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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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This week’s postings

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A note on the main issues in this week’s postings.

Jewish horde continues hate-rampage in Jerusalem

The torching of an infants’ class-room at Jerusalem’s mixed Hebrew-Arabic Hand-in-Hand school has shocked editors (coverage has been widespread) and Israelis. The symbolism of who and what were being symbolically burned in the class has escaped no-one. If it wasn’t obvious before, a horde of Jerusalem Jews is causing havoc in the city in order to terrorise Arabs – and Israeli authorities too.

Zionists throw themselves onto the messianic wagon

In the second of his two articles, Tomas Persico’s examines the adoption by secular Zionists of ancient messianic myths . Drawing on the insights of Scholem and Jung he warns of the dangers to the political project of a Zionist state in harnessing and trying to realise those myths.

Strange bedfellows

Being black and liberal was not quite enough to unite all the US’s illiberal factions to block the election of President Obama. There is only one force powerful enough to bring them together says Philip Weiss and that is Israel at a Zionist Organization gala.

Leicester council votes to ban settlement produce

Leicester’s Labour council has voted overwhelmingly to ban products from Israeli settlements for sale in Leicester. Their reasons are the illegality of Israel’s occupation. (Luke Akehurst of We Believe in Israel says the council’s action may be illegal). The JPost claim that it was a vote to ‘ban all Israeli goods’ is an obvious lie.

Good points for your MP

Despite the recent Commons debate on recognition of Palestine as a state, the popularity of an e-petition on ending the Israel/Palestine conflict means MPs will debate this subject on Monday December 1st. Martin Linton provides them with some good points for earning good points.

Fear and hatred of Arabs now Israel’s popular culture

If smooth-talking government ministers are careful to translate their thoughts into a diplomatic discourse about ‘security’ and ‘delegitimisation’, Israeli youth have no such inhibitions. RIchard SIlverstein picks up some of the crude racism on social media. Some Palestinians are fighting back.

Ruling clique splits over defining Israel

Israel’s coalition government is splitting on the issue of a reformed Basic Law defining Israel as ‘the national state of the Jewish people’ (ie all Jews in the world, but not non-Jews). President Rivlin has now opposed it. BICOM provides a highly contentious briefing, attributing all arguments to party squabbling. Gerald Kaufman asks a pertinent question.

‘An imaginary and abstract nation’

The proposed amendment to Israel’s Basic Law, defining the country as ‘the national homeland of the Jewish people’, instead of ‘a Jewish and democratic state’ rips through the claim of ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’. The new law doesn’t define Palestinians as 2nd class citizens; it defines them as not belonging at all – while all Jews, wherever they now live, are imaginary citizens of the country. The law is based on a delusion.

Russia closer to Europe than is US on MidEast

In its latest briefing, the Web Arab News Digest examines Russian policy under Putin to the Middle East. In Russian hostility to the US ‘which treats Israel as part of its domestic, not foreign, policy’, it seems little different from the USSR’s cold war position. This is deceptive. Russia can’t control the politics of its old allies, Syria and Egypt. It can claim an interest in Israel on behalf of the many Russian immigrants now living there. Palestine is claiming statehood, which Russia supports.

EU parliament delays vote on Palestinian state

Political pressure in Europe to recognise Palestine as a state is coming from elected representatives, not governments. MPs in the UK and Spain have voted to urge their governments to turn their symbolic votes into government reality. Israel has welcomed the postponement of a vote by the EU parliament as it will give it more time to try to get more support in a vote it expects to lose. Get lobbying!

Religious zionists will sacrifice everything for land

Again, a former head of a state security service – Mossad – feels compelled to speak out against the direction in which Israel is being driven – towards isolation, contempt and the horrors of religious war. This subverts the zionism he grew up with.

Marwan Barghouti calls for armed resistance

The imprisoned, unofficial leader of Palestinian resistance, Marwan Barghouti, has crossed a line in his rhetoric of struggle. In an apparent response to the spontaneous violence in Jerusalem, he has put his name to the use of the gun.

‘Intentional unlawful lethal use of firearm by police’

There are a few cases when a state may lawfully kill. The shooting dead of Israeli citizen Kheir Hamdan by Israeli police is not one of them says Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights in a forensic examination of this notorious execution of a young Palestinian.

JfJfP statement on the synagogue killings

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The executive committee of JfJfP has issued this statement in which it condemns the killings of five men in a Jerusalem synagogue. It also points to its cause in the brutality and violence of of the occupation. It calls for the due process of law to be honoured.

Israel bans Mads Gilbert, volunteer doctor, as ‘security risk’

The Israeli foreign ministry has insisted that it has banned the renowned Norwegian doctor, Mads Gilbert, from entering Gaza, for ‘security reasons’. They have not specified what threat to security Gilbert, known for his volunteer work in Al Shifa hospital, poses. Why block him? He’s a fearless critic and because they can. Plus petition to sign for Dr. Gilbert to be allowed into Gaza.

City of permanent conflict

The great rememberer, Uri Avnery, looks back on the history of Jerusalem, supposedly the holiest of cities and treated with universal reverence; in practice, rarely at peace or a sanctuary.

Adah Kay: obituary

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PLEASE NOTE: Adah’s funeral will take place at The Golders Green Crematorium West Wing at 1pm on Monday 24th November followed directly by a celebration at The Irish Centre on Camden Square, London NW1. Adah requested no flowers. Any donations to Cancer Research.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of Adah Kay on 12th November. A lifelong activist, Adah took the commitment to social justice that she learnt in the socialist Zionist youth movement Habonim seriously enough to abandon her residual Zionism and spend many years working with her husband Tom in Ramallah from 2002. She was an early signatory of JfJfP. Richard Kuper pays tribute to a warm and generous person.

Surge in random attacks on Palestinians

Teenage girls with pepper-sprays, boys shouting that all Arabs must go, men with knives: all actions of Israeli citizens, not just in response to the synagogue killings but going back to last summer when the Jewish push to control all Jerusalem, and Palestinian resistance, began in earnest.

Spanish MPs vote for gov’t to recognize Palestine

Spanish MPs, who voted on November 18th to recognise a Palestinian state made the same point as British MPs: recognising Palestine is no threat to Israel, and making any change in the current deadlock can only be of benefit to all. El Pais and Jerusalem Post.