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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

Victory for non-violent protest

The conservative JPost called it unique. The more pro-Palestinian +972 asked how the world missed a week of Palestinian civil disobedience. Answer – this key aspect was either not reported or did not excite comment despite breaking the usual linkage of Palestinians and violence.

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Bow down or we’ll chuck you out – again

The hitherto little-known regional co-operation minister Tzai Hanegbi has at last claimed the limelight by posting a promise of Nakba-like revenge on the ‘religiously ignorant masses’ of Palestinians. Report in +972.

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Protecting Israel from principles of free speech

There is only one issue on which the highly antagonistic US parties lay down their arms, and that is defending Israel. This is the unique role that Israel plays in US politics. It is left to the NGOs, here led by the ACLU, to raise questions about why Israel alone is let off Human rights criteria.

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Israelis will not turn on U-turn Bibi

A large majority of Israeli Jews think PM Netanyahu was wrong to have given in to pressure – Palestinian and international – to remove the metal detectors outside the gate to Al Aqsa mosque. He will not suffer. G-d forbid the Left might claim a victory.

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It’s mad to pretend the Occupation does Israel no harm

The Israel that is suffering hits to its reputation by the BDS movement is not the essentially European Israel of innovative start-ups and technological co-operation which PM Netanyahu works so hard to market to the rest of the world. Akiva Eldar says his gov’t is deluded if it thinks the occupation does no harm to Israel.

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Using religion to make political gains

In Al Jazeera, Harry Hagopian reminds us of the history of Israeli incursions on the Noble Sanctuary and the now-withered panArab defence of the site. Plus Bibi blames Al Jazeera for incitement.

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Opposition unites on Al Aqsa

The Israeli government, taking for granted Palestinian disunity and random opposition, assumed it had a chance to chase Palestinians away from Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif. Instead their actions produced a rare unity between Fatah and Hamas and a number of NGOs in an angry opposition to their attempts at control. The climbdown of the Security Cabinet may be too little too late.

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Fight to the death for control over sacred site

Dan Cohen, in Electronic Intifada, runs though the Israelis who see ‘Temple Mount’ as the acme of their identity. The discourse is rarely conducted in the language of democratic politics – equality, justice – and rarely of religion. It is a language of the tribal right to control.

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From the massacre at Deir Yassin through the ‘de-development’ of Gaza to the trial of strength – security v. religious freedom – at the Al Aqsa mosque.

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Shin Bet warns, Cabinet ignores

Israel’s Security Cabinet met on Thursday to decide whether or not to remove the metal detectors from the entrance to the holy compound. Shin Bet advised they should be removed. But Bibi was more worried about what his hard-right rivals would say than by what Palestinians would do.

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‘The world outside doesn’t want to know. Everyone wants us to die’

Sarah Helm talks to Palestinians in Gaza city where levels of mental and physical disability are unbearably high especially as scant medical and social services shrink even more. They feel helpless and hopeless, controlled by three rigid forces, Hamas, the PA and the IDF.

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‘The real bosses are the Palestinians of Jerusalem’

These are three articles from Nir Hasson, Haaretz’s man on the spot. He sees that the nonviolent protest by Jerusalem Palestinians has held the Israeli state at bay not least because the decision, by police and government, to use violence to control protests at Israeli state interference in Palestinian worship at the Al Aqsa mosque seems likely to engender nothing but more violence.

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Displays of defiance at Al Aqsa

It is highly probable that most Palestinians-Muslim, Christian, unbeliever-were shocked and angry at the abuse of the Noble Sanctuary by 3 Arab-Israeli gunmen as a place from which to kill two police officers. The Security Cabinet decided they are complicit in the murder and so had to be punished by denying them access to the mosque and installing metal detector checkpoints. This has been met with communal defiance throughout the oPt. To punish all Palestinians for the sins of 3 is to defy common sense and the biblical law of retaliation – an eye for an eye…

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‘Consciousness terrorism’ – the BDS movement

Israel’s ministry of strategic affairs regards BDS as a form of terrorism. Thus they must fight a war against it. The unit in charge is called Hama’aracha (the battle) and has been allotted a large budget for the purpose. The fully-staffed unit will use every weapon available. Ynet magazine.

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‘Gaza’s future has never looked bleaker’

The small but wealthy state of Qatar was long a major benefactor to the Palestinians of the Gaza strip. For the moment that largesse has ended with the Saudi-led Gulf states claiming the Qatar’s money actually went to the Hamas military. Al-Shabaka Policy Analysts Haidar Eid and Ayah Abubasheer, both based in Gaza, assess what’s next for Gaza.

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Europe will die unless it embraces Israel

The pitch of the Israeli PM to the Visegrad 4, whose practices on human rights and respect for the law is not something the EU will want to emulate, is that Israel is essentially a European country though its attitude to human rights is more like that of the V4. In Netanyahu’s mind the EU should put aside its ‘crazy’ concern for human rights and treat Israel as one of its own. Good long quote from Tony Judt included

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Suspicions about Israeli closure of Al Aqsa complex

The decision by Israel’s security cabinet to close the Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount complex as a reprisal for the shooting dead of two Israeli officers by three Palestinians seems short-sighted. The offence caused to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by this and by the installation of metal detectors at their holy sites seems an inflammatory collective punishment.

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The massacre at Deir Yassin, never forgotten

Occupying Palestinian villages by military force was policy in the new Israeli state. After Deir Yassin, site of the first civilian massacre in 1948, it wasn’t too difficult – remaining Palestinians joined the refugees in terrified flight. Estimates of those killed ran from 107 to 245. 150 corpses were found in just one of the cisterns. A film with new archive material adds to work done by Zochrot to keep in the public mind how Israeli military groups forced Palestinians out. Documentary maker Shoshani thinks the Deir Yassin mass killing was not planned – it happened because the villagers resisted and it became a killing spree.

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From Gaza through Scotland to the New World Order

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There is no plan D

Two pieces from The National: wealthier people in Gaza are buying solar panels for home use. They are not an option for the poor or for public buildings. Mothers and sisters take turns in fanning children who are ill. Many blame Hamas. The hospital director for Gaza children’s hospital says he has tried plan B – a big generator -and plan C – a smaller generator. That’s it.

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