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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

Please – stand by us Arab Christians

A coalition of Christian organizations in Palestine – also speaking for ‘persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria’ – write an open letter to the World Council of Churches asking for urgent support; ‘We are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse’. For some reason, the BoD chose to attack them. The task is allotted to someone whose blog and letter so jostle with insults, and spurious ‘facts’, the citing of pogroms and persecution, that her argument is not taken seriously by the Methodists whom she addresses.

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PM backs new definition of antisemitism

For some reason PM Theresa May is going all out with pledges to combat antisemitism (not a big problem in Britain unlike anti-Muslim hatred, on which she is silent). She has chosen to back a NEW definition of antisemitism – who needs it? – which is largely anodyne but includes, as antisemitic, saying bringing Israel into existence was ‘a racist endeavour’. You may not agree – but it’s an argument which should not be censored.

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Revenge for not finding something that wasn’t there

Some one started a rumour that there was a great treasure to be found if Labour looked for it. This treasure was evidence that antisemitism in the Labour Party was rampant. Anyone who had spotted it was invited to send the evidence, pinpointing its whereabouts, to Sami Chakrabarti who had been commissioned to inquire into the allegation. To the tremendous disappointment of some, no such evidence could be found. Why not? Well obviously because the search was not thorough enough. Should Chakrabarti have resorted to the rack to extract confessions? A letter from over 100 Jews protesting at the attacks on the searchers for coming up empty-handed.

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Unlawful and reckless killing by UK’s friend

In the smokescreen of IDF propaganda, the IDF insists on its careful and professional targeting of enemy terrorists. Such as six-year old children. The credulous believe the Israeli message. Here the lawyers take them to task and press the UK FCO to stand for the law and accountability as it does in other countries.

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Focus and fire on actual antisemitism

Three very different articles on the same theme – distinguishing antisemitism from anti-Zionism. They are easily elided in the US writes Jane Eisner because for many young Jews it’s Israel, not their history in Europe or the US, which defines their Jewishness. Tony Greenstein, PSC member, writes urging the PSC to make a more public stand against the right’s use of the charge of antisemitism to bash the left. Larry Derfner tersely writes that the overlap between antisemitism and anti-Zionism is a fraction of the overlap between Zionism and Islamophobia.

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What the SPR doesn’t want to know

On behalf of the JfJfP executive Naomi Wayne engages in a lively debate with Prof. Perry, president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). Well it’s not a debate. Wayne enunciates all the reasons why the SPR should not have chosen Jerusalem for its conference. Perry enunciates the society’s aims and values, which don’t include the wrongness of whitewashing the occupation.

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The unsettled question of what is antisemitism

The question of what constitutes antisemitism is unsettling and, after masses of debate and definitions and argument, remains unsettled. It is discussed in Guardian letters. Plus in France it is illegal to demand boycotts of anything Israeli. Has fear of antisemitism crushed freedom of speech?

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Signing the boycott pledge

Over 700 artists of every variety have signed a pledge ‘to accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government until it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.’

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Israel’s lost friends and admirers

Israel’s reputation has never been lower. This is entirely to do with its occupation of Palestinian territories, its harsh control of Palestinians and, especially, its lethal onslaughts on Gaza. JfJfP’s Arthur Goodman responds to an article on how this has come about with some simple questions.

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BBC bias raised again by vanishing programme on myth of Jewish exile

The programme ‘Jerusalem: An Archaeological Mystery Story’ made by Israeli director Ilan Ziv, was pulled from the schedule at the last minute last April. The BBC said it did not fit editorially with its archaeology season. Although it is true that archaeology is a politically loaded subject in Israel/Palestine, the BBC knew this before it commissioned the film. Presumably someone higher-up had a fit of panic on actually seeing it. PSC leads the charge against the BBC. JfJfP signs the letter asking the BBC to explain its decision.

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Unpublished letters to the JC

Whatever one’s criticisms of the Jewish Chronicle over the years, it is nonetheless sad to see it sliding into the mire of both sectarianism and irrelevancy. Critical letters don’t often get published, but we still submit them from time to time. Here are four recent unpublished offerings; and, a late addition (23 July), a letter from an Ecumenical Accompanier that was published, but edited to lose its most telling detail.

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‘Security’ no excuse for holding adolescents in solitary confinement

The continued imprisonment of teenagers held in solitary confinement by the Israeli government has sparked a concerted protest by professional people in the USA and Israel concerned with the welfare of young people. The psychological wounds inflicted constitute, in their view, cruel and inhuman treatment. This is not justified by Israel’s acknowledged security concerns.

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Open letter to David Miliband: No upgrade between EU & Israel

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News has reached us from Brussels that the Spanish foreign minister, Miguel Moratinos and his French counterpart, Bernard Kouchner are pressing for a resumption of the upgrade process in political relations between Israel and the EU. JfJfP yesterday wrote to David Miliband demanding that no upgrade in relations be considered while Israel flagrantly breaches the Association Agreement. We’re publishing the text here and you can join the campaign yourself, by writing to your MP & MEP to make the same request.

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Open Letter to LFI Re: Visit to Labour Party Conference by Ehud Barak

Dear Luciana Berger,

As you probably know, Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP) is the largest Jewish peace group in Europe. We represent a significant body of opinion within the Jewish community in the UK. It is for this reason that we are writing to you to inquire about the nature of the invitation that Labour Friends of Israel extended to Ehud Barak, the Israeli Defence Minister, to attend your reception on 29th September at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton.

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A Signatory’s Letter to the JC

Lynne Reid Banks is moved to write to the JC in response to their recent article on JfJfP.

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The Writing on the Wall

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Farid Esack, a muslim scholar, was a United Democratic Movment activist in the Cape in the struggle against apartheid in the eighties. In a long Open Letter he draws comparison between the experiences in South Africa and those of the Palestinians and writes: “We as South Africans resisting Apartheid understood the invaluable role of international […]

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Letter from Sahar Vardi, a Shministit

I am Sahar Vardi. I am 18 years old, a senior in high school in Israel. As you probably know, all Israelis must serve in the Israeli Defense Forces, starting right after our last year of high school. I and dozens of other students, on examining our values, International Law, and what we believe is best for Israel, refused to serve in the Occupied Territories and be a part of a mechanism that suppresses millions of Palestinians.

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UK & EU taxpayers paying for repairing the damage in Gaza

A letter in today’s (24 March) Independent, pointing out the complicity of Western Governments in Israel’s recent invasion of Gaza and underwriting the war by using taxpayers money to make good the destruction caused.

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Jewish Chronicle letter

Letter from signatory Denis Glaser riposting this article from last week’s JC Your front page headline “Antisemitism key to UK exclusion policy” and article seem to imply that the main cause of the current wave of public outrage ascribed to antisemitism in this country is ‘hate-preaching extremists… who express antisemitic views’. The public in the […]

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