Website policy


We provide links to articles we think will be of interest to our supporters, informing them of issues, events, debates and the wider context of the conflict. We are sympathetic to much of the content of what we post, but not to everything. The fact that something has been linked to here does not necessarily mean that we endorse the views expressed in it.
_____________________

Freedom Theatre UK tour


Performances in:
Birmingham, Colchester, Frome, Glasgow, Halesworth, Hastings, London, Leeds, Manchester & Nottingham.

Booking details here. _____________________

JfJfP comments


2015:

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

_____________________

Posts

Palestine at FIFA, Update

Despite the dramatic events on the eve of FIFA’s Zurich Congress, the agenda will be followed at the Congress and the Palestine Football Association will put their resolution. But this may not have the impact they hoped for given the media’s focus on the arrests of nine FIFA offficials and background stories on FIFA corruption.

Print Friendly

Hard lines for Palestinian women journalists

Like male Palestinian journalists, women – who make up a third of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate – are subject to assaults by Israeli army and police who don’t want their actions recorded. Such assaults leapt in number last year. Palestinian authorities are no more welcoming of critical reporters, but under their aegis women journalists are subject to sexist abuse and threats, which remain beyond the law.

Print Friendly

God save Israel – Israelis won’t

Uri Avnery casts a despairing, but ever keen, eye over Netanyahu’s new government. He had not expected it to produce peace with Palestinians but he had hoped it would treasure democracy. There is little hope of that.

Print Friendly

Jewish land trumps Jewish God

JFJFP-Sig-Blog-logo-for-webpage

On the momentous festival of Shavout, when God handed down the 10 commandments to Moses, Robert Cohen asks why and when the state of Israel replaced God as the centre of Jewish identity and loyalty. His own critique of Israeli (unJudaic) oppression of another tribe has drawn huge hostility and accusations of treachery. Nationalism has swamped religion and ethics reducing Jewish identity to loyalty to a state.

Print Friendly

Antisemitism fairly constant across time and countries

It is said so often that antisemitism is rising in Europe that it seems to have become the new commonsense – of course it’s going up, look at all those Jew-hating Muslims. And ‘Palestinianism’ has become dominant making anti-Israelism the new antisemitism said Prof. Wistrich. Yet a careful analysis of the data by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research shows this is not so, though there some anomalies. High antisemitism in Poland, Russia and Spain, more antisemitic attacks recorded in the UK than in France, with its much larger Jewish population. It is clear that current methods of recording and evaluating antisemitism leaves much to be desired say the authors. Meanwhile some Jewish bodies act on the assumption of rising antisemitism with no base of evidence.

Print Friendly

How to be a MidEast expert: omit Palestine

You may not have heard of Scott Walker, Republican governor of Wisconsin, who is known in his state for his anti-trade union policies. We repost this comment on his visit to Israel because it could be about anyone who needs to be a friend of Israel and needs not to know about Palestinians.

Print Friendly

Obama: Palestinians deserve an end to the occupation

Peace between Israel and Palestine is in the national security interest of the US says President Obama in this exclusive and sympathetic interview with Asharq Al-Awsat. He speaks of the ‘daily indignities’ of Palestinian life under the occupation and the tragedy of lives lost in the Mediterranean sea. He is strong on empathy, vague on how this goodwill can be put into effect.

Print Friendly

American-Jewish right high on rape and murder fantasies

You would think, if you read multi-billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s Israel HaYom, that Israel was a frail little state teetering on the edge of extinction by the mighty armed forces of Palestine. Living in a delusional world is the kindest thing one can say from his paper’s response to the Vatican’s recognition of Palestine. More unkindly, you might see a very sick imagination. Bradley Burston thinks they’re making it up.

Print Friendly

Praise the Pope for promoting Palestinians

The Pope’s friendly and respectful treatment of President Abbas has not gone down well with the Israeli government, for whom Abbas is either a cunning terrorist or a servile simpleton. In the normal world, the Vatican treaty with Palestine, confirming its recognition of Palestine as a state, has been a godsend and its first canonisation of two Palestinian women has done much to strengthen the status of Christians in Palestine. Despite the international status of the Vatican, it is seen as another move in the European move towards refusing to play the Israeli negotiations game.

Print Friendly

Israelis who harm Palestinians get away with it

A theme this week, continued from last week, is the shambolic inability of Israel’s judicial system to manage even an approximation of judicial fairness. A report from Yesh Din gives accounts of some of the criminal harms done to Palestinians – and the failure (refusal) of police or courts to hold the Israeli offenders to account. Due process does not operate in the land of martial law.

