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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

In Judaism there is no tradition of patriotism

In this interview , historian Shlomo Sand describes the discoveries he made which contradict, or are omitted from, the new mythology of Jewish attachment to the land of Palestine – from the myth of Jewish exodus to that of return. The clearest origin of Zionism is with British Christians and imperialists, for their own reasons..

Destruction of Palestinian culture

Most accounts of the Nakba focus on the Palestinians’ loss of homes and land. Now interest has grown in how Palestinians became isolated, their culture ravaged, and their access to culture blocked. Joseph Dana reflects on how and why Israelis appropriated Palestinian books and do not return them..

Open your eyes Obama and see the protests

Palestinians may expect little of President Obama’s visit – but hot spots of energetic protest are flaring up in the West Bank and Gaza urging the President to stop supporting Israel’s war crimes and to stop following AIPAC policy. The IDF stayed its hand while the Americans were around, but moved in to dismantle the latest camp as soon as they had left.

The laws that enshrine Israel as a racist state

These are the facts that provide the evidence that Israel is a racist state – the more than 50 laws, many passed by the last Knesset, that ensure Palestinians living in Israel are second-class citizens – and a few laws that confirm the lack of rights of Palestinians in the oPt. The new settler government will build on these.

Women prisoners outcast in Gaza when released

Gaza’s deeply patriarchal society does not tolerate the loss of control by husband, father, brother over women’s bodies, seeing such loss when a woman is imprisoned as a case of her having been raped, a matter of her shame, not that of the actual or symbolic rapist. She goes from being heroine of resistance to outcast.

When Israel became the USA’s 51st state

When president meets prime minister this week, the president will have the upper hand. Obvious? But Bibi no longer drives the US’s MidEast policy because, says Jeffrey Goldberg, the Jewish state has lost its founding purpose – the right to self-determination. And that is because it no longer has the nuclear edge over Iran.

Small expectations of drop-in President

President Obama will squeeze in a helicopter trip to Ramallah during his first visit to Israel Wednesday-Friday (first stop, the Iron Dome). It has all the appearance of a token visit – red carpets, banquets, but little is expected, especially by the Palestinians. The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, will visit before and after. More is hoped of him.

Russell Tribunal urges EU to end Israel’s privileged trade deal

The Russell Tribunal on Palestine, made up of a lawyers’ and citizens’ jury, has spent four years taking evidence on the complicity of 3rd parties in the occupation. It has just completed its fifth and final session. Posted here, some of its findings and recommendations including support for BDS and the PA’s access to the ICC.

Votes and hopes for Lapid handed power to right wing

Yair Lapid was the great white hope of the centrist middle class in Isreal; his party, Yesh Atid, came 2nd, winning 19 Knesset seats. He has, says an angry Gush Shalom, squandered the power and hope vested in him by pursuing marginal issues, leaving power in right-wing hands. He is the TV showman with no principles.

‘Most effective’ right-wing settler given housing ministry

“Everyone in the system today is driving one agenda: promoting settlements over the green line” says a colleague of Uri Ariel, settler leader, who has just been given the housing ministry – the key to the door of more settlements, no home-building by Palestinians and an open insult to Palestinians, the EU, the UN and Barack Obama on his visit.

Passover – cleansed, besieged, passed over

Passover ,or Pesach, 2013 begins on the evening of March 25 and ends on the evening of April 2. Today, it celebrates the freeing of Jews from slavery – a sign of God’s favour. Robert Cohen asks, in a poem, how it is possible to celebrate when others are being crushed in the name of Jewish liberation.

Dreaming and screaming

Experienced journalist Haggai Matar is startled when he observes young children in Hebron, already set in a pattern; the settler children, backed up by several soldiers, scream abuse, the Palestinian children are cowed in front of them, but apart they dream “we shall overcome”.

Chief Rabbi wows AIPAC with flattery and un-facts

Britain’s Chief Rabbi addresses the AIPAC policy conference with a mix of ingratiation, odd bits of misinformation, and the cry that, yet again, the Jews are hated all over Europe. For this ‘spiritual leader’, being Jewish means seeing the US and Israel as guiding lights, exaggerating Muslim power and insisting on eternal victimhood.

French town honours Palestinian who planned murder of Israeli minister

A Parisian suburb, twinned with Palestine’s Bani Zeid Al-Gharbiyya, has sent out shock-waves by granting honorary citizenship to one of its twin’s sons, Majdi Rimawi, who was a leader of the PFLP when it planned the assassination of Israeli minister Rehavam Ze’evi.

Bibi settles settler government on Israelis and Palestinians

A day before the deadline, Netanyahu put together a new government – keeping the foreign ministry open for himself and his feared ally Avigdor Lieberman. Ultra-Orthodox have been excluded but powerful posts for Yaalon, Naftali Bennett and Yuli Edelstein ensure illegal settlements will continue with state backing. UPDATED

Zionist Federation morphs into ‘Israel is always right’ taskforce

Two takes published in Ha’aretz on a conflict rocking the Zionist establishment in the UK. 1) from Hannah Weisfeld director of Yachad, a pro-peace organisation – Zionist but not Zionist enough for the Zionist Federation and 2) from Anshel Pfeffer who can’t believe that Zionism should be defined by the ‘Jerusalem programme’ which most Zionists, in Israel and out, have never heard of. So read two of its versions, 4).

Israeli apartheid puts people AND places into unequal camps

The Palestinian town of Nazareth is, in terms of amenities and facilities, ‘a village with work camps’ says Sami Abu Shehadeh. The Israeli districts in which Palestinians live are sharply marked off from Jewish ones by poorer amenities, services and infrastructure. But Palestinians in Israel do not get the outside attention of those in the oPt.

From bustling cosmopolitan port to enclave for wealthy Jews

The port town of Jaffa has one of the oldest and most cosmopolitan histories on the Mediterranean, home to Arab and European Christians, Muslims, Sephardi Jews. In 1948 it was attacked by both the Stern gang and Irgun and most Arabs fled. The Palestinian population is now on the edges, with few amenities and unable to get permits to build new homes. It is popular with Israel’s wealthy elite.

Israelis – Jews and Palestinians – in daily protest for prisoners

Jaffa/Yaffa is a rare Israeli town where Jews and Palestinians campaign together. They have been holding daily protests against adminstrative detention and, in particular, for prisoner Samer Issawi for the last few weeks. Most Jewish Israelis ignore the issue and prefer to assume all Palestinian prisoners are terrorists.

The real BDS dispute is who has the right to self-determination

BDS is a two-target tactic – aiding Palestinian self-determination and engaging supporters in their campaign. Liberal Zionist opponents have found many reasons to justify their stance, from ‘it will lead to the extermination of Israel’ to the Palestinian right of return is totally unacceptable..