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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

A Jew and his wife go to Israel

This is the diary Lady Antonia Fraser kept when she went to Israel with her lover, Harold Pinter, in May 1978, published in the Observer last Sunday. The visit made them both intensely aware of being and not being a Jew.

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The attractions of Islamism

Historian Abdullah Al-Arian argues that Islamism is not a single international phenomenon but is shaped by circumstances and traditions in each country. It has gained traction because many see it as the authentic voice of oppressed Arabs as opposed to the artifice of western democracy. Palestinians are the only Arabs left fighting an outside subjugating regime.

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For the first time Israel divides the US

Israel is no longer the bipartisan issue in American politics that it has been since its foundation. Prof. Dov Waxman tells Mitchell Plitnick, FMEP, what this means.

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Palestinian women, more education, fewer jobs

The good news is that the PNA is trying to implement a UNSC resolution on empowering women and girls and has produced a programme. The bad news is that their brothers oppose their going out to work and subject them to increasing violence.

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After 13 years at school Israelis know nothing of the Nakba

If Israelis (and Palestinians) really want peaceful co-existence they would surely learn other’s history, especially the Nakba, at school. It is shocking that accounts of the Nakba shock young Israeli Scouts,

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Intellectuals betray Arab Spring

Arguments will continue for years about why the 2011 Arab Spring failed to fulfil its early promise. Political analyst Majed Kayali argues that a major factor was Arab intellectuals’ denigration of democracy as non-Arab or non-Islamic. None of them is named.

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A new trade union for a new Israel

WAC-MAAN is a sort of trade union, its role enhanced to meet the peculiar conditions for workers divided by Israeli apartheid. It organises Arabs and Jews, it organises in the settlements, it sees itself as part of the regional move towards a democratic civil society that began with the 2011 Arab Spring. From In These Times.

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Far-right leads popular resentment at globalisation

Much has been written recently about the rise of populism in reaction to the global economy. It is led by the right and demands the revival of national power staffed by the dominant ethnic group. Israel has led the way in modifying its democracy to fit this new purpose.

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Small pleasures in Gaza City

This is about the defiant optimism of one Palestinian developer and young middle-class people in Gaza City (sea, sun and fun). The two curses, the Israeli siege plus three lethal assaults and the ineffective Palestinian leadership plus Hamas aggression are acknowledged.

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‘UK bears primary responsibility for Nakba’

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Palestinian FM Riyad al-Maliki has asked other Arab states to help the PNA sue the UK for what they see as the consequences of the 1917 Balfour Declaration.

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Poems of Darwish ‘like Mein Kampf’ says Lieberman

Ignorance based on lack of knowledge based on lack of curiosity is a mark of racism and Avigdor Lieberman bears the mark with no shame. Which has he studied more carefully – Mein Kampf or the collected works of Mahmoud Darwish? Only one suggests eating the usurper’s flesh – and Adolf was a vegetarian; one is a poetic image and the other is a serious plan to export the ‘Jewish peril’ out of Germany.

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Diaspora Jews grow out of their imaginary friend Israel

Two groups, Looking for Zion and the JPPI, have been asking questions about diaspora Jews – the ones with the long history. The surveys find that such Jews are far more critical of Israel than before, feel badly affected by Israel’s wars, think Israel has no interest in them, behave condescendingly towards them and expect all to abandon that history and move to Israel.

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The new Israel – hatred clothed in religion

Uri Avnery may be looking through rose-tinted specs as he stares back at the past. But he is surely right to note how Israel/Palestine today seethes with religious and political-ethnic hate.

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Jews hide their elite status

After the Holocaust which exterminated a large proportion of the poor Ostjuden, Jews tend to have enjoyed a high status if not as the elite, then as the providers of financial and property services to the elite. Philip Weiss argues that Jews have an especial fear of populists’ anger which might target them as a special elite.

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When I found Zionism was paranoia

Ray Filar grew up in a Zionist household imbibing all the arguments about Jews’ need for security. Then he discovered the reality of life for those Palestinian threats and saw Zionism as an obsession with ethnic purity.

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‘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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