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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

Palestinian women, more education, fewer jobs

The good news is that the PNA is trying to implement a UNSC resolution on empowering women and girls and has produced a programme. The bad news is that their brothers oppose their going out to work and subject them to increasing violence.

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After 13 years at school Israelis know nothing of the Nakba

If Israelis (and Palestinians) really want peaceful co-existence they would surely learn other’s history, especially the Nakba, at school. It is shocking that accounts of the Nakba shock young Israeli Scouts,

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Teenage girls lead the refusers

In a country where people are born ‘with a gun in their hands’ and a spell in the IDF is the necessary prelude to being a good citizen there is no space for political conscientious objection. But the number of Israelis refusing to enforce the occupation is growing and getting organised with teenage girls setting the example.

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ISIL murder of French priests galvanises Catholics

If the aim of ISIL is to get maximum publicity for barbaric acts, they succeeded when acolytes cut the throat of the gentle French priest Jacques Hamel. Could the Catholic church be the first body to challenge ISIL morally – and win back French people to Catholic Christianity?

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Books needed in Gaza

This is another good news story from Gaza – that is, a report of normal cultural life finding ways to flourish. It’s about public libraries and their shortage of books (except religious ones. They need science, history, literature in Arabic). Surely this is something that people of good will could help with.

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A peace process begins with a refusal to fight

Combatants for Peace, the NGO made up of former Israeli and Palestinian fighters, celebrated its tenth anniversary last May. All who belong think that violence merely fuels more violence and the occupation is itself an act of violence. They are slowly building wider support as people give up on their official leaders ever bringing about an end to violence.

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Destruction, destruction, destruction

That is, in a word, Israeli policy for the lives and homes of Palestinians living in Area C. On the initiative of the Joint List a conference met in the Knesset to debate the matter. Speakers from the UN and EU added their voices to facts provided by B’Tselem.

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‘UK bears primary responsibility for Nakba’

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Palestinian FM Riyad al-Maliki has asked other Arab states to help the PNA sue the UK for what they see as the consequences of the 1917 Balfour Declaration.

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Free speech! but not on Palestine

The American acronym PEP (Progressive Except on Palestine) applies to the subject of this report – the silence of progressives about the many ways in which advocates for Palestinian rights can be silenced. A Palestine Legal report.

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‘This terrorist is alive and he needs to die’

The trial of Elor Azaria for killing Abdel Fattah al-Sharif (the murder charge brought by the army then reduced to manslaughter after popular protest) again shows the gulf between IDF officers and the right wing of Israeli politics.

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JfJfP submission to Labour inquiry into party antisemitism

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This is JfJfP’s submission to the inquiry headed by Shami Chakrabarti into allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party. It is clear, precise and based on factual evidence and specified political principles.

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Older Americans more pro-Israel but younger differ

The USA has been the guarantor, not of Israel’s existence which is not under serious threat, but of its military supremacy in the region. This support has been bipartisan with Christian evangelicals the most fervent. Now the Pew Research Center has found an increasing number of young people are open to the Palestinian demand for recognition of their human and political rights.

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In 2014 the mighty IDF failed to destroy a small, besieged group

A report from Israel’s State Comptroller on the conduct of the IDF and Cabinet during the 2014 attack on Gaza (OPE) is damning about both, leading to a cats’-fight amongst them about who failed to do what and why.

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No-one’s guarding the private guards

It seems a poor use of resources for the primary deployment of the vaunted IDF to be controlling Palestinians (the reason Tair Kaminer refused military service). So it makes sense to replace them with private security firms – low pay, little training, no accountability. A report from Who Profits?

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US view of when Israel gets it wrong

There is a short report by Ma’an on the US 2015 country report on human rights in Israel and the oPt. Then the report – over 22,000 words which do not include checkpoints, barrier, wall, occupation and settlements except for their illegal boycott. And not a word on the current state of deprivation and destruction in Gaza. It is strong on Israel’s lack of accountability for security actions.

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New note in US primaries – Palestinian rights!

It is highly unusual for Israel to be the subject of a debate in an election let alone a primary contest. But here comes Sanders raising the question of why Clinton did not mention Palestine at AIPAC – or anywhere. Queen Hillary said she was occupied with her official job of bringing peace and keeping Israel secure.

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The criminal charge sheet against Israel

“Badil shows the desperate need for intervention by the ICC on the grounds that Israel’s internal investigative processes are structurally inept at delivering genuine accountability or justice.”

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The religious and ethnic Balkan States of Israel

In its first major survey of attitudes in Israel Pew finds a startling number and range of divisions. It is no melting pot. The fact that one can define oneself as belonging to one of these statelets allows Israelis to live together. It is a huge mass of information delivered in words and tables.

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The unsettled question of what is antisemitism

The question of what constitutes antisemitism is unsettling and, after masses of debate and definitions and argument, remains unsettled. It is discussed in Guardian letters. Plus in France it is illegal to demand boycotts of anything Israeli. Has fear of antisemitism crushed freedom of speech?

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1800 new housing units despite freeze

1800 new housing units were started in the West Bank in 2015 despite settlement construction freeze according to Peace Now.

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