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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

Degradation of the Oslo authority

The dire state of the Palestinian leadership – unpopular, increasingly repressive, bereft of strategy and new thinking in both territories – cannot continue indefinitely. This package includes two of the best commentators and recent poll findings – including the gulf now between the West Bank and Gaza.

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UN warns firms not to trade with settlements

The UN Human Rights Commission is upping its opposition to Israeli settlements from polite letters to compiling a blacklist of all the companies which do business with producers in settlements. Barak Ravid points out how this will work.

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How Palestinians became a disposable population

Here is a most interesting article from Al Shabaka by Haidar Eid and Andy Clarno testing the limits of “apartheid” in analysing the Israel/Palestine relationship. As S. Africans have found, you can ditch the laws that enforce apartheid, but ‘racial capitalism’ is an engine of continuous racial inequality.

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Deadly pollution in Gaza sea

Gaza’s greatest asset – the clear blue Mediterranean sea with its brilliant sun – has become a death trap. Lacking fuel and spare parts for the sewage system the sea is now heavily polluted. It is killing children in particular. Death and sickness could be avoided by the import of fuel and spare parts.

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Israel applies to ‘transfer’ Bedouin

Bedouin, made up of many tribes, are a thorn in Israel’s side. With an undoubted right to live on the land they nonetheless find themselves harried from place to place. They fight for the right to maintain their communities and way of life. Their identity and tradition are in danger of eradication through ‘transfers’ and demolitions.

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Palestinians do not side with Kurds

Palestinians and Kurds want the same thing – an independent, sovereign state – only the borders to be sorted out. But Palestinians are sceptical. Arabs don’t want the break-up of Iraq. Why does Israel back the Kurds? Do they want a non-Arab, pro-western ally at their side? Daoud Kuttab comments.

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Cyber censorship is illegal says Adalah

Palestinian access to communications has expanded hugely since the advent of the 3G network and cheap smart phones. The result has been a flurry of arrests by Israeli police, for ‘incitement’, and Palestinian police, for ‘disturbing social harmony’. These are all illegal denials of free speech says NGO Adalah.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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Rosh Hashanah occurred, Wednesday to Friday this week, 18th to 24th September 2017 prompting some interesting articles. Veteran journalist Akiva Eldar, ex-Haaretz now Al Monitor, notes a significant change amongst Israeli Jews, if not more widely. It was common, he says to make and send greetings cards including the wish for peace. That wish has […]

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Paying for a pedal-wash

For the first time in its 100-year history the Giro d’Italia will start outside Europe – and Israel is the lucky beneficiary thanks largely to one man – the hyper-rich Israeli Sylvan Adams who wants to showcase ‘normal’ Israel. Threats of boycott are massing.

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Labour’s conference debate on antisemitism

Labour’s internal discussion on antisemitism will become an open debate next week at the party conference. Here is a clarification from JVL and Shami Chakrabarti of what a constitutional amendment should say – and what leave out, viz. any criterion of motive or belief.

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New life for plan to rid Israel of all Arabs

JJ Goldbeg is alarmed that the incoherent thoughts of a right-winger who wants to eliminate all signs of a Palestinian community – eg annex the West Bank, force Palestinians to emigrate – should have been published in a mainstream conservative magazine.

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Out of the ghetto to join the world

Avraham Burg decries the sort of Rosh Hashanah some Israelis will enjoy – dependent on antisemitism to justify their country’s paranoia and isolation. He then movingly evokes the values supported by the Netanyahus’ enemy of choice – George Soros – and diaspora Jews which include celebrating all of God’s creatures and open societies.

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Violence works

Ditch the ideology and moral correctness and look at what actually works. Noam Sheizaf responds enthusiastically to Nathan Thrall’s new book which, inter alia, points out that only Palestinian violence has shifted the status quo in their favour.

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A secular Jew – an exact identity

To Daniel Susskind, the Nazi genocide tried to destroy Jewish civilisation: “our histories and memories, songs and stories, ways of thinking and living”. That constitutes his Jewishness while, like many, he cannot believe in a God of any denomination.

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Hamas agrees to hold elections and talks

Palestine cannot hope for independence as long as its people and leaders are divided. So the fact that a weakened Hamas has agreed to a general election and unity talks with Fatah has been welcomed – cautiously, as reconciliation initiatives have been taken many times.

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Why are those lying bastards lying to you?

Last month Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar gave a media briefing about his political plans, but he might as well have not been there himself. The Israeli media were not interested. Like their audience they knew he must be a terrorist and didn’t want to have to think. Ronit Marzan decodes for those who do.

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The unsustainable mess made by Bibi & chums

Arab affairs expert James Zogby writes a scathing attack on the policies of Netanyahu and the Likud/GOP alliance. They are presented as providing the only route to peace and stability through ‘a Clean Break’ but instead have created turmoil and ungovernability.

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Dispute over antisemitism goes mainstream

The IHRA definition of antisemitism, and its controversial link to Israel in its examples of the prejudice, has achieved an unexpected success.The backlash against the blithe acceptance of the definition and examples by many official bodies has pushed the question to the top of several agendas including the Labour conference’s next week.

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L’shanah tova

The new year starts on Wednesday evening. We wish all our friends and supporters: ‘Shanah Tovah’ – ‘A good year’

Plus greetings from ACRI, Breaking the Silence and Rabbis for Human Rights

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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Summary of, and links to, this week’s postings on the JfJfP website

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