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JfJfP comments


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

Fatah fails to look at dire problems

These commentaries on Fatah’s 7th Congress are in two halves. The first two by Arab journalists probe the lack of momentum in Palestinian politics the second two from day-trippers are about Abbas, the ‘irked’ Israeli one being uncuriously contemptuous.

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Lawyers say calling for BDS is lawful

No European parliament has passed a law against campaigning for BDS but executive action has been taken in several countries – most harshly in France, by the Cabinet Office in the UK – to restrict or ban it. Why are the people denied freedoms of speech and assembly by such very undemocratic means?

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Kerry: what blocked his efforts to start negotiations

There are two articles here about John Kerry who worked assiduously to start negotiations between Israel and Palestine. The second is a revealing speech Kerry gave about his efforts, thwarted by the Israeli government’s insistence on establishing Jewish settlements on Palestinian territory. Here he admits Israel ignored USA pressure.

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Texas students rebuff white supremacist

Trump opened the door in to public forum for the hitherto little-known troops of white supremacists. Newly confident they are organising speaking tours on university campuses. So far, they have been met by loud protest from students and faculty.

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Settlement bill allows seizure of Palestinian land

Shmuel Rosner, Jewish Journal, is not certain whether the Knesset bill enabling seizure of Palestinian land is just a game in the coalition’s power shifts – or a profound turn towards West Bank annexation.

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Israeli Jewish youth the most right-wing ever

The first post-holocaust generation of Jews in Palestine/ Israel tended to regard themselves as progressive and leftish despite their blindness about Palestinians. Today’s young Israelis see Palestinians as beyond the pale, are insular and self-regarding and have no notion of universal human rights.

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‘Self-determination’ is not a right

Robert Cohen has boldly renounced his ‘right’ to ‘Jewish national self-determination’. That demand is not akin to national liberation movements “so, the resolution of our oppression has to look different too. It needs a universal rather than a nationalist approach. That’s how you secure real Jewish self-determination everywhere. It’s called equal rights and we fight for it for ourselves and for others wherever we find ourselves.”

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New US law to silence Israel’s critics

A bipartisan bill to outlaw expressions of antisemitism which includes Israel in its definition highlights the US’s tortured relationship with Israel. Making criticism of Israel illegal is an obvious denial of free speech, a cornerstone of American democracy. Is protecting Israel more fundamental?

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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This week, November 28th – December 4th, 2016 contains a welcome medley of articles. The Trump makes only one appearance – a critique from Times of Israel for his video use of antisemitic images (which also rely on his conspiracy theories of how power works): Conspiracy ‘common sense’ usurps reality Trump dumbs down his own […]

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Conspiracy ‘common sense’ usurps reality

This article from Times of Israel has little new material on Trump’s campaign. It is reposted because it comes from a publication which tries to hold a centre and neutral line. It can’t do that here. The video it posts shows a man who is happier resorting to conspiracy theories than dealing with reality. This is the thinking of the Israel-loving, Jew-hating Trump team.

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The Shin Bet state

As we know Israelis frequently claim their state to be the only democracy in the Middle East. But for many there is a shadow state in Israel with absolute powers and no accountability. It’s run by Shin Bet and its ‘citizens’ are Palestinians. One man recounts his brush with them.

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Austria’s far-right hopes to win from populist swing

By the time you read this the result of the Austrian election – the first in Europe election since Brexit/Trump – will be known. So these articles are about Austrian fears if the anti-Muslim far-right (and Zionist) Hofer does well in the latest triumph for anti-elite populism. Unlike Germany, Austria never engaged in soul-searching after the Holocaust and falsely presented itself as a victim.

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The Jewish centre cannot hold

For decades American Jews sustained a centrist position – the norm, pulling in others from right and left – based on a bipartisan closeness to power in the USA and Israel. No more. Young Jews are hostile to Trump and Netanyahu – the Orthodox are consistently illiberal in home and Israeli politics.

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We make culture, Israel makes refugees

Aida camp, established by Palestinians in 1950 forced out homes in the Jerusalem and Hebron areas, is unusual; it is the home of as many defiant youth as any other but also the home of a vibrant cultural centre, Lajee, which toured Scotland and Ireland last summer. Its director asks when will any body compel Israel to abide by international law, beginning with the settlements?

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Women’s bodies are national property

This is a package of 4 articles all of which are about sexual violence and Palestinian women. It’s threatened and sometimes used by Israeli soldiers. Violence by family members has been increasing; where there’s conflict women’s status is often reduced to that of an item of national – i,e, men’s – property. Women do protest but in Palestine there is no effective judicial system to act on any complaints.

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Masking an attack on the left as an inquiry into antisemitism

An inquiry into antisemitism is the most virtuous of inquiries even if inquiries into hostility to Muslims and immigrants might seem more pressing. Jonathan Rosenhead, JfJfP signatory, deplores the shoddy work of the Home Affairs SC which is happy to sink Labour under the label of antisemitism just in order to damage Corbyn.

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Choking Gaza in the name of ‘security’

Gisha, the NGO concerned with freedom of movement, produced this report 2 months ago. It records a recent unexplained clamp-down on Palestinians wanting to leave Gaza through the Erez crossing. While economic policy must be for freedom of movement of students, business people and goods, so-called security policy is for the complete immobilisation of Palestinians.

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Private security – fastest growing industry in the start-up nation

Israel has more ‘security’ needs than most; this is the labour-intensive work of detecting, arresting, imprisoning Palestinians. As a member of the west’s neo-liberal programme this means contracts with private security firms. This has introduced a dangerous new rule of lack of accountability, of clarity about who’s in charge and of what rules they are supposed to implement.

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The man who broke the wall round ‘judicial impartiality’

Lawyer John Dugard won high praise for his legal work on South African apartheid. When he began a forensic study of Israel’s racial divisions, and found they amounted to apartheid, he was denounced as antisemitic and persona non grata in many places. That didn’t change his judgment but it did help understand why Richard Goldstone, the Jewish South African judge who retracted his more critical findings for the UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission on the 2009 Gaza War. He was assailed by, or ostracised from, his Jewish community.

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‘Celebratory violence’ of nationalist right

Americans were first to link the improbable swing to Brexit with the improbable swing to Trump. Hate crimes suddenly shot up, and quickly subsided in both instances; both rode on a fantasy that the days of white Christian supremacy were the best of days. Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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