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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

‘Mr Security’ is hated by security elite

In an unusually direct attack on Israel’s PM Ben Caspit brings together Ehud Barak’s judgment – ‘weak, deceitful, extreme’ – with the ‘scorn and contempt’ felt for Netanyahu by IDF chiefs – who can’t be frightened by false claims about existential threats..

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Shame on those Jews who support Brexit

Anshel Pfeffer: ‘Voting to close off Britain, to turn our backs on our brothers in Europe and our fellow refugees who not that long ago could have been us or our parents, is the most un-Jewish act imaginable.’

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Dead politics, vital culture

Palestinians have little regard for the national political leadership which operates in their name. Jamil Hilal analyses the PLO’s loss of national authority and points us to the energy of the artists and writers.

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IJV rebuts notion of ‘new antisemitism’

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The barrage of attacks on the Labour party as fostering antisemitism has led to this consequence: non-conformist Jewish groups have used evidence, energy and eloquence to rebut the charge, gaining in clarity in the process. This one from Independent Jewish Voices.

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See no evil in the IDF

Israeli state officials are well aware that a cornerstone of the Israeli myth is the moral superiority of the IDF. Archives could destroy that legend. So archives are now being withheld from historians despite their being more than 15 years old.

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Zionism is the bad solution to a bad problem

When did Jews begin to describe themselves as a ‘nation’? Probably at the time of the first Zionist Congress in 1897, given impetus by Woodrow Wilson’s 1918 ’14 principles’ which included ‘self-determination’. Zionism by then was the movement which defined Jews as a ‘nation’ with a right to self-determination. Robert Cohen returns to problems created for him by the so-called Chief Rabbi who elided Judaism, Jewish people and Israel as the same thing – and a liberal Rabbi who also refers to Jews’ unique right to ‘national self-determination’. What space does that leave for a Jew whose intellect tells him Judaism, Jewish people, Zionism and Israel are separate phenomena?

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Know the loss, shame, fear, hope

Two people who don’t fit their prescribed identities – Avraham Burg who wants to repeal the law of return and Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, a secular Palestinian – both with long histories in peace movements, explore what they may have in common.

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Breaking the rules on the Holocaust

It has been an unwritten rule, observed on this website, that lightly-made comparisons with the Holocaust are wrong. Uri Avnery, who was there while it was in the making, observed the same rule until now, when Maj. Gen Golan, broke it by making comparison to the making of a catastrophe. Cheers from Avnery.

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Cultural mothership museum

The Palestinian Museum has just opened near Birzeit university. It is still largely devoid of exhibits – so much has been lost, destroyed or looted by Israeli soldiers and officials. Yet in itself it declares that Palestine has a history and culture worth conserving, an inspiration to the fragmented communities of Palestine. Former director Jack Persekian hopes it will confront ‘taboos and sanctioned narratives’.

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Drop the use of ‘Zionism’

‘Zionist’ is short-hand for many things. Different groups use the same word, with different meanings and moral positions. This much in Prof. Herman’s article is uncontentious. Ironically, the same could be said of her use of the term ‘the Left’ and ‘left-wing’ scholars’.

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Nakba Day, cue for focus on future plans

If Israel’s Independence Day is a moment of mourning for Palestinians, May 15, Naqba Day has become a thorn in the side of the Israeli government and a prompt to serious planning for a future Palestinian state.

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The worse Israel behaves the more the charges of antisemitism are hurled

Step back from the commotion and ask, as Avi Shlaim and Gwyn Daniel do – why now? The entire western world has put all its money on the 2-state solution. But Israel won’t play. Let’s put up a smokescreen over that and run round shrieking ‘I spy antisemites.’

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Today Labour sees Israel as on the wrong side of western colonialism

Anshel Pfeffer believes that “every few days for the last couple of months, a new name of a Labour activist who has been engaging [in antisemitism] emerged in the media”. Really? More plausibly he argues that Israel is seen as powerful and Jews as no longer an endangered minority.

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Labour should hold an open inquiry into antisemitism

The Palestine-Israel conflict has inflamed passions and made many want to support the underdog Palestinians writes MidEast expert Tony Klug. We should all reflect on the critical role Britain and Europe played in instigating the conflict in the first place and all refrain from feeding the poisonous atmosphere engulfing us. Palestinians and Israeli have to live together.

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Passover – remembering small enslaved nations

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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.

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Bias against Palestinians not thought worthy of study

The best hope of Zionism was that it would cause antisemitism to wither in face of the strong Jewish state. The greatest vicitims of this Zionism are the Palestinians. With the fatal conflation of opposition to Jews, to Zionism and to Israel, the demon becomes the Palestinian – and anti-Palestinianism is rife says Jerry Haber, unremarked, condoned.

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US view of when Israel gets it wrong

There is a short report by Ma’an on the US 2015 country report on human rights in Israel and the oPt. Then the report – over 22,000 words which do not include checkpoints, barrier, wall, occupation and settlements except for their illegal boycott. And not a word on the current state of deprivation and destruction in Gaza. It is strong on Israel’s lack of accountability for security actions.

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Blind slaughter of terrorism

Did terrorism bring Israel into existence? Tomer Persico looks for a clear distinction between terrorism – which murders indiscriminately – and guerilla operations – which pick their targets of power carefully. Terrorism seems to be winning.

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Unlike antisemitism, anti-Zionism is not irrational

Yes, anti-Zionism can be a euphemism for antisemitism or the fantasy that Israel can be destroyed. But it can also, argues Peter Beinart, be a logical response by Palestinians to their subjugation. He is responding to Lord Sacks who pursues the metaphors of a virus and a scapegoat which exempt him from having to face many facts.

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US adds BDS to terrorism as crime

Glenn Greenwald surveys how all expressions of Palestinian resistance, and support for it, are defined as antisemitic, terrorist, or criminal – which BDS has been made by various states and universities.

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