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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

In start-up nation, over half Arabs live below the poverty line

In a scathing article on Israel’s public services Akiva Eldar contrasts the growing proportions of wealth owned by the top 1 and 10 per cent and the abysmal state of health and education provision.

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Silence and lies about BDS in Canada

Here’s a vigorous article about the determination of Canada’s media to mainstream venom about the BDS movement. Yet again, Israel has to be protected and all critics denigrated.

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Anger at FIFA’s inertia over settlement clubs

A coalition of football and human rights activists has slammed FIFA for its failure to exclude the clubs that have been created in Israeli settlements and want to take part in international matches despite flouting international law.

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Row grows over UN ‘apartheid’ report

The report from one of the UN’s regional offices – the economic and social commission for western Asia – designating Israel as an apartheid state has been angrily rejected by the US, Israel and UN General Secretary. It has been warmly welcomed by many Palestinians.

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Israel locks itself out of the dialogue

Apart from the lickspittle Board of Deputies even critics of the groups which campaign for BDS are shocked by the Knesset’s blanket ban on entry into Israel of anyone who can be deduced to support any form of boycott of anything Israeli. Consumer choice is a fundament of democracy. MEE and BoD.

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Palestinians sceptical about Banksy’s irony

Banksy’s work uses irony, mockery, humour. It is not social realist art. For some, only realism depicts the destructive force of the occupation. Ma’an gathers local opinion of their new Walled-Off hotel.

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Israel now so far from founding ideals

Scholars of Jewish studies write in protest at a series of bills which erode democracy in Israel including the Regulation Law, the NGO Law and the law banning boycott supporters from Israel. This is unacceptable they say.

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Forget Jews – it’s state loyalty that counts

Israel’s fan base is now made up of ‘Islamophobic Republicans, messianic Christian Evangelicals and right-wing Jews who unconditionally support Israel’. All other Jews can be discarded including, writes Mairav Zonszein, Liberal Zionists.

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No entry for supporters of Palestinians

An early victim of Israel’s contentious new law denying entry to boycott supporters is Hugh Lanning, chair of the PSC. He was turned away after interrogation. The airport officials were acting on instructions from government officials.

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If it looks like apartheid

Moves like apartheid and sounds like apartheid then it is apartheid. A new report from a UN body says Israel ticks all the boxes to qualify as an apartheid state.

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Those who need there to be antisemitism

…Just make it up. Jamie Stern-Weiner gives a cool account of the growing gulf between actual student life (no case to answer) and the frothing denunciations of left-wing antisemitism, the Labour right’s most indispensable weapon against Corbyn/the left. Jamie is a JfJfP signatory.

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Israel is a police state

The idea that Israel is ‘the only democracy in the MidEast’ is increasingly absurd. The oPt is under martial law. And the arrest of Jeff Halper, founder of NGO ICAHD, on suspicion he might have BDS material, declared Israel to be a police state.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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This week, March 6th to 12th, 2017, there was one, very dominant, issue: the new law to prevent the entry into Israel of any person who had supported boycotting anything Israeli. As we have said before, although PM Netanyahu has been quick to say the BDS movement has had a negligible effect, even that BDS […]

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Making extremism popular

The views of Jewish Home MK Bezalel Smotrich are more violent and racist than average. Yet helped by his good looks and quick wits he is making such views seem average, mainstream. Observer opinion.

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Culture can succeed where politics fails

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This is a gloomy assessment of the state of cultural activity in the oPt which, says Asmaa al-Ghoul, has dwindled amid an increase in the number of political and human rights seminars.

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MP stunned by military trials of children

Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, visited an Israeli military court in the West Bank and was deeply shocked by how young and defenceless these Palestinian boys on trial were.

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Rape more common than cancer in Israel

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There is a high level sexual violence against women throughout the MidEast. Israel is no exception. Researchers say that where there is political violence there is ‘IPV’- intimate partner violence, starting with emotional violence.

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Palestinian women praised but restricted

Once a year, on March 8th, Palestinian women are ritually praised as steadfast. Statistics show that more girls than boys stay in secondary education but have far lower rates of employment. The PA is lacklustre in passing women-friendly laws. Women’s freedom to travel is curtailed by Israel and Palestinian conservatism. Amina Hass plus.

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Israel slams door on critical visitors

Israel’s Knesset has passed a law banning the entry of any supporter of boycotts against Israel ‘or any area under its control’. According to its sponsor, it’s a matter of ‘honour’ or pride. Jewish Chronicle joins the critics!

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The no-cost occupation

Not strictly true – Israelis pay high costs morally, politically and in terms of reputation for the occupation. But, as B’Tselem reveals, legal and bureaucratic changes have led to the amount of compensation paid to Palestinians wounded by security forces dropping to less than a fifth from 2012 to 2016.

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