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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

One-state gains momentum- it’s universal

As many shrug off the 2-state solution – it depended on American backing which is no longer there, it produced no results for Palestinians – interest is turning to ideas of One state. Here we feature key statements in the arguments for and conferences on One Democratic State in Historic Palestine. We need to know the arguments even if we disagree.

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Mrs May’s IHRA used to silence critics of Israel

As was feared, Mrs May’s adoption of the IHRA definition of and guidelines on antisemitism as government policy is being used to silence pro-Palestinian activists. The government’s Prevent policy (against extremism) is being used for the same purpose. Several universities have already banned pro-Palestinian speakers and events. Defend free speech!

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Role of IDF: make its presence felt by Palestinians

Controlling what is not theirs has gone to the heads of Israeli politicians. Last year PM Cameron submissively instructed local councils not to support BDS. Now we learn from Yehuda Shaul that Bibi’s UK mission was not, as the media had it, all about Iran. He found time to ask her to prohibit British agencies from funding Breaking the Silence [no gov’t donations since 2013] and other troublesome NGOs. Here, BTS reveals how the IDF controls Hebron.

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Lawyers say calling for BDS is lawful

No European parliament has passed a law against campaigning for BDS but executive action has been taken in several countries – most harshly in France, by the Cabinet Office in the UK – to restrict or ban it. Why are the people denied freedoms of speech and assembly by such very undemocratic means?

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Hunting anti-Israel ‘bias’ on UK campuses

MoSA, Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs – which has been given the money for, and the task of combatting BDS activity among foreign students – seems to be funding a network of right-wing Israeli students who see their main job as being to defend all things Israeli, with violence if necessary. This report about UCL.

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Israel now divides Labour’s left from its right

The Labour Right’s pursuit of Jackie Walker is, says Tony Greenstein, an attempt to make Labour safe for Israel. Even if they have to make stuff up. To many, it seems demented, like chasing a will o’the wisp (a ‘foolish fire’ seen over swamps).

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It’s OK to be anti-Israel

And to support BDS, which will make Israel a better place for everyone. Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, sees JVP’S principle task of working with others to change the US attitude to Israel. In the process, JVP has created a new model for Jewish communal life.

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Israel organises against BDS

Despite the obdurate support for all Israeli governments by the US, there are many American Christians who find the contempt for Palestinians abhorrent. Bob Herbst is one of them and BDS is a way of saying that.

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When Israel is God all heretics must be banished

‘Knowledge of Jewish culture and traditions has been replaced in this country by a cheap form of religion which I call pro-Israelism’ writes Richard Silverstein in sorrow and in anger. It prompts one Jewish ‘leader’ to whip people into line with tales of rampant antisemitism.

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Security chiefs become lefties in office

Likud MK David Bitan has started a storm. JJ Goldberg picks it up. Bitan attacked security heads as becoming left-wing in office, ie pressing for 2 states. They see the political elite as stagnant and are organising to press this home .

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Persuading people that occupation is not normal

This interview with BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti reveals a man who is cautious, realistic and utterly opposed to letting the poison of personal attacks and any sort of racism enter the movement.

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Israel’s cyber-war against BDS

The BDS movement is causing serious anxiety in Israel’s ruling circles and they are throwing money at efforts to crush (‘neutralise’) it. The first target of Israeli cyber attacks is the Palestinian BDS HQ. The second is any website which supports BDS. It’s the loss of reputation as much as of sales that so disturbs them. Web agency Deflect analyse it.

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Bring sex crimes against children into the open

It’s taken a long time for judicial authorities in the west to acknowledge and act on sex crimes against children. In taboo-ridden Gaza it is striking that the fact has been aired – if only by an Israeli paper, though there is nothing in Ynet’s report to justify the term ‘epidemic’. Several Palestinian NGOs are onto the issue offering training and shelter for children already traumatised by bombing.

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Like talking to a brick wall

Roger Waters has been an active proponent of sanctions against Israel since 2006 because of the occupation. Supporters of Israel’s policies refuse to listen to the argument and call him an antisemite and a Nazi (always a sign the accuser has lost the argument). He says his fellow rock stars are so afraid of getting the same labels that they won’t speak up for Palestinians.

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Boycotting sports with Israel

Sean Jacobs and Aubrey Bloomfield ask why there is not a more active movement against playing games with Israel – especially football. The answer they come up with is the reluctance of Jibril Rajoub, now PFA head, to come up with such action.

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What the SPR doesn’t want to know

On behalf of the JfJfP executive Naomi Wayne engages in a lively debate with Prof. Perry, president of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). Well it’s not a debate. Wayne enunciates all the reasons why the SPR should not have chosen Jerusalem for its conference. Perry enunciates the society’s aims and values, which don’t include the wrongness of whitewashing the occupation.

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Israel in danger of losing the plot

As far as Israel is concerned, its needs, its foreign policy, its public persona all come down to one thing: security. And then along comes BDS and blows a hole in that shelter. Israel and its friends are desperate to reassert the security narrative and label the BDS movement as an antisemitic campaign aimed at destroying Israel.

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Palestinian women want to make the news

There are many issues in Palestinian society which affect only women, or affect them disproportionately. They are rarely the subject of public discussion. Women journalists in Gaza want change – and not more coverage of women ‘weeping and complaining’.

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Parliamentary debate on the illegal military detention, transfer and treatment of Palestinian children by Israel

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Sarah Champion MP calls on the UK government to establish a watch list of those involved in the illegal military detention, transfer and treatment of Palestinian children by Israel, and to make a commitment to arrest and prosecute them should they enter the UK.

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The unforgotten villages

As the French historian Ernst Renan famously pointed out a nation is made as much by what it forgets as what it chooses to remember. By razing Palestinian villages, the Israeli state has hoped Palestinian memory will be erased. Noga Kadman, in a book reviewed here, proves how wrong they were.

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