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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

How the JNF goes about getting land

The Jewish National Fund, est. 1901 to ‘reclaim’ land in Palestine for Jewish immigrants is a non-profit company. As a large landholder it in fact acts as an arm of the Israeli state funded by overseas Jews. Here, Peace Now is highly critical of its methods of acquiring land. Peace Now

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Open space for white supremacists

America’s far right is ebullient. It’s getting more media coverage than it has in years. The lack of BAME persons in the counter-protests suggests it might be succeeding in its aim of terrorising black, brown, Muslim people. And the Forward’s Nathan Guttman finds out it is anti-semitic as part of its overall racism.

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M. le President – what of the anti-Zionist Jews?

Shlomo Sand, the Israeli historian who renounced his Jewishness, writes a letter (CounterPunch article) to President Macron who, after a promising start, said in a speech welcoming PM Netanyahu “Anti-Zionism is the reinvented form of anti-Semitism”.

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The women defenders of Al-Aqsa

Photos of the successful, peaceful protest at the establishment of security gates outside the Lion’s gate to the Al Aqsa mosque featured many men as did interviews. In everyday life, the principal defenders of the mosque are women members of the Islamic movement. We had to look to older articles to find the reports.

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Cracks in the security apparatus

“The Palestinians joined together and forgot about their differences and that’s how we won.” No-one disagrees with that – but total security can only be achieved by a country like N. Korea whose broken citizenry are the secret agents. In the last fortnight, Israel’s police had no means of crushing mass prayer as a form of civil disobedience

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Protecting Israel from principles of free speech

There is only one issue on which the highly antagonistic US parties lay down their arms, and that is defending Israel. This is the unique role that Israel plays in US politics. It is left to the NGOs, here led by the ACLU, to raise questions about why Israel alone is let off Human rights criteria.

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Using religion to make political gains

In Al Jazeera, Harry Hagopian reminds us of the history of Israeli incursions on the Noble Sanctuary and the now-withered panArab defence of the site. Plus Bibi blames Al Jazeera for incitement.

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From a quiet religious site to one of noisy political violence

Or when ethnic and religious cleansing are the same thing. Since 1967 the Al Aqsa compound and Western Wall in Jerusalem have become the most fought-over symbols of possession and control. Fighting a symbolic war causes fewer deaths than actual war but still has major consequences.

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No stop to de-development of Gaza

This is the UN’s recent report on Gaza. It is thorough. It is mostly neutral politically. It is dire. This narrow strip of two million – and rising – people has no political voice. The technological means for changing their situation are denied them. A report to keep and use.

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Suspicions about Israeli closure of Al Aqsa complex

The decision by Israel’s security cabinet to close the Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount complex as a reprisal for the shooting dead of two Israeli officers by three Palestinians seems short-sighted. The offence caused to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by this and by the installation of metal detectors at their holy sites seems an inflammatory collective punishment.

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Fear stifles Umm al-Fahm

The three Palestinians who gunned down two police officers outside the Al Aqsa mosque came from the powerful Jabarin clan centred in Umm Al-Fahm. This is also the home territory of Sheikh Raed Al Salah who preaches against the Jewish Israeli desecration of the mosque area. Shlomo Eldar writes, hopelessly it seems, of the squeeze on the border town [see map] by a revengeful IDF and a totalitarian northern Islamic government.

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New world order will entrench rifts in the Mid-East

Writing in MEMO, historian Lorenzo Kamel says the signs in the Mid-East point to a Western-led agenda which will hasten the Balkanisation of the region, preserve local tyrannies and make Saudi – Israeli relations the framework for a regional anti-Iran policy

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Small war at SF university

This article from Mondoweiss by Palestinian-American Saliem Shehadeh recounts the efforts of the San Francisco branch of Hillel to get the only American branch of the General Union of Palestinian Students sentenced for antisemitism. Pro-Israel students have every right to promote their cause – and reciprocal sectarianism is on display here – but not by using the law to protect students from alleged antisemitism. An epitome of the conflict.

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Bibi chooses Hungarian anti-Semite over benevolent Hungarian Jew

Netanyahu is off to Hungary, the first visit by an Israeli PM to the former eastern bloc. He has much in common with the right-wing Hungarian PM Orban: they are both illiberal, they both hate George Soros and think him a menace, they both think the Visegrad 4 should have more clout in the EU.

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Don’t say ‘Palestine’ – it’s an antisemitic word

UNESCO has awarded World Heritage status to the Cave of the Patriarchs/Al-Ibrahimi mosque in the geographic entity called Palestine. A furious Netanyahu resorts to magical thinking to demonstrate why UNESCO is wrong and the ancient site belongs to Jews – those who live in Israel anyway.

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Stone-worship gone mad

Opinion is divided on the anger of American Jews, especially the women, on PM Netanyahu’s abandonment of his promise to push through egalitarian prayer arrangements at the Western Wall. Yes, but link the protest to other forms of Israeli inequality. No, it is obscene that this should be the primary concern of American Jews who are silent about the treatment meted out to Palestinians.

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Ultra-Orthodox make their new power felt

A year ago, PM Netanyahu approved the creation of a space at the Western Wall where men and women could pray equally and together. On June 25 this year he rescinded that decision, preferring to face the anger of women, especially in the US, rather than lose the Orthodox Jews who maintain his coalition. As in other religions, the rule that women must bear as many children as possible while men pursue the higher things has become sacrosanct for the orthodox.

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Religious extremism ‘poisons’ Israel

Danielle Berrin is an Israel-loving Jew who is shocked by the Ultra-Orthodox revival of ancient practices – presented as the true Judaism – which are centred on policing women’s ‘modesty’, perhaps to stop men succumbing to sexual mania. Here she defends the validity of criticism of Israel where sexist habits are entrenched.

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Zionism as a master-race ideology

Zionism as an ideology (and not a knowing, demonic force as it is sometimes treated here) has had several meanings over time. Yakov Rabkin and Philip Weiss see Zionism and liberal values as having become inherently in conflict, with terrible consequences – including the morphing of Jewish bodies into vassals of Israel. In an added note, Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken explains what he understands by Zionism and why he shares that ideology.

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Gaza’s darkest days

There are many ways of depicting the dire state of Gaza. The rising suicide rate of young men in particular is one of the most telling. The rate of unemployment in the Gaza Strip is now the highest in the world.

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