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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

This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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This week, May 22nd to 28th, 2017 is the beginning of Ramadan. Israeli Jews know little about it so Samah Salaime provides a guide: A guide to Ramadan for Jews. This week there has also been a sudden drop in tension in Palestine/Israel following the suspension, or cessation, of the Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike. The prison […]

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A guide to Ramadan for Jews

This year Ramadan, the holy month, began on May 27, 2017, and lasts until June 24, 2017. It’s for spirituality, charity, reflection, resolutions. JfJfP send warm greetings to all our friends and colleagues who follow the rites and celebrate the spirit of the month.

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Fake statesman struts his stuff

This is not a demanding article from VOX. It matches images of Pres. Trump taken on his middle east tour to who he meets and what he says. For once, he read a proper speech written by someone else (but still managed to muddle the distinction between Islamic and Islamist).

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PA asserts its power by cutting power to Gaza

The impossible situation in Gaza, which is short of everything needed for a decent life, is exacerbated by the PA’s cutting of their power supply. Abbas seems to believe his path to National Leader status depends on keeping Hamas subservient.

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Rights groups condemn Gaza executions

One step forwards two steps back: just as Hamas gets some respect for its revised charter it gains massive criticism for yet again using the death sentence, passed by a body with no judicial worth, as a public horror spectacle.

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Factions unite to back hunger strike

Why a hunger strike? According to those involved this strike had such widespread support it overcame the entrenched divisions of Palestinian politics. It demonstrated that the prisoners’ leadership could now initiate and sustain a prolonged period of starvation while increasing popular support and public knowledge of the cruelty of the prison service.

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Spreading terror

Sensibly Trump dropped his ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan on his first foreign tour. Now he’s the cheerleader for the forces against ‘terrorism’, hijacking the Manchester Arena bomb to make his point; which is that terror is all around and only common focus on this one threat will protect us.

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Pass the Gaza parcel

The first Mondoweiss article on Gaza is about the ‘incremental genocide’ that is Israel’s policy toward the Strip. The second is made up of vox pop interviews. A few people hope Trump can achieve something; most think US presidents make gestures and pass the problem onto their successor.

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Leaders welcome Trump, people don’t

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The Palestinian elite hoped Trump might deliver something because he is a businessman, recognises their existence and is off the usual diplomatic route. For most Palestinians the hunger strike is their main concern. His effigy is burned in Gaza.

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Trump seeks buyer for his deal

Pres. Trump’s whistlestop tour of the Middle East may have flattered the leaders of the regimes but most commentators rebutted Trump’s self-presentation as new and dynamic, finding him vacuous and insensitive.

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Entrenching new Palestinian middle class

The new city of Rawabi is a dream for town planners, architects and a few hundred Palestinians who get to live in new housing with all mod cons (now that Israel has finally stopped blocking a water supply). Is the city an emblem of Palestine’s capacity for independence – or of the conquest of politics by capitalist advance? Poor Palestinians will not be able to live there.

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Striking prisoners disappear from view

Israel’s PM hoped the hunger strike would be over by the time of Trump’s visit; short of that he wanted it out of sight. Judging by the silence of the broadcasting media in Israel and the UK, he seems to have got his way – but for the activists in western Europe, NY, Palestine and Israel who are asked to spread the news.

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Starving for dignity

The hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners continues. They are merely demanding that conditions for prisoners follow the rules for all prisoners. The fact that they have to starve to get these normal rights tells you what you need to know about Israeli prisons.

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Trump lavishes royal Arab billionaires with praise

Human rights? Never heard of them. 9/11 bombers? Fake news. Lotsa money for lots of weapons? Now you’re talking. Trump in the land of super-rich autocrats.

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Trump welcomed as not-Obama

Resentment in all MidEast states at Obama’s pressure on them to change has created a warm welcome for Trump. They are banking on the likelihood that things will go on as usual. Anshel Pfeffer on Trump’s advantages and NY Times.

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Yale standards corrupted by Zionism

Joel Kovel, precocious intellectual, was destined for a stellar career in medicine or psychiatry or social sciences until he fell from grace as he spoke out against imperialism. His exclusion from Yale respectability (and its rich donors) was completed by his book Overcoming Zionism.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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Here is the summary of postings for the week May 15th-21st, 2017

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We need to talk to Hamas

Guardian reporter Sara Helms deplores the fact that the west is only too happy to leave the people of Gaza inside their prison. Hamas’s election of a new leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, as well as its new policy document provides an opening for a new initiative – but the British government shows no sign of being willing or able to think outside its self-imposed box.

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NGOs to be banned from taking High Court actions on behalf of Palestinians?

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Mondoweiss reports, following Haaretz, that the Israeli government is considering a bill to stop civil rights organisations from representing Palestinians in petitions to the High Court of Justice. Another step forward for “the only democracy in the Middle East”…

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Rabbi Lord Sacks: please think again

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A group of British Jews currently living in Jerusalem initiated an open letter to a former UK Chief Rabbi. The group expresses concern that Israeli Jewish celebrations of the unification of Jerusalem in which Rabbi Lord Sacks is set to participate airbrush out the realities of the 50-year old Occupation. The letter also describes the hateful behaviour and violence – towards Palestinians living in the Old City – which Yom Yerushalayim provokes each year.

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