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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

Don’t blame Balfour. It was the wily wizard

This is the report of a 1931 meeting on Palestine and Jews organised by the English Zionist Federation. Lloyd George is the main speaker. It reveals a lot about how the British government regarded its duty (to Arabs and Jews), how Palestine was presented (a wasteland due to Ottoman neglect) and how Zionism was understood (the ideology of ‘the only race to have made a success of Canaan in the last 3000 years’.

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Lies, lies, lies

Jamie Stern-Weiner stays on his feet to document the hurricane of hysteria about left-wing antisemitism at the Labour conference which is blowing away much of the British press. The accusers never check their facts. JSW does the ‘laborious’ work of checking his.

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Destroying shelters at Succot

The origin of the three Abrahamic religions is in the hard lives of the desert dwellers. The gulf between those times and ours is immeasurable yet all cling to their festivals of survival against the odds, none more so than Succot. +972 points out the irony of commemorating the lack of shelter for Jews while Israel continues to demolish, ruthlessly, the shelters of Palestinians.

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Jewish activist takes on Manchester uni

Mike Cushman, JfJfP signatory and signed up to a number of radical Jewish campaigns, goes into battle against The Vice-Chancellor for her ruling that a meeting to be addressed by Holocaust survivor Marika Sherwood should be closed to the public and not advertised as “You’re doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to me”. While many disagree with the Nazi/Israel comparison that is something to be argued about not censored – after a visit by an Israeli embassy envoy.

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Keep inflammatory journalists OUT

A local protest is made into a national scandal by journalists. Hence the new ruling by IDF Brig-Gen that journalists should be barred from scenes of conflict because they will inflame what otherwise might be hidden.

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Using music in Gaza to heal damaged souls

Using the universal language of music Palestinian lute player Reem Anbar provides music therapy lessons for the traumatised people of Gaza. “Music is the nutrition of one’s soul” she tells The New Arab.

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Mass arrest of Palestinian legislators

About 40 of the 132 member Palestinian Legislative Council have recently been arrested by the IOF and put into administrative detention – a military, not judicial, process. As they are not charged, the assumption is the detainees are thought to have links to any of the organisations which Israel has dubbed illegal. Britain’s FCO did not answer Lady Tonge’s question about this but did repeat its judgement that Israel makes ‘excessive’ use of this extra-judicial process.

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From Occupation to Apartheid in 6 years

In this interview the former Special Rapporteur for Palestine Richard Falk is asked about his time in the post, what changed, what were the highs (getting injustice documented) and lows (the campaign of personal defamation against him).

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UN Human Rights Council is proposing to blacklist settlement-friendly firms

A United Nations blacklist of companies operating in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights includes some of the biggest firms in Israeli industry as well as some household names in the US. The US government is doing its level best to prevent publication.

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Hidden hand of US counter-terrorism guides PA

The extent to which the US bureau of counterterrorism is directing the PA in how to defeat anti-Israel or pro-Islamist militants is partly revealed in this State dept report – though it doesn’t mention sharing intelligence with Israeli security which it surely does. It leaves propaganda work to the PA. The key work of finding where the money comes from, how to trace it, how it’s laundered seems straight out of a CIA handbook.

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The brazen absence of shame

The shameless ones are, in the words of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the thug-like leaders who do not recognise their own or international laws on preventing the use of violence. It is a powerful speech by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. Danny Danon, Israel’s UN ambassador should be ashamed that he has accused him of antisemitism, of obsession with Israel and of ignoring human rights abuses round the world.

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Orthodox Jews in the US stay silent on white supremacy

The Council on American-Islamic Relations managed it, so too did most Christian and reform Jewish bodies; even Mrs May had a go. Orthodox Jewry remained silent on Unite the Right jamboree seeming to think if Jews are not the victims it’s not worth bothering about.

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Ban boycotts, ban free speech

Trade figures show that the BDS is having an imperceptible effect on the Israeli economy. So why are Israel, many American states, and, here, the US Congress taking such effortful risks to try to outlaw the practice and proposals of boycott while the same people support a harsh boycott of Russia?

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Small war at SF university

This article from Mondoweiss by Palestinian-American Saliem Shehadeh recounts the efforts of the San Francisco branch of Hillel to get the only American branch of the General Union of Palestinian Students sentenced for antisemitism. Pro-Israel students have every right to promote their cause – and reciprocal sectarianism is on display here – but not by using the law to protect students from alleged antisemitism. An epitome of the conflict.

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Bibi chooses Hungarian anti-Semite over benevolent Hungarian Jew

Netanyahu is off to Hungary, the first visit by an Israeli PM to the former eastern bloc. He has much in common with the right-wing Hungarian PM Orban: they are both illiberal, they both hate George Soros and think him a menace, they both think the Visegrad 4 should have more clout in the EU.

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Gaza’s darkest days

There are many ways of depicting the dire state of Gaza. The rising suicide rate of young men in particular is one of the most telling. The rate of unemployment in the Gaza Strip is now the highest in the world.

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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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