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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

Insults not arguments

It is striking that those who defend Israel by saying all critics are antisemitic never put the argument that settlements promote human rights and are made in Israel’s justifiable national interest. Should that not be what Danny Danon is doing at the UN instead of presenting his country as the victim of other countries’ mindless prejudice?

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The brazen absence of shame

The shameless ones are, in the words of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the thug-like leaders who do not recognise their own or international laws on preventing the use of violence. It is a powerful speech by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Danny Danon, Israel’s UN ambassador should be ashamed that he has accused him of antisemitism, of obsession with Israel and of ignoring human rights abuses round the world.

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A brief history of managing Palestinians

This is one of the US State department’s country reviews of human rights treating the oPt as a country governed by 3 regimes – Hamas, the PA and Israel. It is long, doesn’t spare any of the regimes but at no point does it define why Israel has the authority to control Palestinians in the way it details here. Useful for reference.

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Orthodox Jews in the US stay silent on white supremacy

The Council on American-Islamic Relations managed it, so too did most Christian and reform Jewish bodies; even Mrs May had a go. Orthodox Jewry remained silent on Unite the Right jamboree seeming to think if Jews are not the victims it’s not worth bothering about.

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Ban boycotts, ban free speech

Trade figures show that the BDS is having an imperceptible effect on the Israeli economy. So why are Israel, many American states, and, here, the US Congress taking such effortful risks to try to outlaw the practice and proposals of boycott while the same people support a harsh boycott of Russia?

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American states mobilise for Israel

So far, 21 of the 50 states of America have passed laws which prohibit any unit of the state from doing business with any body which supports BDS. The purpose is primarily rhetorical but the laws could be used to crush support or propaganda for any form of BDS.

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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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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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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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McCarthyite group hides its funds in Shining City

Im Tirtzu is the Israeli group whose MO is the denunciation of leftist persons and groups for their foreign funding. It refuses to say where its funds come from. Digging by Uri Blau reveals large donations from American groups, many of them Netanyahu-backers, especially the secretive ‘Shining City’.

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Actual Corbyn delights voters

Jeremy Corbyn should thank Mrs May for calling an early election with the ignoble aim of humiliating him. The man presented as weak (=bad), antisemitic, a throwback from the mad 1970s has been charming young audiences and not scared off all the Jewish voters. The lies peddled about him are definitely of the fake news variety. Jonathan Rosenhead and Anshel Pfeffer

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EU boosts Israeli control of natural gas

Last April EU ministers and Israel’s energy minister agreed to construct a pipeline to import gas from the large fields in the Eastern Med. Supplying a vital resource to the EU will benefit Israel financially and politically. The EU will gain politically if it wants to weaken economic links to Russia.

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Over 60 Birzeit students held in Israeli prisons for political reasons

Students suspect that Israeli and Palestinian authorities co-operate in keeping politically active students behind bars. To Israel they are terrorists in waiting, and to the PNA they are traitors. Support the campaign.

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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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101 Palestinians killed without thought

Perhaps you are one of the many who have become inured to the killing of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers and police. Gov’t ministers have – they approve. These accounts, drawn up by one of Netanyahu’s hated NGOs – B’Tselem – is shocking in the numbers and circumstances of those shot, the lack of any justification or legal inquiry into the deaths.

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IDF stops human rights workers getting into Gaza

The MAG – military attorney general – responsible for investigating possible war crimes says it values input from HR groups. Such groups are not allowed into Gaza for ‘security’ reasons. Hamas does not protect HR workers in Gaza. The PNA does nothing.

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Israel profits from more dangerous world

This story from AFP was published last year but is more timely than ever. Israel’s leading edge is not in conventional warfare; it is in controlling domestic populations. European states want to buy their weapons and techniques.

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The power of recording Israeli theft and violence

The Israeli occupation is enforced in many and various ways. Dogging the state agencies’ footsteps is B’Tselem and its growing band of video volunteers. From their annual report the breadth of their activities, especially in recording and publicising Israeli violations, is extraordinary. No wonder the gov’t tried to shut them down with its anti-NGO ‘transparency bill’.

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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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