(SNews) – A financial paper trail has revealed that the recent anti-Israel protests on Capitol Hill were funded by leftist billionaire George Soros.
Last Wednesday, pro-Hamas mobs stormed a congressional building situated on the U.S. Capitol complex.
The aggressive Hamas terrorist sympathizers infiltrated the Cannon House Office Building rotunda.
The incident resulted in multiple arrests, including many for assaulting police officers.
We warned the protestors to stop demonstrating and when they did not comply we began arresting them.
— The U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) October 18, 2023
However, it has now emerged that the protest was organized by two Soros-backed, nominally “Jewish” non-profits: the radical Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and far-left agitator IfNotNow.
The scene in the Cannon House Office Building rotunda on Capitol Hill as Hamas sympathizers chant under a banner calling for a “CEASEFIRE.” Of note, demonstrations are not allowed in congressional buildings, per Capitol Police. pic.twitter.com/9RcCIjUzud
— Spencer Brown (@itsSpencerBrown) October 18, 2023
Soros’ radical organization Open Society Foundations (OSF) awarded JVP several grants totaling $650,000 that bankrolled its “human rights” campaign and “social welfare activities” in the Middle East.
The funding is revealed in a grant database maintained by the Soros-funded OSF, the central hub of the financier’s anti-capitalist, redistributionist network.
The Soros-branded Open Society Policy Center Inc. was once the second-largest spender on federal lobbying after the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The group donated $150,000 and $200,000 in 2021 and 2019, respectively, to the Jewish Voice for Peace Action Incorporated, JVP’s tax-exempt 501(c)(3).
And, in 2017, JVP was gifted $300,000 by Soros’ primary grant-giving vehicle, the Foundation to Promote Open Society.
However, despite its misleading name, JVP does not act in good faith.
The Jewish-in-name-only JVP is not Jewish, nor is it peace-seeking.
“Deploying its ‘Jewish’ identity in attacking Israel is JVP’s métier, one might say its purpose,” Commentary contributor Joshua Muravchik explains in a deep-dive on JVP’s duplicitous nature.
“The cutting edge of this work […] is to deflect accusations of anti-Semitism…
“Were it not for the strategic advantage of speaking ‘as Jews,’ it is likely that some of the self-described ‘progressive and leftist’ activists who constitute JVP’s membership would have little interest in belonging to a Jewish organization.”
Indeed, some of JVP’s members are not Jews.
Rather, it’s a collection of radical-left ideologues “who realize that their lineage affords special leverage in attacking Israel,” Muravchik notes.
“Nowhere does JVP evince any genuine interest in Judaism or in the well-being of the Jewish people or any reverence for the accouterments of Jewish life — holidays, prayers, ceremonial garments, Hebrew words — that it appropriates as props or adornments in its impassioned campaign for Palestinian vanquishment of Israel.”
On its old FAQ page, prior to revisions, JVP acknowledged, “No you don’t” “have to be Jewish to join.”
Simply, JVP is “inspired by Jewish values and traditions.”
“JVP misappropriates Jewish tradition by adapting Jewish rites and texts to fit its extreme political message,” Honest Reporting reveals.
Still, self-identifying as the “Jewish wing” of the “Palestinian solidarity movement,” JVP misleadingly purports to represent “a mainstream” consortium of Jews.
However, JVP supports boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) to undermine Israel’s legitimacy.
The group explicitly desires to drive “a wedge” within the American Jewish community to cause division, generate polarization, and weaken U.S. support — economic, military, and political — for Israel.
JVP’s executive director Rebecca Vilkomerson admitted to the tactic at a 2013 Stanford University forum: “So, I think that the more and more we can sort of put that wedge in, saying the Jewish community’s not agreeing on these issues, the more we’ll make progress.”
"The action was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow, two of the largest US Jewish groups calling for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
— HonestReporting (@HonestReporting) October 23, 2023
The organization launched a “Return the Birthright” crusade to dissuade Jewish youth from participating in Birthright, which offers free first-time heritage trips for students of Jewish heritage around the world to trek to Israel.
