Jewish Voice for Peace is a left-wing, nominally Jewish group that opposes U.S. assistance to the state of Israel and supports allowing Palestinians to live on land within Israel vacated by Arabs during the Israeli War of Independence. The group supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement to delegitimize and isolate the Jewish state.
The group “unequivocally oppose[s] Zionism.” 
Jewish Voice for Peace is an organization highly critical of the state of Israel. It explicitly seeks to create “a wedge” within the American Jewish community to weaken broader American support for Israel. 
The organization’s position toward the existence of Israel as a Jewish state is hostile: In 2017, the organization produced a booklet, Confronting Zionism; A Collection of Personal Stories featuring 13 JVP members writing about their change of heart from supporting to opposing Zionism.  In 2019, the group adopted a declaration that says, “Jewish Voice for Peace is guided by a vision of justice, equality and freedom for all people. We unequivocally oppose Zionism because it is counter to those ideals.” 
The organization states “The United States must stop supporting repressive policies in Israel and elsewhere,” and that “U.S. military aid to Israel must be suspended until the occupation ends.” 
Opposition to Mainstream Jewish Organizations
The organization launched a “return the birthright” campaign to push younger Jews to boycott Birthright Israel, which offers free first-time trips to Israel for Jewish students around the world. 
JVP targeted a number of mainstream Jewish organizations including the left-of-center Anti-Defamation League as part of its “Stop the Deadly Exchange” campaign. The campaign targets U.S. cities that have police officer exchange programs with Israeli cities and the mainstream Jewish groups that facilitate them.
The group produced a video in which the narrator says: “Who is making this deadly exchange possible? The main groups are actually U.S.-based Jewish organizations. … Who’s going on these exchanges? Officers who lead police departments that brutalize black and brown communities.”  In 2019, JVP claimed to have collected 21,823 signatures calling on the Anti-Defamation League to end its police exchange program with Israel. 
Durham, North Carolina, canceled its exchange program after demands from JVP, which blamed the program for racial profiling in both countries. 
Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
The JVP is a strong advocate of the movement to boycott, divest from and impose sanctions on Israel, also known as the BDS movement. The group has encouraged universities, colleges and Christian churches to endorse the BDS movement. 
Prior to 2015, Jewish Voice for Peace professed that it only supported boycotts of Israeli settlements in territories controlled by Israel after the 1967 Six-Day War. Since that time, the group has endorsed a boycott of all of Israel. 
JVP participated in a “block the boat” demonstration to prevent Israeli cargo from coming into Oakland, displaying the logo, “Zionism isn’t welcome in our town.” 
The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is most notable identified funder of Jewish Voice for Peace.  The Fund provided a two-year, $140,000 grant to Jewish Voice for Peace in 2017, after Fund director Nicholas Burns resigned from Rockefeller in protest of funding BDS-supporting organizations. 
JVP has also received large grants from the donor-advised fund Schwab Charitable; donor-advised funds allow donors to hide the ultimate destinations of their contributions from public disclosure.  Other identified JVP contributors include the Firedoll Foundation, the Tides Foundation, and the Kaphan Foundation. 
Jewish Voice for Peace regularly defends statements by left-wing and anti-Israel public figures that mainstream figures consider anti-Semitic. JVP defended U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) with a social media campaign of #IStandWithIlhan amid a fury over a Tweet in which Omar wrote, “Israel has hypnotized the world” that culminated in the passage of a resolution denouncing “hate” by the U.S. House of Representatives. 
Jewish Voice for Peace likewise objected to Britain’s Jewish newspapers that were critical of far-left Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and defended the national Women’s March organizations after liberal groups began abandoning the March in protest of the controversial leaders of the March having made anti-Semitic comments. 
JVP hosted a Shabbat with Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) after she refused to travel to Israel. Both Tlaib and the JVP have expressed support for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions approach to coercing Israel.  JVP has praised Tlaib as a “hero for justice.” 
Alignment with Palestinian Extremism
The group criticizes military action from Israel and does not condemn Palestinian terrorism. JVP Board of Directors member Phyllis Bennis said of Palestinian violence: “The problem is that if you just stop the violence you would not have justice.” 
Jewish Voice for Peace hosted convicted Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist Rasmea Odeh as a speaker at its 2017 national conference. Odeh, who was convicted for involvement (that she denies) in a 1969 bombing of a Jerusalem supermarket, was stripped of U.S. citizenship after it emerged that she had failed to disclose the Israeli conviction on her citizenship application materials. 
Rebecca Vilkomerson is the JVP executive director. She has been a member of the organization since 2001. She lived with her family in Israel from 2006 through 2009. Forward named her one of the 50 most influential Jewish American leaders in 2010. The Jerusalem Post in 2017 named her one of the 50 most influential Jewish leaders in the world. 
Linda Holtzman is the vice chairwoman. She is rabbi of the Tikkun Olam Chavurah and is on the regular faculty of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She was previously a rabbi at the Beth Israel in Coatesville, Pa., and was a part-time rabbi at Beth Ahavah, an LGBT-focused congregation in Philadelphia.