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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

Forcing Jews into a nation

A forgotten dissident Jew, Moshe Menuhin, is acclaimed in Mondoweiss. “It is a mystery why Menuhin’s scholarship is not prominently celebrated as a pioneering work in the canons of Jewish and Zionist history.” His religion was “Prophetic Judaism – universal and ethical”.

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Breaking the image

Hamoud’s film about young Palestinians in Tel Aviv is iconoclastic. Instead of the stout woman in ‘modest’ hijab and abaya we see girls in jeans, hair flowing free. It’s the underground culture of every big city. The West, she says, wants to feel superior but it’s not true.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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From more Jews leaving Israel than joining, through the bombast of Danny Danon to an excellent speech by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the financial travails of Hamas.

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Zionism as a master-race ideology

Zionism as an ideology (and not a knowing, demonic force as it is sometimes treated here) has had several meanings over time. Yakov Rabkin and Philip Weiss see Zionism and liberal values as having become inherently in conflict, with terrible consequences – including the morphing of Jewish bodies into vassals of Israel. In an added note, Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken explains what he understands by Zionism and why he shares that ideology.

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It makes no sense for Israel to make peace

That is, the Israeli gov’t maintains its hegemony by subduing Palestinians and stealing their land. No amount of US $$ is a good exchange for loss of the status quo. Four books reviewed by David Shulman

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Attempts to block book on Jewish terrorism

Israel was created by Jewish acts of terrorism against Arabs and British soldiers and police, not the benign moves of a sympathetic world. When Tom Suarez started a tour to promote his book, State of Terror, he found the pro-Israel establishment was doing all it could to silence him and his argument. Jonathan Cook and Suarez.

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Israel’s unchosen: dirt to be swept away

This is a review of Mya Guarnieri Jaradat’s new book about the life of asylum seekers in Israel – which is grim. If a state is established to privilege just one sect, it follows that everyone else will suffer from poor, racist, treatment.

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Don’t imagine love between Jew and Arab

The best selling novel, All the Rivers in English, is about love between a Palestinian man and Israeli woman. Author Dorit Rabinyan says it was taken off the national curriculum because it threatened the armour Israelis wear to prevent them knowing anything about the Other.

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A Zionist on why he detests Netanyahu

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Leon Wieseltier, cultural critic, has a great intellectual reputation. He is baffled by why former friend Michael Oren (once Israel’s ambassador to the US) expects all Jews to do things in a distinctly Jewish way and why all who disagree with him must be antisemitic.

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Israel’s unique apartheid system

The word is from South Africa, Afrikaans for separateness. This book of essays on apartheid in S. Africa and Israel looks at what’s like and unlike. S.Africa’s regime failed because it needed the black labour which it also wanted to banish to bantustans. Israel uses Palestinian labour but imports most from Asian countries. S. Africa passed laws making apartheid compulsory. Israel uses its bureaucracy to present a facade of democracy.

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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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When image pushes truth aside

States of denial, of people not wanting to know, have marked the experience of Jews in Europe as they now mark the experience of Palestinians in Israel and the oPt. ‘Denial’ is a new film, script by David Hare, about David Irving’s libel suit against Deborah Lipstadt in London.

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‘Slanderous’ film wins best fiction award

An Israeli-made and funded Palestinian love story has won the audience award for best fiction film at the Berlin film festival. Director Udi Aloni describes his government as ‘fascist’ and citizens as ‘all white’. This is not what Miri Regev intended when she became culture minister.

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Look Behind You! It’s Jeremy Corbyn!

Is it possible to portray a non-perfect Jew, i.e. a normal human being, without that being seen as an archetype of all Jews and antisemitic? A new production of Caryl Churchill’s play, Seven Jewish Children, raises these questions but sadly the reviews are stuck in the gutters of ‘don’t perform it, Jeremy Corbyn’s son is involved’ and ‘it’s antisemitic’.

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Are we doomed to bomb villages every decade for defence purposes?

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Our Signatories’ Blog this week is written by Michael Baron, early signatory of JfJfP and one of the founding parents of the National Autistic Society. He takes a critical but compassionate look at the BBC’s ‘Censored Voices’ in which old soldiers speak of their guilt and complicity in war crimes.

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The occupation has made brutes of us

The headline comes from a 2011 blog by David Shulman which was surprisingly difficult to find – the NY Review of Books seems to have expunged all trace of it. Perhaps it doesn’t fit with its current position, the promotion of Palestinian pacifism – all to the good if it is accompanied by a collective campaign of civil resistance. David Shulman talks with Sari Nusseibeh who reviews Breaking the Silence’s book, about non-violent resistance and David Shulman contributes the final piece, the elusive ‘And no-one wants to know’.

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Mike Marqusee

We are sorry to be posting the obituary of Mike Marqusee, long-time signatory of JfJfP, even longer a socialist and a cricket lover since he settled in England. His political memoir, If I am not for myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew, has been widely praised, especially for his insight into those who are Progressive Except for Palestine.

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Gaza spectacular diverted attention from Israel’s land grab

‘Israelis live in a largely mythic world, a vastly simplified version of the Iliad. In this starkly polarized vision of reality, in which Israelis are by definition innocent victims of dark, irrational forces operating against them, heroic death in war always makes sense, and violent coercion is the option both of necessity and of choice.’ Review by David Shulman of Israel’s attack and Hamas sectarianism.

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New views of Arendt and Eichmann

Horribly, the reputations of Adolf Eichmann and Hannah Arendt will remain forever linked. Her book on his trial – she saw a nondescript bureaucrat who was, indeed, obeying orders – has been deeply infuential. But further work has shown Eichmann to be a more strategic architect of Jewish extermination than she had imagined. Does this destroy her view of the mass murderer?

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Abandoning politics for the mantra of ‘return’

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In a thoughtful and admiring review of Diana Allan’s account of Palestinian life in Shatila refugee camp, Max Ijl recounts how the struggle for power lines has replaced the struggle for political power under the shelter of the rhetoric of return.

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