In March 2022, JVP railed against Israel’s policies concerning refugees who sought refuge from Russia’s war on Ukraine, claiming that “Israel is giving Jewish Ukrainians citizenship not out of kindness and generosity, but rather to cement a Jewish demographic majority in Palestine.”
The Israeli government is offering Jewish Ukrainians not just sanctuary, but citizenship with full rights — rights to land, resources, and self-determination that Israel denies to Palestinians living on occupied land or as refugees in diaspora.
— Jewish Voice for Peace (@jvplive) March 8, 2022
JVP’s board has officially adopted the declaration: “We unequivocally oppose Zionism…”
JVP at-large posits that Zionism is fundamentally racist.
In 2016, JVP convened a panel, entitled “The Toxic Stew: Zionism, Antisemitism, and White Supremacy.”
One of the speakers asserted that Zionism “means white supremacy.”
Another claimed there’s a “real and conceptual connection between Zionism and American white supremacy and Jim Crow white supremacy.”
Accordingly, JVP has established a Network Against Islamophobia (NAI) as a major project, accoridn to Town Hall.
NAI offers workshops and modules committed to “Challenging Islamophobia and Anti-Black Racism.”
JVP’s project has commissioned the creation of merchandise, selling apparel like T-shirts, hoodies, onesies, aprons, boxers, baseball caps, tote bags, keychains, and dog jackets, which are emblazoned with bumper-sticker slogans, such as “Stop Profiling Muslims,” “Standing with Muslims Against Islamophobia and Racism,” “Free Palestine,” and “Property of Allah,” an eyebrow-raising sweatshirt decal for a group professing to be Jewish.
Even the leftist Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has denounced JVP as a political actor that is “Increasing Anti-Israel Radicalism.”
JVP’s insistence that commentary critical of Israel cannot be anti-Semitic “gives cover to anti-Semites who couch their malice toward Jews as mere anti-Zionism,” ADL assesses.
When it comes to the scourge of Jewish hatred, JVP oft-spreads anti-Semitic canards. Last year, JVP featured on its Instagram account a political cartoon by Bahraini artist Sara Qaed that conjured “anti-Jewish blood libel of the Middle Ages.”
The crude illustration depicts the Israel Defense Forces soldiers drinking blood to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day, raising blood-filled glasses in a toast as the bodies of Palestinians are strewn across the blood-soaked ground.
According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Encyclopedia definition, the term “blood libel” refers to ritual-murder imagery falsely claiming that Jews used the blood of non-Jewish victims, usually Christian children, for ritualistic purposes.
Nazis historically employed the anti-Semitic propaganda to demonize, dehumanize, and persecute Jews.
This cartoon posted by @jvplive is undeniably #antisemitic. Regardless of one’s views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, everyone should be appalled by this fictitious image, which appears to show Israeli soldiers drinking Palestinian blood. This is immensely dangerous. pic.twitter.com/InsIJEKace
— ADL (@ADL) June 1, 2022
JVP leadership has also publicly justified terrorism against Israelis.
“The problem is that if you just stop the violence, you would not have justice,” proclaimed JVP Board of Directors member Phyllis Bennis at a Students for Justice in Palestine event.
After Hamas terrorists massacred more than 1,400 Israelis on October 7, prominent JVP activist Ariel Koren expressed that Hamas’s brutality was consistent with “Palestinians’ right to resist.”
Koren had co-authored an op-ed for The Guardian, whereas the piece wasn’t allowed to be published without the writers characterizing the Hamas attack as “brutal,” a characterization Koren didn’t agree with.
“Western media is HYPERFIXATED on Hamas,” Koren posted on the X platform, formerly known as Twitter.
At its 2017 national conference, JVP “honored” convicted Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted for her involvement in a bombing of an Israeli supermarket that killed two Hebrew University students.
— Jewish Voice for Peace (@jvplive) August 2, 2017
In a letter to the editor addressed to The Forward, which serves a Jewish-American audience, Vilkomerson defended why JVP invited Odeh to speak at its bi-annual membership meeting.
“We are proud to host Rasmea Odeh as one of many speakers from whom we can learn from about grassroots leadership in struggles for justice in these very difficult days,” the JVP head penned.
— Jewish Voice for Peace (@jvplive) March 8, 2017