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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

NIBS-Balfour, Britain’s broken promise

Plus IJV film on Balfour legacy, Women Wage Peace march, Fathom special issue on Balfour, Updates on Hamas Fatah reconciliation talks, National march November 4th

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The international volunteer olive tree brigade

Israeli police ignore the attacks made by settlers on Palestinian olive trees, digging up new saplings, chopping down mature trees. But with the increase in volunteers for the harvest, and help from the PLO and the UK’s FCO, attacks have gone down, this no thanks to Israel’s forces of law and order.

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Please – stand by us Arab Christians

A coalition of Christian organizations in Palestine – also speaking for ‘persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria’ – write an open letter to the World Council of Churches asking for urgent support; ‘We are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse’. For some reason, the BoD chose to attack them. The task is allotted to someone whose blog and letter so jostle with insults, and spurious ‘facts’, the citing of pogroms and persecution, that her argument is not taken seriously by the Methodists whom she addresses.

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Against Aipac’s attempt to criminalise campaigning for Palestinian rights

In the US a draconian bill, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, is before Congress. It threatens individuals and businesses who actively participate in boycott campaigns in support of Palestinian rights conducted by international governmental organisations with up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. Roger Waters of Pink Floyd argues strongly against it in the pages of the New York Times.

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Singling out Israel? Yes – calling on it to behave like other democratic states

Israel’s best-kept open secret is its possession of nuclear weapons. Mordechai Vanunu, who revealed their existence publicly in 1986, is still being hounded for that by the Israeli state. Now 100 citizens have gone to the Israeli High Court calling for it to intervene and regulate the status of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission.

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A call to diaspora Jews

SISO, Save Israel, Stop the Occupation, is a call from Israeli to Diapora Jews to speak out. As the High Holy Days approach, SISO has issued a sourcebook of collected materials to encourage reflection, acknowledgement and collective repentance regarding Israel’s continued rule over the Palestinians.

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UN Human Rights Council is proposing to blacklist settlement-friendly firms

A United Nations blacklist of companies operating in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights includes some of the biggest firms in Israeli industry as well as some household names in the US. The US government is doing its level best to prevent publication.

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The Gaza ghetto

Gaza is already ‘unliveable’ causing illness, death and immiseration. If the authorities – Hamas, Israel, the PA – could accept their responsibility it might have a hope. At the moment, NGOs are proving the basics which ANY responsible regime should ensure. Save the Children is featured here for its work with children, the first to suffer from adult obduracy.

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False claims by Know-Nothings

Jerry Haber of Magnes Zionist does what should all do – check the links which allegedly provide the evidence for controversial assertions. He found that an article by Jarrod Tanny in Tablet magazine attacking Jewish Voice for Peace and ‘left-wing antisemitism’ had many links not one of which supported his assertions.

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Hypochondriacal Israel

Remarkably for an American newspaper the LA Times posts an editorial calling the ban on visits by all supporters of BDS ‘disappointing’ . As Netanyahu et al have blasted nearly all criticisms as causing damage and hurt to the country, a growing number of Jews are no longer heeding their cry of pain.

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Stone-worship gone mad

Opinion is divided on the anger of American Jews, especially the women, on PM Netanyahu’s abandonment of his promise to push through egalitarian prayer arrangements at the Western Wall. Yes, but link the protest to other forms of Israeli inequality. No, it is obscene that this should be the primary concern of American Jews who are silent about the treatment meted out to Palestinians.

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London Palestine expo libelled by Israel loyalists

Palestine Expo 2017, a display of Palestinian culture, is at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London on 8-9 July. This is driving the right, led by the Gatestone Institute and its wealthy founder Nina Rosenwald, wild. For them, the only meaning of Palestinian is barbaric and they are doing what they can to damn the exhibition. Show them wrong.

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Balfour100: celebrate the ‘wrong sort of Jew’

The Balfour centenary is being treated by the Jewish establishment and, of course, Mrs May as the occasion for mass festivities. That will exclude many Jews and Palestine supporters. But, says Robert Cohen, the Amos Trust has organised a long walk to Jerusalem under the slogan ‘Equal rights for all who call the Holy Land home.’

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Over 60 Birzeit students held in Israeli prisons for political reasons

Students suspect that Israeli and Palestinian authorities co-operate in keeping politically active students behind bars. To Israel they are terrorists in waiting, and to the PNA they are traitors. Support the campaign.

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We must join new groups outside our comfort zones

Haredi journalist Eli Bitan steps into a left-wing rally against 50 years of an ‘enormous, never-ending injustice’ and pleads with all to join against the divisions and lies enforced by the settler Right.

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Starving for dignity

The hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners continues. They are merely demanding that conditions for prisoners follow the rules for all prisoners. The fact that they have to starve to get these normal rights tells you what you need to know about Israeli prisons.

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Palestinian hunger Strikers – an update

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Around 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons have entered their second month of a hunger strike over conditions and medical rights. Their demands include better and consistent access to healthcare; more liberal family visit policies; and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention.

Added to them now are demands for proper access to adequate medical treatment for those on hunger strike. Palestinian and Israeli human rights organisations – Addameer, Adalah, the Arab Association for Human Rights and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel – issued a joint statment last week urging Israel to “cease its ongoing, systematic human rights violations against the hunger-strikers”.

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Red Card for Israeli Football delayed yet again

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At the very last minute, Israeli lobbying succeeded in persuading FIFA to break its own rules and delay tabling a report that would ban settlement football teams from representing themselves as Israeli and playing in the Israeli League. The Palestine Football Association reacted furiously, condemning FIFA’s actions at the Congress and indicating it will approach the Court for Arbitration of Sport to resolve its problems.

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Include the Zionists

For many radicals involved in the BDS movement Zionism is an anathema, nothing short of Jewish racism. Think again says Ahmed Rizk. There are Zionists who are highly critical of Israel and their presence would add weight and counter the antisemitism that lurks in the movement.

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The apartheid genie is out of the bottle

As governmental efforts to crush BDS movements intensify the question is why? Jonathan Cook says Israel, and the governments of its allies, all fear the label ‘apartheid’ will stick.

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