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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

Choking Gaza in the name of ‘security’

Gisha, the NGO concerned with freedom of movement, produced this report 2 months ago. It records a recent unexplained clamp-down on Palestinians wanting to leave Gaza through the Erez crossing. While economic policy must be for freedom of movement of students, business people and goods, so-called security policy is for the complete immobilisation of Palestinians.

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No surprise to Palestinians that white supremacists love Israel

Many Americans have been shocked to find that Trump comes with a long train of white supremacists. It’s probably less of a surprise to African-Americans and is certainly not news to Palestinians most of whom have been born into a white supremacist regime.

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Last gasp for White Christian America

If Trump’s election was a surprise that may be less to do with the polls than the fact many had assumed the long supremacy of White Protestant men had been hollowed out. But the Tea Party breathed new life into it by picking out the issues that enflamed older white men – all women, black men, Chinese people, dark-skinned immigrants of an alien religion.

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Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will

This posting on Palestinian writer and thinker Emil Habibi, who coined the term ‘opsimist’, is included now because of the posting above about currents in Palestinians’ thought. Habibi died in 1996.

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Political heritage of holy sites

Notionally Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif is sacred to the three Abrahamic religions. Christians don’t much care. For Israelis and Palestinians the site is a symbol of the power of possession. The UNESCO report does not comment on any of this – it merely deals with the Israeli responsibility for the upkeep of the site. It is this demotion to a caretaker role which is so angering Israelis.

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Abbas defies home hatred of Peres

What Pres. Abbas gained by his attendance at the funeral of Shimon Peres he lost at home where it was seen as distinctly unPalestinian to display sadness at the death of a man who had been instrumental in the quashing of Palestinian hopes.

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How Palestine became colonised

Here are two documentary videos from telesur-English that show, first, what it says in the title and second ‘Inside Palestine’s refugee camps’. Could be shown to groups for discussion,

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Feverish witch-hunt against Jackie Walker

If you read the comments made by the posse of men – Guido Fawkes (Paul Staines), Marcus Dysch (the JC’s attack dog), John Mann (Labour), Jon Lansman of Momentum – in pursuit of Jackie Walker, you might well think they’re in the grip of some strange hysteria. Certainly their knowledge of the highly disputed definitions of antisemitism, or of other genocides, seems wanting.

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When image pushes truth aside

States of denial, of people not wanting to know, have marked the experience of Jews in Europe as they now mark the experience of Palestinians in Israel and the oPt. ‘Denial’ is a new film, script by David Hare, about David Irving’s libel suit against Deborah Lipstadt in London.

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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’

balfour declaration

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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