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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

BDS grows in tangent with the far right

Support for right-wing politicians is growing in Israel, the USA and Europe. Omar Barghouti has felt the repression first-hand and says the BDS movement is growing in response. Interview and article.

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Damned by our victory

In its fiftieth year of the Occupation Gideon Levy looks back aghast at what that Israeli victory has brought. ‘It has turned Israel into an evil, violent, ultranationalist, religious, racist state.’
Weep at what has happened.

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Warsaw Jews fight and die for freedom

David Rosenberg re-tells the story of the Warsaw ghetto uprising, 1943. Just 220 Jews, many with a background in the bund, socialist or communist parties, kept the Germans out for almost a month. Fake histories co-opt their resistance for Zionism.

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Our hunger spreads our message

Israel has made Marwan Barghouti an iconic and exemplary figure amongst Palestinians. He was a leader in the first intifada (for which he was imprisoned after his ‘show trial’) and has constantly urged non-violent resistance. His intelligence and integrity have won him many admirers. He tells us here why he and thousands of Palestinian prisoners have embarked on a hunger strike.

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Israeli police ban annual March of Return

The starting point of modern Palestinian history is the Nakba which broke the continuity of their history. Remembering their history in Palestine/Israel is central and has been marked every year by the March of Return. This year it has been banned for the first time. Jonathan Cook comments

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IfNotNow leads the way for Jewish critics

Peter Beinart analyses the rise of the (2014) Jewish group, IfNotNow, which opposes antisemitism as well as the Jewish establishment and AIPAC. He thinks it is the exemplary group of our age. IfNotNow responds.

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Don’t imagine love between Jew and Arab

The best selling novel, All the Rivers in English, is about love between a Palestinian man and Israeli woman. Author Dorit Rabinyan says it was taken off the national curriculum because it threatened the armour Israelis wear to prevent them knowing anything about the Other.

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Israel’s Left seen as too ‘dangerous’

In a security state all have to unite against the enemy – Palestinians in Israel’s case. Israel’s left wing is seen as sympathetic to Palestinians so is regarded as too dangerous says Mazal Mualem. It doesn’t help that that Left is seen as patronising to Likud supporters .

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Israel’s culture dictator

It’s hard to find a major difference in the attitude to state-funded culture between culture minister Miri Regev and Stalin. For her, like him, the chief qualification was to make an exhibit of state loyalty. One theatre play, one documentary series on Palestinian prisoners, both under attack from Regev.

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Status quo is least worst option for Israel

In contrast to the Shin Bet views [posting below] in this interview Noam Sheizaf says ‘in terms of rational choice, of what costs us more, and what gives us more benefit, there is no doubt that maintaining the status quo is the best solution from the Israeli perspective.’

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The apartheid genie is out of the bottle

As governmental efforts to crush BDS movements intensify the question is why? Jonathan Cook says Israel, and the governments of its allies, all fear the label ‘apartheid’ will stick.

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Secret war against BDS supporters

This well-researched article by Uri Blau depicts a key Israeli ministry on a war footing. The dept. of strategic affairs does not brief politicians to answer Israel’s critics. Instead it compiles lists of all in and outside Israel of BDS supporters and tarnishes their image. Omar Barghouti is the first victim of this secret but bellicose effort.

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Keep it secret

AIPAC’s modus operandi is cultivating direct lines to Congressmen and the White House. The MO of both Trump and Netanyahu, says Bradley Burston, is to work under cover, never letting the daylight in.

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Israel profits from more dangerous world

This story from AFP was published last year but is more timely than ever. Israel’s leading edge is not in conventional warfare; it is in controlling domestic populations. European states want to buy their weapons and techniques.

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Omar Barghouti is like every other Israeli

That is, he avoids paying all the income tax he is liable for. Richard Silverstein notes the glee this brings Barghouti’s enemies and that ‘every wealthy Israeli, and I mean virtually every one, has a tax avoidance strategy’.

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Death penalty for drug dealers in Gaza

The death penalty is slowly losing favour round the world. 58 countries – one of them the oPt – still hold on to it. China kills by far the most. Middle East countries count for the next largest number. Gaza’s has habitually executed collaborators (traitors). Now it has killed 2 drug dealers suggesting Hamas is either enforcing its control over personal behaviour or there is a growing drug problem in the Gaza strip.

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Guide for those who want to visit Israel

How will the amended law, Entry Into Israel 1952, affect critical Jews who have friends or relatives in Israel? Does it mean that, is Israeli eyes, their country is no longer the homeland of all Jews but only for those who can prove their loyalty to this discriminatory state? Haaretz provides a practical guide.

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Bernie Sanders, Occupation must end

Bernie Sanders, Democrat, Jewish, socialist has done something rare in the US – said unconditionally that the Israeli Occupation must end; and rarer still, met with the Arab leader, Ayman Odeh, of the Joint List. He was speaking at the J Street national conference.

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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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