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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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‘The real bosses are the Palestinians of Jerusalem’

These are three articles from Nir Hasson, Haaretz’s man on the spot. He sees that the nonviolent protest by Jerusalem Palestinians has held the Israeli state at bay not least because the decision, by police and government, to use violence to control protests at Israeli state interference in Palestinian worship at the Al Aqsa mosque seems likely to engender nothing but more violence.

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Displays of defiance at Al Aqsa

It is highly probable that most Palestinians-Muslim, Christian, unbeliever-were shocked and angry at the abuse of the Noble Sanctuary by 3 Arab-Israeli gunmen as a place from which to kill two police officers. The Security Cabinet decided they are complicit in the murder and so had to punished by denying them access to the mosque and installing metal detector checkpoints. This has been met with communal defiance throughout the oPt. To punish all Palestinians for the sins of 3 is to defy common sense and the biblical law of retaliation – an eye for an eye…

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Netanyahu is part of the problem, not the solution

Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has to choose between bringing corruption charges against the Israeli PM or dismissing the issue and jeopardising the honour of his office. By all accounts, writes Akiva Eldar, Netanyahu understands what’s at stake but is incapable of action.

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‘Consciousness terrorism’ – the BDS movement

Israel’s ministry of strategic affairs regards BDS as a form of terrorism. Thus they must fight a war against it. The unit in charge is called Hama’aracha (the battle) and has been allotted a large budget for the purpose. The fully-staffed unit will use every weapon available. Ynet magazine.

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After Qatar in Gaza

The small but wealthy state of Qatar was long a major benefactor to the Palestinians of the Gaza strip. For the moment that largesse has ended with the Saudi-led Gulf states claiming the Qatar’s money actually went to the Hamas military. Al-Shabaka Policy Analysts Haidar Eid and Ayah Abubasheer, both based in Gaza, assess what’s next for Gaza.

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Europe will die unless it embraces Israel

The pitch of the Israeli PM to the Visegrad 4, whose practices on human rights and respect for the law is not something the EU will want to emulate, is that Israel is essentially a European country though its attitude to human rights is more like that of the V4. In Netanyahu’s mind the EU should put aside its ‘crazy’ concern for human rights and treat Israel as one of its own. Good long quote from Tony Judt included

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Suspicions about Israeli closure of Al Aqsa complex

The decision by Israel’s security cabinet to close the Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount complex as a reprisal for the shooting dead of two Israeli officers by three Palestinians seems short-sighted. The offence caused to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by this and by the installation of metal detectors at their holy sites seems an inflammatory collective punishment.

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Fear stifles Umm al-Fahm

The three Palestinians who gunned down two police officers outside the Al Aqsa mosque came from the powerful Jabarin clan centred in Umm Al-Fahm. This is also the home territory of Sheikh Raed Al Salah who preaches against the Jewish Israeli desecration of the mosque area. Shlomo Eldar writes, hopelessly it seems, of the squeeze on the border town [see map] by a revengeful IDF and a totalitarian northern Islamic government.

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The massacre at Deir Yassin, never forgotten

Occupying Palestinian villages by military force was policy in the new Israeli state. After Deir Yassin, site of the first civilian massacre in 1948, it wasn’t too difficult – remaining Palestinians joined the refugees in terrified flight. Estimates of those killed ran from 107 through117 to 245. 150 corpses were found in just one of the cisterns. A film with new archive material adds to work done by Zochrot to keep in the public mind how Israeli military groups forced Palestinians out. Documentary maker Shoshani thinks the Deir Yassin mass killing was not planned – it happened because the villagers resisted and it became a killing spree.

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From Gaza through Scotland to the New World Order

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I’m just doing my job – cutting power to Gaza hospitals

This telephone interview with Yiftah Ron Tal, chief of Israel’s Electric Corporation, would be comical if it weren’t so serious. Nir Gontarz tries to extract a humanitarian response from a man who is sheltered from humanitarianism by business rules and his bureaucratic office.

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There is no plan D

Two pieces from The National: wealthier people in Gaza are buying solar panels for home use. They are not an option for the poor or for public buildings. Mothers and sisters take turns in fanning children who are ill. Many blame Hamas. The hospital director for Gaza children’s hospital says he has tried plan B – a big generator -and plan C – a smaller generator. That’s it.

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Breaking taboos at the holy sanctuary

In these two pieces from Haaretz Gideon Levy says there has been a taboo against noting that the killers of two Israeli police officers were Druze and Amos Harel notes that the taboo against violence in the holy compound has been broken.

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Closing Al Aqsa a ‘collective punishment’

Media in Palestine and Israel treated the gun attack by three Palestinians killing two Israeli policemen at the Al Aqsa compound as being different from the usual routine of attack and retaliation. It breached the sanctity accorded to the compound by Jews and Muslims. The thousands who usually attend Friday prayers there were angry that they were being punished for no fault of theirs and that police arrested the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, breaching his authority.

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New world order will entrench rifts in the Mid-East

Writing in MEMO, historian Lorenzo Kamel says the signs in the Mid-East point to a Western-led agenda which will hasten the Balkanisation of the region, preserve local tyrannies and make Saudi – Israeli relations the framework for a regional anti-Iran policy

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Scottish court refutes charge of antisemitism

Scotland’s Procurator Fiscal, a forensic officer, has thrown out a charge brought by Glasgow police against PSC (pro-Palestinian) activists on a charge of ‘racial aggravation’. The law officer claimed that PSC members had committed the “Jewish blood libel” by speaking about Israeli mass murder of Palestinians. It’s good to know that Procurators Fiscal regard the libel as a criminal offence. Disappointing to find their advisers have no idea what it means.

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Small war at SF university

This article from Mondoweiss by Palestinian-American Saliem Shehadeh recounts the efforts of the San Francisco branch of Hillel to get the only American branch of the General Union of Palestinian Students sentenced for antisemitism. Pro-Israel students have every right to promote their cause – and reciprocal sectarianism is on display here – but not by using the law to protect students from alleged antisemitism. An epitome of the conflict.

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Another outsider wins party leadership

Israel’s Labour party has chosen “the most unreasonable, most ludicrous, most daring and subversive” of candidates for leadership, Avi Gabbay, thereby giving itself a new lease of life. The popular rejection in western countries of old party system continues.

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Finding a majority for left of Likud bloc

Labour is on a journey of shucking off its past. And trying to position itself on the Mizrahi-Ashkenazi scale. At present, it is competing with Yesh Atid for the centre-left position. Here, a more doubtful view from Al Monitor than from NY Times

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Bibi chooses Hungarian anti-Semite over benevolent Hungarian Jew

Netanyahu is off to Hungary, the first visit by an Israeli PM to the former eastern bloc. He has much in common with the right-wing Hungarian PM Orban: they are both illiberal, they both hate George Soros and think him a menace, they both think the Visegrad 4 should have more clout in the EU.

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