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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

Hey presto! Palestinians disappear

Cornerstone of apartheid, magical thinking, annexing the West Bank by stealth: presented, oddly, as a bill to confirm Israel’s Jewish identity (it’s in doubt?) the ‘nation-state’ bill has more to do with annihilating the Palestinian political presence than a Jewish crisis of identity. Jonathan Cook’s judgment,

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Trump cherry-picks Truman’s world vision

Trump is known for his hostility to immigration and unconcern about refugees in stark contrast to Democrat President Truman. But, if it’s expedient to him says Peter Beinart, he will lay claim to Truman’s legacy on International Holocaust Day and ignore the America First history.

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IDF pioneers total destruction tactic

The rubble from smashed up towns looks identical. It is the hallmark of the IDF, its power to turn a place of life and structures into death and wreckage. The mechanized assault on Jenin in 2002, the first of its kind, is revisited by Ilan Pappé.

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Damned by our victory

In its fiftieth year of the Occupation Gideon Levy looks back aghast at what that Israeli victory has brought. ‘It has turned Israel into an evil, violent, ultranationalist, religious, racist state.’
Weep at what has happened.

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Warsaw Jews fight and die for freedom

David Rosenberg re-tells the story of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, 1943. Just 220 Jews, many with a background in the bund, socialist or communist parties, kept the Germans out for almost a month. Fake histories co-opt their resistance for Zionism.

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Israeli police ban annual March of Return

The starting point of modern Palestinian history is the Nakba which broke the continuity of their history. Remembering their history in Palestine/Israel is central and has been marked every year by the March of Return. This year it has been banned for the first time. Jonathan Cook comments

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The duty of non-recognition

Russia annexed Crimea in February 2014. Less than a month later the US imposed sanctions on Russia and the EU banned trade under its ‘non-recognition’ duty. The EU does not recognise Israel’s settlements but has not enforced sanctions. A compelling legal argument from Tom Moerenhout.

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IfNotNow leads the way for Jewish critics

Peter Beinart analyses the rise of the (2014) Jewish group, IfNotNow, which opposes antisemitism as well as the Jewish establishment and AIPAC. He thinks it is the exemplary group of our age. IfNotNow responds.

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Israel’s Left seen as too ‘dangerous’

In a security state all have to unite against the enemy – Palestinians in Israel’s case. Israel’s left wing is seen as sympathetic to Palestinians so is regarded as too dangerous says Mazal Mualem. It doesn’t help that that Left is seen as patronising to Likud supporters .

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The value of victimhood

Netanyahu claims that the demand to end settlements is ‘ethnic cleansing’! Israel claims to be the victim (of Palestinians) because that is its founding and only narrative. Yet the point of Israel was that, for the first time, Jews would not be victims but the makers of history. Dina Matar, SOAS, on Israel’s appropriation of the victim story today.

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The apartheid genie is out of the bottle

As governmental efforts to crush BDS movements intensify the question is why? Jonathan Cook says Israel, and the governments of its allies, all fear the label ‘apartheid’ will stick.

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Jews for Trump

Poll findings that just under a third of all American Jews support Donald Trump is only surprising to those who think Jews form a discrete bloc and vote on ‘Jewish’ issues. They don’t. Most Jews vote Democrat and are indistinguishable from other Democrats (as are the minority who vote Republican).

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Take the land, replace the people

‘ A slow and methodical acquisition of land, this time by means that are entirely illegal, coupled with strategic removal and confinement of the Palestinian population, resulted in settlement blocs – vast land areas that are largely Arab-free’ – Yair Svorai’s chilling account of replacing people.

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Balfouring the Middle East

Robert Fisk describes the process by which Britain tried to pacify conflicting claims to Palestine as a homeland – viz lying while making promises on which it was unable to deliver and concealing an instrumental favouring of Jews over Arabs. And the centrality of arms dealing to the whole continuing process.

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When the US wanted Palestine to be one democratic state for all

Josh Ruebner reveals to some and reminds others that US policy in 1947 was “there should not be set up one system of law for the adherents of one religion and a different system for the adherents of another religion”. No ‘the Jewish state’ then.

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The Zionists who won’t live near Jews

The phenomenon of Zionism is nothing to do with loving Jews. There are more Christian Zionists than Jewish Zionists and they donate more money to Israel. Non-Jewish Zionists have more grandiose ambitions for Israel than do most Israelis says Suzanne Schneider. And many of these Zionists are distinctly uncomfortable in Jewish company.

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Antisemitic Zionism

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We post a second article (out of several this week) pondering the phenomenon of the white nationalists who hold antisemitic stereotypes (though some of their best friends may be…) while being staunchly for a Zionist Israel. Not a contradiction in a right-wing world view.

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Bibi hopes to lead Israeli-Arab-US alliance against Iran

Netanyahu hopes to lead a security alliance against Iran. He has been working on better relations with Arab leaders for over a year and believes he has Trump in his pocket. At their joint press conference he said ‘now’ was a moment when “Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally” – an anti-Iran front.

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Who started it?

Facts are quickly forgotten when myth, hindsight and wishful thinking take over hence the importance of Israel’s ‘new historians’. Here, Uri Avnery, who was there at the time, corrects the view that the new Israeli state took the first military steps against its Arab neighbours.

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The world now sees Israel through the clouded prism of the settlements

‘If we do not take action to avoid profit from settlements and annexation by concrete, we will be answerable’ said 1 MP in this debate on settlements. The MPs’ debate did not follow party lines – unlike most party members – and the debate informs you of all the arguments. There were persistent demands for the government to say how it would further a 2-state solution.

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