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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 “subjugation plan”

Deputy Knesset Speaker Betzalel Smotrich recently talked to a gathering of religious Zionist public figures about his diplomatic plan “to erase all Palestinian national hope”, to reduce Palestinians in Israel to – at best – “resident aliens”. Academic Thomas Persico fears he is tapping into deep, biblically-justified, religious-mythic urges and that in a contest between democracy and ethnonationalism, it will be difficult for the former to win out.

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Why the peace talks always fail…

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In this Guardian Long Read Nathan Thrall tackles the myth of two willing sides wanting peace – with extremists somehow hijacking the agenda. The truth is that Israel is pretty happy with the current situation and has no real desire for peace. Until the US and Europe formulate a strategy to make Israel’s circumstances less desirable than the concessions it would make in a peace agreement, they will shoulder responsibility for the oppressive military regime they continue to preserve and fund…

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The Palestinian Refugees – 69 years and counting…

Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, chose to mark Nakba Day by publishing a compilation of recent articles, looking at the unique difficulties of Palestinian refugees displaced across the Middle East – from becoming refugees a second or third time due to the ongoing Syrian civil war to over-researching camps “famous” for tragedy while under-researching other refugee situations and exile communities.

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Hey presto! Palestinians disappear

Cornerstone of apartheid, magical thinking, annexing the West Bank by stealth: presented, oddly, as a bill to confirm Israel’s Jewish identity (it’s in doubt?) the ‘nation-state’ bill has more to do with annihilating the Palestinian political presence than a Jewish crisis of identity. Jonathan Cook’s judgment,

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Throwing money at spy agencies

Israel spends a quite disproportionate (‘outsized’ says Richard Silverstein) part of its budget on intelligence-gathering, testament to how many enemies (all those BDS supporters, Palestinians, Iranian agents…) the country sees itself as having.

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A brief history of hunger strikes

Addameer (Arabic for ‘conscience’) is a Palestinian NGO providing support and advocacy for prisoners and information to the public. Here they provide facts on hunger strikes.

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IDF spies and hacks its way to victory

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Not for the faint-hearted, this long and footnoted article lauding Israel’s cyber capabilities analyses the ways in which the IDF uses computers. The early gains by Egypt in the Yom Kippur war took Israel by surprise. Since then cyber capability has been increased enormously so that the IDF has unprecedented knowledge about all its enemies.

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Jewish vote for Labour held steady – until 2015

Geoffrey Alderman checks the numbers and works out that many Labour MPs with sizeable Jewish constituencies are going to lose. He is assuming that most Jews are no longer left-wing and that Labour will lose ‘its historic Jewish roots’.

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BDS grows in tangent with the far right

Support for right-wing politicians is growing in Israel, the USA and Europe. Omar Barghouti has felt the repression first-hand and says the BDS movement is growing in response. Interview and article.

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Trump cherry-picks Truman’s world vision

Trump is known for his hostility to immigration and unconcern about refugees in stark contrast to Democrat President Truman. But, if it’s expedient to him says Peter Beinart, he will lay claim to Truman’s legacy on International Holocaust Day and ignore the America First history.

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IDF pioneers total destruction tactic

The rubble from smashed up towns looks identical. It is the hallmark of the IDF, its power to turn a place of life and structures into death and wreckage. The mechanized assault on Jenin in 2002, the first of its kind, is revisited by Ilan Pappé.

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Damned by our victory

In its fiftieth year of the Occupation Gideon Levy looks back aghast at what that Israeli victory has brought. ‘It has turned Israel into an evil, violent, ultranationalist, religious, racist state.’
Weep at what has happened.

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Warsaw Jews fight and die for freedom

David Rosenberg re-tells the story of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, 1943. Just 220 Jews, many with a background in the bund, socialist or communist parties, kept the Germans out for almost a month. Fake histories co-opt their resistance for Zionism.

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Israeli police ban annual March of Return

The starting point of modern Palestinian history is the Nakba which broke the continuity of their history. Remembering their history in Palestine/Israel is central and has been marked every year by the March of Return. This year it has been banned for the first time. Jonathan Cook comments

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The duty of non-recognition

Russia annexed Crimea in February 2014. Less than a month later the US imposed sanctions on Russia and the EU banned trade under its ‘non-recognition’ duty. The EU does not recognise Israel’s settlements but has not enforced sanctions. A compelling legal argument from Tom Moerenhout.

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Include the Zionists

For many radicals involved in the BDS movement Zionism is an anathema, nothing short of Jewish racism. Think again says Ahmed Rizk. There are Zionists who are highly critical of Israel and their presence would add weight and counter the antisemitism that lurks in the movement.

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IfNotNow leads the way for Jewish critics

Peter Beinart analyses the rise of the (2014) Jewish group, IfNotNow, which opposes antisemitism as well as the Jewish establishment and AIPAC. He thinks it is the exemplary group of our age. IfNotNow responds.

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Israel’s Left seen as too ‘dangerous’

In a security state all have to unite against the enemy – Palestinians in Israel’s case. Israel’s left wing is seen as sympathetic to Palestinians so is regarded as too dangerous says Mazal Mualem. It doesn’t help that that Left is seen as patronising to Likud supporters .

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The value of victimhood

Netanyahu claims that the demand to end settlements is ‘ethnic cleansing’! Israel claims to be the victim (of Palestinians) because that is its founding and only narrative. Yet the point of Israel was that, for the first time, Jews would not be victims but the makers of history. Dina Matar, SOAS, on Israel’s appropriation of the victim story today.

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The apartheid genie is out of the bottle

As governmental efforts to crush BDS movements intensify the question is why? Jonathan Cook says Israel, and the governments of its allies, all fear the label ‘apartheid’ will stick.

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