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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

Israel organises against BDS

Despite the obdurate support for all Israeli governments by the US, there are many American Christians who find the contempt for Palestinians abhorrent. Bob Herbst is one of them and BDS is a way of saying that.

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Mission impossible

Here’s an insight into how the US aid programme to the oPt works from the departing administrator of the programme. The aim is to build Palestinian infrastructure and free trade. The obstacles are a hostile Congress and Israeli state whose priority is to ensure no US dollar lands in the hands of Hamas or any militant group.

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Diaspora Jews grow out of their imaginary friend Israel

Two groups, Looking for Zion and the JPPI, have been asking questions about diaspora Jews – the ones with the long history. The surveys find that such Jews are far more critical of Israel than before, feel badly affected by Israel’s wars, think Israel has no interest in them, behave condescendingly towards them and expect all to abandon that history and move to Israel.

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The new Israel – hatred clothed in religion

Uri Avnery may be looking through rose-tinted specs as he stares back at the past. But he is surely right to note how Israel/Palestine today seethes with religious and political-ethnic hate.

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Hail Chakrabarti, Boo Corbyn

Shami Chakrabarti’s inqury into Labour antisemitism has met with almost universal acclaim. Her (unexpected) stress on civil discourse – rather than allocating blame – has been welcomed. But the tenor of her report is not infectious as this selection of reactions shows: the snarling attacks on Corbyn, who is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t, continue and those who abhor this feel they must defend him, regardless.

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When I found Zionism was paranoia

Ray Filar grew up in a Zionist household imbibing all the arguments about Jews’ need for security. Then he discovered the reality of life for those Palestinian threats and saw Zionism as an obsession with ethnic purity.

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Persuading people that occupation is not normal

This interview with BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti reveals a man who is cautious, realistic and utterly opposed to letting the poison of personal attacks and any sort of racism enter the movement.

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New leader aims to turn ADL to progressive causes

For as long as JfJfP has been going the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) has been a belligerent pro-Israel, anti-Palestinian force – following its history as a spying aide for the FBI. Now with a new leader some hope it will change all that.

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Brexit is fight-back against global plutocracy

Americans begin to protest about how much they subsidise Israel as a British ‘precariat’ demands a nation-state that can defend them. Neo-liberalism is creating nativist fight-backs says Jonathan Cook, changing how Americans see their huge subsidy to Israel.

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EU’s antisemitism investigator relies on Israel lobby for latest rumours

The EU has had a ‘combatting antisemitism coordinator’ since last December. She seems to spend her time hanging out with pro-Israel organisations and lobbyists. Is she coordinating Israel’s defence on our money? There is also a coordinator for combatting Muslim-hatred which gets less attention.

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None of the ‘solutions’ brings equal power

Over the years those looking for peace between Palestinians and Israelis have come up with a 1-state, 2-states, and now a 2 in 1 state solutions. The merit of this last is that it recognises both parties have a strong attachment to the land. The problem, says Yuval Eylon, it will still leave Palestinians as the weaker partner.

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Shame on those Jews who support Brexit

Anshel Pfeffer: ‘Voting to close off Britain, to turn our backs on our brothers in Europe and our fellow refugees who not that long ago could have been us or our parents, is the most un-Jewish act imaginable.’

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IJV rebuts notion of ‘new antisemitism’

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The barrage of attacks on the Labour party as fostering antisemitism has led to this consequence: non-conformist Jewish groups have used evidence, energy and eloquence to rebut the charge, gaining in clarity in the process. This one from Independent Jewish Voices.

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Zionism is the bad solution to a bad problem

When did Jews begin to describe themselves as a ‘nation’? Probably at the time of the first Zionist Congress in 1897, given impetus by Woodrow Wilson’s 1918 ’14 principles’ which included ‘self-determination’. Zionism by then was the movement which defined Jews as a ‘nation’ with a right to self-determination. Robert Cohen returns to problems created for him by the so-called Chief Rabbi who elided Judaism, Jewish people and Israel as the same thing – and a liberal Rabbi who also refers to Jews’ unique right to ‘national self-determination’. What space does that leave for a Jew whose intellect tells him Judaism, Jewish people, Zionism and Israel are separate phenomena?

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Clash of civilisations in Jerusalem

For several years ‘Jerusalem Day’ has been a riot of ugliness and swagger. Now the more civil Jews in Jerusalem are fighting to save the city. Meanwhile, Ramadan has begun, a particularly rigorous observance during the longest days of the year.

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What singles out Israel is its lone pursuit of ethnic cleansing

Labour’s antisemitism row is nothing of the sort. It is, argues signatory Paul Keleman in Red Pepper, a weapon for protecting Israel against charges of settler colonialism. Most nations are born in violence – but most resolve rather than perpetuate it.

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Israeli arms sales to Europe doubled in 2015

If your biggest ‘security’ problem is a constant stream of refugees who do you turn to for protection? No, not the UN or World Develpment Movement but Israel. Who else has the kit and the systems to protect ur-Europe from a foreign swarm?

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Is this symbolic genocide?

If a people can no longer function effectively as a people do they no longer exist as a people – viz. genocide has been committed? Larry Derfner, formerly at +972, thinks the Palestinians have given up. There’s room for argument. specially about the role of the PNA.

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What Clinton will do for rich pro-Israel backers

This article by Phillip Weiss will not be as embarrassing for Hillary Clinton as it should be. Her strategy seems to be to schmooze the richest people (not all Jewish) and assure them that she will always put Israel’s interests first including preserving its monopoly of nuclear power in the region.

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Know the loss, shame, fear, hope

Two people who don’t fit their prescribed identities – Avraham Burg who wants to repeal the law of return and Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, a secular Palestinian – both with long histories in peace movements, explore what they may have in common.

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