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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

Annexing Palestine settlement by settlement

A report from Peace Now says that in the last few months there have been ‘unprecedented developments’ – which it lists – amounting to the de facto annexation of the Palestinian West Bank

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Heir to throne deplores US ‘Jewish lobby’

When Prince Charles writes of the ‘Jewish lobby’ in the US what is he referring to? The pro-Israel lobby has more Christians than Jews. Or is he thinking of some secretive and nefarious group trying to manipulate government policy? His judgment that ‘the exodus of foreign Jews’ to Palestine after WW2 ‘helped cause’ current problems is not wrong though it’s badly put.

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NIBS.6: Killed 1967-2017, the years of Occupation,

Plus the Taylor Force Act; Amos Trust carol service, Dec. 4th; Peace Now report on de facto annexation; EU officials barred from entering Israel;

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Farmers to lose their land to settlement parks

This is an interim report on the Israeli state’s theft of land for building play facilities for the settlement of Avnei Hefetz. Peace Now reports that last year settlement construction increased by over one third. More are planned.

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Israel out of sync with progressive politics

Here’s a paradox. Many American states have passed laws to protect Israel from critics. But polls show American Jews mostly feel indifferent to Israel and feel hostile to the growing power of their religious Jews – especially the little-known Mizrahi. And the Occupation, enforced by martial law, is something they can’t stomach.

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ZOA protects its status with some weird friends

Since he left his job as chief strategist Steve Bannon has been preparing for war (against the Republican party and all things Islamic) presenting his own ‘alt-right’ politics as just what Trump needs. He’s trying to recruit Jews to join him.

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Questions about Patel’s Israeli meetings still not answered

Priti Patel has not given a credible account of her visit to Israeli ministers. It does evoke an antisemitic trope, as Jonathan Cook acknowledges, to talk about the secrecy and opacity of the Israel lobby and of the Israeli government.

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Trump’s Rabbis

A majority of American Jews have liberal pro-Democrat politics. And the minority? Some have formed a Coalition of Jewish Values – resolutely pro-Trump and very conservative on matters of women and sex. Too soon to tell what impact they may have on American politics.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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Of course there’s the news-hugging Conservative MP Priti Patel, now banished to the back-benches. Was she on a government mission? Plus the anniversary of Rabin’s killing; the restricted Palestinian media; and much more besides

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Dear Profs you make Zionism critically untouchable

In a letter to the Times, three well-known Jews say that anti-Zionism has no place in a civilised society. Zionism has been a constant of Jewish life since AD70. This startles Robert Cohen. Zionism has waxed and waned, its meaning has changed and if we cannot discuss Zionism and its effect on Palestinians we will no longer be a civilised society.

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Israel damaged by Tory supporters

The circumstances of Tory MP Priti Patel’s summer visit to Israeli ministers (including PM Netanyahu) remain mysterious. She had an earlier meeting with Gilad Erdan, the anti-BDS minister. We can only wait for more facts, not rumour or speculation. Marcus Dysch gets in a dig about Labour’s “anti-Israel fervour”.

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Palestinian police chief says Hamas must disarm

The demand for the disarmament of Hamas police is, so far, the biggest sticking point in the Fatah/Hamas reconciliation agreement. What is Hamas without its military paraphernalia? The PNA police chief says there cannot be two separate police forces in the Gaza Strip.

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Revenge of the experts

Britain’s policy towards Israel is, well, nuanced. It takes a fine FCO mind to get it right – yes to Israel’s military-industrial products, cautiously no to settlements, cautiously yes to Arab concerns. The amateur Polak and Patel should not, says Anshel Pfeffer, have tried to go it alone.

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The demand for ‘security’ can never be met

Those settlers who think they are the heroic vanguard of the Greater Israel believe the Israeli state owes them, not just their extra rations from the public budget but also impenetrable security which Mr. Security Netanyahu seems to offer. Mazal Mualem waspishly points out that this is a bottomless financial pit.

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Thuggish choke on Palestinian media freedom

COGAT, the governing force in the oPt does not have a delicate mode. When it wants to stop Palestinians making things public its forces ransack offices, smash machinery, confiscate equipment and arrest people for incitement viz telling it how it is.

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Rabin: complex man, complex legacy

There is no consensus on what Yitzhak Rabin – military commander and PM- stood for when alive or stands for 22 years after his death. Amir Hass and Guy Ziv offer different facts.

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Judaic law undermines the rule of democracy

Last Saturday, November 4th, was the 22nd anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the prime minister who signed the Oslo accords. The act, the trial and aftermath show the incompatibility of religious and democratic law. Tomer Persico in +972

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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The longest, harshest occupation, the largest Jerusalem, the least democratic Israeli government, the most steps ever taken on Hamas/Fatah reconciliation and other non-superlative items of interest.

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Labour leader snubs anti-Balfour Arab party member over Balfour

If the Israeli Labour party does not get rid of its new leader ASAP – he is an anti-Palestinian nationalist – it will have torn up its own history and future as a party for Arab-Jewish equality and co-existence. Two strong articles

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Balfour’s legacy, in pictures

The Balfour Declaration, November 2nd 2017, is a date now lodged in Palestinian minds if not most people’s. Here we reproduce the photos of anti-Balfour protests in the major cities of the oPt and Jordan.

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