Vermonters for Justice in Palestine (VTJP) was founded on the belief that Justice is a necessity before Peace can be achieved.
Mission Statement: Vermonters for Justice in Palestine works to support the Palestinian people in their struggle for human rights and to end the illegal, immoral, and brutal Israeli occupation through education, advocacy, and action. We are committed to the principles of self-determination for the Palestinian people, the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and full civil and political rights for all Palestinians in order to promote the equality and safety of both Palestinians and Israelis
US Police violence is learned from training with the Israeli military
" We have to stand together with the victims of murder, marginalization, and repression … the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture.
We must embark on the more complicated work of delivering justice for all the victims of state sponsored violence and racism.
We can’t continue to fund a criminal justice system that perpetuates mass incarceration while at the same time threatens the lives of a whole segment of the population."
As explained here and here, about 100 Minnesota law enforcement officers attended a counter-terrorism training conference in Minneapolis put on by the Israeli consulate in Chicago, the FBI and Minnetonka police in 2012.
There they learned the violent techniques that Israeli forces have been seen to use as they terrorize people in the occupied Palestinian territories under the guise of security operations.
(Two University of Vermont Police chiefs have also participated in such training in Israel).
That Ben & Jerry’s can’t hear the contradiction, or more likely, REFUSE to hear the contradiction with their operations in Israel and Palestine.
Not the first time – in October 2016 Ben & Jerry’s served up a humble statement of support for Black Lives Matter, while remaining silent about the systematic oppression of Palestinian people that they support by having ice cream from their factory in Israel sold in illegal Jewish-only settlements in the Occupied Palestinian territories.
What’s Happening? (Full Reports here)
Ben & Jerry’s in Israel implicated in Human Rights Abuses
They sell their ice cream through Shufersal supermarkets "that profit from Israel’s illegal settlement activity"
(From UN Human Rights Commission that reported on 112 major companies identified as operating in Israeli settlements in ways that violate human rights.)
Coalition Meeting with Senator Bernie Sanders’ Staff
A local coalition of VT/NH JVP Chapter, VTJP and others met with Senator Bernie Sander’s staff at his Burlington office on January 17, 2020. They thanked the Senator for supporting Palestinian rights in Gaza and the occupied territories and presented requests Read More.
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