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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

Worshipping St. Balfour is profane

To treat the Balfour declaration as holy writ, to be honoured and unquestioned is, like PM May, to be compliant in the dispossession of the Arabs living in Palestine writes Robert Cohen. The modern trawl for Judaic vindication of Israeli domination of the land is the invention of a fake tradition.

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The deep genocidal side of Orthodox studies

An ornery young Israeli Yossi Gurvitz was sent to yeshiva schools which aimed to create the next religious élite. His studies (mostly of the Talmud) told him nothing of history, of other places and people though told him more than he wanted to know about sacred genocides.

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Jewish activist takes on Manchester uni

Mike Cushman, JfJfP signatory and signed up to a number of radical Jewish campaigns, goes into battle against The Vice-Chancellor for her ruling that a meeting to be addressed by Holocaust survivor Marika Sherwood should be closed to the public and not advertised as “You’re doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to me”. While many disagree with the Nazi/Israel comparison that is something to be argued about not censored – after a visit by an Israeli embassy envoy.

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Forcing Jews into a nation

A forgotten dissident Jew, Moshe Menuhin, is acclaimed in Mondoweiss. “It is a mystery why Menuhin’s scholarship is not prominently celebrated as a pioneering work in the canons of Jewish and Zionist history.” His religion was “Prophetic Judaism – universal and ethical”.

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Between Jews and other Arabs

Mohammed Amin, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, discusses what Israeli Arabs gain and lose. He will be speaking at a panel discussion on Forgotten Israelis (see NIBS). Like Tony Klug, he says ‘Ultimately peace depends upon both sides understanding each other’s historical narratives.’

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Please – stand by us Arab Christians

A coalition of Christian organizations in Palestine – also speaking for ‘persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria’ – write an open letter to the World Council of Churches asking for urgent support; ‘We are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse’. For some reason, the BoD chose to attack them. The task is allotted to someone whose blog and letter so jostle with insults, and spurious ‘facts’, the citing of pogroms and persecution, that her argument is not taken seriously by the Methodists whom she addresses.

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Breaking the image

Hamoud’s film about young Palestinians in Tel Aviv is iconoclastic. Instead of the stout woman in ‘modest’ hijab and abaya we see girls in jeans, hair flowing free. It’s the underground culture of every big city. The West, she says, wants to feel superior but it’s not true.

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Israel applies to ‘transfer’ Bedouin

Bedouin, made up of many tribes, are a thorn in Israel’s side. With an undoubted right to live on the land they nonetheless find themselves harried from place to place. They fight for the right to maintain their communities and way of life. Their identity and tradition are in danger of eradication through ‘transfers’ and demolitions.

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Palestinians do not side with Kurds

Palestinians and Kurds want the same thing – an independent, sovereign state – only the borders to be sorted out. But Palestinians are sceptical. Arabs don’t want the break-up of Iraq. Why does Israel back the Kurds? Do they want a non-Arab, pro-western ally at their side? Daoud Kuttab comments.

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If being Jewish means catastrophe to the other

Robert Cohen addresses himself to the Jewish freshers flocking to universities this week. He asks them not to take as long as he did to discover being Jewish doesn’t mean loyalty to Israel (or attending all classes) but being true to historic values of courage, justice and integrity.

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There is no Western Wall tradition

Another contentious correction to Israeli mythology about the past is provided by historian F.M. Loewenberg. For centuries Jewish pilgrims and historians paid no attention to the Western Wall. Then Ottoman Sultan Suleiman decreed it should be a place of Jewish prayer. It has only gained its status as a sacred site in the last 150 years.

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From Occupation to Apartheid in 6 years

In this interview the former Special Rapporteur for Palestine Richard Falk is asked about his time in the post, what changed, what were the highs (getting injustice documented) and lows (the campaign of personal defamation against him).

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A secular Jew – an exact identity

To Daniel Susskind, the Nazi genocide tried to destroy Jewish civilisation: “our histories and memories, songs and stories, ways of thinking and living”. That constitutes his Jewishness while, like many, he cannot believe in a God of any denomination.

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What made me a hardline Zionist

Gary C. Gambill, a specialist in Arab affairs says that he turned from supporting Palestinians into being an active Zionist because of the habit of ‘militant anti-zionists’ and leftists of loading onto Israel or the US all power and responsibility for the unmet needs of all Arabs.

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For an Israel-Palestine of cantons

Dr. Emile Nakhleh says the people of the area must jettison the two-state formula – which has produced nothing -and explore more creative possibilities that will serve the two peoples.. A confederation of cantons is a starting idea. Facts shown in maps and diagrams.

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Angela Davis makes the Palestinian struggle hers

Angela Davis, activist and intellectual bubbles with thoughts about black radicalism. She sees many likenesses between Israel’s land-grabbing suppression of Palestinians and how a racist bunch of land-grabbers came to rule the United States.

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Israel rendering Bedouin stateless

Bedouin tribes are among the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine when it stretched from Lebanon to the Naqab/Negev desert. They always assumed they had Israeli citizenship. Now they find the state is denying they are citizens, making it easier to speed up their demolitions and clearances to make way for Jews-only settlements.

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Change the rules to ensure Jews are majority

For centuries Jews foreswore proselytising and gave Orthodox Rabbis a peculiar authority to determine who may join the club. By default being Jewish became a matter of inheritance not belief. Now, as the Palestinian population grows, Israel needs more Jews than women and immigration can produce. Jonathan Cook on the changing of the rules on who is Jewish.

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Millions to be given special Israeli status

In a sign of either unusual openness or desperation Israel’s Diaspora Affairs department is scouring the world for people with any connection to Jewishness who might be secured as special friends of Israel.

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To our fellow Jews: which side are you on?

For many Americans Donald Trump’s speech about violence at Charlottesville was THE defining moment. No longer could anyone claim not-to-know of his affinity with white nationalists. Jews, 70% of whom voted Democrat/Clinton, have to choose whether to work with him or against him say Chabon and Waldman.

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