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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

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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Get your business out of the oPt says Human Rights Watch

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A report from Human Rights Watch [see posting below] directly accuses firms which operate in settlements of perpetuating and profiting from the illegal occupation. Many responses. Those from Salon and Christian Science Monitor posted here.

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Label – or boycott

The policy of the EU to distinguish between products from Israel-proper and products from the Palestinian territories is chugging its inexorable way through all EU bodies . Here is the resolution passed by the Foreign Affairs Council on January 18th defining policy towards Israel/Palestine. It includes a clause on the need for Israel to distinguish between its own and illegal-settlement produce – and for both sides to be serious about 2-states.

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The victims of the current conflict

The current bloodshed in Palestine-Israel is peculiarly personal, usually initiated by a single young Palestinian who is immediately shot dead by anonymous Israeli armed forces. Here are the latest lists from PCHR and the Jewish Virtual Library. By December 22nd, the names of 19 Israeli and 121 Palestinian people who had been stabbed/shot had been recorded.

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UN body ends contract with G4S

The Jordan branch of the UN’s Human Rights Commission has ended all links with G4S the British-Dutch security firm which has contracts for transporting and guarding Palestinian prisoners in Israel. An earlier complaint by Lawyers for Palestinian Human RIghts, that G4S was denying prisoners their rights, was rejected but the NCP (the government body responsible for contract companies) found that G4S used companies that did abuse human rights.

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Blockading Gaza has not dislodged Hamas

Israel and Palestine, including Gaza, seem to be frozen in stasis, doomed, if they move, to begin another round of political and military conflict. Many outside agencies have tried to mediate. Kerry blamed Israel obduracy, others blame Hamas. Here the ICG addresses the main actors with proposals on what each can do to move out of the conflict zone. Giving Hamas more control over its income and recognition of Palestine as a state by all EU cpountries would help .

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Water and the Palestine-Israel conflict

The table and text here from the Water Research Institute are not directly about Israel and Palestine. The WRI ranks countries by degrees of water scarcity. The oPt are in the first rank, Israel comes in at no.8. Most of the top 20 are in the Middle East. Lack of water does not create the current conflicts say the authors but it does exacerbate them and this is going to get worse as water shortages get more severe.

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Abbas in ‘unfathomable panic’

President Abbas sits in his palace moving his knights around – and ejecting them from his web of intrigue. His most recent move was to close down the Palestinian Peace Coalition – the Palestinian side of the Geneva Initiative – to skewer its head, Yasser Abed Rabbo, former secretary-general of the PLO.

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UN Human Rights Council ratifies Gaza 2014 report

All responses to the ratification of the Gaza 2014 report were predictable and had little to do with evidence-based judgments. The US was the only member of the UN’s HRC to vote against accepting the widely-acclaimed report of a UN Commission of Inquiry into the attack on Gaza in 2014. The UK voted to accept it despite qualms that it did not defend Israel’s right to defend itself. Netanyahu said the decision had nothing to do with human rights, the HRC was always picking on Israel, the front line of the fight against ‘terror’ and it might leave the organisation.

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