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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

Confident Rivlin rejects PM’s despair

Pres. Rivlin says Israelis must ask themselves if they should change their self-perception from that of a persecuted victim to one rooted in strength and self-confidence. The PM says enemies surround us and always will.

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To outlaw NGOs, Bibi snubs strongest ally

Netanyahu has chosen to cancel a visit from his strongest European ally – Germany- in order to make a point – that Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem are not legitimate Israeli organisations. Sigmar Gabriel doesn’t seem bothered.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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There has been one dominant issue this week, April 17th-23rd 2017: the hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners. It is thought 1,500 prisoners are taking part in six different gaols. Only the IPS (Israeli Prison Service) knows and they aren’t telling. The government line is that the prisoners are not political but “loathsome murderers” and […]

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Every Palestinian act is ‘terrorism’

Amira Hass hopes the resistance of prisoners will inspire collective action by Palestinians outside; James Zogby says Israel provokes violence by the deplorable way it treats Palestinians.

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Labour urged not to chase the right-wing vote

The Israeli Labour Party has crashed in the polls. After the killing of Labour leader Yitzhak Rabin, party leaders adopted a strategy of being a more benign version of Likud. It hasn’t worked and here various contenders for the Labour leadership say what they would do.

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Ten pro-Israel Labour MPs likely to lose seats

If the 10 identified by the Jewish Chronicle do lose their seats it won’t be because of their attachment to Israel but because their majorities are not large enough to withstand a swing to the right.
We provide the names of Labour MPs who are Friends of Palestine or Israel, sometimes both. The Conservative party does not provide this information.

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Truth and Labour first casualties of Livingstone row

Hitler did not bother with the details of the Holocaust or of how to rid Germany of all Jews before then. He left that to his henchmen chief amongst them Adolf Eichmann. [It was Eichmann who visited Palestine and tried to talk with the Zionists there (he was expelled by the British) and back home in Austria it was he who had talks with Zionist leaders as part of his plan to force Austrian Jews to emigrate, to anywhere that would take take them.] Several views on Livingstone’s version of history.

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NYT caves in to Israeli pressure

There is hypocrisy and dissemblance in the decision of the NYT to recant for publishing an article by Marwan Barghouti without saying he was in prison on ‘five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization’. Barghouti has not been accused of murdering anyone though he may have been complicit in the violence of the 2nd intifada. The NYT has unapologetically published articles by known Israeli killers.

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Tears and screams at discussion on Gaza attack

The 2014 military onslaught on Gaza (OPE) was not an IDF success. Army planners knew little about Hamas’s tunnels. The commanding triumvirate did know – but didn’t tell the rest of the security cabinet. Distressed parents vent their anger. Ynet news.

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Torture, rape, humiliation- a prisoner’s lot

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This is information about the number and type of political prisoners illegally transported to and held in Israeli gaols and the treatment they receive there as shown in two infographics.

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All drawn in by hunger strike

There hasn’t yet been an article to repost on what makes this hunger strike different but prisoners and supporters have an air of confidence: they can’t lose. Either they get concessions or they die. Either way the Israeli state loses. Some witty, grave and number-crunching pieces.

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Who gained from Idlib massacre? Not Assad

This is not strictly about Palestine/ Israel. It is connected. Uri Avnery posts the only rebuttal of the claim that Assad released the poison gas that killed 58-70 Syrians. Avnery doubts this – what would Assad gain? But Syrian sects, Sunni Arab allies, the Gulf Sheikhs and Israel all benefit from the depiction of Assad as a crazed mass murderer. And, as Avnery doesn’t say, how far is the accusation a rebuke to Obama for not having bombed Syria? More questions than answers just now.

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Blood trounces law in ruling who’s a citizen

These articles make clear something remarkable: whatever rules there are for defining who’s a citizen of Israel, what counts is conforming to the old European Ashkenazi (converts and Ethiopians are not ‘real’ Jews) tradition of inheriting Jewishness from a mother. So citizenship, like Jewishness, is defined by a unique tradition of exclusion. Palestinian Israelis are urged to act.

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Dunam after dunam, goat after goat

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The Israeli PM presented his post-Trump approach to settlements as a policy of restraint. It merely continues the practice of hoodwinking outsiders. Expansion confined to existing settlements and adjacent land is no restraint at all. Jonathan Cook and Peace Now.

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Political prisoners, the hero-martyrs of Palestine

A spell in an Israeli prison is a rite of passage for young Palestinian activists. Two-fifths of all Palestinian men have endured it. Israel has created a cadre of angry activists by locking up so many for such flimsy reasons.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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This year Passover 2017 began in the evening of Monday, April 10th and lasts until next Tuesday evening, April 18th. Robert A.H. Cohen, JfJfP’s most dissident of Jews, thinks this most popular of Jewish festivals should be abandoned. When Jews recite the litany of liberation, free movement, redemption, if they are against the liberation of […]

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Israeli police ban annual March of Return

The starting point of modern Palestinian history is the Nakba which broke the continuity of their history. Remembering their history in Palestine/Israel is central and has been marked every year by the March of Return. This year it has been banned for the first time. Jonathan Cook comments

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What do Palestinians want?

A stupid question in that, as the authors of this essay say, there is no consensus on the end settlement (1 or 2 states) or how to think about their oppression. ‘Apartheid’ is the best name for it because, amongst other things, it offers a strategy for change.

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Poet pursued as criminal inciter

This posting is about Palestinian poet Dareen Tatour who is being prosecuted by Israeli authorities for ‘incitement’. Thus she has become the symbol of Israel’s denial of free speech for Palestinians in Israel.

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Poisonous ignorance

Trump and his team live in an alternative reality where facts are what they say are. But not taking the holocaust seriously or not having the curiosity to find out about the techniques of that worst mass killing seems unpardonable to many. Plus the Nazi ‘euthanasia’ programme in which the first ‘of their own people’ were killed.

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