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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

Shameless lies by US Zionists

This is an extraordinary story by Tom Pessah in +972 in which, in order to demonise Palestinians – who wanted to celebrate their culture in a Californian town – Zionists and know-nothings simply make things up. You couldn’t make it up.

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For diverse voices in Hebrew, come to diaspora

The virtual walls have gone up round Israel. Young Israelis who want to write freely in their own language often choose to emigrate – favourite destination Berlin. As a result, says Mati Shemoelof, these Hebrew writers are creating a new, cosmopolitan culture that challenges the patriotism and ethnocentricity which diminish Israeli culture.

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A new trade union for a new Israel

WAC-MAAN is a sort of trade union, its role enhanced to meet the peculiar conditions for workers divided by Israeli apartheid. It organises Arabs and Jews, it organises in the settlements, it sees itself as part of the regional move towards a democratic civil society that began with the 2011 Arab Spring. From In These Times.

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‘Jewish zealotry unleashed on the world’

Richard Silverstein on how messianic Jews’ dream of rebuilding the Temple on the Al Aqsa compound will have catastrophic results. One of the 3rd Temple zealots is now deputy defence minister – Eli Dahan, working with unsavoury allies.

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Free speech and civil speech

The emphasis on civil discourse by Shami Chakrabarti in her report is a proper rebuke to all sides. Comments on pieces about Israel/Palestine descend more quickly into abuse than on any other issue. The complaint from pro-Israeli Sue-Ann Levy that she is denied free speech – from the second word in you know it’s not going to be civil – is a bit rich coming from someone with a regular press column. And since when is arguing for Palestinian rights the same as baby-bashing?

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Jewish establishment ignores racist harms done to non-Jews

Mike Cushman in the FSoI blog writes a sharp critique of those who used Chakrabarti’s report and the launch event merely to attack Jeremy Corbyn. They ignored her evidence on a wider racism because, of course, only Jews have ever suffered.

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Wrapped up in the Jewish self

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In a cutting critique of a new report What’s changed about Being Jewish in Scotland, Robert Cohen argues that UK Jews focus on small incidents of hurt to themselves while ignoring the large harm being done to Palestinians in the name of all who are loyal to the Israeli state.

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Division defeats national hopes

Accounts of the desire to create a unified Palestinian leadership provide the underlying commentary on the weakness of Palestinian politics – where ‘democracy’ is seen as a means of control. Ramzy Baroud, more in weary sorrow than in anger.

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CAA: how does this charity actually campaign against antisemitism?

The Campaign Against Antisemitism is very keen be seen as the UK’s leading body on defining, monitoring and combatting antisemitism. It is very keen NOT to be seen as a pro-Israel lobby group – though they have left a long trail behind – lest that jeopardise its charitable status. Can those claims stand up?

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ISIL murder of French priests galvanises Catholics

If the aim of ISIL is to get maximum publicity for barbaric acts, they succeeded when acolytes cut the throat of the gentle French priest Jacques Hamel. Could the Catholic church be the first body to challenge ISIL morally – and win back French people to Catholic Christianity?

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Small pleasures in Gaza City

This is about the defiant optimism of one Palestinian developer and young middle-class people in Gaza City (sea, sun and fun). The two curses, the Israeli siege plus three lethal assaults and the ineffective Palestinian leadership plus Hamas aggression are acknowledged.

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Palestine and Brexit

Reasons to be cheerful: Ilan Pappe and Ramzy Baroud examine the causes for the Brexit vote and speculate on its effects – which include the loss of the UK from the US-Israel security nexus and of Israel’s voice in the EU and a stand against neoliberal policies.

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Know-nothings sent to teach kids at Jewish summer camp

Sayed Kashua is invited to speak at a Jewish summer school and is pleased to find an open and appreciative audience. Then the Jewish ‘emissaries’ stepped in revealing a stunning lack of knowledge about actuality, from the Nakba to a belief that Arabs kill Jews ‘all the time’.

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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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