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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

No electricity brings Gaza to the boil

In Gaza, the temperature is forecast to rise to 31º by the end of this week. With no electricity, Palestinians will swelter in the heat amidst the stench of untreated wastewater and sewage. The uncooked Iftar meal will be eaten in the dark. The Qatar, Saudi, Hamas, Iran imbroglio underlies this crisis.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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Assessments of what Israel means to and has become to friends, critics, enemies in the sixty-nine years of its existence and especially the fifty-year old occupation continue this week, June 5th-11th, 2017. The best range of analyses has been gathered by MERIP. We reproduce the first 2 or 3 of their daily collations: The capture […]

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Good boy becomes Jewish terrorist

There’s no direct line from being a civil rights campaigner to being a violent Jewish settler but it’s not that uncommon according to Sara Yael Hirschhorn’s new book. If one cause is found wanting, another will be found, often after an intense experience.

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EU parliament ignores advice and votes for muddled definition of antisemitism

Last month, the EU parliament voted, 479:101 , to accept the now notorious definition of antisemitism by the IHRA. A QC’S opinion found it not fit for purpose; Jewish groups wrote to the parliament urging them not to support the motion. All were ignored. Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi reports

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It’s not the Occupation, it’s the settler colonial system

This the second set of selected articles from MERIP’s admirable collation of analyses on the 50-year occupation. There are many ideas here but we’ve selected one – the settler colonialism of which the Occupation is just one manifestation. Opposing that is of a different order.

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Gulf states, more money than sense

Until last week, Qatar was part of the so-called ‘Sunni coalition’. Now it’s out. Its friendships with Iran and Hamas – infuriating Israel – were blamed. But says Amotz Asa-El in JPost, all the wealthy Gulf states squander their wealth on vanity projects and luxuries for the monarchies leaving the impoverished mass to their misery.

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The block impeding coalition against Iran

In Foreign Affairs, Yousef Munayyer, Palestinian-American analyst, scorns the idea that Israel and the Arab monarchies can form a strategic alliance against Iran. Yes Arab people do not trust Iran; they distrust the US more not least because it’s tied to Israel, the engineer of Palestinian disempowerment.

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Soldiers as settlers’ bodyguards

It is often not clear to young soldiers what exactly their duties are in the West Bank. According to Breaking the Silence this is not a problem where there are settlers. Their job is to protect the settlers, their property and their freedom of movement.

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Israelis may not question Occupation

NGOs are the most articulate critics of Israel’s occupation. In response the government last year tried to limit their effectiveness with its ‘transparency’ (anti-NGO) bill. Only senior officers in the security services enjoy free speech. John Reed tells it how it is.

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A time to put our bodies on the machine

The Sumud Freedom camp on the site of an evicted Palestinian village is becoming an international symbol of non-violent resistance. It is drawing many Jewish, Palestinian and peace activist supporters.

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We need bold leaders who stand against the violence done in our name

Emily Hilton returns from doing solidarity work – including the Sumud Freedom camp which many diaspora Jews support – with fresh anger about what is done by ingratiating leaders in the name of Judaism and all Jews

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Rampaging Right calls for annexation of West Bank

The name gives it away. Called the oPt, or occupied Palestinian territory, no-one can pretend Palestinians control their land or lives. In 2011 there were 573 permanent barriers and checkpoints around the West Bank and 69 “flying” checkpoints. Settlers had taken more than 54 per cent of the West Bank where they live behind barbed wire. Such is their control it can seem a small step away from annexation.

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The capture of Israel by religious messianics

Here are the first two of a series of articles published by MERIP on the Israeli conquest of Palestinian land in 1967. One aspect is the Israeli use of the fiction that there is no Palestinian people.

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Hamas now a lackey of the wealthy Gulf emirate

Or perhaps not, but a client of Iran. As such Iran’s soft power in the region will strengthen Hamas which Israel had believed was a militarily spent force. The changes going on in the alliances of the Gulf states are putting the tectonic plates of the Mid-East in a state of flux. Qatar is now the rogue state of the area, expelling once-protected Hamas members and seeking new alliances with Iran. Shlomi Eldar and Dr. David Roberts read the runes.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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The centre of analysis this week, May 29th to June 4th, 2017, was the 50th anniversary of the Occupation. Officially, it was an occasion for celebrating the military victory of the IDF in the June 1967 six-day war. Outside, the disaster and the pity of the consequent occupation for Palestinians, was widely noted, from Pax […]

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The man who monitors settlements

Dror Etkes has dedicated himself to monitoring how and where settlements are built. Though they are ‘Israel’s greatest national project’ they are not driven by one force but created, he tells +972, by a mosaic of millions of tiny actions.

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I can’t be antisemitic because…

Anglican clergyman Giles Fraser, who has an Israeli Jewish wife, was in conversation with Dorit Rabinyan whose book on an Arab-Jewish love affair has been banned in Israeli schools. They were at Charleston, the Sussex outpost of the Bloomsbury group whose members could not claim not to be antisemitic.

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All blame Israel for 50 year occupation

The 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation and military rule over Palestinians has prompted much commentary, none of it favourable to Israel. But tacitly or openly the compliance of the PNA is seen as bearing some of the responsibility.

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We must remove noose that chokes Palestinians

Diana Buttu, a former Palestinian negotiator, argues persuasively that the PA is no more than a sub-contractor for the occupation and should go. Uri Avnery takes issue. The 2-state solution depends on there being a Palestinian authority and quislings can save a people from destruction.

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Tour groups may not sleep in Bethlehem

Was there ever a government so given to petty interference as the Israeli regime? It introduced a new rule that tour groups visiting Bethlehem could not spend the night there. Why? Security! But tour operators and Palestinian hoteliers thought it more likely they wanted to force tourists to privilege the Israeli hotels. Such was the outcry the new rule was withdrawn – but people in the tourist economy fear that where that rule came from others might follow.

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