Print Friendly

Rabbi who sees Palestinians as ‘animals’ put in charge of their lives

Try “being a Palestinian in the West Bank, where the man in charge of administering your day-to-day life doesn’t even see you as a human being”. The man with these views, Jewish Home MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, has been appointed as the head of Civil Administration in the oPt. What hope for justice?

Print Friendly

Preposterous proposal to make Canadian boycotters criminals

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper is well-known as an Israeli groupie. Even Israelis will be surprised at his desire to introduce a law making boycott of Israeli goods an antisemitic hate crime. Robert Fisk asks if he would prefer critics of Israeli policies not to use such a peaceful means of protest and advocacy for Palestinian rights.

Print Friendly

Living in metal shipping containers

In winter they are freezing, in summer sweltering – life in a shipping container is never easy, but when whole families have to squeeze into them, enduring temperatures that range from 8º to 30º C, life for the homeless in Gaza becomes insufferable. As families leave their relatives’ overcrowded homes and schools return to educational use, a metal box may be the only thing left.

Print Friendly

First rule of war: men fight, women weep

grieving woman beit hanoun

In both Israel and Palestine the male soldier epitomises the heroic defence of homeland against annihilation. He is the most revered figure – at the expense of the lives, aspiration and needs of women and girls. UNSRC resolution 1325 (2000) acknowledges the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on them. It calls for the adoption of a gender perspective to consider the special needs of women and girls during conflict, repatriation and resettlement, rehabilitation, reintegration and post-conflict reconstruction. The group 1325 Israel exists to make this a reality – though there are tremendous obstacles against them realising this ambition.

Print Friendly

Image of High Court upholding human rights against Knesset is a sham

The notion that Israel’s High Court upholds laws protecting human rights and freedom of expression is essential to Israel’s self-presentation as the only country in the Middle East with a government that acts under the rule of law. No, says Amjad Iraqi of Adalah. The record shows that it usually backs up anti-left and anti-Palestinians laws. It only diverges from its pro-government position when it needs to rescue Israel from international shame.

Print Friendly

For social justice, not Israel, should be the Jewish way to vote

Ha’aretz has published so many articles and comments on the UK election that this posting carries several articles from this source alone. Some focus on whether Ed Miliband is Jewish enough, or the right sort of Jew, some on what should determine how Jews should vote in the UK (in any country?).

Print Friendly

Life of a salesman

When Netanyahu lost the election after his first premiership, crowds exulted. It had been a ‘total catastrophe’. Now he has perfected his salesman’s patter (different products for home and US audiences) and displayed his affinity with the far right, today’s Israel can’t get enough of him. Uri Avnery looks at how Netanyahu became what he is. Or perhaps isn’t.

Print Friendly

If not now, when?

March In Ramallah Takes Place To Mark 66 Years Of The Israeli Occupation Of The West Bank

Mahmoud Abbas has chosen now to write a succinct Op-Ed on why now is the time. For Palestinians it’s now because of the referral to the International Criminal Court. By enclosing the Palestinian demand for statehood tightly within a framework of international law he hopes, at the least, to wrong-foot those who oppose the demand. Gershon Baskin comments on Abbas’ argument. He believes that disputed issues can be resolved, if the negotiations are conducted in secret.

Print Friendly

Mayor on mission to erase Arab life in Nazareth-on-the-hill

upper-nazareth

Shimon Gapso, the mayor of Upper Nazareth campaigns as a racist (it increases the Jewish vote for him), refused to build a school for the 2000 Arab children of Upper Nazareth, provides no municipal services for Arabic speakers, is building a new neighbourhood for Orthodox Jewish families only, expecting the women to bear a lot of new Jews, and in brief is devoting all his mayoral energy to ensuring the Palestinian population of Upper Nazareth is as small and weak as possible. Jonathan Cook reports on his neighbour up the hill.

Print Friendly

Multiple efforts to get Hamas-Israel talks

gaza airport1

Zvi Barel picks up whispers of indirect Hamas/Israel talks being effected by a variety of intermediaries. The most that can be hoped for is a longer ceasefire and an easing of the siege Israel enforces on Gaza. However, Palestinians’ access to the outside world via air or sea ports is not on the cards. Israeli claims they have left Gaza and exert no control over the Strip are obvious lies.

Print Friendly