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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

This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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This week, October 24th-30th, 2016, the stand-out issue was the reverberation from the speech by B’Tselem director Hagai El-Ad.  The right is demanding he be stripped of his citizenship: Take away that man’s citizenship! Whether this was because of El-Ad’s detailing of how the Israeli state goes about crushing a coherent Palestinian community (for the Israeli […]

Mogherini asserts right to boycott

The EU is wobbling on a tight-rope; it has firmly rejected the idea of boycotting Israeli goods and has given Israel favourable terms of trade. But it has specified that Israeli imports must state their place of origin and here the EU’s foreign policy chief asserts that BDS actions are protected under laws guaranteeing citizens’ freedom of expression.

Far right push to grab settlement for Israel proper

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Right-wing MKs and the land-theft far-right group Regavim want to extend boundary walls so that the illegal settlement Ma’ale Adumim will become properly Israeli.

Hunting anti-Israel ‘bias’ on UK campuses

MoSA, Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs – which has been given the money for, and the task of combatting BDS activity among foreign students – seems to be funding a network of right-wing Israeli students who see their main job as being to defend all things Israeli, with violence if necessary. This report about UCL.

Habima theatre heads into cul-de-sac

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It’s possible the management of Habima has strong Zionist views about treating all the land between Jordan and the sea as Israel’s by divine right. Its crass decision to perform at one of the most hardline settlements is likely to limit its touring future as the decision delivers a seal of approval to the settlement despite the universal anti-settlement policy abroad.

Palestinians in Israel must join the democratic forces

Distinguished analyst Marzuq Al-Halabi, Palestinian citizen of Israel, explores the different currents of Palestinian-ness from a focus on political rights through withdrawn concentration on identity to a quiet effort to integrate. Given the threat from the Right he urges an alliance with democratic forces.

Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will

This posting on Palestinian writer and thinker Emil Habibi, who coined the term ‘opsimist’, is included now because of the posting above about currents in Palestinians’ thought. Habibi died in 1996.

All Jews are not responsible for Israel’s actions

Here is another very valuable contribution to the debate about what constitutes antisemitism and, where it occurs, how to respond.If all Jews are blamed for Israel’s actions they are also then guilty of dual loyalty. It is written by 3 academics and was sent to the Home Affairs select committee inquiry.

The US wants what Israel’s got

And that, simply, is the naked power to kill your enemies with impunity. When Trump says his foreign policy is to “bomb the shit out of ISIS” “kick ass”, pro-Israel Americans are especially admiring and envious writes Shalom Goldman.

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.

Take away that man’s citizenship!

The basic facts of the Israeli occupation, of its treatment of Palestinians and its expansion of settlements have been in the public domain for a long time. So why is a Likud MP now demanding that Hagai El-Ad be treated as a traitor? Because, as the post below suggests, the B’Tselem director stated the need for outside intervention in the face of Israeli complicity and passivity.

Paralysed Israel rejects all help

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Veteran commentator Akiva Eldar is also impressed by Hagai El-Ad’s speech (see post below) – but not by the ignorance of the attacks on him. He points out that at every stage of its existence outside bodies have intervened to press Israel to save itself.

Haaretz backs B’tselem’s opposition platform

The speech B’Tselem’s director gave to the UN Security Council provides the platform which the opposition in Israel should adopt: The rights of Palestinians must be realized; the occupation must end; the UN Security Council must act; and the time is now.

Disarm and we’ll lift the siege – Lieberman

Defence minister Avigdor has said in an interview – though not a formal proposal – that if Hamas disarms, Israel will lift the siege of Gaza. The response so far has been hostile – the siege is anyway illegal [and Hamas does not control all the armed groups].

Christian Zionists love those who hate them

It is well-known that Christian Zionists are evangelical about Jews retaking Israel (to trigger the 2nd Coming). Less well-known, points out Richard Silverstein, is that Jewish supremacists in Israel are violently hostile to Christianity.

Chuck facts, go with the flow

As a founding member of JfJfP Richard Kuper draws on his personal experience and his extensive knowledge of Israel to analyse the Home Affairs report on antisemitism which floats on a raft of fixed assumptions that Labour antisemitism is a fact for which no further evidence is needed.

This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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This week, 17th-23rd October, 2016, there happened to be two interesting articles about Britain’s imagined role in the Middle East, both suggesting that more power is projected onto this former imperial power than it has actually exercised since 1945. The 1917 Balfour Declaration is a particular paper tiger. Chris Doyle of CAABU is taken aback […]

Pro-Palestinians barred from entry to Israel

Israel’s border police have always exercised extreme vigilance about who they allow into the country. Since the setting up of the anti-BDS unit more unwanted British visitors have been identified and sent home after interrogation and strip-searching.

Zionism today is the fence encircling Israel

Noam Rotem of +972 goes through the many meanings of Zionism – a nebulous idea. But today, for Israelis, Zionism is what protects their supremacy and national identity. The Left must break with that idea.

Zionism needs antisemitism

Perhaps the best thing about the Home Affairs Select Committee report on antisemitism is the debate it has provoked. Here Asa Winstanley puts forward his view of what Zionism is and argues it is the correct word for Israel’s raison d’etre.