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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

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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All Jews are not responsible for Israel’s actions

Here is another very valuable contribution to the debate about what constitutes antisemitism and, where it occurs, how to respond.If all Jews are blamed for Israel’s actions they are also then guilty of dual loyalty. It is written by 3 academics and was sent to the Home Affairs select committee inquiry.

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Take away that man’s citizenship!

The basic facts of the Israeli occupation, of its treatment of Palestinians and its expansion of settlements have been in the public domain for a long time. So why is a Likud MP now demanding that Hagai El-Ad be treated as a traitor? Because, as the post below suggests, the B’Tselem director stated the need for outside intervention in the face of Israeli complicity and passivity.

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Chuck facts, go with the flow

As a founding member of JfJfP Richard Kuper draws on his personal experience and his extensive knowledge of Israel to analyse the Home Affairs report on antisemitism which floats on a raft of fixed assumptions that Labour antisemitism is a fact for which no further evidence is needed.

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The ways of making seized Palestinian land ‘legally’ Israeli

Yesh Din -volunteers for human rights – has analysed the means Israel uses to confiscate Palestine land and declare it state land. Yesh Din also helps Palestinians bring legal challenges to these seizures, with some success.

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How Palestine became colonised

Here are two documentary videos from telesur-English that show, first, what it says in the title and second ‘Inside Palestine’s refugee camps’. Could be shown to groups for discussion,

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Mass knee-capping of Palestinian youth

This article by Akiva Eldar and report from Badil tell us that the IDF, under Lieberman’s orders, are engaging in an orgy of destruction and arrest of young Palestinian men in refugee camps. The favourite tactic seems to be crippling them by shooting them in the leg. These tactics says BADIL are a crime under international law.

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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’

balfour declaration

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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