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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

Gaza’s darkest days

There are many ways of depicting the dire state of Gaza. The rising suicide rate of young men in particular is one of the most telling. The rate of unemployment in the Gaza Strip is now the highest in the world.

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The Great Entanglement

The religious right peddles a mythology based on a falsehood – that it is they who pioneered settlements. In fact, the first settlement was set up by a leftist and then became the national policy of all governments, Labor as much as Likud, writes Gershom Gorenberg in American Prospect.

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It makes no sense for Israel to make peace

That is, the Israeli gov’t maintains its hegemony by subduing Palestinians and stealing their land. No amount of US $$ is a good exchange for loss of the status quo. Four books reviewed by David Shulman

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‘Devastating’ turn against Israel by Jewish students in US

Young students today – Jewish and non-Jewish – are schooled in the paradigm of racist oppressor and oppressed. For them Israel is clearly the oppressor and Palestinians clearly the victim. They will shape the future.

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Against antisemitism, against Israeli policy

This is a gem of a discussion from 2002, discovered by chance by the JfJfP postings team. The views put forward by the panellists were, at the time, fresh. Now they’re hackneyed. The terms of the debate have changed but not the sentiments – except, perhaps, for Zionism.

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The games Netanyahu plays

This is an interview with Yossi Alpher who has held many senior positions in Israeli security. The reason for the moves which are further destabilising the MidEast are not clear to anyone but Alpher pinpoints the Saudi-Trump ‘love fest’ as a key agent of change as well as Netanyahu’s machinations. Alpher is APN’s regular man in the know.

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Saudi hypocrisy on armed groups

Qatar and Qatari diplomats have been expelled from all Saudi-led bodies on the grounds of supporting terrorism. The supporters and financiers of armed groups wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq are those same Gulf states. Al Monitor garners opinions.

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London Palestine expo libelled by Israel loyalists

Palestine Expo 2017, a display of Palestinian culture, is at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London on 8-9 July. This is driving the right, led by the Gatestone Institute and its wealthy founder Nina Rosenwald, wild. For them, the only meaning of Palestinian is barbaric and they are doing what they can to damn the exhibition. Show them wrong.

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Balfour100: celebrate the ‘wrong sort of Jew’

The Balfour centenary is being treated by the Jewish establishment and, of course, Mrs May as the occasion for mass festivities. That will exclude many Jews and Palestine supporters. But, says Robert Cohen, the Amos Trust has organised a long walk to Jerusalem under the slogan ‘Equal rights for all who call the Holy Land home.’

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Monarchs of the Gulf kick out Qatar

On his MidEast trip Pres. Trump wanted to kick-start an Arab coalition against Iran. Having secured Saudi support he thought he’d got it made believing all Arab states are alike. He didn’t reckon on Qatar as a deal-breaker or on the many clashes between Arab states

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Actual Corbyn delights voters

Jeremy Corbyn should thank Mrs May for calling an early election with the ignoble aim of humiliating him. The man presented as weak (=bad), antisemitic, a throwback from the mad 1970s has been charming young audiences and not scared off all the Jewish voters. The lies peddled about him are definitely of the fake news variety. Jonathan Rosenhead and Anshel Pfeffer

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Attempts to block book on Jewish terrorism

Israel was created by Jewish acts of terrorism against Arabs and British soldiers and police, not the benign moves of a sympathetic world. When Tom Suarez started a tour to promote his book, State of Terror, he found the pro-Israel establishment was doing all it could to silence him and his argument. Jonathan Cook and Suarez.

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We must join new groups outside our comfort zones

Haredi journalist Eli Bitan steps into a left-wing rally against 50 years of an ‘enormous, never-ending injustice’ and pleads with all to join against the divisions and lies enforced by the settler Right.

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PA asserts its power by cutting power to Gaza

The impossible situation in Gaza, which is short of everything needed for a decent life, is exacerbated by the PA’s cutting of their power supply. Abbas seems to believe his path to National Leader status depends on keeping Hamas subservient.

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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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