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2016:

06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics

2015:

23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo

2014:

15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014

2013:

29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

Comments in 2012 and 2011

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Posts

This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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Here we are at the end of August 2016 (week August 22-28, 2016) more than two years after OPE, the IDF onslaught on Gaza, and the consequences of that orgy of destruction are amongst the most decisive factors in Palestinian lives. The UN has called urgently for more humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza. […]

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The public face of what women wear

In 2 articles from Haaretz we can see that what women wear is not personal choice. It follows cultural conventions on shame and modesty in women. The face-covering of Asian women can seem hostile in the West. The line between expected ‘modesty’ and ‘shame’ is invisible and the arbiters of whether a woman wears too much or too little are enforcing their own conventions.

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‘Israel has best counter-terrorism techniques in the world’

The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) has been organising trips to Israel for American police officers reveals Mondoweiss. They go to learn about counter-terrorism. This could be an illustration for Jeff Halper’s book ‘War Against the People’ – pacification techniques pioneered by Israeli state forces.

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Diverting rubbish in Gaza

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This begins with a straightforward report on the call by UN agencies for more humanitarian aid for Gaza. Then there are two reports on accusations by Israel that UN employees are diverting rubble and money to Hamas, or perhaps to rebuilding Gaza. This seems too small an issue to make headlines but it does divert attention from why Gaza is in such dire straits to the venality or treachery of Palestinian aid workers.

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For the first time Israel divides the US

Israel is no longer the bipartisan issue in American politics that it has been since its foundation. Prof. Dov Waxman tells Mitchell Plitnick, FMEP, what this means.

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Americans in Israel could swing it for Trump

In the USA, Jews are most likely to vote Democrat – because of or despite candidate Clinton. In Israel, home of 200,000 Americans with voting rights, Trump is more likely to get the ex-pat vote (he’s set up 5 offices in Israel to get these votes in). Obama’s serious efforts to get peace-talks going are regarded by the ex-pats as hostile to Israel. Trump abhors everything about Obama.

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Palestinian women, more education, fewer jobs

The good news is that the PNA is trying to implement a UNSC resolution on empowering women and girls and has produced a programme. The bad news is that their brothers oppose their going out to work and subject them to increasing violence.

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After 13 years at school Israelis know nothing of the Nakba

If Israelis (and Palestinians) really want peaceful co-existence they would surely learn other’s history, especially the Nakba, at school. It is shocking that accounts of the Nakba shock young Israeli Scouts,

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Destroy all terrorists and their shelters

This injunction seems to have been the IDF’s aim in the 2014 OPE. As the shelters are homes and schools, as the IDF cannot identify and target ‘terrorists’ it follows they will cause mass death and destruction. Ma’an on Israel’s self-exoneration.

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Playing with fire at Al Aqsa

The mosque on Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount is not just a mosque. It is the most symbolic mosque in Israel/ Palestine. Under the guardianship of a Jordanian agency, Muslims have permission to worship there. Jews do not – but right-wingers try. The fanatically religious disdain man-made law. Many fear what will happen including Daoud Kuttab.

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Shameless lies by US Zionists

This is an extraordinary story by Tom Pessah in +972 in which, in order to demonise Palestinians – who wanted to celebrate their culture in a Californian town – Zionists and know-nothings simply make things up. You couldn’t make it up.

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For diverse voices in Hebrew, come to diaspora

The virtual walls have gone up round Israel. Young Israelis who want to write freely in their own language often choose to emigrate – favourite destination Berlin. As a result, says Mati Shemoelof, these Hebrew writers are creating a new, cosmopolitan culture that challenges the patriotism and ethnocentricity which diminish Israeli culture.

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Intellectuals betray Arab Spring

Arguments will continue for years about why the 2011 Arab Spring failed to fulfil its early promise. Political analyst Majed Kayali argues that a major factor was Arab intellectuals’ denigration of democracy as non-Arab or non-Islamic. None of them is named.

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Shabak knock hilltop youth off their perch

The exploits of ‘hilltop youth’, especially the murder by burning of three of the Dawabsheh family, have done more harm to Israel’s reputation. The Shin Bet at last has begun a programme of detention of the main actors and there has been a corresponding fall in the number of attacks on Palestinians. Doubts may be raised about the legality of the detentions.

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Celtic bring Palestine to the match

By the luck of the draw the Israeli team Hapoel Be’er Sheva found itself playing one of the most political and pro-Palestinian teams in UEFA – Glasgow’s Celtic. UEFA fined Celtic for their display of flags. Without them Celtic lost to the Israeli team though Celtic leads on aggregate scores.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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This week, August 15th-21st, 2016 there were a few hopeful postings, meaning initiatives taken by Israelis (in these cases) that suggest the body of Israelis might act on their knowledge that the occupation is unworkable (for a democratic Israel). Any refusal of the military service which is required to sustain the Occupation is welcome, and […]

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Jews and Blacks in US split over Palestine

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As it says in another post this week, the long tradition of Jews and Black people jointly fighting racism and for civil rights has broken. The Jewish Establishment sees Palestine as an antisemitic entity; Blacks see Palestinians as comrades in oppression. Both assume the terms genocide and zionism have only one clear meaning.

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What does the American presidential race mean for the Jews

JJ Goldberg summarises his answer like this: Jewish acceptance is nearly complete; the barrier of good taste and goodwill has fallen; the old coalition of Jews and Blacks has disappeared. He draws this interpretation from analysing Sanders’ and Trump’s campaigns. Read how he got there.

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Packing children into tiny pens

This is a scandal that has been well-known since Israel’s state comptroller in 2013 condemned the ‘overcrowding, neglect and negligence’ of refugees’ children in makeshift child-care facilities. Some soldiers have been taking them for days out and games. Lieberman has instructed them to stop. He seems to share the public view that they are infiltrators with no rights.

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Diaspora Jews show opposing Occupation is not antisemitic

Ilana Sumka, director of the Jewish Center for Non-violence, visits Hebron, centre of extreme repression and resistance, and finds police fear arresting American Jews. This gives a privileged role to all ‘diaspora Jews’ in opposing Israeli state policies.

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