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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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‘Proclamation’ worries and baffles most Jews

There might have been wider anger at Trump’s ‘proclamation’ – as the State Dept. calls it – were it not for the fact that he’s right on one thing: the stalemate. He’s the live wire who will galvanise the inert body. Most Jewish sources posted here think inertia is preferable to Mutually Assured Destruction and several ask – what about the Palestinians?

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The mental hell of Gaza

This is a deeply disturbing interview by Ayelett Shani with psychologist Mohammed Mansour on the psychological condition of people living in Gaza. He says that where once hostility to Israel’s siege bound people together now the apparent permanence of the siege has led to the breakdown or perversion of all relationships. Nadia Elia angrily disagrees with him.

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The role of diaspora Jews vis-à-vis Israel

Perhaps because the questions of Forward were addressed only to Rabbis, the answers they got were largely pro-Israel conservative. The idea that Jews must protect Israel as it is a small fragile country seems, like a lot of the answers, to be based on a fantasy Israel. Israel has the third highest military spending per capita.

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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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No policy? Make up what you fancy

David Friedman was Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer – a big job for his 6-times bankrupt friend and the funder/nursemaid of an illegal settlement near Ramallah. No matter than he has no diplomatic experience; Trump et al have no policy for him to promote.

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Israeli and Palestinian regimes join to crush Palestinian critics

Ali Abuminah, renowned writer on Palestinian affairs, gives an interview to Real News in which he condemns the co-operation between Israel and PNA security on trying to silence all Palestinian dissidents.

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What Bernie Sanders thinks but didn’t say

Bernie Sanders, the radical but defeated candidate for the Democrats’ nomination as their presidential candidate disappointed many with his near-silence on foreign policy. In an interview with The Intercept he expands – Saudi Arabia is not an ally, he would cut the huge American subvention to Israel and open channels with Iran.

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From Occupation to Apartheid in 6 years

In this interview the former Special Rapporteur for Palestine Richard Falk is asked about his time in the post, what changed, what were the highs (getting injustice documented) and lows (the campaign of personal defamation against him).

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Three cheers for Ruchama Marton! – founder of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel

Ruchama Marton, has just turned 80. She founded Physicians for Human Rights-Israel during the First Intifada, bringing the term “human rights” into the Israeli political discourse. Born in Israel, where she has lived her whole life, she has been an active psychiatrist for more than 40 years. Her relationship with this place is complicated and painful, almost impossible. Alon Mizrahi interviews Marton and reports.

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We must speak the truth, to ourselves first

Hagai El Ad has been active in defending and pursuing human rights all his adult life. The B’Tselem director insists that describing reality as it is – a cruel occupation – is the first step to swaying public opinion.

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Is non-violence a new, hopeful model?

Palestine Monitor interviews Mustafa Barghouti about the peaceful mass protest outside Al Aqsa. He disagrees with those who saw it as a wholly religious initiative as secular people were alongside the religious – achieving a unique unity. He believes it lifted the dead feelings of depression and hopelessness, that it worked and hopes it will spread as the mode of resistance. It depends on the party factions….

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The women defenders of Al-Aqsa

Photos of the successful, peaceful protest at the establishment of security gates outside the Lion’s gate to the Al Aqsa mosque featured many men as did interviews. In everyday life, the principal defenders of the mosque are women members of the Islamic movement. We had to look to older articles to find the reports.

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I’m just doing my job – cutting power to Gaza hospitals

This telephone interview with Yiftah Ron Tal, chief of Israel’s Electric Corporation, would be comical if it weren’t so serious. Nir Gontarz tries to extract a humanitarian response from a man who is sheltered from humanitarianism by business rules and his bureaucratic office.

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Zionism as a master-race ideology

Zionism as an ideology (and not a knowing, demonic force as it is sometimes treated here) has had several meanings over time. Yakov Rabkin and Philip Weiss see Zionism and liberal values as having become inherently in conflict, with terrible consequences – including the morphing of Jewish bodies into vassals of Israel. In an added note, Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken explains what he understands by Zionism and why he shares that ideology.

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BDS grows in tangent with the far right

Support for right-wing politicians is growing in Israel, the USA and Europe. Omar Barghouti has felt the repression first-hand and says the BDS movement is growing in response. Interview and article.

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Status quo is least worst option for Israel

In contrast to the Shin Bet views [posting below] in this interview Noam Sheizaf says ‘in terms of rational choice, of what costs us more, and what gives us more benefit, there is no doubt that maintaining the status quo is the best solution from the Israeli perspective.’

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Telling Palestine’s story through song’s magic dance

Britain has a strong tradition of radical and political song. Palestine has not figured in that before. Robert Cohen brings to us Coope Boyes and Simpson and their new song, Children of Palestine.

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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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For the first time Israel divides the US

Israel is no longer the bipartisan issue in American politics that it has been since its foundation. Prof. Dov Waxman tells Mitchell Plitnick, FMEP, what this means.

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A new trade union for a new Israel

WAC-MAAN is a sort of trade union, its role enhanced to meet the peculiar conditions for workers divided by Israeli apartheid. It organises Arabs and Jews, it organises in the settlements, it sees itself as part of the regional move towards a democratic civil society that began with the 2011 Arab Spring. From In These Times.

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