palestine peace,” according to its website. In 2002, it expanded its base in order to promote changes in US policies in the Middle East, which has translated to trying to influence US support for Israel.
According to a report in the Algemeiner last year entitled “Antisemitic, Racist, and Anti-Israel: Jewish Voice for Peace Hits the Trifecta,” “JVP displays arrogance, myopia, paternalism, and disregard for facts and history. Its positions are not just anti-Israel, but racist and antisemitic.”
JVP claims it has “200,000 supporters on [its] email list, 10,000 individual donors, over 60 chapters across the United States, a staff of 28; a Rabbinic Council; an Artists’ Council; an Academic Advisory Council; a Health Council; a youth wing; and an Advisory Board consisting of some of the best-known Jewish thinkers of our time.”
It states that “JVP proudly endorses the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS)…We also are the only major Jewish group to support the Palestinian civil society call for boycott, divestment and sanctions.” It also “seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians.”
JVP is legally exempt from paying US federal income tax.