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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

One-state gains momentum- it’s universal

As many shrug off the 2-state solution – it depended on American backing which is no longer there, it produced no results for Palestinians – interest is turning to ideas of One state. Here we feature key statements in the arguments for and conferences on One Democratic State in Historic Palestine. We need to know the arguments even if we disagree.

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The Zionists who won’t live near Jews

The phenomenon of Zionism is nothing to do with loving Jews. There are more Christian Zionists than Jewish Zionists and they donate more money to Israel. Non-Jewish Zionists have more grandiose ambitions for Israel than do most Israelis says Suzanne Schneider. And many of these Zionists are distinctly uncomfortable in Jewish company.

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Antisemitic Zionism

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We post a second article (out of several this week) pondering the phenomenon of the white nationalists who hold antisemitic stereotypes (though some of their best friends may be…) while being staunchly for a Zionist Israel. Not a contradiction in a right-wing world view.

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Mrs May’s IHRA used to silence critics of Israel

As was feared, Mrs May’s adoption of the IHRA definition of and guidelines on antisemitism as government policy is being used to silence pro-Palestinian activists. The government’s Prevent policy (against extremism) is being used for the same purpose. Several universities have already banned pro-Palestinian speakers and events. Defend free speech!

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The Azaria show trial

The trial of Elor Azaria, with its damning evidence and then lenient sentence, was a show trial to rebut the claim that a culture of impunity envelops the killing of Palestinians. The extreme reaction of many Israelis shows what a powerful symbol the baby-faced soldier has become.

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Bibi hopes to lead Israeli-Arab-US alliance against Iran

Netanyahu hopes to lead a security alliance against Iran. He has been working on better relations with Arab leaders for over a year and believes he has Trump in his pocket. At their joint press conference he said ‘now’ was a moment when “Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally” – an anti-Iran front.

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People clearance by home wreckage

More Palestinian homes were demolished by Israeli authorities in 2016 than ever before reports B’Tselem. The ‘reason’ is contemptible – lack of planning permission which all know is hardly ever given. Home wrecking is a tactic in the long-term aim of corralling Palestinians into as small a space as possible, making living conditions intolerable.

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Role of IDF: make its presence felt by Palestinians

Controlling what is not theirs has gone to the heads of Israeli politicians. Last year PM Cameron submissively instructed local councils not to support BDS. Now we learn from Yehuda Shaul that Bibi’s UK mission was not, as the media had it, all about Iran. He found time to ask her to prohibit British agencies from funding Breaking the Silence [no gov’t donations since 2013] and other troublesome NGOs. Here, BTS reveals how the IDF controls Hebron.

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Who started it?

Facts are quickly forgotten when myth, hindsight and wishful thinking take over hence the importance of Israel’s ‘new historians’. Here, Uri Avnery, who was there at the time, corrects the view that the new Israeli state took the first military steps against its Arab neighbours.

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We will move embassy to Jerusalem, er, maybe

It couldn’t have been clearer. Trump told the AIPAC conference last March that ‘we will move the embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem’. That promise is now frayed by uncertainty.

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Don’t bank on Trump

The Netanyahu-Trump love-in may be short-lived. Before, the Israeli PM defended himself against US pressure by saying he had to hold off the right wing. That Right has responded gleefully to Trump’s election by asserting there is nothing now to stop Israel expanding its power and territory.

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Torture designed to break the spirit and leave no mark

Torture was banned in Israel in 1999 but permitted under certain conditions fairly soon after. As a means of getting useable information it’s a waste of time. As a means of breaking the spirit of a prisoner and establishing the authority of Shin Bet officials it’s effective and common.

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Alleging antisemitism is Labour right’s ‘defining narrative now’

The cheapest and simplest way of felling enemies is to claim they are antisemitic. People who know little of Israel or Palestine but do know they abhor the Labour left are grateful to have been fed this line of attack against Corbyn et al. Al Jazeera and Mondoweiss.

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It was the Brits wot won it

Haaretz’s investigative reporter Barak Ravid reveals that British legal figures and diplomats worked directly with the Palestinians on the wording of resolution 2334 without informing Israel. The Brits smoothed the wording and made it possible for Obama’s administration to support it without involving any American figures. British diplomats also encouraged New Zealand to become one of the four presenters of the resolution.

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Move to Jerusalem ‘a colossal blunder’

Two reputable and knowledgeable bodies, Foreign Policy magazine and the Institute of Palestine Studies strongly deprecate the Trump team’s stated intention of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a hugely symbolic act, and issue sharp warnings about the consequences.

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May follows Trump

Not meaning she is one of the 18.2m followers of the next guardian of the free world, but after Trump had laid into those who criticise Israel May followed him with a new diplomatic rule: it is ‘not appropriate’ to criticise one’s allies. Which bodes ill for that free world.

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Bibi is behaving like a drunken diver

Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the US, sent his credentials to the White House in 2013 and, despite his links with the Republicans, Obama’s administration was happy to accept them. Now he is touring TV stations claiming Obama is a “runaway train”, that Israel had proof that the US was behind UNSC’s Resolution 2334 against Israel’s settlement policy, proof he would present to Trump’s staff – though there is evidence that he already has.

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The expanding settlers’ state

‘The Amona settlers have won the fight over Israel’s character and future. They will call the shots. They will lead, and the government of Israel and its leader will say Amen.’ Shlomi Eldar on a shameful appeasement of hilltop youth.

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In the US the antisemitic sewer covers are off

Forward’s JJ Goldberg writes about the antisemitism that has grown on both right and left in the US. From the Right it’s traditional Jew-hatred. From the Left it’s more slippery; it focuses on Israel and its policies but can slide into anti-Jewish feeling – Jews had the US-backed power to create the new state of Israel and all Jews share the responsibility of what is being done to the Palestinians. This is stronger when Muslims and left-wing people get together – Muslims are oppressed and need the left, Jews aren’t and don’t. It’s likely to get worse.

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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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