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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

Desperate for doctors to force-feed prisoners

The prisoners’ hunger strike is holding and, says Daoud Kuttab, they are near the point when organs begin to fail. Israeli doctors refuse to force-feed so the prison service is trying to recruit doctors from abroad – while PHRI are telling foreign doctors that force-feeding is forbidden by medical ethics.

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Gaza’s fishermen and farmers attacked from sea and air

The attacks by Israeli planes and navy cause wanton damage to Gaza. Neither farming nor fishing causes any threat to Israel. Reports from Ma’an and Guardian.

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Bill confirms Jews’ roots in Israel

The nation-state bill got a rowdy reception at its first Knesset hearing reports Ynet. Joint List and Meretz both opposed this most divisive law. Why do you need it? asked MK Ganaim. Balad MKs were escorted out having failed the PM’s test of their Zionism.

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Purpose of Basic Law is to defend the character of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people

There is a clause on the nation-state bill that ‘Every citizen of Israel, regardless of their religion or nationality, has the right to actively preserve their culture, heritage, language and identity’. All else, from ‘purpose’ to national anthem of the state are exclusively Jewish.

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New strategy for Hamas?

The many months in which Hamas was engaged in consultations for their new charter have had wider effects. The election of Ismail Haniyeh to take over political leadership from Meshaal has been widely welcomed. Haniyeh is known and liked in Gaza and is seen as less doctrinaire. Also video of Barghouti ‘eating’. Make up your own mind.

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Edging towards censorship

The definition of antisemitism which Mrs. May so eagerly and single-handedly adopted not only has no legal weight writes law professor Stephen Sedley but is also vague – allowing a wide scope of speech to be classified as antisemitic. It deals only with words not acts, and is contrary to existing laws about free speech.

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Calling apartheid by its name in Israel

It is said that Israelis will do anything to stop outside critics describing the country as an apartheid state. But, in this meticulous report, Richard Kuper traces the use of the word by Israelis themselves, from 1948 to 2017.

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Arabic not spoken here

Israel’s leaders are either neurotically insecure to need a nation-state bill or, Haaretz explanation, they need another bit of law to make bashing the Palestinians seem legitimate. Dropping Arabic as 1 of the 2 official languages is an insulting act.

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The harassment of Richard Falk

Richard Falk was appointed in 2008 by the UN to succeed John Dugard as their special rapporteur on human rights in the oPt. As a Princeton professor of international law, this American Jew was well qualified. He has been on a tour promoting his latest book – and everywhere pro-Israel zealots turn up and try to prevent him speaking. Why does supporting Israel seem incompatible with free speech?

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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The hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners continued last week, May 1st-7th, 2017 but it is no longer dominating discussion. Al Jazeera provides a horribly harsh account of the arrest and imprisonment and torture of Palestinians, many of whom are children (under 18), in which there is no semblance or even pretence of judicial process: […]

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Throwing money at spy agencies

Israel spends a quite disproportionate (‘outsized’ says Richard Silverstein) part of its budget on intelligence-gathering, testament to how many enemies (all those BDS supporters, Palestinians, Iranian agents…) the country sees itself as having.

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Movement for justice v. identity politics

Omar Barghouti is still in NYC and here he answers questions from Nyle Fort. He finds that in the US identity politics are the hegemonic discourse at the expense of building a broad coalition but he is on the side of those who fight racism and sexism.

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Treatment of Palestinians prevents Israeli-Arab alliance

A senior American diplomat considers the benefits of Israel making an alliance with the Gulf states – but says the Israeli treatment of Palestinians is so dire that no Arab state could openly be its ally. Visual commentary by Banksy cartoons.

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Trump torn between The Deal and the GOP

When Abbas met Trump he had an effusion of delight, declaring ‘we rely on God and Trump’. Good luck there. It tells of what scant support he had got from previous presidents that Trump’s drive to do a deal should so overwhelm him. But he’s not reckoning on the ferocious opposition from the Republican/Israeli coalition. The last thing they want is any deal that pleases Palestinians.

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How we know what we think we know about Palestinian refugees

This is a very sharp and anti-colonialist critique of those who who visit and do research on Palestinian refugees. Those refugees, always the object, are a useful resource for researchers who may want professional advancement in the Global North.

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Another PSC member denied entry to Israel

Kamel Hawwash, professor of civil engineering at Birmingham university, is a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. On his most recent trip to visit his and his wife’s families he was interrogated and strip-searched. After this intended humiliation he was denied entry.

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NGOs the only opposition in Israel

NGOs are the effective opposition in Israel. Breaking the Silence is the best known of them because they expose the core of Israel, its military, and because they are so often denounced as traitors. Report from The Independent.

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German minister asking awkward questions unwelcome in Israel

For decades German Ministers (from W. Germany only until 1990) have trodden with guilt, shame and financial generosity towards Israel. No longer. Foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel was rebuffed by the Israeli PM because he wanted to meet with human rights NGOs and later said (inaccurately) that Social Democrats and Jews were the first victims of Nazi rule.

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Small village, big fight

The small Bedouin village of Jabal al Baba is threatened with demolition by Israeli authorities who particularly want their land near E. Jerusalem. The villagers’ “We Shall Remain” campaign is winning international support. A petition to sign.

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Opening the mind of Hamas

Amira Hass has read both the draft of a new charter for Hamas and the finished version and is sorry to see some drawback from its engagement with the issue of antisemitism. She thinks the more people in Gaza find out about the history of Jews the more complex are their political premises.

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