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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

‘There is no sense of security for Israel’s citizens’

These are the words of Israel’s Labour Party leader, Isaac Herzog; he only criticises Israel’s security agenda when it’s not comprehensive enough. The stabbing of 11 people by a ‘lone wolf’ Palestinian seems to be what BiBi and Lieberman have been looking for – a place on the victims’ table from where they can accuse every Palestinian leader. And only a week ago Bibi was urging all French Jews to move to Israel as the only safe haven.

Arab Christians challenge Greek Orthodox church for control of land and clergy

The Greek Orthodox church has controlled Christian churches in Palestine since the 1530s. However, the Patriarchate has been absorbed into the Israeli establishment, seen to be serving their interests rather than those of their Arab congregations. But the PNA fears that if the whole church is Arabized, Israel will feel free to seize the church’s substantial land-holdings. So are Greeks more ‘occupiers’ or protectors of Arab land? Ahmad Melhem reports.

Israel breaks all its own rules in attack on Gaza

‘Using human shields, attacking medical teams and hospitals, shooting at civilians waving white flags. A new report by Physicians for Human Rights authored by a team of international medical experts documents shocking testimonies of victims and presents new evidence from Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.’

PNA sidesteps the US, US moves to block them

The direct approaches to the UN and ICC by the PNA follow the failed efforts of John Kerry (which he blamed on Israel) to restart negotiations. Now with Congress dominated by Republicans, the US has returned to blocking and threatening Palestinians.

Israelis should learn the rules of the ICC

PM Netanyahu has decided that the best response to the decision by the ICC to open a ‘preliminary inquiry’ into Israel is to use all means to delegitimise the court to boost his standing before the election (also post below). Any next step by the ICC will make either the USA and allies, or Arab states angry.

Lobbyists aim to crush diplomatic intifada

The outrage being organised by Netanyahu and expressed by Republicans, especially, in Congress at the effrontery of the PNA’s application to the ICC seems quite disproportionate. An unsympathetic comment from Douglas Bloomfield.

Mass protest at police killing of Bedouin

Sami Al Jaar was shot dead by police during a raid on Rahat; Sami Ziadna was either shot dead or died of a heart attack when police turned up at Al Jaar’s funeral, despite requests for them to stay away. Israeli Palestinians have begun a general strike. Reports from +972 (photographic) and The National.

Sweden and Israel’s cold war

The Swedish government recognised the State of Palestine on October 30th, 2014 – the first (and only) western government to do so despite the votes by their national parliaments. Foreign minister Margot Wallstrom – who recently criticised Israeli aggression, settlements and humiliation of Palestinians – was due to visit Israel this week. The visit has been cancelled, Scheduling difficulties were cited by an Israeli spokesman made it clear she would not be welcome.

Remember remember (but let’s forget the Soviet Union)

Holocaust Memorial Day is on January 27th because this is the day the Red army liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau. The theme of this year’s HMD is, ironically, Memory. There is a widespread forgetting of the 3.3 million Soviet POWs who died in the Nazi camps – the second largest number after Jews, and of the role of the Red Army in liberating Auschwitz and providing the first care and medical treatment. The programme of Memory events was launched last November by Stephen Fry (JfJfP signatory). UN resolutions and the Stockholm declaration which made clear that the day is also a declaration against all genocides, bigotry and racial prejudice.

Would British Jews pass the Pickles & May loyalty test?

In modern times, Jews are the favourite minority of the British government (getting extra money for security from successive Conservative Education Minister and Home Secretary. In earlier times, Jews’ questionable loyalty to states other than Israel and their insistence on separate education and living space primed the antisemitic charge.

This week’s postings on JfJfP.com website

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Obviously the dominant issue this week, January 12-18, 2015 – though it’s little to do with justice for Palestinians – was the attack on shoppers at the Hyper Cache supermarket in Vincennes, Paris, in which four Jewish people were killed. As Islamist thugs were also the killers of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo magazine, […]

Mike Marqusee

We are sorry to be posting the obituary of Mike Marqusee, long-time signatory of JfJfP, even longer a socialist and a cricket lover since he settled in England. His political memoir, If I am not for myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew, has been widely praised, especially for his insight into those who are Progressive Except for Palestine.

Ambassadors warned that Israel’s standing is falling

Israel’s ambassadors have been warned by Israel’s foreign ministry that the future is bleak for Israel. Their secret report points to the votes by European parliaments – and that Europe is Israel’s biggest trading partner. Also, Bibi’s claim to lead the fight against Islamic terrorism, based on his fight against Palestinians, annoys many Europeans.

Unions appeal against denial of their rights by Abbas faction

Yes, the state of Israel and its security forces are the greatest deniers of justice for Palestinians, constantly breaching the principles of due process and international law. But others withhold justice as well – such as the government who ignored their parliaments’ votes for Palestinian statehood and, notably, the PNA which has been trying to deny freedom of association to workers since 2012. Now a union is appealing against this decision.

European states are protecting Jews so don’t make aliyah out of fear

The horror of violent 1930s-45 antisemitism is that many European states either took part or colluded in the extermination of Jews. The opposite is true now says Joel Braunold; the state guards Jewish schools and synagogues and governments praise their role in national societies. So why urge them to make aliyah to Israel? It is also absurd to pretend that Jews are the only victims of Islamist killers in Europe.

Is it us, or them, or Israel?

On the combination of the killings in France and release of two opinion polls on British antisemitism (1 reputable, 1 not) a forest of press coverage has grown. In riding the Charlie Hebdo bandwagon, there has been little serious effort to analyse this antisemitism, Which means Letters. Some of those published and unpublished.

Don’t panic

Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune on the ‘giant public-private network that has a stake in stoking these fears’ (of terrorist attack) The latest panic-monger is Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director of the little-known European Jewish Association, who says governments should allow proprietors of synagogues, kosher shops and Jewish property to arms themselves. JfJfP’s Deborah Maccoby, amongst others, condemns this over-reaction. Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune

Zionism is complete. Now we have two options.

Avraham Burg, once Knesset speaker and part of the Israeli establishment (when it had left-wing members) has burned his boats and joined Hadash, the Arab-Jewish party with communist roots. He himself is a feminist. In this Ynet interview, he says the future is either of religious fundamentalism – or two states.

Stoking or calming fears of British Jews

Incidents of antisemitism in the UK are low. The spike in incidents last summer recorded by the CST meant they were still low. In whose interest is it to exaggerate the threat to the safety of Jews living here? 1) the pro-Israel establishment who insist Israel is the only safe haven; 2) those whose Jewish identity is as the persecuted. Of course there is antisemitism in Britain – but stereotypes (and every social / ethnic group has a stereotype attached) should not be conflated with hostility. And as Anshel Pfeffer points out, to claim that UK antisemitism today is like the 1930s is simply hysterical.

Mass arrest of youth from Hebron

While attention is focused on Charlie Hebdo, Israeli occupation forces launched another dawn raid on Hebron, arresting 32 young men. The local committee against Israeli settlements and the separation wall said the IOF vandalized many Palestinian properties.