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Freedom Theatre UK tour


Performances in:
Birmingham, Colchester, Frome, Glasgow, Halesworth, Hastings, London, Leeds, Manchester & Nottingham.

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JfJfP comments


2015:

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

Another blow to Zionist myth

Palestinians have always known many were forced out of their home in 1948 and that those who had fled in fear were prevented from returning. Jewish and non-Jewish Zionists believed they had been ordered to leave by Arab leaders but since the work of Israeli new historians they have had to revise their version. Now a new letter has been found showing that Ben-Gurion, contrary to Golda Meir’s account, ordered that Arabs should not be allowed to return to Haifa.

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Likud win brings ultra-Orthodox and pro-settler dominance

Another victory for free-wheeling Bibi might not suggest disaster for any progressive position. But as he has chosen to bring in pro-settler and ultra-Orthodox parties to shore him up – it has. It will not win him any friends abroad. His shift to hardline right-wing policies is at odds with those he wants to admire and support Israel. And he’s changed the law to protect his government’s endurance.

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Palestine at FIFA, Update

Despite the dramatic events on the eve of FIFA’s Zurich Congress, the agenda will be followed at the Congress and the Palestine Football Association will put their resolution. But this may not have the impact they hoped for given the media’s focus on the arrests of nine FIFA offficials and background stories on FIFA corruption.

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‘Shooting and crying’

Rela Mazali and Ghada Ageel respond to the wide coverage given to the recent record of testimonies by Breaking the Silence. They question the ‘privileged status’ given to this report when multiple testimonies by Palestinians are so often ignored. Their valid and important critique does, however, does not acknowledge the importance of the soldiers’ revelation of what orders they were given.

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Boycotting bodies that boycott settlements

So far two American states have passed resolutions opposing any boycott against any product from Israel or its settlements and one state, Illinois, has passed an amendment prohibiting state agencies from entering into a contract with any agency that boycotts Israel (settlements included). This would prohibit trade with the EU if it continues with its policy of not trading with settlements.

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God save Israel – Israelis won’t

Uri Avnery casts a despairing, but ever keen, eye over Netanyahu’s new government. He had not expected it to produce peace with Palestinians but he had hoped it would treasure democracy. There is little hope of that.

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Stealing Palestinian culture

When Israel was created it did not have, could not have had, a national culture. One had to be created by, amongst other means, adopting existing cultures. Many of the elements of Israel’s infant culture were taken from Palestinians. Nothing wrong with that. Ben White’s objection is that this appropriation is not acknowledged by Israelis. One has launched ‘International Hummus Day’ so that people will associate Israel with this dish.

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This week’s postings at JfJfP.com

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Slowly moving into the front line comes the EU, author of many resolutions deploring the illegal occuption and warning that Israel’s trade with Europe – Israel’s largest export market – will be restricted if serious negotiations for two states do not start. But officials seem satisfied with a finely honed form of words. Two analysts […]

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Stop making an exception for Israel

In the bad old days football clubs were often nests of racism. In the last 15 years tackling racism in football has been recognized as a priority in clubs , by UEFA and FIFA. The barriers crippling the movement and assembly of Palestinian players and spectators in the name of Israel’s security have escaped FIFA censure. This blanket justification for all measures by the security state no longer convinces the world of football that Israel should enjoy an exceptional status.

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Move to make practice of bus segregation official

Defence minister Ya’alon announced a plan to make bus segregation absolute and required by law. PM Netanyahu, very aware of the symbolism of bus apartheid in his alma mater, the USA, has over-ruled him. This will not change the long-established practice of different bus lines for Palestinians and settlers in the West Bank. The settlers will be disappointed at not getting apartheid legally enforced.

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French plan for UN Palestine resolution

Plans by the French government for the immediate re-starting of Israel-Palestine negotiations to be concluded by September 2016 are now public. The resolution will be put to the UN Security Council after the June 30 deadline on talks with Iran. The resolution stresses respect for the security needs of both nations and proposes that Jerusalem should be the capital of both. If the resolution is rejected, France will recognise Palestine as an independent state.

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American-Jewish right high on rape and murder fantasies

You would think, if you read multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Israel HaYom, that Israel was a frail little state teetering on the edge of extinction by the mighty armed forces of Palestine. Living in a delusional world is the kindest thing one can say from his paper’s response to the Vatican’s recognition of Palestine. More unkindly, you might see a very sick imagination. Bradley Burston thinks they’re making it up.

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Praise the Pope for promoting Palestinians

The Pope’s friendly and respectful treatment of President Abbas has not gone down well with the Israeli government, for whom Abbas is either a cunning terrorist or a servile simpleton. In the normal world, the Vatican treaty with Palestine, confirming its recognition of Palestine as a state, has been a godsend and its first canonisation of two Palestinian women has done much to strengthen the status of Christians in Palestine. Despite the international status of the Vatican, it is seen as another move in the European move towards refusing to play the Israeli negotiations game.

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EU ready to play major part in restarting peace process

The EU’s High Representative for External Affairs, Federica Mogherini is back in the Middle East determined to show that finding partners for discussion and restarting a peace process are a priority for her and the EU, which is ready to play a much larger role than it has before. Rami Khoury spells out what steps it can take now.

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Israeli footballers still can’t grasp the complaints

While the Palestinian Football Association has been pressing its campaign to exclude the IFA from FIFA, the Israeli government has been busy lobbying foreign governments citing its security needs, its security reasons for preventing the free movement and practice of Palestinian footballers and the Israel-hatred which is the only reason for the PFA campaign. Foreign governments may be the wrong lobby fodder.

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Rabbi who sees Palestinians as ‘animals’ put in charge of their lives

Try “being a Palestinian in the West Bank, where the man in charge of administering your day-to-day life doesn’t even see you as a human being”. The man with these views, Jewish Home MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, has been appointed as the head of Civil Administration in the oPt. What hope for justice?

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Preposterous proposal to make Canadian boycotters criminals

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper is well-known as an Israeli groupie. Even Israelis will be surprised at his desire to introduce a law making boycott of Israeli goods an antisemitic hate crime. Robert Fisk asks if he would prefer critics of Israeli policies not to use such a peaceful means of protest and advocacy for Palestinian rights.

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This week’s postings on JfJfP.com

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The dominant theme this week, May 11th-17th, 2015, is Israel’s judicial system.  No-one’s happy with it.  Jewish Home – HaBayit HaYehudi –  which got the repugnant Ayelet Shaked installed as Justice Minister, regards the Supreme Court as too powerful – it can, as in most countries with a supreme court, strike down legislation as either […]

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Pressure grows on FIFA to suspend Israel

As Ben White points out, Israeli government and media do not understand the importance of football in Europe, Africa and South Africa and so missed the growing support for the plight of Palestinian footballers, whose playing is so restricted by Israel bringing its politics into the game, and for their campaign to get FIFA to suspend the Israel Football Association.

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The day of the Nakba

As a mark of the changes in Palestinian political consciousness, the marking of Nakba day has become a central feature of political life – causing the Israeli Knesset to pass a law withholding funds from any body which recognises the day, viz in Israeli terms, desires the annihilation of Israel. The law hits NGOs, not the Palestinians who are, as Daoud Kuttab reminds us, marking their own pain as well as making their own history.

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