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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

Hamas in urgent need of new patron

Hostile neighbours can only punish Hamas by punishing the people in Gaza. Israel, the PA and Egypt all know this. So many in Gaza look to Mohammed Dahlan, billionaire challenger to Abbas, to ease their situation.

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Must peace come from the people?

By a very small margin the majority of Palestinians want a peaceful settlement with Israel recent opinion polls show. Whether or not this matters depends on the conditions and how it is presented by any leaders who make a peace deal. In the Washington Post Norrin Ripsman analyses when and how peace deals can be made from on top.

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Insults not arguments

It is striking that those who defend Israel by saying all critics are antisemitic never put the argument that settlements promote human rights and are made in Israel’s justifiable national interest. Should that not be what Danny Danon is doing at the UN instead of presenting his country as the victim of other countries’ mindless prejudice?

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A Palestine-Israel federation:5.0

Contrary to Tony Klug (post below) Uri Avnery says the Jewish Israeli-Palestinian antagonism goes back to 1882. The idea of a Semitic Federation has been mooted several times as the political mirror of the two peoples. Does it still have currency?

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Arab-Jew hatred is founded on the Occupation

The strongest antisemitism today is found among the victims of Israeli power who often refer simply to ‘the Jews’ as the cause of their penury. Hatred of Muslims strong among many Jews but more widespread. Tony Klug looks at the recent of rise of hostility between them – those who defend Israel’s occupation have a lot to answer for.

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US leaves MidEast to itself – or to China

Robert Springborg details the ‘end of empire’, withdrawal of American power – hard and soft – from the MidEast and asks whether suzerainty will pass to Russia or China, or to a chaos of local actors.

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The abandoned masses

Palestinian nationalism was a popular force which tied people and leaders together. That bond is broken in the West Bank and Gaza. With no political leadership there or, says Noam Sheizaf, in Israel, the region is ‘a pressure cooker’ of conflicting aims.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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No doubt about what took up most media time in many countries this last week August 14th -20th, 2017: it was Pres. Trump’s failure to name those drawn to the Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ rally for what they are. Far right, white, provocateurs spoiling for a battle, the street fighters of a movement to rehabilitate the […]

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Crash! I’m devoted to Israel and to modernity

Seth Anziska, in this talk to the Wexler Institute, wrestles with his commitment to the Jewish tribe and Israel and to modern liberal values, in particular the rights of Palestinians.

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All aboard for a new Likud

Around 10,000 Israelis have joined Likud recently in a ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ strategy. Party members have sufficient power, in voting for a party list before elections for instance, to make entryism worthwhile. But they are being purged as the enemy within.

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FACTS, says Trump, are what I want. He doesn’t like the ones he’s seen

The POTUS waits for facts when all media channels are showing factual video of white men, decked out in mystic and military regalia bullying the protesters at the Unite the Right rally . It’s a fact that neo-Nazi Richard Spencer said Jews would understand him because they wanted to do for Jews what he wanted to do for white people. Well not those fake facts – real ones like the ‘alt-Left’ stopping the return of the USA to its status as the greatest country in the world.

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Don’t put your hope in the Jewish Kushners

It is doubtful if Jared Kushner knew that many American Jews who wanted a change in the Israeli status quo were looking to him to nudge Trump away from his cohort of white nationalists and antisemites. Those who know the son-in-law say he was never a champion of human rights. He’s a wheeler-dealer in property and investments – many of them in Israel.

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We must speak the truth, to ourselves first

Hagai El Ad has been active in defending and pursuing human rights all his adult life. The B’Tselem director insists that describing reality as it is – a cruel occupation – is the first step to swaying public opinion.

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Shout for the stolen babies

The whispered, then proven, crime of taking Mizrahi babies and infants for adoption by ‘proper’ Jews appears to Amira Hass as the epitome of a necessary struggle for truth and justice and against the arrogance of a ruling elite– as is also true of the Palestinian struggle.

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Orthodox Jews in the US stay silent on white supremacy

The Council on American-Islamic Relations managed it, so too did most Christian and reform Jewish bodies; even Mrs May had a go. Orthodox Jewry remained silent on Unite the Right jamboree seeming to think if Jews are not the victims it’s not worth bothering about.

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How the JNF goes about getting land

The Jewish National Fund, est. 1901 to ‘reclaim’ land in Palestine for Jewish immigrants is a non-profit company. As a large landholder it in fact acts as an arm of the Israeli state funded by overseas Jews. Here, Peace Now is highly critical of its methods of acquiring land. Peace Now

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Open space for white supremacists

America’s far right is ebullient. It’s getting more media coverage than it has in years. The lack of BAME persons in the counter-protests suggests it might be succeeding in its aim of terrorising black, brown, Muslim people. And the Forward’s Nathan Guttman finds out it is anti-semitic as part of its overall racism.

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Ban boycotts, ban free speech

Trade figures show that the BDS is having an imperceptible effect on the Israeli economy. So why are Israel, many American states, and, here, the US Congress taking such effortful risks to try to outlaw the practice and proposals of boycott while the same people support a harsh boycott of Russia?

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EU funding for Israeli military

Before two preposterous leaders, Pres. Trump and N. Korea’s ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim Jong-un began their bluster war, the prevailing mode of 21st century war was what Jeff Halper called ‘pacification’ – military plus to keep a people passive without annihilating them. This they sold to other governments with restive populations, tried and tested on the Palestinians. So the discovery that Elbit systems, nominally a private company, has been handsomely rewarded by the EU through its 2020 Horizon programme is not surprising. We know this thanks to a few diligent MEPs, not one of them British.

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Is non-violence a new, hopeful model?

Palestine Monitor interviews Mustafa Barghouti about the peaceful mass protest outside Al Aqsa. He disagrees with those who saw it as a wholly religious initiative as secular people were alongside the religious – achieving a unique unity. He believes it lifted the dead feelings of depression and hopelessness, that it worked and hopes it will spread as the mode of resistance. It depends on the party factions….

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