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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

Let the Arabs sort it out

‘The Israeli political system is in an uproar’ says Ben Caspit following Trump’s opt-out from any ‘peace process’. A regional peace deal is popular with many Israelis. But Arab leaders say they will not bypass the legitimate Palestinian government.

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Taking the people’s name in vain

So-called populists, the name claimed by and given to right-wing anti-immigrant bodies, insist their enemy is the liberal elite which controls the media. To protect national security censors are needed to govern the words of anti-people elites. Israel has a military censor who tries to gag journalists at home and abroad.

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Too up himself to have any views on Jews

Many have detected a dangerous strain of antisemitism in Pres. Trump – see his large following of white supremacists who scent anti-Jewish attitudes in him. No, argues Asher Schechter, the man is an egotistic opportunist with no secret plans. He tweets what will get publicity. His acts are against Muslims and Mexicans.

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The Azaria show trial

The trial of Elor Azaria, with its damning evidence and then lenient sentence, was a show trial to rebut the claim that a culture of impunity envelops the killing of Palestinians. The extreme reaction of many Israelis shows what a powerful symbol the baby-faced soldier has become.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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This last week, February 13th-19th, 2017, the journeys of PM Netanyahu to the UK and the USA and the connected issue of ‘the 2-state solution’ have been the dominant questions for MidEast commentary. This also means, we say ruefully, that Pres. Trump is again unavoidable. In what Daoud Kuttab describes as the ‘love fest’ between […]

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Where Israel’s dominant new right came from

Many of Israel’s left wing moved right finding a more secure footing and sense of purpose in settler Zionism. But Israelis who have not given up on two states think incremental steps can be taken – knowing Palestinians cannot become compatible Zionists.

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Labour Friends of Israel

The status of Labour Friends of Israel [LFI] was thrust into question by the Al Jazeera documentary. Labour party members of the health professions have produced a document questioning the knowledge and political values of LFI. We republish sections here.

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‘Shining stars’ show a way to reject Occupation

Three teenage girls – Odeh Bisharat’s ‘shining stars’- are again enduring repeat imprisonments for refusing to do military service. They refuse to join the force which oppresses and humiliates Palestinians or accept that ‘racism and hatred are necessary for the existence of the State of Israel’

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Pro-Palestinians disrupt Friedman hearing

While the POTUS was delivering his ‘it would be funny – if it weren’t so scary’ press conference his chum David Friedman hoped to slide smoothly through his Senate hearing by saying that everything he had said during the campaign was a lie. He hadn’t expected the pro-Palestinian hecklers.

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French Jews and the Front National

A Jewish Friends of Israel group has angered the Jewish umbrella group, Crif, by holding talks with the Front National- which proposes banning the veil and the kippah but has put itself at the head of excluding Muslim terrorists. The FN has an antisemitic heritage which modernising Le Pen is trying to bury.

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No Plan B for Palestinian state

The 2-state solution has been the alibi for inaction on Palestine and Israel for decades. The shock at its possible death is largely felt by those who want that alibi. That shock shapes all the media coverage – it’s too soon to know how serious Trump is or what the alternatives might be.

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Do you want a Jewish ethno-state?

Daniel Sieradski upbraids his fellow American Jews; they sat on their hands while Israeli politicians moved to the right putting a Palestinian state increasingly beyond reach – and now Trump can deliver what they didn’t want – an apartheid state.

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Trump drops 2-state insistence

For years the policy of all countries that have a position on Palestine/ Israel has been to back a ‘2-state solution’. Now the president of the USA has broken ranks and said he would accept any position on which the two parties agreed. In fact, as Israel is most unlikely to prefer one state, in which Jews would be a minority, it’s unlikely to change much.

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Iran, Israel and fake fears

Ostensibly PM Netanyahu came to visit the British PM to discuss Iran’s nukes, which turned out not to be the case. Now he is visiting the POTUS, ostensibly to talk about Iran. Peter Beinart says that is unlikely. Netanyahu talked up Iran as a nuclear threat in order to place himself and Israel as the US’s necessary ally in the region despite IDF disbelief.

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Bibi to Trump: Palestinians won’t say the magic words to me

Why does PM Netanyahu insist that the words ‘Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people’ must be spoken by Abbas? Because he knows that would betray the 1.4m Arabs for whom Israel is home? Because he needs a symbolic concession from Palestinians? And how will he explain it to deal-maker Trump?

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People clearance by home wreckage

More Palestinian homes were demolished by Israeli authorities in 2016 than ever before reports B’Tselem. The ‘reason’ is contemptible – lack of planning permission which all know is hardly ever given. Home wrecking is a tactic in the long-term aim of corralling Palestinians into as small a space as possible, making living conditions intolerable.

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Palestinian refugees as pariahs

There is a long period of time in which Jews were often refugees. That became an integral element of Jewish tradition and in these days of upheaval Jews have often been at the forefront of welcoming refugees. EXCEPT – hundred of thousands of Palestinians languish in refugee camps, mainly in Jordan and Lebanon. Who cares? Robert Cohen argues that this deficit is because we’re trapped in our loyalty to Israel which makes it impossible to accept our complicity in the creation of the Palestinian refugee tragedy and makes us refuse to offer those refugees any safe place of refuge.

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London Assembly votes for IHRA antisemitism definition

The IHRA definition of antisemitism is good. The IHRA guidelines, using examples, is unacceptable. Andrew Dismore, London Assembly Labour member for Hendon – which has the 2nd highest proportion of Jews among all London constituencies, persuades the London Assembly to accept the IHRA definition of antisemitism – which is fine – and the guidelines – which are not.

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The Zionist drive for separation

The separation of people into discrete groups does not happen naturally in today’s world. It is done by the state using force and an immense bureaucracy. This is apartheid. Mike Cushman argues that the Israeli state is clearly enforcing rigid separations between Arab Palestinians and Israeli Jews. But he would be guilty of antisemitism under the IHRA ‘examples’ e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.

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This week’s postings at JfJfP.com

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We were no wiser at the end of this last week, February 6th-12th, 2017 than we were at the beginning as to why PM Netanyahu had invited himself to tea with PM May. A press officer – Israeli embassy? – had briefed journalists that it was to do with Iran, one of the many things […]

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