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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

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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Secret war against BDS supporters

This well-researched article by Uri Blau depicts a key Israeli ministry on a war footing. The dept. of strategic affairs does not brief politicians to answer Israel’s critics. Instead it compiles lists of all in and outside Israel of BDS supporters and tarnishes their image. Omar Barghouti is the first victim of this secret but bellicose effort.

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Palestinian women praised but restricted

Once a year, on March 8th, Palestinian women are ritually praised as steadfast. Statistics show that more girls than boys stay in secondary education but have far lower rates of employment. The PA is lacklustre in passing women-friendly laws. Women’s freedom to travel is curtailed by Israel and Palestinian conservatism. Amina Hass plus.

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The power of recording Israeli theft and violence

The Israeli occupation is enforced in many and various ways. Dogging the state agencies’ footsteps is B’Tselem and its growing band of video volunteers. From their annual report the breadth of their activities, especially in recording and publicising Israeli violations, is extraordinary. No wonder the gov’t tried to shut them down with its anti-NGO ‘transparency bill’.

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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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