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Freedom Theatre UK tour


Performances in:
Birmingham, Colchester, Frome, Glasgow, Halesworth, Hastings, London, Leeds, Manchester & Nottingham.

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JfJfP comments


2015:

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

No base in evidence for your unprofessional smear

As Dr. Derek Summerfield says in this letter to Sir Mark Pepys and his fellow signatories of a letter of protest to Lancet publishers, he pays no attention to the evidence of what was happening in Gaza, he dismisses other medics with irrelevant smears and, perhaps most seriously, he puts his own beliefs (about Israel) above his duty of responsibility to his professional ethics.

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IDF command: flatten and sterilise the area

Over 100 soldiers have broken the silence about what they were actually told to do during Operation Protective Edge. It was little to do with careful targetting of known Hamas militants and everything to do with asserting IDF dominance over Gaza at minimal cost to Israeli soldiers regardless of Palestinian civilian deaths.

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This week’s postings at JfJfP.com

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In the week April 27th – May 3rd, 2015 there are more articles about Palestinian energy for changing their impossible lives. In order to change the status quo, Palestinians at all levels want outside intervention; unofficially they ask for BDS, officially they are hoping for results from the UNSC and International Criminal Court. One signatory, Robert […]

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No-one gets my vote if they don’t talk of justice for Palestinians

Which means, says Robert COhen, voting Green, because their party is the only one to break away from the exhausted formula – 2-state solution, negotiations…..which has muffled all discussion for decades. Given establishment ties to Israel, could any party with this policy ever get into government? This is the 2nd blog by a signatory on voting Green, so if you agree or disagree send your argument to postings@jfjfp.org

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If not now, when?

March In Ramallah Takes Place To Mark 66 Years Of The Israeli Occupation Of The West Bank

Mahmoud Abbas has chosen now to write a succinct Op-Ed on why now is the time. For Palestinians it’s now because of the referral to the International Criminal Court. By enclosing the Palestinian demand for statehood tightly within a framework of international law he hopes, at the least, to wrong-foot those who oppose the demand. Gershon Baskin comments on Abbas’ argument. He believes that disputed issues can be resolved, if the negotiations are conducted in secret.

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Mayor on mission to erase Arab life in Nazareth-on-the-hill

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Shimon Gapso, the mayor of Upper Nazareth campaigns as a racist (it increases the Jewish vote for him), refused to build a school for the 2000 Arab children of Upper Nazareth, provides no municipal services for Arabic speakers, is building a new neighbourhood for Orthodox Jewish families only, expecting the women to bear a lot of new Jews, and in brief is devoting all his mayoral energy to ensuring the Palestinian population of Upper Nazareth is as small and weak as possible. Jonathan Cook reports on his neighbour up the hill.

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Multiple efforts to get Hamas-Israel talks

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Zvi Barel picks up whispers of indirect Hamas/Israel talks being effected by a variety of intermediaries. The most that can be hoped for is a longer ceasefire and an easing of the siege Israel enforces on Gaza. However, Palestinians’ access to the outside world via air or sea ports is not on the cards. Israeli claims they have left Gaza and exert no control over the Strip are obvious lies.

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Gov’t engineers Arab housing crisis

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This begins with Adalah’s new report on the acute housing crisis for Arab Israelis in response to the State Comptroller’s report on housing in the country. Within the notoriously bureaucratic system for new housing and town development, state bureaucrats deliberately allocate less space for Arab citizens and leave them out of housing programmes. Overall, the State Comptroller is scathing about the government’s neglect of housing needs, the situation which prompted the 2011 social justice protest.

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Another great start-up – people smuggling

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People-smuggling has a long history. But the world of rigid border controls is new. Young men who would once wander the land looking for a better life no longer can. Criminals have seized the opportunity – great profits, no responsibility – and are providing false passports or shipping thousands into the Mediterranean. Many of the passengers, often the bravest and best of young men, come from Gaza.

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Hamas loses youth support

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Enough is enough. There were significant protests by young people against the rule of Hamas in Gaza this week. The police responded with violence – which, by historical criteria, is unlikely to silence the anger. There is too little information to say more but the fact of popular anger against conditions in Gaza, and that the young blame Hamas, is worthy of note.

