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11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

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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

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7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

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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

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This week’s postings on


This week, February 1-7, 2016 Israel’s NGOs are a motif, not because of the impending anti-NGO act but because much of the little we know about how Israel functions comes from NGOs. A particularly pernicious NGO, which is entirely secretive about its funding, is Im Tirzu which has been hyper-active recently in publishing lists of progressive, […]

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Critics of Israel are antisemitic by definition

But what if those critics are Jewish, if only by ancestry? Uri Avnery struggles to find the term for Laurent Fabius, French foreign minster, who has said France will recognise the state of Palestine if no progress to two states is forthcoming.

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Depending on America philanthropy

From the start, Israel has depended on foreign funding especially from the US. Then, the money was given to Zionist bodies who were active in denying knowledge of the native Palestinians. That is now changing as young American Jews do not want to fund anything which perpetuates the conflict. Two openDemocracy articles.

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Welcome for refugees Israeli-style

Israel has a simple answer to the international issue of accepting African migrants most of them fleeing Eritrea and N. Sudan: ship them out to a ‘third country’ or hold them in a fenced camp indefinitely. This is because ‘migrants threaten the security, and the identity, of the Jewish state’. BBC report

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Jews and Arabs repeat their joint protest against occupation

It’s a small group but it’s stalwart. Standing Together (not to be confused with IDF group of same name) pulls Palestinians and Israeli Jews into repeated marches against the Occupation.

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‘I did not want to spread more hatred and fear’

Tair Kaminer was never going to go quietly. She went with a group of friends to the IDF induction centre for conscripts to declare her refusal to do military service. She was sent to prison. Mesarvot organised daily protests while she served her term. She has issued an eloquent statement about her decision.

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A report on fear amongst British Jews

The Community Security Trust (CST) has released its annual record of antisemitic incidents in the UK. These are lower than the peak of 2014 but, at 924, higher than before 2014. Antisemitism undoubtedly exists but It would be useful to have a comparison with any of the other groups – women, Muslims, toffs, bankers – which experience hostility from physical attack to abuse on social media.

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What have the Ottomans done for Palestine?

Palestine and Palestinians have a history longer than most. But unlike most it/they are still under external rule. The longest rule was the Ottomans’ which brought Palestine into the empire in 1517 and held it for next 400 years. Now Turkey, seeking a larger role in the MidEast, is busy restoring old buildings and setting up cultural exchanges with Palestinians.

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Hamas and Fatah delegate reconciliation talks

Ma’an’s report of the delegation of talks is more upbeat than Jack Khoury’s in Haaretz. The two political leaders, Mashaal and Abbas, and their respective security forces have no incentive to dissolve their power bases – but everyone else wants one political body for the Palestinians.

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Im Tirtzu hunts the traitors in the cellar


The headline comes from Elias Canetti’s masterly Crowds and Power. Those in power, individuals or crowds, begin to feel persecuted which they attribute to the inevitable traitors in the cellar who in turn must be persecuted. As Im Tirtzu tries to expand its influence with mass denunciations how does it know which new supporter is the traitor?

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NGOs get temporary halt to village demolition

The Israeli state – civil and military – have declared a large chunk of the southern West Bank to be a military firing zone – so all people (mostly Bedouin) must leave. To make the point the IDF have begun destroying their homes. At the last minute the High Court has ordered a halt to the destruction. It’s temporary.

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A critique of Palestinian BDS

Thanks to Lee Jones we have the pleasure of posting his chapter from a forthcoming book. In it he examines the different function of BDS demands in S. Africa and Palestine. In brief, Palestinians lack an effective leadership, an intellectual analysis of Israel’s economy and the ability to mobilise the masses.

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Fighting talk


Once again the existential threat posed by Hamas is being talked up by politicians and some news services. Once again IDF chiefs are at odds with the politicians. They have warned that demands for a pre-emptive strike against Hamas could incite Hamas to attack.

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Police with guns take over from youth with knives

The PNA’s cautious approach to policing young Palestinians may have prevented the knife intifada prompting into mass protest. But it has put severe strain on the loyalty of PNA police officers, at least two of whom have joined in – but with guns.

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Settler terrorism – it made Israel

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The Journal of Palestine Studies has made a special issue out of Zionist terrorism. Its main point is that terrorism has been engrained in the Jewish settling of Palestine/Israel from the start.

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This week, January 25-31, 2016 the absence of major political developments in Israel or Palestine creates a space for a number of articles which are often sidelined. The extra restrictions and violent punishments imposed on young Palestinian women by brothers and cousins is, sadly, a familiar topic. Now various Palestinian women’s NGOs and initiatives have […]

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The irresistible coming together of Zionism and first sex

In an article that reads like a short story Liz Rose describes how an adolescent is delighted to discover meaning in the Israel and Zionism she learns about at summer camp along with its erotic companion, discovering one’s own and another’s body in teenage utopia.

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First civics lesson : be a Jew

Education minister Naftali Bennett commissioned a group of people to write a new civics textbook. After seeing how their work had been changed, three of them insisted their names as authors be removed. The new textbook defines their country as first and foremost Jewish. Democracy is an optional add-on.

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Telling the truth incites terrorism


Netanyahu’s latest kneejerk reaction to criticism is ridiculous and desperate. The mild-mannered UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon made a straight , unexceptionable speech about the plight of young Palestinians. To the Israeli PM this constituted direct encouragement of terrorism.

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Life in the Jordan Valley in pictures

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This account by the International Business Times of the Israeli Jordan Valley land grab tells us nothing new in words. But it displays a number of splendid photos in which the valley is a wonderful free space for Bedouin adults and children, sheep and shepherds. But the words tell you that Israel’s greed for land presages the end of that freedom.

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