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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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This week’s postings at JfJfP.com

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The dominant issue for this week, June 22-28th, 2015 – and probably for much longer – is the report from the UN Human Rights Commission on Gaza 2014. Its public reception was of praise for its thoroughness and ‘balance’ – meaning it indicted the paramilitary groups in Gaza for war crimes as well as the […]

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When ‘balance’ hides the truth

Robert Cohen, from his new posting at Writing from the Edge, responds to the praise heaped on the UNHRC report on Gaza 2014 by pointing out that to treat the damage done by Hamas and the IDF as equivalent is to obscure the truth: in the real world, Hamas is weak, not strong, trapped and under siege, not invading Israel.

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Law puts EU on collision course with Israel

The EU makes law on trade with Israel – favourable trade terms plus a ban on settlements products which must be properly labelled. This Al Shabaka analysis says the law is about fair trade, not political principles such as BDS. The EU and Israel have ‘strong and structured agreements they have built up with Israel over the years’ but Europeans are increasingly alarmed that Israel is betraying the ‘shared values’ on which this tradition is founded. The Palestinian position is incoherent, disorganized and unprofessional weakening a leg on which the EU needs to stand.

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Women press demand for Palestinian unity

“It is not us women who created the division; it was created by a patriarchal system” said Hanan Ashrawi at the “Women’s Call: One Country, One People, One Flag” conference organised by MIFTAH and a group of civil society organizations. National unity is our priority they said. They are backed by the UN Development Programme but it’s hard to tell what influence they have given the absence of media coverage by local publications.

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US report condemns Israel’s ‘excessive use of force’

Less than a week after the US State Department dismissed the UNHRC report on Gaza as ‘biased’ it has issued its own report detailing many breaches of human rights law by Israeli security forces including an ‘excessive’ use of force, detaining Palestinians without due process and holding them in overcrowded prisons. It also accuses Hamas of the unlawful killing and torture of critics and other restrictions of freedom.

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Salafist challenge to Hamas

A spate of rockets fired from Gaza towards Israel was probably a result of competition between groups more religiously conservative and hard-line than Hamas. The aim was less to do damage to Israel and more to prove military superiority writes Robert Swift.

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Pope acts on promise to Palestine

Like the French foreign minister on France’s resolution to the UN security Council, the Pope’s foreign minister says he hopes the treaty with Palestine signed on June 26th will be a ‘stimulus’ to direct negotiations to end the Palestine / Israel conflict. And as the Israeli foreign ministry responded to the French so with the Vatican: this act does not recognise Israel’s unique security needs or status as the Jewish home.

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France struggles to take lead on ending Palestine/Israel conflict

‘When Europe dares raise its head against the occupation, history and hysterics have always been on Israel’s side’ writes Akiva Eldar, quoting Netanyahu’s view that the French resolution on ending the Israel/Palestine conflict is antisemitic, as is ANY European move. That is predictable. If the Holocaust is the benchmark, France comes second to Germany in dispatching Jews to their death. Ali Abuminah, however, damns the resolution as a denial of Palestinian rights. Will the US use its veto on the UN Security Council to dispatch the French attempt to make a difference?

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Read the darn thing

The US State department, in the form of Rear-Admiral Kirby, has pronounced that the UNHRC report is too biased to take seriously, so the US won’t. Has he read it? Probably not. JJ Goldberg, sensing that Americans are simply reacting to a report that is critical of Israel, urges his compatriots to read it. Not wanting to know is no defence.

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In the war on terror, all Palestinian males are assumed to be dangerous

Israel makes much propaganda about the fate of homosexuals and females under Islamist (Hamas) rule. This provides the cover for open war on Palestinian males of any age who are treated as actual or would-be terrorists. But beyond the propaganda, women and children may be the most disabled by homelessness and the need for a quick escape. So all Palestinians must be divided, quarantined and kept in open air camps as the obvious ‘other’.

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One state – nice idea if you live in another world

Uri Avnery, an early formulator of the 2-state solution, asks how one state for Jews and Arabs would actually work. As Israel is the only country which ensures Jewish supremacy, wealthy Israeli Jews would leave a country with an Arab majority, leaving the poor and ill-educated behind. And one state would not make people love each other, or the country.

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Few Palestinian voices in reports

Throughout the extensive media coverage of the UN report on Gaza 2014 there have been few Palestinian voices, few opinions sought either from officials or civilians. Reports here from the three Arab publications which covered it, Ma’an news, Al Jazeera and Al Monitor. The single point they make is that the report increases the likelihood of Palestine taking Israel to the ICC.

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Israel’s ambassadors ordered to launch Operation Damage Limitation

Although the Israeli government rejects every critical report as biased, if not antisemitic, the wide reception given to the UN HRC report on Gaza 2014, written by respected jurist from the US and Sierra Leone, has unnerved them. The ambassadors have been instructed to reach the highest level ‘to cast doubt on the committee’s mandate, the biased nature of the council, and its constant singling out of Israel’. The usual stuff.

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Verdict: balanced report, unbalanced reaction

Bizarrely, Netanyahu has attributed the critical (of both Hamas and Israel) UN report to an Arab majority on the UN Human Rights Council. This doesn’t exist. But the Israeli reaction to the UN report has been almost universally one of affront and self-pity – why are they picking on us? What about Syria, Korea, Libya…entirely missing the point that the report is not about internal democracy but about the onslaught on another people.

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‘The U.N. has been taken hostage by terrorist organizations’

Suggestion to Ron Prosor, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN who has declared that the UN has been seized by terrorists – why else would they have criticised Israel in their report on Gaza? – when you’re in a hole, stop digging- and certainly don’t hurl the mud you find at a distinguished American jurist. Articles posted here from two American publications are more circumspect and considered.

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No accountability

We have posted in full the ‘Principal findings and conclusions’ of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict. It provides a very clear account of what happened, of the body of international law regulating armed conflict and where these laws were broken by both the IDF and Palestinian armed groups. The Israeli refusal to co-operate with the inquiry seems less a response of fear and more an assertion that the state of Israel cannot be held accountable to or by any body in the world.

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This week’s postings at JfJfP.com

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This week, June 15th -June 21st, 2015, the stand-out issue is the consequences for Israel of OPE – Operation Protective Edge (the US-friendly English version of their assault on Gaza in 2014).  It has not not been forgiven and forgotten. As the PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi says, it is the First time ever that Israel is […]

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Jewish vandals get away with acts of desecration

Right-wing Zionists are affronted by Muslim and Christian places of worship because they, like Islamic State, want to expunge all evidence of other religions pre-dating or usurping their place in Israel. Despite advice by successive heads of Shin Bet that such men should be classified as terrorists, PM Netanyahu has refused. His American friends won’t be happy about the most recent attack on a Christian church in Galilee.

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Double-think on abduction

The crime of abduction has a potent history in Israel, from the kidnap and hanging of two British soldiers by Irgun, through the PFLP’s kidnap and shooting of an Israeli soldier to the abduction and killing of 3 Israeli teenagers in 2014 and seizures of Palestinians by Israeli police and soldiers. Adam Keller gives scrupulous attention to the first two examples, the successful drive by the right to block funding for a play about the Israeli Arab who abducted and shot an Israeli soldier and Miri Regev’s criterion – she is open to all artistic endeavour ‘as long as they lay off the occupation and politics.’

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Flotilla powered by hope

Several ships have gathered at Messina, Sicily, preparing to sail to Gaza. The purpose is to bring hope to the people of Gaza that they can be reached, they have not been forgotten. All activists have done training in non-violence should they be attacked by the IDF.

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