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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

The man who can’t tell a poet from a dictator

Ignorance based on lack of knowledge based on lack of curiosity is a mark of racism and Avigdor Lieberman bears the mark with no shame. Which has he studied more carefully – Mein Kampf or the collected works of Mahmoud Darwish? Only one suggests eating the usurper’s flesh – and Adolf was a vegetarian; one is a poetic image and the other is a serious plan to export the ‘Jewish peril’ out of Germany.

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Sects in Israel

How can a dispute about who is allowed to pray at the Western Wall threaten to bring down a Government? The many sects which make up Israel’s highly stratified society define themselves by what makes them distinct from every other one. Over a quarter of the 120 Knesset MKs are in the government, split between seven parties. No-one will make common cause. One resignation and it can fall. It’s umanageable.

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When Israel is God all heretics must be banished

‘Knowledge of Jewish culture and traditions has been replaced in this country by a cheap form of religion which I call pro-Israelism’ writes Richard Silverstein in sorrow and in anger. It prompts one Jewish ‘leader’ to whip people into line with tales of rampant antisemitism.

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Diaspora Jews grow out of their imaginary friend Israel

Two groups, Looking for Zion and the JPPI, have been asking questions about diaspora Jews – the ones with the long history. The surveys find that such Jews are far more critical of Israel than before, feel badly affected by Israel’s wars, think Israel has no interest in them, behave condescendingly towards them and expect all to abandon that history and move to Israel.

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The new Israel – hatred clothed in religion

Uri Avnery may be looking through rose-tinted specs as he stares back at the past. But he is surely right to note how Israel/Palestine today seethes with religious and political-ethnic hate.

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Jews hide their elite status

After the Holocaust which exterminated a large proportion of the poor Ostjuden, Jews tend to have enjoyed a high status if not as the elite, then as the providers of financial and property services to the elite. Philip Weiss argues that Jews have an especial fear of populists’ anger which might target them as a special elite.

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Start-up nation slithers on schmooze

This is not just a story of the downfall of one of Israel’s most powerful and wealthy tycoons. It is also an indictment of how Israeli capitalism works, creating fears that the country will not attract investors. The story is linked to the popular hostility towards Israel’s wealthy elite.

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When I found Zionism was paranoia

Ray Filar grew up in a Zionist household imbibing all the arguments about Jews’ need for security. Then he discovered the reality of life for those Palestinian threats and saw Zionism as an obsession with ethnic purity.

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Persuading people that occupation is not normal

This interview with BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti reveals a man who is cautious, realistic and utterly opposed to letting the poison of personal attacks and any sort of racism enter the movement.

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Brexit is fight-back against global plutocracy

Americans begin to protest about how much they subsidise Israel as a British ‘precariat’ demands a nation-state that can defend them. Neo-liberalism is creating nativist fight-backs says Jonathan Cook, changing how Americans see their huge subsidy to Israel.

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Free speech! but not on Palestine

The American acronym PEP (Progressive Except on Palestine) applies to the subject of this report – the silence of progressives about the many ways in which advocates for Palestinian rights can be silenced. A Palestine Legal report.

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‘Mr Security’ is hated by security elite

In an unusually direct attack on Israel’s PM Ben Caspit brings together Ehud Barak’s judgment – ‘weak, deceitful, extreme’ – with the ‘scorn and contempt’ felt for Netanyahu by IDF chiefs – who can’t be frightened by false claims about existential threats..

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Shame on those Jews who support Brexit

Anshel Pfeffer: ‘Voting to close off Britain, to turn our backs on our brothers in Europe and our fellow refugees who not that long ago could have been us or our parents, is the most un-Jewish act imaginable.’

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Dead politics, vital culture

Palestinians have little regard for the national political leadership which operates in their name. Jamil Hilal analyses the PLO’s loss of national authority and points us to the energy of the artists and writers.

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IJV rebuts notion of ‘new antisemitism’

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The barrage of attacks on the Labour party as fostering antisemitism has led to this consequence: non-conformist Jewish groups have used evidence, energy and eloquence to rebut the charge, gaining in clarity in the process. This one from Independent Jewish Voices.

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See no evil in the IDF

Israeli state officials are well aware that a cornerstone of the Israeli myth is the moral superiority of the IDF. Archives could destroy that legend. So archives are now being withheld from historians despite their being more than 15 years old.

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Zionism is the bad solution to a bad problem

When did Jews begin to describe themselves as a ‘nation’? Probably at the time of the first Zionist Congress in 1897, given impetus by Woodrow Wilson’s 1918 ’14 principles’ which included ‘self-determination’. Zionism by then was the movement which defined Jews as a ‘nation’ with a right to self-determination. Robert Cohen returns to problems created for him by the so-called Chief Rabbi who elided Judaism, Jewish people and Israel as the same thing – and a liberal Rabbi who also refers to Jews’ unique right to ‘national self-determination’. What space does that leave for a Jew whose intellect tells him Judaism, Jewish people, Zionism and Israel are separate phenomena?

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Israeli arms sales to Europe doubled in 2015

If your biggest ‘security’ problem is a constant stream of refugees who do you turn to for protection? No, not the UN or World Develpment Movement but Israel. Who else has the kit and the systems to protect ur-Europe from a foreign swarm?

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Is this symbolic genocide?

If a people can no longer function effectively as a people do they no longer exist as a people – viz. genocide has been committed? Larry Derfner, formerly at +972, thinks the Palestinians have given up. There’s room for argument. specially about the role of the PNA.

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Know the loss, shame, fear, hope

Two people who don’t fit their prescribed identities – Avraham Burg who wants to repeal the law of return and Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, a secular Palestinian – both with long histories in peace movements, explore what they may have in common.

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