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Tribalism, Israel’s driving force

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When it comes to elections in ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ Israel is more like Africa than like any of its European parents. Analysis of results showed that it is not a melting-pot nor indeed that Jews have more in common with each other than with any other. Most voted on tribal lines, Ashkenazi, Sephardi, Mizrahi. The latter two make up more than half of Israel’s population and the left in particular lost out because of its contempt for the greater religiosity and tribal adherence of the poor under-classes.

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Israel refuses to play a beautiful game

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The Palestinian Football Association is preparing its request to the FIFA Congress in May that Israel’s team be suspended from the association. Restrictions on Palestinian freedom of movement and association make it impossible for them to practice in the way players in other countries can and must. JfJfP Executive has written a letter in support of the PFA to FIFA.

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Supreme Court – threat or promise

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In the midst of prolonged negotiations to create a coalition government PM Netanyahu has taken time off to promote two Knesset bills which will seriously weaken the powers and independence of the Supreme Court. Potential partners Kulanu and Labour may feel they have to set aside any conditions and join the government in order to prevent these changes going through. Is the PM playing a Machiavellian game of truth, dare, promise?

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What would most hurt Israel is the suspension of tariff concessions

Arthur Goodman, JfJfP’s diplomatic liaison officer, grew up as a conventional, Israel right-Arabs wrong, Jew. Then came the startling and courageous rebellion of the 1st intifada and the re-telling of Israel’s story by Israel’s new historians. After that, it was JfJfP and his work as an incessant campaigning diplomat in the EU and parliament.

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Jews against Islamophobia UPDATE

Publicity seeking, Muslim hating Pamela Geller has won the freedom to run a series of hate adverts on NY buses which say ‘Killing Jews is worship that draws us close to Allah’ attributed to Hamas. The test was not whether or not this quotation was true but whether or not is was protected by freedom of speech law, which a court ruled it was. The adverts are loudly opposed by the Jews Against Islamophobia Coalition. UPDATE This is the organisation attacked by assumed Muslims on May 4th. The AFDI event in Garland was called “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest” and offered a $10,000 prize for the best artwork or cartoon depicting the Prophet.

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UN confirms IDF breaks laws of war

Yes, Hamas was found guilty of storing ammunition in UNRWA schools, possibly firing from the schools. The PA is urged to investigate. The IDF, says the UN’s Board of Inquiry, shelled UNRWA schools where there were many hundreds of living refugees , killing 44 of them and injuring far more. If the IDF had liaised with the UN, if it really had targeted Hamas militants and ammunition dumps and so used more accurate missiles, exchanged information with UNRWA, these deaths could have been avoided. The IDF no longer takes steps to ensure civilians are not killed.

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Talk, don’t bomb

This is a meticulous account by the UN of who caused what damage to UNRWA schools which were made available for refugees from Operation Protective Edge. One of its findings is that information provided to the IDF about the schools had no effect – they were shelled anyway. Hamas did store some ammunition in some schools – UNRWA could have acted on this had the IDF informed them. Sadly, UNRWA now needs military advisers.

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Election 2015, coalition government

Israel still has no government. Netanyahu’s ‘crushing’ victory was more a swallowing victory – the further Right scuttled to safety to give Likud its unexpected number of seats. Which still left sizeable other Knesset parties which have to be let into a coalition. This is not a graceful business says Uri Avnery, with disgust. The scramble is on for who gets what.

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Antisemitism 2.0 is growing, Islamophobia is an invention

Robert Wistrich, English Jewish Israeli historian of many subjects, was offered a platform at the Oxford Union to expound his views that antisemitism is growing (albeit in a new form of anti-Zionism or anti-Israelism, ie a superior 2.0 version because it is disguised) and that Islamophobia is an invention of Muslim militants. Close questioner Mehdi Hassan with Richard Kuper, Hannah Weisfeld, Sharif Nashashibi and BoD’s Jonathan Arkush as the ‘expert panel’.

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This week’s postings at JfJfP.com

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In the week April 20th – 26th, 2015, our postings began and ended with the same issue: the new Israeli law (2011) forbidding anyone, including its citizens, from publicising the call for boycott of anything Israeli (Law for Prevention of Damage to State of Israel through Boycott).  It’s in the news again because Uri Avnery headed a […]

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