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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

Hamas in urgent need of new patron

Hostile neighbours can only punish Hamas by punishing the people in Gaza. Israel, the PA and Egypt all know this. So many in Gaza look to Mohammed Dahlan, billionaire challenger to Abbas, to ease their situation.

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Must peace come from the people?

By a very small margin the majority of Palestinians want a peaceful settlement with Israel recent opinion polls show. Whether or not this matters depends on the conditions and how it is presented by any leaders who make a peace deal. In the Washington Post Norrin Ripsman analyses when and how peace deals can be made from on top.

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Insults not arguments

It is striking that those who defend Israel by saying all critics are antisemitic never put the argument that settlements promote human rights and are made in Israel’s justifiable national interest. Should that not be what Danny Danon is doing at the UN instead of presenting his country as the victim of other countries’ mindless prejudice?

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The brazen absence of shame

The shameless ones are, in the words of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the thug-like leaders who do not recognise their own or international laws on preventing the use of violence. It is a powerful speech by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Danny Danon, Israel’s UN ambassador should be ashamed that he has accused him of antisemitism, of obsession with Israel and of ignoring human rights abuses round the world.

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A Palestine-Israel federation:5.0

Contrary to Tony Klug (post below) Uri Avnery says the Jewish Israeli-Palestinian antagonism goes back to 1882. The idea of a Semitic Federation has been mooted several times as the political mirror of the two peoples. Does it still have currency?

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Arab-Jew hatred is founded on the Occupation

The strongest antisemitism today is found among the victims of Israeli power who often refer simply to ‘the Jews’ as the cause of their penury. Hatred of Muslims strong among many Jews but more widespread. Tony Klug looks at the recent of rise of hostility between them – those who defend Israel’s occupation have a lot to answer for.

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New Jewish voice for Labour

The gulf between the party group, Jewish Labour Movement, and many of Labour’s Jewish members and supporters became very wide as the JLM made itself the chief architect of the campaign alleging widespread antisemitism amongst Corbyn supporters. An alternative group, Jewish Voice for Labour, has been set up and will launch at the next party conference.

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US leaves MidEast to itself – or to China

Robert Springborg details the ‘end of empire’, withdrawal of American power – hard and soft – from the MidEast and asks whether suzerainty will pass to Russia or China, or to a chaos of local actors.

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The abandoned masses

Palestinian nationalism was a popular force which tied people and leaders together. That bond is broken in the West Bank and Gaza. With no political leadership there or, says Noam Sheizaf, in Israel, the region is ‘a pressure cooker’ of conflicting aims.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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No doubt about what took up most media time in many countries this last week August 14th -20th, 2017: it was Pres. Trump’s failure to name those drawn to the Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ rally for what they are. Far right, white, provocateurs spoiling for a battle, the street fighters of a movement to rehabilitate the […]

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Crash! I’m devoted to Israel and to modernity

Seth Anziska, in this talk to the Wexler Institute, wrestles with his commitment to the Jewish tribe and Israel and to modern liberal values, in particular the rights of Palestinians.

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All aboard for a new Likud

Around 10,000 Israelis have joined Likud recently in a ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ strategy. Party members have sufficient power, in voting for a party list before elections for instance, to make entryism worthwhile. But they are being purged as the enemy within.

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Police beat up a ‘Mohammed’ who reports his stolen motorcycle

This seems an everyday crime – a man’s motor bike is stolen. He reports the loss. A policeman beats him up – he’s a ‘Mohammed’ -obviously not worth their time. In this small crime we get the full weight of a racist forensic system. What is it like to live in a country where even the owner of stolen motor-bike gets beaten up for his complaint? A small story with large repercussions.

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FACTS, says Trump, are what I want. He doesn’t like the ones he’s seen

The POTUS waits for facts when all media channels are showing factual video of white men, decked out in mystic and military regalia bullying the protesters at the Unite the Right rally . It’s a fact that neo-Nazi Richard Spencer said Jews would understand him because they wanted to do for Jews what he wanted to do for white people. Well not those fake facts – real ones like the ‘alt-Left’ stopping the return of the USA to its status as the greatest country in the world.

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Don’t put your hope in the Jewish Kushners

It is doubtful if Jared Kushner knew that many American Jews who wanted a change in the Israeli status quo were looking to him to nudge Trump away from his cohort of white nationalists and antisemites. Those who know the son-in-law say he was never a champion of human rights. He’s a wheeler-dealer in property and investments – many of them in Israel.

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We must speak the truth, to ourselves first

Hagai El Ad has been active in defending and pursuing human rights all his adult life. The B’Tselem director insists that describing reality as it is – a cruel occupation – is the first step to swaying public opinion.

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Shout for the stolen babies

The whispered, then proven, crime of taking Mizrahi babies and infants for adoption by ‘proper’ Jews appears to Amira Hass as the epitome of a necessary struggle for truth and justice and against the arrogance of a ruling elite– as is also true of the Palestinian struggle.

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A brief history of managing Palestinians

This is one of the US State department’s country reviews of human rights treating the oPt as a country governed by 3 regimes – Hamas, the PA and Israel. It is long, doesn’t spare any of the regimes but at no point does it define why Israel has the authority to control Palestinians in the way it details here. Useful for reference.

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Love, sex and the Balfour Declaration

Law professor Nathan Brun rescues a remarkable British Jew – Edwin Montagu – from the dustbin of history. He – strongly opposing Zionism in theory and practice – spoke and wrote a coherent anti-Zionist argument in his post as minister for India in Lloyd George’s 1916-19 government.

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Israeli law expert backs Palestinian property rights

Land under Israeli control is not subject to the usual free market rules. There is a thicket of property law -Ottoman, British mandate, Jordanian Custodian of Enemy Property, Israeli and constant state interference. Since 1967 Israeli Jews have tried to reclaim their property. The Palestinians of Sheikh Jarrah have been defending their property from claimants and settlers.

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