At our table a small selection of items: warm greetings from JfJfP to signatories, friends and supporters; messages from Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human RIghts and Freedom Seder and links to other sites; a truncated article dissing the myth that matzah is eaten at passover to remind us that in the flight from Egypt there was no time to let the dough rise. Wrong.
On behalf of the JfJfP executive Naomi Wayne engages in a lively debate with Prof. Perry, president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). Well it’s not a debate. Wayne enunciates all the reasons why the SPR should not have chosen Jerusalem for its conference. Perry enunciates the society’s aims and values, which don’t include the wrongness of whitewashing the occupation.
JfJfP sets out its position on boycott, divestment and sanctions. It is not anti-Israel. It is a ‘smart’ policy that can be applied to any institution, organisation or part of institution or organisation, that is implicated in the Occupation or otherwise undermines Palestinian human rights.
Hats off (they had to keep theirs on) to those who joined the protest called by JfJfP in Sunday’s pouring rain protesting against the planned demolition of Susya village outside the Israeli embassy in London on July 26th, 2015. Photos by Naomi Wayne.
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.
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.
In this week’s Signatories’ Blog, Ben Samuel, one of our youngest signatories, writes about how his interest in politics grew and what attracted him to JfJfP. He is standing as the Green candidate for Hendon in the coming election. Obviously, JfJfP does not endorse any political party.
In a submission last month to the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, JfJfP’s executive committee carefully distinguishes between antisemitism – which has deep roots in Europe and is rising – and criticism of Israeli policies. which is necessary and commonplace in Israel itself.
The executive committee of JfJfP has issued this statement in which it condemns the killings of five men in a Jerusalem synagogue. It also points to its cause in the brutality and violence of of the occupation. It calls for the due process of law to be honoured.
A debate will take place in the House of Commons on Monday October 13th, 2014 to debate the motion put by Gerald Kaufman MP and Grahame Morris MP. The PSC and JfJfP are urging supporters to lobby their MPs in favour of the motion, plus there is a 38 degrees petition. The right-wing ‘JMA’ is trying to organise a counter-lobby.
Rosh Hashanah, the celebration for the Jewish new year, begins at sundown on Wednesday September 24th and concludes at sundown on Friday September 26th. As this statement from JfJfP executive says, it is a time for reflection especially on what might pressure we might bring to lessen the turmoil in the Middle East and on Israel’s role in that.
On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, JfJfP’s executive has written a letter to the Board of Deputies of British Jews proposing that it engages more openly and constructively with the issue of dispossessed Palestinians, the Israeli occupation and the widespread opposition to it in Britain.
JfJfP’s executive committee has issued a statement on antisemitism to clarify the distinction between antisemitism, which exists and is always abhorrent, between the state of Israel and Jewish people round the world, and criticisms of the Israeli state. Jewish leaders who equate Jews with Israel do not help.
The ‘stonking’ speech of JfJfP signatory 19-year-old Barnaby Raine at the huge march and rally against the Israeli war on Gaza in London on Saturday, August 9th, 2014.
As JfJfP’s social media strategist Aaron Dover has said before on this website, traffic to the site and to our new Facebook page has increased enormously during the attack on Gaza. The number of JfJFP signatories has jumped by107 to 1874 in the 6 weeks since the beginning of July. Haaretz looks at the phenomenon – which also sees an increase of interest in the Zionist Federation which has redefined itself as ‘centrist’ rather than right-wing.
As the text makes clear, this statement was published in today’s Guardian because of the refusal of the Jewish Chronicle to allow our views to be expressed in its pages.
Between Thursday 17th and Saturday 19th July, hundreds of thousands of people round the world went out on to the streets to protests against Israel’s killing of people and destruction of homes in Gaza. BBC reports from London and Glasgow, photos of the demonstrations round the world.
In a new statement, JfJfP’s executive committee condemns the horrific bombardment of Gaza and says it must be ended “immediately and unconditionally” in line with Jewish values and international law. The British government should use all possible means to hold Israel to account.
JfJfP Exec has issued a statement deploring “all use of children and young people as political pawns and bargaining chips in international disputes. We condemn the kidnapping of the Israeli Jewish teenagers Gilad Shaarh, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah. But we also condemn the Israeli government’s exploitation of their disappearance in order to impose an illegal collective punishment on the Palestinian people and to attack Hamas and attempt to wreck the new Palestinian unity government.” Israel’s use of ‘administrative detention’ also amounts to the routine kidnapping of hundreds of Palestinians, adults and children.
This is a posting about, and reflecting, the serious concern in JfJfP for arguments in books about human relationships with the idea and reality of Israel. Details of the London launch of Norman Finkelstein’s new book and/or reviews of this and of Ari Shavit, the book he is attacking, by signatories Deborah Maccoby and Avi Shlaim.