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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 abandoned masses

Palestinian nationalism was a popular force which tied people and leaders together. That bond is broken in the West Bank and Gaza. With no political leadership there or, says Noam Sheizaf, in Israel, the region is ‘a pressure cooker’ of conflicting aims.

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Crash! I’m devoted to Israel and to modernity

Seth Anziska, in this talk to the Wexler Institute, wrestles with his commitment to the Jewish tribe and Israel and to modern liberal values, in particular the rights of Palestinians.

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We must speak the truth, to ourselves first

Hagai El Ad has been active in defending and pursuing human rights all his adult life. The B’Tselem director insists that describing reality as it is – a cruel occupation – is the first step to swaying public opinion.

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Shout for the stolen babies

The whispered, then proven, crime of taking Mizrahi babies and infants for adoption by ‘proper’ Jews appears to Amira Hass as the epitome of a necessary struggle for truth and justice and against the arrogance of a ruling elite– as is also true of the Palestinian struggle.

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A brief history of managing Palestinians

This is one of the US State department’s country reviews of human rights treating the oPt as a country governed by 3 regimes – Hamas, the PA and Israel. It is long, doesn’t spare any of the regimes but at no point does it define why Israel has the authority to control Palestinians in the way it details here. Useful for reference.

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Love, sex and the Balfour Declaration

Law professor Nathan Brun rescues a remarkable British Jew – Edwin Montagu – from the dustbin of history. He – strongly opposing Zionism in theory and practice – spoke and wrote a coherent anti-Zionist argument in his post as minister for India in Lloyd George’s 1916-19 government.

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How the JNF goes about getting land

The Jewish National Fund, est. 1901 to ‘reclaim’ land in Palestine for Jewish immigrants is a non-profit company. As a large landholder it in fact acts as an arm of the Israeli state funded by overseas Jews. Here, Peace Now is highly critical of its methods of acquiring land. Peace Now

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Open space for white supremacists

America’s far right is ebullient. It’s getting more media coverage than it has in years. The lack of BAME persons in the counter-protests suggests it might be succeeding in its aim of terrorising black, brown, Muslim people. And the Forward’s Nathan Guttman finds out it is anti-semitic as part of its overall racism.

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Beleagured PM blames fake news and conspiracies

Netanyahu has stayed in power so long because he’s Mr. Security and because supporters need to believe his claims of fake news and a media witch hunt. But, says Amos Harel, his judgment has become very flakey threatening his image as a safe pair of hands.

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EU funding for Israeli military

Before two preposterous leaders, Pres. Trump and N. Korea’s ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim Jong-un began their bluster war, the prevailing mode of 21st century war was what Jeff Halper called ‘pacification’ – military plus to keep a people passive without annihilating them. This they sold to other governments with restive populations, tried and tested on the Palestinians. So the discovery that Elbit systems, nominally a private company, has been handsomely rewarded by the EU through its 2020 Horizon programme is not surprising. We know this thanks to a few diligent MEPs, not one of them British.

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M. le President – what of the anti-Zionist Jews?

Shlomo Sand, the Israeli historian who renounced his Jewishness, writes a letter (CounterPunch article) to President Macron who, after a promising start, said in a speech welcoming PM Netanyahu “Anti-Zionism is the reinvented form of anti-Semitism”.

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The women defenders of Al-Aqsa

Photos of the successful, peaceful protest at the establishment of security gates outside the Lion’s gate to the Al Aqsa mosque featured many men as did interviews. In everyday life, the principal defenders of the mosque are women members of the Islamic movement. We had to look to older articles to find the reports.

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Can national liberation still be the Palestinian goal?

Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi, old hands in the peace process, say the PLO leadership is past its sell-by date – and with it, the idea of a national liberation movement. Yet Palestinian political identity is growing stronger and that will need forms of political expression.

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Unpunishable killings

This is a Visualising Palestine graphic which identifies how the (still living) Palestinians in Gaza have been unable to get any redress through Israel’s military court system, despite the massive damage done to them – over 2100 killed – and their environment by the IDF.

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As the vultures circle…

As the vultures circle, Gideon Levy argues there is little to celebrate as Netanyahu’s end draws nigh. He mocks the belief that it can’t be worse than Netanyahu. He may be going, but Israel is staying the way it is.

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Building a broad based movement for Israel/Palestine

Robert A. H. Cohen, author of the Writing from the Edge blog, spoke at the annual ‘Gathering’ of British Quakers this week. His topic: building a broad based movement for Israel/Palestine. His diagnosis of the problem: a movement requires a broad consensus. Where might that come from? From a clear, bold, easy to understand message: equal rights.

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The two-state solution is more popular with Palestinians, less with Israeli Jews

A new poll conducted for Palestinian-Israeli Pulse by teams in Tel Aviv and Ramallah show that, perhaps surprisingly, there is more support for a two-state solution among Palestinians than in December 2016.

We know not to rely on polls, but it is worth reading these results. Unilateral recognition of each side’s national claims is one of the most effective incentives for both sides in wanting a two-state solution. But is is also clear that perceived lack of feasibility remains closely linked to rejection of the two-state solution and its package of implementation

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Israel’s treatment of Palestinians looks “a lot like apartheid”

Mondoweiss draws on veteran Australian reporter John Lyons’s new memoir, Balcony Over Jerusalem, to show how reporters covering Israel and Palestine are systematically targeted to pressure them and their papers into self-censorship. It often works. Jodi Rudoren, the New York Times’s Jerusalem bureau chief for over 5 years now ventures views she never dared raise while there.

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Cracks in the security apparatus

“The Palestinians joined together and forgot about their differences and that’s how we won.” No-one disagrees with that – but total security can only be achieved by a country like N. Korea whose broken citizenry are the secret agents. In the last fortnight, Israel’s police had no means of crushing mass prayer as a form of civil disobedience

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‘Is this a state or a security company?’

Whichever it is it seems chaotic. Yossie Verter shows that in the process of deciding to instal the metal-detector gates to Haram al-Sharif, and then to de-instal them, Netanyahu and most of his security cabinet have not been in control. They seem feeble and frightened at having lost the plot.

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