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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

From Occupation to Apartheid in 6 years

In this interview the former Special Rapporteur for Palestine Richard Falk is asked about his time in the post, what changed, what were the highs (getting injustice documented) and lows (the campaign of personal defamation against him).

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A secular Jew – an exact identity

To Daniel Susskind, the Nazi genocide tried to destroy Jewish civilisation: “our histories and memories, songs and stories, ways of thinking and living”. That constitutes his Jewishness while, like many, he cannot believe in a God of any denomination.

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Trump rides on unspoken Republican racism

The Republican elite in the US despise the vulgar, racist Pres. Trump. Actually, he is saying and doing much that they want but can’t be seen to support. The anti-racist convention that has held the USA together is broken.

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Remember the forgotten Israelis – a panel discussion in London, 9th October

Palestinian citizens of Israel constitute at least a fifth of Israel’s population and yet they are often overlooked, by Israel and by the international community. Inspired by Mohammed Amin’s 2-16 article, Remember the Forgotten Israelis, Oasis of Peace has organised a symposium in London to explore the issues at stake.

Based on the ethos of Neve Shalom / Wahat al-Salam (NSWaS), the mission of Oasis of Peace is to advance social equity and cohesion in both Israel and the United Kingdom.

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Three cheers for Ruchama Marton! – founder of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel

Ruchama Marton, has just turned 80. She founded Physicians for Human Rights-Israel during the First Intifada, bringing the term “human rights” into the Israeli political discourse. Born in Israel, where she has lived her whole life, she has been an active psychiatrist for more than 40 years. Her relationship with this place is complicated and painful, almost impossible. Alon Mizrahi interviews Marton and reports.

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Antisemitism in contemporary Britain

The Institute for Jewish Policy Research has published one of the most comprehensive studies of antisemitism ever conducted in Britain. “It finds that only a small proportion of British adults can be categorised as ‘hard-core’ antisemites – approximately 2% – yet antisemitic ideas can be found at varying degrees of intensity across 30% of British society.” It draws important distinctions between anti-Israelism and antisemitism but finds some correlation between them in some contexts. “Yet, importantly, most of the antisemitism found in British society exists outside of these three groups – the far-left, far-right and Muslims; even at its most heightened levels of intensity, only about 15% of it can be accounted for by them.”

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So torture is still widely used in Israel

In milestone Supreme Court hearings in Israel recently a serious debate was held about what constitutes torture and its use in interrogation. The result: a declaration that torture is unacceptable in Israel. The Court brought state representatives who reiterated in public that torture is forbidden. All sides in the hearing agreed that even the “necessary defense” claim – known as the “ticking time bomb” – cannot justify torture. Rachel Stroumsa, executive director of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, reports.

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What made me a hardline Zionist

Gary C. Gambill, a specialist in Arab affairs says that he turned from supporting Palestinians into being an active Zionist because of the habit of ‘militant anti-zionists’ and leftists of loading onto Israel or the US all power and responsibility for the unmet needs of all Arabs.

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For an Israel-Palestine of cantons

Dr. Emile Nakhleh says the people of the area must jettison the two-state formula – which has produced nothing -and explore more creative possibilities that will serve the two peoples.. A confederation of cantons is a starting idea. Facts shown in maps and diagrams.

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Angela Davis makes the Palestinian struggle hers

Angela Davis, activist and intellectual bubbles with thoughts about black radicalism. She sees many likenesses between Israel’s land-grabbing suppression of Palestinians and how a racist bunch of land-grabbers came to rule the United States.

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Israel rendering Bedouin stateless

Bedouin tribes are among the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine when it stretched from Lebanon to the Naqab/Negev desert. They always assumed they had Israeli citizenship. Now they find the state is denying they are citizens, making it easier to speed up their demolitions and clearances to make way for Jews-only settlements.

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Chaos as a war strategy

The Italian political thinker Gramsci might have called this a war of position, where one side (Hamas) takes up a position to influence how a situation is seen – rather than its usual war of manoeuvre or attrition. Rumours swirl that Hamas plans to give up ‘governing’ Gaza to force international – Egyptian – intervention to stop the chaos.

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Change the rules to ensure Jews are majority

For centuries Jews foreswore proselytising and gave Orthodox Rabbis a peculiar authority to determine who may join the club. By default being Jewish became a matter of inheritance not belief. Now, as the Palestinian population grows, Israel needs more Jews than women and immigration can produce. Jonathan Cook on the changing of the rules on who is Jewish.

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Millions to be given special Israeli status

In a sign of either unusual openness or desperation Israel’s Diaspora Affairs department is scouring the world for people with any connection to Jewishness who might be secured as special friends of Israel.

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More Jews leaving than arriving in Israel

Israel’s population growth seemed assured. After taking in many Holocaust survivors (though most went to N.America) there were immigrants from war-ravaged countries, and from N. Africa. And others who believed that only in Israel could they ‘come into themselves’. But they find that Israel is not safe for Jews, is parochial and not a lively cosmopolitan country, the censorship, number of rules and military patrols make very costly Israel nothing like the welcoming home they were looking for.

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To our fellow Jews: which side are you on?

For many Americans Donald Trump’s speech about violence at Charlottesville was THE defining moment. No longer could anyone claim not-to-know of his affinity with white nationalists. Jews, 70% of whom voted Democrat/Clinton, have to choose whether to work with him or against him say Chabon and Waldman.

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The Establishment’s Outsider Group

The largest Jewish minorities in the West used to be stalwarts of the Left but since the 1970s have become increasingly right-wing. Despite this absorption into the Establishment such Jews have not discarded their heritage of persecution. Emma Green of The Atlantic on the dissonant identities of American Jews.

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Hamas in urgent need of new patron

Hostile neighbours can only punish Hamas by punishing the people in Gaza. Israel, the PA and Egypt all know this. So many in Gaza look to Mohammed Dahlan, billionaire challenger to Abbas, to ease their situation.

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Must peace come from the people?

By a very small margin the majority of Palestinians want a peaceful settlement with Israel recent opinion polls show. Whether or not this matters depends on the conditions and how it is presented by any leaders who make a peace deal. In the Washington Post Norrin Ripsman analyses when and how peace deals can be made from on top.

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Insults not arguments

It is striking that those who defend Israel by saying all critics are antisemitic never put the argument that settlements promote human rights and are made in Israel’s justifiable national interest. Should that not be what Danny Danon is doing at the UN instead of presenting his country as the victim of other countries’ mindless prejudice?

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