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JfJfP comments


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 suffering? Think of the Jews!

The ‘imagine if’ trope used by both contributors here is in response to Jonathan Freedland’s use of it in his plea for understanding of Israeli policy. Palestinians attack Israelis not because they are Jews but because they are the inflicters of cruelty on them says Prof. Hawwash. Jamie Stern-Weiner asks us to imagine.

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Shut up Ken, you don’t know what you’re talking about

‘I’ve never read such a gigantic load of rubbish about the Labour party’ storms Michele Hanson (JfJfP signatory). It’s formed a great cloud blotting out what it is important to see and act on. Which is not ‘silly Ken’.

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This week’s postings @ JfJfP.com

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This, April 25th-May 1st, 2016 has been an extraordinary week for British Jews. We are supposedly at the centre of a storm about widespread antisemitism on the left – though no-one has asked us. A fury of letter-writing has tried to get dissident Jews into the argument: Jews speak for themselves An edifice has been built […]

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Jews speak for themselves

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The people with direct experience of antisemitism are Jews. The current commotion about left-wing antisemitism is being made on behalf of Jews. Jews can speak for themselves and they do here – the only ones to bring the fear of Muslims into the argument. Here we post statements from the JSG and IJV, as well as a number of letters to the Guardian.

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Support for building Israel beat saving Jews

It is an historical truth that some Zionists wanted to do a deal with the Nazi regime to transfer Jews to Palestine. Building Israel was more important than fighting Nazis. At the time, writes Mike Cushman, Jews saw Nazis as little different from other persecutors. No-one foresaw the Holocaust. Today Netanyahu embraces Christian antisemites because they are evangelical for Israel – even though they believe it brings on the genocidal apocalypse.

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Israel’s Labour leader leaps for the bait

Which he swallows hook, line and sinker. Given Netanyahu’s use of the Zionist position that Israel exists as the homeland of all Jews, Herzog uses hearsay to claim an award for fighting for the Jewish state.

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Liberal press fails to stand by these victims of a witch hunt

Ken and Naz may have made intemperate and vituperative remarks and confused Zionism and Israel. But, says Richard Silverstein, that does not merit this no-facts witch hunt which could destroy Labour as a progressive force.

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Making a united nation

In the first two decades after its creation Israel was admired by most left-wing people as an egalitarian, ethical state in the making (which meant ignoring Palestinians). Now the Israeli state is seen as the puppet of militaristic and right-wing interests. Prof. Rabkin traces the shift.

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Labour, Ken and history

It’s not clear why Ken Livingstone chose to intervene in Labour’s crisis over antisemitism but by drawing attention to himself (knowing himself to be a controversial figure) he has not helped Naz Shah, the Labour party or our understanding of history. Commenting on this fight are John Rose and Jamie Stern-Weiner, both JfJfP signatories.

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We love Jews – as long as they’re rich and pro-Israel

Sam Kriss, British Jew, is fed up with being told what he feels (viz. outraged at ‘Labour antisemitism’). Tory antisemitism is rife – as in the cruel derision about Ed Miliband let alone the history of Tory golfclubs and aristo gatherings. If they love Jews now it’s because they think Jews are made of money, unflinching for our military ally Israel and obsequious in following the Tory line. Eek!

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Primary role of Israel supporters in Labour’s ‘antisemitism’ issue

It’s astonishing how quickly the media have assembled pieces ‘proving’ antisemitism in Labour, relying on a mix of anonymous quotes and more honest pro-Israel activists. The effect is to silence all critics of Israel. Asa Winstanley reports on the Israel links.

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Cynical charges of antisemitism against those who fight for justice

Despite the almost comical paucity of evidence, the notion that antisemitism is a growing problem on the Labour left is rapidly congealing into conventional wisdom writes signatory Jamie Stern-Weiner.

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Labour’s frazzled response to antisemitism charges

In August 2014 Norman Finkelstein, American-Jewish author of books on the Holocaust, posted the graphic for which Naz Shah is being hounded today. It was reposted on several American sites at the time. But what seems to matter in this ghastly ‘debate’ is not research, knowledge, curiosity but who can make the most splenetic remarks about Labour, Muslims and antisemitism. Shame on Guido Fawkes.

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Jewish take-over of Jerusalem rebuffed

Jerusalem, ineffably holy to Christians and Muslims, a valuable property to Palestinians and Israelis, who control it against international law. Daoud Kuttab looks at the Israeli map which makes the Old City wholly Jewish despite its assertive Palestinian majority.

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Celebrating Malia Bouattia

Malia Bouattia, new President of the NUS will withstand it; much of the right-wing press cannot stand it. Yes, there’s a problem with her use of ‘Zionism’ and her refusal to condemn the indefensible ISIL lest it fed Islamophobia (many political people know that problem in relation to their cause). Readers of newspapers, many of them JfJfP signatories, respond to the muckrakers.

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Jewish zealots on the rampage

Following the break-up of another Jewish terror cell (see posting below) we take a look at how American media have been responding to the fact of Israeli Jewish terrorists who attack Christian, Muslim and just Palestinian targets.

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Settler terror cell indicted for attacks on Palestinians

The seven young men and two minors from various settlements who have been busy launching terror attacks on Palestinians say they were ‘inspired’ by the firebombing of the Dawabsheh family home in Duma, killing three. Is it too late for Shin Bet to stop this sickness spreading through the country?

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This ‘incredibly cruel and unjust machinery’ forced on Hebron

Novelist Michael Chabon grew up in a conventional Jewish-American way, dropping money in the JNF box, working on a kibbutz. Then came the Sabra & Shatila massacre and he began to ask questions. A visit to Israel answered them.

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This week’s postings @ JfJfP.com

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This week, April 18-24, 2016, saw the start of Passover/Pesach (April 22-30) and we have a posting of varied items which look at the contemporary meanings of this ancient celebration – with its ironic connotation for the enslaved nation of Palestine which is the focus for some commentators, ignored by others. It begins with warm […]

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Students’ choice of president attacked as antisemitic

The NUS choice of a black, Muslim woman president has had the rightwing press scurrying to find bits in her past to discredit her. Saying that media is ‘Zionist-led’ is something she should have checked out – and not said. Hannah Weisfeld sticks the boot in in one of the 3 articles plus some notes on Zionism to help you decide.

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