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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

Jews for Trump

Poll findings that just under a third of all American Jews support Donald Trump is only surprising to those who think Jews form a discrete bloc and vote on ‘Jewish’ issues. They don’t. Most Jews vote Democrat and are indistinguishable from other Democrats (as are the minority who vote Republican).

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In start-up nation, over half Arabs live below the poverty line

In a scathing article on Israel’s public services Akiva Eldar contrasts the growing proportions of wealth owned by the top 1 and 10 per cent and the abysmal state of health and education provision.

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Take the land, replace the people

‘ A slow and methodical acquisition of land, this time by means that are entirely illegal, coupled with strategic removal and confinement of the Palestinian population, resulted in settlement blocs – vast land areas that are largely Arab-free’ – Yair Svorai’s chilling account of replacing people.

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Israel slams door on critical visitors

Israel’s Knesset has passed a law banning the entry of any supporter of boycotts against Israel ‘or any area under its control’. According to its sponsor, it’s a matter of ‘honour’ or pride. Jewish Chronicle joins the critics!

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Balfouring the Middle East

Robert Fisk describes the process by which Britain tried to pacify conflicting claims to Palestine as a homeland – viz lying while making promises on which it was unable to deliver and concealing an instrumental favouring of Jews over Arabs. And the centrality of arms dealing to the whole continuing process.

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When the US wanted Palestine to be one democratic state for all

Josh Ruebner reveals to some and reminds others that US policy in 1947 was “there should not be set up one system of law for the adherents of one religion and a different system for the adherents of another religion”. No ‘the Jewish state’ then.

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The know-nothing war

Israel’s State Comptroller Joseph Shapira has just published his report on the 2014 war on Gaza – a portrait of the political and military elite which was unable to communicate with each other or assess the strategy and techniques of Hamas – especially the use of tunnels. It is not surprising that the IDF could hardly proclaim a victory in this most devastating war.

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One-state gains momentum- it’s universal

As many shrug off the 2-state solution – it depended on American backing which is no longer there, it produced no results for Palestinians – interest is turning to ideas of One state. Here we feature key statements in the arguments for and conferences on One Democratic State in Historic Palestine. We need to know the arguments even if we disagree.

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The Zionists who won’t live near Jews

The phenomenon of Zionism is nothing to do with loving Jews. There are more Christian Zionists than Jewish Zionists and they donate more money to Israel. Non-Jewish Zionists have more grandiose ambitions for Israel than do most Israelis says Suzanne Schneider. And many of these Zionists are distinctly uncomfortable in Jewish company.

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Antisemitic Zionism

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We post a second article (out of several this week) pondering the phenomenon of the white nationalists who hold antisemitic stereotypes (though some of their best friends may be…) while being staunchly for a Zionist Israel. Not a contradiction in a right-wing world view.

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The Azaria show trial

The trial of Elor Azaria, with its damning evidence and then lenient sentence, was a show trial to rebut the claim that a culture of impunity envelops the killing of Palestinians. The extreme reaction of many Israelis shows what a powerful symbol the baby-faced soldier has become.

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Bibi hopes to lead Israeli-Arab-US alliance against Iran

Netanyahu hopes to lead a security alliance against Iran. He has been working on better relations with Arab leaders for over a year and believes he has Trump in his pocket. At their joint press conference he said ‘now’ was a moment when “Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally” – an anti-Iran front.

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Who started it?

Facts are quickly forgotten when myth, hindsight and wishful thinking take over hence the importance of Israel’s ‘new historians’. Here, Uri Avnery, who was there at the time, corrects the view that the new Israeli state took the first military steps against its Arab neighbours.

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The world now sees Israel through the clouded prism of the settlements

‘If we do not take action to avoid profit from settlements and annexation by concrete, we will be answerable’ said 1 MP in this debate on settlements. The MPs’ debate did not follow party lines – unlike most party members – and the debate informs you of all the arguments. There were persistent demands for the government to say how it would further a 2-state solution.

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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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