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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

Laying the Wandering Jew to rest

Deborah Maccoby reviews a new translation of ‘The Wandering Jew has Arrived’ by French journalist Albert Londres. The Jew doomed to ever wander the earth is a powerful legend though Londres finds that only in the ghettoes of eastern Europe, where many Jews are highly religious and passive, are there waves of unsettling pogroms.

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When rich Jews belonged and poor Jews were aliens

This is a short extract from a long essay by historian Simon Schama on Balfour and the birth of Israel, published in the FT. His father remembered the Russian pogroms, the ‘knees-up’ for Balfour and his fellow East End Jews were acutely conscious of the immanent risk of homelessness.

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Balfour remains present and un-corrected

The centenary of the Balfour Declaration – November 2nd, 2017 – has galvanised acts of penance, solidarity and education across Britain writes Robert Cohen. A pilgrimage to Jerusalem organised by the Amos Trust has fascinated Arab media which call them ‘the justice pilgrims’. Walk on.

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Jewish dissidents are often ‘outlaws’

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Jo Bird, JfJfP signatory, discovers that Jewish identity can be self-defined and learned – which she has done – rather than inherited by Orthodox law. She feels solidarity with Palestinians because of, not in spite of, our Jewish heritage.

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‘The end of ethical Jewish history’

What are Jews to do with the permanent occupation that leaves Jewish identity permanently infected with atrocity? Those for whom Judaism IS a system of ethics exile themselves in a New Diaspora writes liberation theologian Marc Ellis. There is no future for the religion of those who collude with the occupation. This is a dense and morally testing piece from Mondoweiss.

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A woman on the margins

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It was news to me, postings editor, that JfJfP was set up by feminists but when you think how many Jewish women were at the forefront of women’s liberation and how many women maintained the links made then it’s not surprising. Miki David, founding signatory, describes how JfJfP became a home for her. To have read the unedited interview you would have needed a map and a history book so widely did her family move about, encompassing many violent events.

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I took part in a cruel occupation

When doing her military service Frima (Merphie) Bubis realised that she was enforcing a cruel occupation. She uses the story of Jonah’s role in getting the people of Nineveh to repent as an allegory of the need to face up to wrong-doing and for Israeli Jews to repent .

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The deep genocidal side of Orthodox studies

An ornery young Israeli Yossi Gurvitz was sent to yeshiva schools which aimed to create the next religious élite. His studies (mostly of the Talmud) told him nothing of history, of other places and people though told him more than he wanted to know about sacred genocides.

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Forcing Jews into a nation

A forgotten dissident Jew, Moshe Menuhin, is acclaimed in Mondoweiss. “It is a mystery why Menuhin’s scholarship is not prominently celebrated as a pioneering work in the canons of Jewish and Zionist history.” His religion was “Prophetic Judaism – universal and ethical”.

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Between Jews and other Arabs

Mohammed Amin, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, discusses what Israeli Arabs gain and lose. He will be speaking at a panel discussion on Forgotten Israelis (see NIBS). Like Tony Klug, he says ‘Ultimately peace depends upon both sides understanding each other’s historical narratives.’

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Breaking the image

Hamoud’s film about young Palestinians in Tel Aviv is iconoclastic. Instead of the stout woman in ‘modest’ hijab and abaya we see girls in jeans, hair flowing free. It’s the underground culture of every big city. The West, she says, wants to feel superior but it’s not true.

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If being Jewish means catastrophe to the other

Robert Cohen addresses himself to the Jewish freshers flocking to universities this week. He asks them not to take as long as he did to discover being Jewish doesn’t mean loyalty to Israel (or attending all classes) but being true to historic values of courage, justice and integrity.

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A secular Jew – an exact identity

To Daniel Susskind, the Nazi genocide tried to destroy Jewish civilisation: “our histories and memories, songs and stories, ways of thinking and living”. That constitutes his Jewishness while, like many, he cannot believe in a God of any denomination.

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What made me a hardline Zionist

Gary C. Gambill, a specialist in Arab affairs says that he turned from supporting Palestinians into being an active Zionist because of the habit of ‘militant anti-zionists’ and leftists of loading onto Israel or the US all power and responsibility for the unmet needs of all Arabs.

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