, January 8, 2018

Marta Guttenberg, who is on the steering committee for the Philadelphia Chapter of Jewish Voices for Peace, said several of the 50 or so volunteer members have family in Israel and visit frequently. While she said the ban was discouraging, she’s unsure how it will be enforced. “We’re an all-volunteer chapter, we’re pretty much all-volunteer nationally,” Guttenberg said. “So it’s not going to be that easy for the Israeli equivalent of the TSA to figure out who actually is a member and hold them.” She said she was pleased to be on the same blacklist with the AFSC, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 for helping World War II refugees, many of them Jews. “We are trying to speak against a totalitarian system that silences people for speaking up in a nonviolent way,” she said.

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