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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

Jewish ‘leaders’ are local sub-contractors for Israeli propaganda

For the first time in Israel’s history the consensus of support in the UK for the new state has broken writes Robert A.H. Cohen. Despite – or perhaps because of – the slick propaganda for Israel which the Jewish establishment transmits it is the Palestinians who have won popular support among younger generations.

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NIBS-Antisemitism and Struggle for Justice

Plus Facebook translated a Palestinian posting ‘Good Morning’ in Arabic as “attack them” in Hebrew and “hurt them” in English; Peace Now protest tour in Hebron, Britain’s broken promise, time for a new approach (meeting); IJV film on Balfour legacy, Women Wage Peace march, Fathom special issue on Balfour, National march November 4th

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A woman on the margins

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It was news to me, postings editor, that JfJfP was set up by feminists but when you think how many Jewish women were at the forefront of women’s liberation and how many women maintained the links made then it’s not surprising. Miki David, founding signatory, describes how JfJfP became a home for her. To have read the unedited interview you would have needed a map and a history book so widely did her family move about, encompassing many violent events.

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84 words that killed Palestinian aspiration

What did Weizmann offer the British in 1917 in return for their ‘favour’ towards a Jewish home in Palestine? After the 1947-8 war the commitment ‘nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities’ was dead. Ramzy Baroud says the Declaration was ‘equivalent to a decree calling for the annihilation of the Palestinian people’ and yet they survive.

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I took part in a cruel occupation

When doing her military service Frima (Merphie) Bubis realised that she was enforcing a cruel occupation. She uses the story of Jonah’s role in getting the people of Nineveh to repent as an allegory of the need to face up to wrong-doing and for Israeli Jews to repent .

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Lies, lies, lies

Jamie Stern-Weiner stays on his feet to document the hurricane of hysteria about left-wing antisemitism at the Labour conference which is blowing away much of the British press. The accusers never check their facts. JSW does the ‘laborious’ work of checking his.

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The plot to infiltrate UK: exposé not antisemitic

In a 70 page document Ofcom, the press regulator, dismissed all complaints that the Al Jazeera series The Lobby was unfair, invasive of privacy or antisemitic. Articles from Al Jazeera and UK Press Gazette.

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Chemical bond of Trump and Bibi repels many

Trump came to power on a raft of promises which he has been unable to keep – like moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. The US’s liberal Jews are dismayed that Bibi so quickly embraced the President despite his antisemitic, anti-immigrant following. But the Israeli right is getting testy about the delay in moving the embassy.

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Hamas pushes Abbas out in the cold

Since Hamas was created 30 years ago it has been treated as a pariah state-let by most other states. Yet now, writes Jonathan Cook, as it pushes for reconciliation as a way out of its isolation, Hamas seems a better voice for Palestine than the enfeebled and itself isolated Fatah under the Abbas leadership.

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The international volunteer olive tree brigade

Israeli police ignore the attacks made by settlers on Palestinian olive trees, digging up new saplings, chopping down mature trees. But with the increase in volunteers for the harvest, and help from the PLO and the UK’s FCO, attacks have gone down, this no thanks to Israel’s forces of law and order.

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Worshipping St. Balfour is profane

To treat the Balfour declaration as holy writ, to be honoured and unquestioned is, like PM May, to be compliant in the dispossession of the Arabs living in Palestine writes Robert Cohen. The modern trawl for Judaic vindication of Israeli domination of the land is the invention of a fake tradition.

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The deep genocidal side of Orthodox studies

An ornery young Israeli Yossi Gurvitz was sent to yeshiva schools which aimed to create the next religious élite. His studies (mostly of the Talmud) told him nothing of history, of other places and people though told him more than he wanted to know about sacred genocides.

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No policy? Make up what you fancy

David Friedman was Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer – a big job for his 6-times bankrupt friend and the funder/nursemaid of an illegal settlement near Ramallah. No matter than he has no diplomatic experience; Trump et al have no policy for him to promote.

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Jewish activist takes on Manchester uni

Mike Cushman, JfJfP signatory and signed up to a number of radical Jewish campaigns, goes into battle against The Vice-Chancellor for her ruling that a meeting to be addressed by Holocaust survivor Marika Sherwood should be closed to the public and not advertised as “You’re doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to me”. While many disagree with the Nazi/Israel comparison that is something to be argued about not censored – after a visit by an Israeli embassy envoy.

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Forcing Jews into a nation

A forgotten dissident Jew, Moshe Menuhin, is acclaimed in Mondoweiss. “It is a mystery why Menuhin’s scholarship is not prominently celebrated as a pioneering work in the canons of Jewish and Zionist history.” His religion was “Prophetic Judaism – universal and ethical”.

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Keep inflammatory journalists OUT

A local protest is made into a national scandal by journalists. Hence the new ruling by IDF Brig-Gen that journalists should be barred from scenes of conflict because they will inflame what otherwise might be hidden.

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Israeli and Palestinian regimes join to crush Palestinian critics

Ali Abuminah, renowned writer on Palestinian affairs, gives an interview to Real News in which he condemns the co-operation between Israel and PNA security on trying to silence all Palestinian dissidents.

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Between Jews and other Arabs

Mohammed Amin, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, discusses what Israeli Arabs gain and lose. He will be speaking at a panel discussion on Forgotten Israelis (see NIBS). Like Tony Klug, he says ‘Ultimately peace depends upon both sides understanding each other’s historical narratives.’

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Breaking the image

Hamoud’s film about young Palestinians in Tel Aviv is iconoclastic. Instead of the stout woman in ‘modest’ hijab and abaya we see girls in jeans, hair flowing free. It’s the underground culture of every big city. The West, she says, wants to feel superior but it’s not true.

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Mass arrest of Palestinian legislators

About 40 of the 132 member Palestinian Legislative Council have recently been arrested by the IOF and put into administrative detention – a military, not judicial, process. As they are not charged, the assumption is the detainees are thought to have links to any of the organisations which Israel has dubbed illegal. Britain’s FCO did not answer Lady Tonge’s question about this but did repeat its judgement that Israel makes ‘excessive’ use of this extra-judicial process.

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