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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

All aboard for a new Likud

Around 10,000 Israelis have joined Likud recently in a ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ strategy. Party members have sufficient power, in voting for a party list before elections for instance, to make entryism worthwhile. But they are being purged as the enemy within.

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Police beat up a ‘Mohammed’ who reports his stolen motorcycle

This seems an everyday crime – a man’s motor bike is stolen. He reports the loss. A policeman beats him up – he’s a ‘Mohammed’ -obviously not worth their time. In this small crime we get the full weight of a racist forensic system. What is it like to live in a country where even the owner of stolen motor-bike gets beaten up for his complaint? A small story with large repercussions.

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Israeli law expert backs Palestinian property rights

Land under Israeli control is not subject to the usual free market rules. There is a thicket of property law -Ottoman, British mandate, Jordanian Custodian of Enemy Property, Israeli and constant state interference. Since 1967 Israeli Jews have tried to reclaim their property. The Palestinians of Sheikh Jarrah have been defending their property from claimants and settlers.

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PA ends security pact with Israel

Since 1995, as part of the Oslo agreements, the Palestinian Authority has provided the political policing of the West Bank working with the IDF’s admin unit, COGAT. Since the Al-Aqsa gates debacle, the PA has become more outspoken and has announced it is ending its work with COGAT which aims to “consolidate the colonial system through illegal settlements.”

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How the JNF goes about getting land

The Jewish National Fund, est. 1901 to ‘reclaim’ land in Palestine for Jewish immigrants is a non-profit company. As a large landholder it in fact acts as an arm of the Israeli state funded by overseas Jews. Here, Peace Now is highly critical of its methods of acquiring land. Peace Now

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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From EU and British engagement in MidEast wars – while diplomatically remaining detached – through the US attempt to outlaw support for BDS and the women of Al Aqsa to the scary rally for an ailing Israeli PM.

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EU funding for Israeli military

Before two preposterous leaders, Pres. Trump and N. Korea’s ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim Jong-un began their bluster war, the prevailing mode of 21st century war was what Jeff Halper called ‘pacification’ – military plus to keep a people passive without annihilating them. This they sold to other governments with restive populations, tried and tested on the Palestinians. So the discovery that Elbit systems, nominally a private company, has been handsomely rewarded by the EU through its 2020 Horizon programme is not surprising. We know this thanks to a few diligent MEPs, not one of them British.

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MidEast wars – great British business opportunity

Popular and parliamentary pressure has led to increasing restrictions on what British-made weapons may be sold to which country. Getting contracts used to be a simple matter of bribing the right person with the right amount of gifts. Now the industry relies on senior ministers to sell their implements of death and destruction, here, as revealed in released archives, during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

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Wealthy backers desert Netanyahu

Allegations of Netanyahu’s corruption have made him, in the court of rich people’s opinion, a man who can no longer be backed without embroiling them in a tawdry court case. Where there’s a corrupter there are the corrupted.

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Why did EC put known Israeli racist in top PR post?

An Israeli who is a ‘known right-wing nationalist’ and racist was appointed by the EC as the frontman for its campaign to promote its relations with Israel. A 5-second google would have revealed his politics – and his habitual use of coarse language. Two comments.

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In Memoriam: Reuven Moskovitz

Reuven Moskovitz, a proud member of the crew on the Irene, our JfJfP Jewish Boat To Gaza in 2010, has died.

Glyn Secker, captain of the Irene, remembers him.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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Summary of, and links to, this week’s postings on the JfJfP website

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As the vultures circle…

As the vultures circle, Gideon Levy argues there is little to celebrate as Netanyahu’s end draws nigh. He mocks the belief that it can’t be worse than Netanyahu. He may be going, but Israel is staying the way it is.

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Netanyahu: the beginning of the end

Ari Harow, Benjamin Netanyahu’s former chief of staff, is about to turn state’s witness – to save his own skin. The vultures are circling and Netanyahu is now accused of bribery. As Yossi Verter writes: “Up until Thursday night, the word ‘bribe’ was uttered carefully by reporters, with caveats, with a question mark. That stage is behind us… Whoever is convicted on that count goes to jail, for years.”

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Netanyahu backs a new major exercise in ethnic cleansing

Netanyahu has made public his adoption of far-right defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman’s transfer plan that “would see borders redrawn to allow Israel to annex coveted settlements in the West Bank in exchange for stripping hundreds of thousands of Palestinians of their Israeli citizenship and reassigning their communities to a highly circumscribed Palestinian state.”

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NYT trying to make anti-Zionism into hate speech

It’s too much for NYT pro-Israel staffwriter Bari Weiss to see Palestinian activist and BDS supporter Linda Sarsour becoming an accepted leader in the wider radical movement in the States, (she was one of the organisers of the Women’s March in Washington in January). So she has to be taken down and her legitimate anti-Zionism transmuted into “hate speech”.

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Jewish Socialists’ Group speaks out on the IHRA definition of antisemitism

The Jewish Socialists’ Group joins those who have spoken out against “the IHRA’s politically skewed definition/ statement on antisemitism”. It offers instead “a simpler, clearer and more accurate definition” which local authorities and others, pressurised to adopt the IHRA definition, can use in their fight against antisemitism and other forms of racism.

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Palestinian women rise up

Muslim women protest in front of the Lion

Religious Palestinian women are taking in active role in the protests at the Temple Mount, shattering stereotypes of Muslim women as docile and subservient. In the struggle of the Palestinian religious factions against Israel, the place of women has been missing from the battle. As opposed to Fatah and the left-wing factions, in which women often take an active role, religious Palestinian women are often left behind the scenes. The events of the last few weeks teach us, however, that the struggle over al-Aqsa is an exception.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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This week, Monday July 24th to Sunday July 30th, was almost entirely consumed by the needless drama about prayers at Al Aqsa mosque. The story so far: on Friday July 14th three Israeli Palestinians emerged from the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount compound and, with home-made weapons, shot dead two Israeli Druze police officers. Israel police quickly […]

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A new form of politics – no factions

Daoud Kuttab dubs it a new movement. Dr Inas Abbad asks ‘How can we use this new model of Palestinian struggle more widely and achieve other victories against the occupation?’ She has joined the peaceful mass prayer protest and she and Kuttab love its spontaneity and that of those who bring food and water.

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