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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

Conspiracy ‘common sense’ usurps reality

This article from Times of Israel has little new material on Trump’s campaign. It is reposted because it comes from a publication which tries to hold a centre and neutral line. It can’t do that here. The video it posts shows a man who is happier resorting to conspiracy theories than dealing with reality. This is the thinking of the Israel-loving, Jew-hating Trump team.

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‘Celebratory violence’ of nationalist right

Americans were first to link the improbable swing to Brexit with the improbable swing to Trump. Hate crimes suddenly shot up, and quickly subsided in both instances; both rode on a fantasy that the days of white Christian supremacy were the best of days. Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Sacred Jews

Ever since Palestine-supporting Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour party leader charges of antisemitism have been fired at him and all left-wing party members. This is the heaviest of all charges of racism, designed to sink him. Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi examines the growing reach of defenders of all Israel’s actions.

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What can a Liberal Zionist do about Palestine?

Student Jake Cohen here uses the term Zionist in the old-fashioned sense – wanting Jews to have a safe homeland preferably in Palestine. Even so, in any form of Zionism, Jews are at the heart of the picture. The task, he thinks, is to fully embrace Palestinians as sharing that point at the centre of the story and to support their struggle for liberation.

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No surprise to Palestinians that white supremacists love Israel

Many Americans have been shocked to find that Trump comes with a long train of white supremacists. It’s probably less of a surprise to African-Americans and is certainly not news to Palestinians most of whom have been born into a white supremacist regime.

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Thank you Mr Trump for your gift of unity

In a splendid example of irony, Palestinian entrepreneur and activist Sam Bahour thanks Donald Trump for the unique gift of bringing all progressives together – and struggles with the dilemma of how to send him an appropriate gift from Palestine.

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Fire crisis blamed on Palestinians

Fires have been burning across Israel for the last few days. Vegetation has been destroyed, buildings evacuated, Palestinian arsonists suspected – and accused by Netanyahu. 4 Palestinians have been arrested. Social media – forums for our worst selves – rejoiced at this punishment for Israel and were made much of by Israeli media. Seven countries have provided assistance.

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Awakening white men

Racism has not been so overt in the USA for half a century. Richard Spencer, leader of the alt-right movement, thinks Trump took ‘the first step’ but he’s merely a useful idiot in a march to restore the supremacy of white – which doesn’t include Jews – men.

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Palestinian women put serious peace on the table

#womenseriously is a fast-spreading initiative, launched in London in 2014 but now a feature of many societies including Palestine. A core aim is to have women in leading roles in devising peace strategies both within patriarchal society and with Israel – whose version of peace is ‘normalisation’.

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Last gasp for White Christian America

If Trump’s election was a surprise that may be less to do with the polls than the fact many had assumed the long supremacy of White Protestant men had been hollowed out. But the Tea Party breathed new life into it by picking out the issues that enflamed older white men – all women, black men, Chinese people, dark-skinned immigrants of an alien religion.

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Israel’s unique apartheid system

The word is from South Africa, Afrikaans for separateness. This book of essays on apartheid in S. Africa and Israel looks at what’s like and unlike. S.Africa’s regime failed because it needed the black labour which it also wanted to banish to bantustans. Israel uses Palestinian labour but imports most from Asian countries. S. Africa passed laws making apartheid compulsory. Israel uses its bureaucracy to present a facade of democracy.

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All Jews are not responsible for Israel’s actions

Here is another very valuable contribution to the debate about what constitutes antisemitism and, where it occurs, how to respond.If all Jews are blamed for Israel’s actions they are also then guilty of dual loyalty. It is written by 3 academics and was sent to the Home Affairs select committee inquiry.

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Telling Palestine’s story through song’s magic dance

Britain has a strong tradition of radical and political song. Palestine has not figured in that before. Robert Cohen brings to us Coope Boyes and Simpson and their new song, Children of Palestine.

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Chuck facts, go with the flow

As a founding member of JfJfP Richard Kuper draws on his personal experience and his extensive knowledge of Israel to analyse the Home Affairs report on antisemitism which floats on a raft of fixed assumptions that Labour antisemitism is a fact for which no further evidence is needed.

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No pipes, no water

A steady supply of fresh water demands engineering work. In Israel and the oPt engineering work demands permits. Permits require a non-discriminatory, efficient bureaucracy. Which is just what West Bank camps and villages do not have.

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Political heritage of holy sites

Notionally Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif is sacred to the three Abrahamic religions. Christians don’t much care. For Israelis and Palestinians the site is a symbol of the power of possession. The UNESCO report does not comment on any of this – it merely deals with the Israeli responsibility for the upkeep of the site. It is this demotion to a caretaker role which is so angering Israelis.

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UK least antisemitic country in Europe

Anshel Pfeffer applauds the Select Committee for its report on antisemitism (‘brave’ ‘unique’). He rolls those, Chakrabarti, Corbyn, Livingstone – who were criticised for not getting the measure of ‘modern antisemitism’ – into one appeaser of hatemongers. Perhaps he thinks this restraint was the report’s only fault.

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Israel now divides Labour’s left from its right

The Labour Right’s pursuit of Jackie Walker is, says Tony Greenstein, an attempt to make Labour safe for Israel. Even if they have to make stuff up. To many, it seems demented, like chasing a will o’the wisp (a ‘foolish fire’ seen over swamps).

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No freedom of speech in the oPt

People living in the oPt – occupied Palestinian territory – are starved of information by both the Palestinian and Israeli authorities. Both fear that free reporting would damage their authority. Hamas, the PNA and Israel all enforce restrictions which Israel, at least, would not dare enforce on its home ground.

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Abbas defies home hatred of Peres

What Pres. Abbas gained by his attendance at the funeral of Shimon Peres he lost at home where it was seen as distinctly unPalestinian to display sadness at the death of a man who had been instrumental in the quashing of Palestinian hopes.

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