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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

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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Silence the evidence of war crimes

Israel’s state prosecutor has taken Breaking the Silence, the organisation of former soldiers who cannot rest until they tell what they have seen and heard, has prosecuted BtS and an Israeli court has ruled BtS must name its informants. Under what law? Is this court abandoning law at the government’s whistle? Reports from BtS and two others.

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The officer who dared

On Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day (May 6th) the IDF’s deputy chief of staff, Yair Golan, did something extraordinary. He made a speech likening Israel’s current policies – and population – to the drivers and drifters of 1930s Europe’s descent into barbarism. Of course he has been cursed and condemned. But his speech,with his status, has brought heart to many.

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Breaking the rules on the Holocaust

It has been an unwritten rule, observed on this website, that lightly-made comparisons with the Holocaust are wrong. Uri Avnery, who was there while it was in the making, observed the same rule until now, when Maj. Gen Golan, broke it by making comparison to the making of a catastrophe. Cheers from Avnery.

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Regev muddles up Jews and Israeli nationals

In some of the more startling words of Mark Regev, formerly the voice of PM Netanyahu, the new ambassador to the UK confused the profound difference between Jews and Israeli citizens. He appears quite unaware of his mistake, Ben White reports.

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Drop the use of ‘Zionism’

‘Zionist’ is short-hand for many things. Different groups use the same word, with different meanings and moral positions. This much in Prof. Herman’s article is uncontentious. Ironically, the same could be said of her use of the term ‘the Left’ and ‘left-wing’ scholars’.

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Nakba Day, cue for focus on future plans

If Israel’s Independence Day is a moment of mourning for Palestinians, May 15, Naqba Day has become a thorn in the side of the Israeli government and a prompt to serious planning for a future Palestinian state.

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Where’s the row about Trump’s anti-Muslim hate speech?

To win an election D Trump has learned you have to find a great love for Israel and a great hatred of Muslims (it wasn’t hiding). This goes down especially well with white people in the southern states. Can Israel risk cultivating this new friend – even though his pro-Israel anti-Muslim stand has carried him into the establishment?

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The worse Israel behaves the more the charges of antisemitism are hurled

Step back from the commotion and ask, as Avi Shlaim and Gwyn Daniel do – why now? The entire western world has put all its money on the 2-state solution. But Israel won’t play. Let’s put up a smokescreen over that and run round shrieking ‘I spy antisemites.’

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In 2014 the mighty IDF failed to destroy a small, besieged group

A report from Israel’s State Comptroller on the conduct of the IDF and Cabinet during the 2014 attack on Gaza (OPE) is damning about both, leading to a cats’-fight amongst them about who failed to do what and why.

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Labour’s power-hungry creeps create so much harm

In two articles Jonathan Cook lays into the nameless, faceless Labour critics of Corbyn. They want a return of Blairite hegemony. They can’t get it. The members won’t vote for that – unless they believe their choice is an antisemite. Antisemitism seems the most damaging charge against the Left. Right-wing Labour critics, most of whom have never been known for any concern about antisemitism, have pushed and pushed the charge, hoping to destroy Corbyn and the small body of Muslim MPs. Where’s the Labour fight-back? Welcome Sadiq Khan.

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Q: Why doesn’t Israel become the 51st state?

A: Because then, it would only have two senators. Jamie Stern-Weiner checks with Prof Finkelstein whether what we at this website have been saying for a week – that Naz Shah reposted the ‘antisemitic’ map from his website – is true. Unequivocally yes. And only the humourless don’t see it’s a joke. Those who have drummed up the Labour antisemitism crisis, and all those who have fallen into step are, QED, humourless as well as cynical. In a rich interview, he defends Naz Shah describes his direct family experience of the Holocaust and deplores any cynical misuse of that.

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Today Labour sees Israel as on the wrong side of western colonialism

Anshel Pfeffer believes that “every few days for the last couple of months, a new name of a Labour activist who has been engaging [in antisemitism] emerged in the media”. Really? More plausibly he argues that Israel is seen as powerful and Jews as no longer an endangered minority.

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Labour should hold an open inquiry into antisemitism

The Palestine-Israel conflict has inflamed passions and made many want to support the underdog Palestinians writes MidEast expert Tony Klug. We should all reflect on the critical role Britain and Europe played in instigating the conflict in the first place and all refrain from feeding the poisonous atmosphere engulfing us. Palestinians and Israeli have to live together.

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Passover – remembering small enslaved nations

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At our table a small selection of items: warm greetings from JfJfP to signatories, friends and supporters; messages from Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human RIghts and Freedom Seder and links to other sites; a truncated article dissing the myth that matzah is eaten at passover to remind us that in the flight from Egypt there was no time to let the dough rise. Wrong.

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Bias against Palestinians not thought worthy of study

The best hope of Zionism was that it would cause antisemitism to wither in face of the strong Jewish state. The greatest vicitims of this Zionism are the Palestinians. With the fatal conflation of opposition to Jews, to Zionism and to Israel, the demon becomes the Palestinian – and anti-Palestinianism is rife says Jerry Haber, unremarked, condoned.

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Biden hopes Labour views again dominate in Knesset

There are many fissures behind the straight face of support that the US shows Israelis. These were on show at JStreet’s Gala when V-P Biden spoke of his frustration at Israeli settlements and refusal to talk – true of the PNA too. So what will US do?

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Ex-BBC TV chief tells Jews not to vote for Corbyn

How did 2 or 3 remarks by Labour members become “a string of party officials and members …outed for making disparaging remarks about Jews in public statements.” There is no evidence of significant antisemitism in Labour or of Corbyn ever having uttered an antisemitic remark. This is an attack on Labour by smear, allusion and hysterical exaggeration.

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New note in US primaries – Palestinian rights!

It is highly unusual for Israel to be the subject of a debate in an election let alone a primary contest. But here comes Sanders raising the question of why Clinton did not mention Palestine at AIPAC – or anywhere. Queen Hillary said she was occupied with her official job of bringing peace and keeping Israel secure.

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Only one face on the wall

With walls in every direction Palestinians have plenty of space for practising graffiti and portrait skills. Marwan Barghouti, serving five life sentences in Israeli gaols, is everywhere as a symbol of resistance and unity. He has just produced a new plan for fundamentally changing Palestine’s relations with Israel. Oslo isn’t working.

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