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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

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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People clearance by home wreckage

More Palestinian homes were demolished by Israeli authorities in 2016 than ever before reports B’Tselem. The ‘reason’ is contemptible – lack of planning permission which all know is hardly ever given. Home wrecking is a tactic in the long-term aim of corralling Palestinians into as small a space as possible, making living conditions intolerable.

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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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Anti-Jewish vandals in Arizona

Before Trump was elected as next President, American Jews were comfortable in the feeling that antisemitism did not exist in the US – it was an archaic phenomenon of Europe and the MidEast. No longer. This account of twisting a menorah into a swastika is a reminder of the deep racism in the southern states – from which Jews don’t get a free pass.

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Parting Shots 1

John Kerry’s bravery is evident in the hugely hostile response to him and his speech in both Israel and the USA. Here we post the two favourable responses from Barak Ravid (‘3 years too late’) and the NY Times.

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For peace-makers John Kerry says it how it is

John Kerry, outgoing Secretary of State and indefatigable worker for Palestine/Israel negotiations makes a definitive speech because he thinks that the incoming administration will be a disaster for the 2-state solution – ‘we cannot, in good conscience, do nothing, and say nothing, when we see the hope of peace slipping away.’ Full transcript.

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Lawyers say calling for BDS is lawful

No European parliament has passed a law against campaigning for BDS but executive action has been taken in several countries – most harshly in France, by the Cabinet Office in the UK – to restrict or ban it. Why are the people denied freedoms of speech and assembly by such very undemocratic means?

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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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‘Celebratory violence’ of nationalist right

Americans were first to link the improbable swing to Brexit with the improbable swing to Trump. Hate crimes suddenly shot up, and quickly subsided in both instances; both rode on a fantasy that the days of white Christian supremacy were the best of days. Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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American Jews denounce ‘Muslim registry’

Donald Trump is not yet President and he may be as unclear as everyone else about what he’ll actually do. But his campaign pledges of excluding and tracking Muslims have brought a strong reaction from American Jews.

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Settlers’ group uses forgery and theft to get land

For the last few years Haaretz has been following the land-grabbing techniques of the settlers’ group Amana. These include forging documents to show Amana owns the land. The group has assiduously cultivated links with the IDF and other state bodies and thus escaped prosecution for its illegal acts.

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