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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

Private security – fastest growing industry in the start-up nation

Israel has more ‘security’ needs than most; this is the labour-intensive work of detecting, arresting, imprisoning Palestinians. As a member of the west’s neo-liberal programme this means contracts with private security firms. This has introduced a dangerous new rule of lack of accountability, of clarity about who’s in charge and of what rules they are supposed to implement.

The man who broke the wall round ‘judicial impartiality’

Lawyer John Dugard won high praise for his legal work on South African apartheid. When he began a forensic study of Israel’s racial divisions, and found they amounted to apartheid, he was denounced as antisemitic and persona non grata in many places. That didn’t change his judgment but it did help understand why Richard Goldstone, the Jewish South African judge who retracted his more critical findings for the UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission on the 2009 Gaza War. He was assailed by, or ostracised from, his Jewish community.

‘Celebratory violence’ of nationalist right

Americans were first to link the improbable swing to Brexit with the improbable swing to Trump. Hate crimes suddenly shot up, and quickly subsided in both instances; both rode on a fantasy that the days of white Christian supremacy were the best of days. Report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Bringing religion into it

A bill to outlaw the use of loudspeakers in minarets when issuing the call to prayer is under attack from Joint List MKs. The bill breaches the unwritten rule that the secular conflict between Palestinians and Israelis should never invoke a Muslim/Jewish religious conflict.

Sacred Jews

Ever since Palestine-supporting Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour party leader charges of antisemitism have been fired at him and all left-wing party members. This is the heaviest of all charges of racism, designed to sink him. Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi examines the growing reach of defenders of all Israel’s actions.

Muslim-haters get top jobs

The beliefs about Islam expressed by some of those the president-elect wants in his government should be risible . Except that these men are serious in their prejudice. Richard Silverstein thinks so much hatred in the cabinet will cause it to implode – but not before serious damage is done to MidEast policy.

What can a Liberal Zionist do about Palestine?

Student Jake Cohen here uses the term Zionist in the old-fashioned sense – wanting Jews to have a safe homeland preferably in Palestine. Even so, in any form of Zionism, Jews are at the heart of the picture. The task, he thinks, is to fully embrace Palestinians as sharing that point at the centre of the story and to support their struggle for liberation.

This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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Circumstances dictate that yet again the postings are a medley of Trump-related facts and truths this week, November 21st-27th. He has been consistent in saying he will sort out the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and that he will bomb the shit out of ISIL and blow up ‘everything’. Many in Arab states fear his intentions but also […]

MidEast sees Trump as The Real American

Where democracy prevails Trump is at the centre of political attention because he’s so weird. He’s a more familiar type to many living in Arab states – the bling of Trump towers, the boasting – he will bring peace to the Mideast – the nepotism, the absence of serious political discussion are features of Arab (and other) dictatorships. His brashness seems to truly reflect the US’s racist imperialist ambitions.

Jared’s job: curb the flights of fancy

The man who will bring peace to the MidEast when Trump is president is his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Being an orthodox Jew, a property manager and man who shares Trump’s conspiracy theories and lack of convictions seem to be sufficient qualifications for this herculean task.

Enflaming the conflict

Natural disasters always test a regime. A great earthquake exposed the failings of the Shah of Iran and he was deposed shortly after. Bibi blames ‘pyro-terrorists’, a new form of existential threat, rabbis blame the Knesset for not yet legalising outposts thereby invoking divine punishment. Yossi Verter blames the government for buying more and more war machines instead of fire-fighting equipment which it is having to beg and borrow from other States.

No surprise to Palestinians that white supremacists love Israel

Many Americans have been shocked to find that Trump comes with a long train of white supremacists. It’s probably less of a surprise to African-Americans and is certainly not news to Palestinians most of whom have been born into a white supremacist regime.

Palestine’s choices

Imagining the future after Abbas – which rather depends on how he becomes ‘after’ – can be frightening or exhilarating or some muddle in between. All the speakers in this roundtable focus on the need for Palestinians to come together as a liberation movement, to avoid fragmentation or an elitist putsch either of which will allow Israel to annex the West Bank.

Thank you Mr Trump for your gift of unity

In a splendid example of irony, Palestinian entrepreneur and activist Sam Bahour thanks Donald Trump for the unique gift of bringing all progressives together – and struggles with the dilemma of how to send him an appropriate gift from Palestine.

Fire crisis blamed on Palestinians

Fires have been burning across Israel for the last few days. Vegetation has been destroyed, buildings evacuated, Palestinian arsonists suspected – and accused by Netanyahu. 4 Palestinians have been arrested. Social media – forums for our worst selves – rejoiced at this punishment for Israel and were made much of by Israeli media. Seven countries have provided assistance.

We’re the future not the old left-behind

‘There have always been angry, confused, racist men. But this particular group of angry, confused, racist men now have a president who was elected, in part, by speaking their language.’ And much of that language is very ugly. Adam Gabbatt listens in.

BDS supporter stands as president of students’ Jewish union

Caryl Churchill wrote the play Seven Jewish Children in response to the 2009 Israeli assault on Gaza. It has been produced by student and professional theatres in many countries. British Israeli student Eran Kahane produced a version at York university where he also supported Israeli apartheid week. He is standing for the post of president of the Union of Jewish Students. Predictably, if dismally, he has been attacked as ‘antisemitic’ as has Churchill’s play. The York Jewish Society complained that the university failed to ‘look after’ them leaving them to be the lone complainant about the play. Perhaps they were alone in seeing antisemitism in the play.

Issa Amro charged with ‘hurting a soldier’s dignity’

Issa Hamro has done exactly what the political doctor ordered: opposed the Israeli occupation with an absolute commitment to non-violence. No trumped up charges of terrorism can be brought against him. That doesn’t inhibit Israeli authorities from frequently arresting “the Palestinian Gandhi”. His latest trial has just opened.

Awakening white men

Racism has not been so overt in the USA for half a century. Richard Spencer, leader of the alt-right movement, thinks Trump took ‘the first step’ but he’s merely a useful idiot in a march to restore the supremacy of white – which doesn’t include Jews – men.

American Jews denounce ‘Muslim registry’

Donald Trump is not yet President and he may be as unclear as everyone else about what he’ll actually do. But his campaign pledges of excluding and tracking Muslims have brought a strong reaction from American Jews.