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JfJfP comments


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

Q: Why doesn’t Israel become the 51st state?

A: Because then, it would only have two senators. Jamie Stern-Weiner checks with Prof Finkelstein whether what we at this website have been saying for a week – that Naz Shah reposted the ‘antisemitic’ map from his website – is true. Unequivocally yes. And only the humourless don’t see it’s a joke. Those who have drummed up the Labour antisemitism crisis, and all those who have fallen into step are, QED, humourless as well as cynical. In a rich interview, he defends Naz Shah describes his direct family experience of the Holocaust and deplores any cynical misuse of that.

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Today Labour sees Israel as on the wrong side of western colonialism

Anshel Pfeffer believes that “every few days for the last couple of months, a new name of a Labour activist who has been engaging [in antisemitism] emerged in the media”. Really? More plausibly he argues that Israel is seen as powerful and Jews as no longer an endangered minority.

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Labour should hold an open inquiry into antisemitism

The Palestine-Israel conflict has inflamed passions and made many want to support the underdog Palestinians writes MidEast expert Tony Klug. We should all reflect on the critical role Britain and Europe played in instigating the conflict in the first place and all refrain from feeding the poisonous atmosphere engulfing us. Palestinians and Israeli have to live together.

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Passover – remembering small enslaved nations

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At our table a small selection of items: warm greetings from JfJfP to signatories, friends and supporters; messages from Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human RIghts and Freedom Seder and links to other sites; a truncated article dissing the myth that matzah is eaten at passover to remind us that in the flight from Egypt there was no time to let the dough rise. Wrong.

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Bias against Palestinians not thought worthy of study

The best hope of Zionism was that it would cause antisemitism to wither in face of the strong Jewish state. The greatest vicitims of this Zionism are the Palestinians. With the fatal conflation of opposition to Jews, to Zionism and to Israel, the demon becomes the Palestinian – and anti-Palestinianism is rife says Jerry Haber, unremarked, condoned.

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Biden hopes Labour views again dominate in Knesset

There are many fissures behind the straight face of support that the US shows Israelis. These were on show at JStreet’s Gala when V-P Biden spoke of his frustration at Israeli settlements and refusal to talk – true of the PNA too. So what will US do?

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Ex-BBC TV chief tells Jews not to vote for Corbyn

How did 2 or 3 remarks by Labour members become “a string of party officials and members …outed for making disparaging remarks about Jews in public statements.” There is no evidence of significant antisemitism in Labour or of Corbyn ever having uttered an antisemitic remark. This is an attack on Labour by smear, allusion and hysterical exaggeration.

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New note in US primaries – Palestinian rights!

It is highly unusual for Israel to be the subject of a debate in an election let alone a primary contest. But here comes Sanders raising the question of why Clinton did not mention Palestine at AIPAC – or anywhere. Queen Hillary said she was occupied with her official job of bringing peace and keeping Israel secure.

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Only one face on the wall

With walls in every direction Palestinians have plenty of space for practising graffiti and portrait skills. Marwan Barghouti, serving five life sentences in Israeli gaols, is everywhere as a symbol of resistance and unity. He has just produced a new plan for fundamentally changing Palestine’s relations with Israel. Oslo isn’t working.

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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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I witness, occupied Palestine

‘Please do remember that the risk for me is less than a 1000th of what the risk for every Palestinian is on a day-to-day basis’ writes this young volunteeer with International Solidarity Movement (ISM) to friends and family back home in the UK.

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Unlike antisemitism, anti-Zionism is not irrational

Yes, anti-Zionism can be a euphemism for antisemitism or the fantasy that Israel can be destroyed. But it can also, argues Peter Beinart, be a logical response by Palestinians to their subjugation. He is responding to Lord Sacks who pursues the metaphors of a virus and a scapegoat which exempt him from having to face many facts.

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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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When leaders don’t take the people seriously

This a rare piece that touches on the harrowing feelings of loss and helplessness that afflicts those who have to go on living when one of theirs is killed – stabbed or executed. And still neither the Israeli nor the Palestinian leader takes responsibility for making a political resolution.

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US adds BDS to terrorism as crime

Glenn Greenwald surveys how all expressions of Palestinian resistance, and support for it, are defined as antisemitic, terrorist, or criminal – which BDS has been made by various states and universities.

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Israelis prefer an Arab-killer to the rule of law

This posting and the one below should cause alarm. By some measures the Israeli public is ready to ignore the rule of law in order to back the murder of a wounded Palestinian. And the IDF is no longer the unifying, idealised body it once was. No rule of law, no civilisation.

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Clinton’s clients – despots and Bibi

This is a withering attack by Glenn Greenwald, interviewed by Democracy Now! on Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy in her years as secretary of state and now as presidential candidate. Her pandering to AIPAC prejudices was demeaning.

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From elected Jewish leader to antisemitism in 1 year?

Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland writes a long piece proving (to himself at least) that Labour has become antisemitic (overnight). He provides no evidence for such a strong charge, just a couple of anecdotes. Readers write in in protest to Indie as well.

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All AIPAC wants is man with power who loves Israel

There was no walk-out of principled Jews from Trump’s speech at AIPAC. You shouldn’t be surprised says Richard Silverstein. The AIPAC crowd don’t care what a chap believes, only that he is close to power and close to Israel.

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BDS does not promote peace

What’s the point of the BDS movement if it does not enable Israeli Jews and Palestinians to live in peace with each other? And, asks Uri Avnery, what’s the point if it encourages a train of antisemites and Israel-haters?

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