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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

Alleging antisemitism is Labour right’s ‘defining narrative now’

The cheapest and simplest way of felling enemies is to claim they are antisemitic. People who know little of Israel or Palestine but do know they abhor the Labour left are grateful to have been fed this line of attack against Corbyn et al. Al Jazeera and Mondoweiss.

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Paris conference – 1967 borders and 2-state solution

The Paris conference on peace in the Mid-East attracted representatives from 70 countries and organisations. They re-affirmed the principles of enforcing the pre-’67 borders and pursuing a 2-state solution. Either the delegates were an anachronism – or these in reality are the only basis for peace. The UK began its isolationist position here, sending no representatives.

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Israeli subversion is issue of national security says Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has quite rightly said that the evidence of the Israeli subversion of British political life, especially amongst students, shows a threat to national security and there should be a public inquiry, Hear hear. Write to your MP. This was a blip on the national news agenda. Stop the cover-up.

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Trump has no authority to set up embassy in Jerusalem

President Abbas has started a campaign to marshall opposition to moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. Trump seems to be unaware that Jerusalem has a special and guarded status as a sacred city for Christians, Muslims and Jews. Treating it as an American province will have widespread repercussions.

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It was the Brits wot won it

Haaretz’s investigative reporter Barak Ravid reveals that British legal figures and diplomats worked directly with the Palestinians on the wording of resolution 2334 without informing Israel. The Brits smoothed the wording and made it possible for Obama’s administration to support it without involving any American figures. British diplomats also encouraged New Zealand to become one of the four presenters of the resolution.

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Move to Jerusalem ‘a colossal blunder’

Two reputable and knowledgeable bodies, Foreign Policy magazine and the Institute of Palestine Studies strongly deprecate the Trump team’s stated intention of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a hugely symbolic act, and issue sharp warnings about the consequences.

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For peace-makers John Kerry says it how it is

John Kerry, outgoing Secretary of State and indefatigable worker for Palestine/Israel negotiations makes a definitive speech because he thinks that the incoming administration will be a disaster for the 2-state solution – ‘we cannot, in good conscience, do nothing, and say nothing, when we see the hope of peace slipping away.’ Full transcript.

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Holocaust has single message – never again for Jews

It was hoped that out of the horror and tragedy of the Holocaust would come a determination that never again would a policy of genocide be conceived and carried out. All humanity has failed in this. The obstacle, illustrated by the IHRA’s ‘instructive ‘examples’ is the idea that, says David Rosenberg, this means ‘never again must Jews be at risk of genocide’. As for others, such as Palestinians, – that’s someone else’s problem.

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Myths and meanings of Chanukah

The JfJfP exec sends its best wishes to all concerned with Palestine and hopes more light will spread among us all. There is no mention of the Hannukah ceremony of lights in the Bible. It is usually celebrated today as a domestic family occasion – sometimes as a more public victory of Jewish bravery and self-determination by military resistance as in the Maccabean Revolt, 174–135 BCE led by Judas Maccabeus. And an occasion of rededicating ourselves to promoting justice and light. Click headline above to read.

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In the US the antisemitic sewer covers are off

Forward’s JJ Goldberg writes about the antisemitism that has grown on both right and left in the US. From the Right it’s traditional Jew-hatred. From the Left it’s more slippery; it focuses on Israel and its policies but can slide into anti-Jewish feeling – Jews had the US-backed power to create the new state of Israel and all Jews share the responsibility of what is being done to the Palestinians. This is stronger when Muslims and left-wing people get together – Muslims are oppressed and need the left, Jews aren’t and don’t. It’s likely to get worse.

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Obama’s twisted legacy on Palestine

This is a long essay by Josh Ruebner in the Journal of Palestine Studies. It sets the words and expressed hopes of Pres. Obama about and for Palestine – none of which was realised – against the realpolitik of keeping Israel as a military ally.

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Rushing for ways to define criticism of Israel as antisemitic

These are all about efforts to define antisemitism which is not really a problem except for those who want to silence critics of Israel by coming up with definitions which condemn them as anti-Semites

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Choking Gaza in the name of ‘security’

Gisha, the NGO concerned with freedom of movement, produced this report 2 months ago. It records a recent unexplained clamp-down on Palestinians wanting to leave Gaza through the Erez crossing. While economic policy must be for freedom of movement of students, business people and goods, so-called security policy is for the complete immobilisation of Palestinians.

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‘Celebratory violence’ of nationalist right

Americans were first to link the improbable swing to Brexit with the improbable swing to Trump. Hate crimes suddenly shot up, and quickly subsided in both instances; both rode on a fantasy that the days of white Christian supremacy were the best of days. Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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No surprise to Palestinians that white supremacists love Israel

Many Americans have been shocked to find that Trump comes with a long train of white supremacists. It’s probably less of a surprise to African-Americans and is certainly not news to Palestinians most of whom have been born into a white supremacist regime.

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Awakening white men

Racism has not been so overt in the USA for half a century. Richard Spencer, leader of the alt-right movement, thinks Trump took ‘the first step’ but he’s merely a useful idiot in a march to restore the supremacy of white – which doesn’t include Jews – men.

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Our Great Awakening

White nationalists and, here, anti-Trump Jews refer to the ‘catastrophe’ of the election result as the Great Awakening. Liel Leibovitz urges us to respond to this display of so much hatred with calm, compassion and grace.

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Settlers’ group uses forgery and theft to get land

For the last few years Haaretz has been following the land-grabbing techniques of the settlers’ group Amana. These include forging documents to show Amana owns the land. The group has assiduously cultivated links with the IDF and other state bodies and thus escaped prosecution for its illegal acts.

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Last gasp for White Christian America

If Trump’s election was a surprise that may be less to do with the polls than the fact many had assumed the long supremacy of White Protestant men had been hollowed out. But the Tea Party breathed new life into it by picking out the issues that enflamed older white men – all women, black men, Chinese people, dark-skinned immigrants of an alien religion.

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Israel’s unique apartheid system

The word is from South Africa, Afrikaans for separateness. This book of essays on apartheid in S. Africa and Israel looks at what’s like and unlike. S.Africa’s regime failed because it needed the black labour which it also wanted to banish to bantustans. Israel uses Palestinian labour but imports most from Asian countries. S. Africa passed laws making apartheid compulsory. Israel uses its bureaucracy to present a facade of democracy.

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