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.
_____________________

Action Alert – URGENT


Call on the UK government to act against Israel's incitement in East Jerusalem

The Thirsting for Justice campaign strives to achieve Palestinian rights to water.
Click here to support it


_____________________

Posts

‘You can’t reason with these people.’ ‘You said it’.

Amidst the American and Israeli outrage about Bibi’s plan to make a direct speech to the American Congress two weeks before the election, Al Jazeera’s Marwan Bishara kept his head and transcribed the conversation he imagines the two leaders had.

Print Friendly

In the marketing of history, the Holocaust has become a super-brand

Anshel Pfeffer welcomes the place the holocaust has gained in common knowledge. But the corollary of its being publicised as a human tragedy is that it has become a phenomenon that Jews can no longer hug to themselves as their own peculiar history.

Print Friendly

You stay in France, we’ll crack down on Islamists’ speech

President Hollande has offered a contract to French Jews: they stay at home in France, the state will crack-down on Islamist freedom of speech. This is not done in the name of curtailing hate-speech but in terms of security. But he snubbed Netanyahu’s opportunistic invitation to all French Jews to move to safe Israel by saying this would be a victory for terrorism. Plus the 2012 Palestinian statement against antisemitism and all forms of bigotry and racism.

Print Friendly

If the issue is security, Bibi will win

PM Netanyahu has been doing all he can to make Israelis feel they are in danger – Hamas is like ruthless Islamic State, if Israel is a ‘beacon’, that can only be because it’s in a dark and barbarous region, no Israeli is safe from the ‘lone wolf’ attack etc. It is on these assumptions, spoken and implicit, that Bibi is basing his electoral campaign.

Print Friendly

What happens when you treat all Arabs as savages

Setting his argument in the context of rampaging capitalism and imperialism Sid Shniad says western interests created , and still sustain, the gulf between ‘civilisation’ (USA, Europe, Japan, Israel) and ‘barbarism’ – all those who resist, with or without violence, that ‘civilisation’.

Print Friendly

Orthodox Jews in UK are just too orthodox

Newly arrived from the US, Sara Hirschhorn find British Jews (by which she means Orthodox Jewry) too submissive and too sectarian. She thinks that their anxiety to conform and to ostracise the ‘wrong’ Jews contributes to antisemitism.

Print Friendly

Heads they lose, tails they lose; property tax trumps the law

Jonathan Cook examines a legal property dispute – settlers build a synagogue on Palestinian land. The court rules in favour of the Palestinians – at which point the Israelis charge them an unpayable amount of property tax. Bureaucracy is again the winner.

Print Friendly

Israelis should learn the rules of the ICC

PM Netanyahu has decided that the best response to the decision by the ICC to open a ‘preliminary inquiry’ into Israel is to use all means to delegitimise the court to boost his standing before the election (also post below). Any next step by the ICC will make either the USA and allies, or Arab states angry.

Print Friendly

Lobbyists aim to crush diplomatic intifada

The outrage being organised by Netanyahu and expressed by Republicans, especially, in Congress at the effrontery of the PNA’s application to the ICC seems quite disproportionate. An unsympathetic comment from Douglas Bloomfield.

Print Friendly

Would British Jews pass the Pickles & May loyalty test?

In modern times, Jews are the favourite minority of the British government (getting extra money for security from successive Conservative Education Minister and Home Secretary. In earlier times, Jews’ questionable loyalty to states other than Israel and their insistence on separate education and living space primed the antisemitic charge.

Print Friendly

Mike Marqusee

We are sorry to be posting the obituary of Mike Marqusee, long-time signatory of JfJfP, even longer a socialist and a cricket lover since he settled in England. His political memoir, If I am not for myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew, has been widely praised, especially for his insight into those who are Progressive Except for Palestine.

Print Friendly

Stoking or calming fears of British Jews

British Jews

Incidents of antisemitism in the UK are low. The spike in incidents last summer recorded by the CST meant they were still low. In whose interest is it to exaggerate the threat to the safety of Jews living here? 1) the pro-Israel establishment who insist Israel is the only safe haven; 2) those whose Jewish identity is as the persecuted. Of course there is antisemitism in Britain – but stereotypes (and every social / ethnic group has a stereotype attached) should not be conflated with hostility. And as Anshel Pfeffer points out, to claim that UK antisemitism today is like the 1930s is simply hysterical.

Print Friendly

Those who think they have the right to kill and punish

Nothing excuses mass – or individual – killings in the name of Islam, and this post is not intended to. But as regular readers know, the most provocative acts carried out in Israel are the acts of Jewish youth – ‘price-tag graffiti’ and desecration of mosques. In the USA, the usual killers of young white people are other young white people. What ideology is to blame? And, says Gideon Levy, it was not a Muslim who sent him a chilling (and pompous) death threat.

Print Friendly

We need wise speech, not free speech

Of course, speech cannot be restricted so only words of wisdom are spoken. The jihadists themselves like ‘spectaculars’ and maximum publicity.. But as we know, there are already legal restrictions on what can be published in the name of civic courtesy. There is no consensus on how to bring about the rule of civic courtesy.

Print Friendly

Arab parties struggle to represent all

Palestinian leaders agree on the need to unify to gain the maximum presence and strongest voice possible in the Knesset. But as Palestinians in Israel are not a homogenous community , how are all groups to be represented through a single voice?

Print Friendly

Neither Arab nor Jewish jingoism

The headline should really read ‘neither Israeli nor Palestinian’ but the phrase is too long. It refers to the decision by the distinguished former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg to join Hadash – one of the few parties to include Arabs and Jews. (He has been duly reviled in Israel for his decision). Likud is spawning break-aways like an Arctic icefield – or a far-left group. Predictions are for more far-right successes.

Print Friendly

The ‘terrorists’ who want to be governed by international law

In distinctive ironic style, Robert Fisk mocks the PNA for applying to the ICC and thus to be accountable to for any breaches of international law. The USA and Israel have both squealed effrontery at this effrontery – but as neither of these countries has signed up the ICC, it looks as though the Palestinians are occupying the higher moral ground.

Print Friendly

Greatest concern in US about Israel is human rights

The dwindling of the ‘Israel right or wrong’ position that was once dominant in the US has received much comment in recent years. Ben White charts the shift by examining a variety of opinion polls discovering that human rights is a greater concern than Israel’s security.

Print Friendly

To hide Israel’s discrimination or declare it?

The Israeli state has been practising clear policies of discrimination and prejudice against Palestinians for decades. The proposed Basic Law would make this explicit and beyond internal judicial challenge. Jerry Haber makes his views known to the NY Times.

Print Friendly

Publicise Palestinian plight

Daoud Kuttab, writing here about the international ignorance about and lack of interest in the daily plight of Palestinians is more pessimistic than Ramzy Baroud below; but agrees it’s not the occasional sensational massacre that crushes Palestinians but the enormous , impenetrable bureaucracy of control .

Print Friendly