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JfJfP comments


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


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


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



Passover – remembering small enslaved nations


At our table a small selection of items: warm greetings from JfJfP to signatories, friends and supporters; messages from Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human RIghts and Freedom Seder and links to other sites; a truncated article dissing the myth that matzah is eaten at passover to remind us that in the flight from Egypt there was no time to let the dough rise. Wrong.

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Bias against Palestinians not thought worthy of study

The best hope of Zionism was that it would cause antisemitism to wither in face of the strong Jewish state. The greatest vicitims of this Zionism are the Palestinians. With the fatal conflation of opposition to Jews, to Zionism and to Israel, the demon becomes the Palestinian – and anti-Palestinianism is rife says Jerry Haber, unremarked, condoned.

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US view of when Israel gets it wrong

There is a short report by Ma’an on the US 2015 country report on human rights in Israel and the oPt. Then the report – over 22,000 words which do not include checkpoints, barrier, wall, occupation and settlements except for their illegal boycott. And not a word on the current state of deprivation and destruction in Gaza. It is strong on Israel’s lack of accountability for security actions.

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Blind slaughter of terrorism

Did terrorism bring Israel into existence? Tomer Persico looks for a clear distinction between terrorism – which murders indiscriminately – and guerilla operations – which pick their targets of power carefully. Terrorism seems to be winning.

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Unlike antisemitism, anti-Zionism is not irrational

Yes, anti-Zionism can be a euphemism for antisemitism or the fantasy that Israel can be destroyed. But it can also, argues Peter Beinart, be a logical response by Palestinians to their subjugation. He is responding to Lord Sacks who pursues the metaphors of a virus and a scapegoat which exempt him from having to face many facts.

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Focus and fire on actual antisemitism

Three very different articles on the same theme – distinguishing antisemitism from anti-Zionism. They are easily elided in the US writes Jane Eisner because for many young Jews it’s Israel, not their history in Europe or the US, which defines their Jewishness. Tony Greenstein, PSC member, writes urging the PSC to make a more public stand against the right’s use of the charge of antisemitism to bash the left. Larry Derfner tersely writes that the overlap between antisemitism and anti-Zionism is a fraction of the overlap between Zionism and Islamophobia.

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US adds BDS to terrorism as crime

Glenn Greenwald surveys how all expressions of Palestinian resistance, and support for it, are defined as antisemitic, terrorist, or criminal – which BDS has been made by various states and universities.

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The secrets to getting richer

A clutch of Israeli businesses and individuals have gained a lot of money through secretive dealing and tax evasion. People from Mossack Fonseca and Leumi bank representatives discussed their dealings during golf games or barbecues. The two chief conspirators, Mossack and Fonseca, were born into Roman Catholic families. Who needs John Le Carré or Graham Greene when real life is so exotically dishonest?

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Israel squanders and denies its riches

Paul Scham asks why Israelis see themselves as living in a small, frail, endangered country when in fact it is the richest, safest and most powerful in the region. The ‘poor little’ image rests on the need to justify their occupation of Palestine.

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BDS does not promote peace

What’s the point of the BDS movement if it does not enable Israeli Jews and Palestinians to live in peace with each other? And, asks Uri Avnery, what’s the point if it encourages a train of antisemites and Israel-haters?

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Dirty tricks to sink Al Haq

Al Haq is the pre-eminent Palestinian organisation campaigning on the legal rights of Palestinians. Now it and its staff have been subjected to death threats by an anonymous violent Jewish group. Al Haq thinks it stems directly from the Israeli state though there are plenty of violent Jewish groups who could be responsible. Will the Israeli police investigate?

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President of BoD ‘probably forgot some basic facts about Jerusalem’

It’s not clear what facts the President of the Board of Deputies thinks the PM has forgotten. But let’s hope he doesn’t offer him a history lesson as his own grasp of the ‘myths of Jerusalem’ in many cultures as well as the facts of the city is dubious. His most spurious claim is that Jerusalem, myth and reality, belongs particularly to all the Jews in the world.

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End of the great IDF love affair

From the start Israel has been a highly militarised society. The IDF represented the new society’s indomitability. It was the ideal of Israel. This isn’t the first posting to look at the politicians’ growing disregard for military judgment. Ben Caspit pushes the break-down of the relationship as far as he can.

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Israel has no anti-apartheid movement


Uri Avnery takes on the ‘boycott Israel’ movement and why Israel can’t be twinned with South Africa. It hinges, again, on the lack of a Palestinian/Israeli mass anti-apartheid movement.

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An intifada the IDF can’t defeat

Efraim Sneh is the first Israeli to suggest that the relentless individual knife and car attacks on Israelis cannot be stopped by any military action. This is the first time the IDF has been unable to protect Israel. The only answer is to cede to Palestinians the 22% of territory they say is acceptable.

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Settler terrorism – it made Israel

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The Journal of Palestine Studies has made a special issue out of Zionist terrorism. Its main point is that terrorism has been engrained in the Jewish settling of Palestine/Israel from the start.

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The irresistible coming together of Zionism and first sex

In an article that reads like a short story Liz Rose describes how an adolescent is delighted to discover meaning in the Israel and Zionism she learns about at summer camp along with its erotic companion, discovering one’s own and another’s body in teenage utopia.

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It’s all down to Hamas

The purpose of this article by Jonathan Schanzer for the right-wing Foundation for Defense of Democracies is to show that the failure to reach an agreement on a Palestinian state is entirely due to Hamas. The reason for posting it here is to ensure we know the range of views on why the conflict seems to have no end.

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The unbearable price of security

For all Israel’s pzazz about innovation and start-ups, few enjoy the financial benefits. The country has a very high cost of living which leaves most with a small disposable income. If its government dragged its attention away from ‘security’ and towards the well-being of its citizens life would be better. But the citizens would have to demand it.

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The learned helplessness of Israeli youth

Echoing and responding to other opinions this week [see postings below] Akiva Eldar bemoans the passivity of Israelis, especially its youth, in the face of political injustice. Many have tried, and failed, to right the wrongs of the occupation. Now they have accepted their powerlessness as normal.

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