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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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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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This week, Monday July 24th to Sunday July 30th, was almost entirely consumed by the needless drama about prayers at Al Aqsa mosque. The story so far: on Friday July 14th three Israeli Palestinians emerged from the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount compound and, with home-made weapons, shot dead two Israeli Druze police officers. Israel police quickly […]

Cracks in the security apparatus

“The Palestinians joined together and forgot about their differences and that’s how we won.” No-one disagrees with that – but total security can only be achieved by a country like N. Korea whose broken citizenry are the secret agents. In the last fortnight, Israel’s police had no means of crushing mass prayer as a form of civil disobedience

‘Is this a state or a security company?’

Whichever it is it seems chaotic. Yossie Verter shows that in the process of deciding to instal the metal-detector gates to Haram al-Sharif, and then to de-instal them, Netanyahu and most of his security cabinet have not been in control. They seem feeble and frightened at having lost the plot.

A new form of politics – no factions

Daoud Kuttab dubs it a new movement. Dr Inas Abbad asks ‘How can we use this new model of Palestinian struggle more widely and achieve other victories against the occupation?’ She has joined the peaceful mass prayer protest and she and Kuttab love its spontaneity and that of those who bring food and water.

Warm embrace of Christians at Al Aqsa protest

Those whose religion in Palestine/Israel advocates love, humility and respect for the holy places of all religions have won revered status in the Al Aqsa conflict. That notion of religion is unifying and security forces find it hard to find a justification for attacking them.

When Zionism was a left-wing cause

This is a rather anachronistic attack by Asa Winstanley on the Labour party of the 1950s when Israel was admired by the left as a socialist start-up and Palestine was not the cause célèbre it is today. His charge of ‘advocating genocide’ is not borne out.

Victory for non-violent protest

The conservative JPost called it unique. The more pro-Palestinian +972 asked how the world missed a week of Palestinian civil disobedience. Answer – this key aspect was either not reported or did not excite comment despite breaking the usual linkage of Palestinians and violence.

Incitement to cast out Palestinians

Israeli police still arrest Palestinian kids throwing stones but their policing has been greatly expanded by tours of duty on Facebook. Lots more arrests for ‘incitement’. And what of all those right-wing Israelis spewing hatred of Palestinians asks Edo Konrad. Plus Al Jazeera responds to the PM’s attack.

Bow down or we’ll chuck you out – again

The hitherto little-known regional co-operation minister Tzai Hanegbi has at last claimed the limelight by posting a promise of Nakba-like revenge on the ‘religiously ignorant masses’ of Palestinians. Report in +972.

Protecting Israel from principles of free speech

There is only one issue on which the highly antagonistic US parties lay down their arms, and that is defending Israel. This is the unique role that Israel plays in US politics. It is left to the NGOs, here led by the ACLU, to raise questions about why Israel alone is let off Human rights criteria.

Israelis will not turn on U-turn Bibi

A large majority of Israeli Jews think PM Netanyahu was wrong to have given in to pressure – Palestinian and international – to remove the metal detectors outside the gate to Al Aqsa mosque. He will not suffer. G-d forbid the Left might claim a victory.

It’s mad to pretend the Occupation does Israel no harm

The Israel that is suffering hits to its reputation by the BDS movement is not the essentially European Israel of innovative start-ups and technological co-operation which PM Netanyahu works so hard to market to the rest of the world. Akiva Eldar says his gov’t is deluded if it thinks the occupation does no harm to Israel.

Using religion to make political gains

In Al Jazeera, Harry Hagopian reminds us of the history of Israeli incursions on the Noble Sanctuary and the now-withered panArab defence of the site. Plus Bibi blames Al Jazeera for incitement.

Opposition unites on Al Aqsa

The Israeli government, taking for granted Palestinian disunity and random opposition, assumed it had a chance to chase Palestinians away from Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif. Instead their actions produced a rare unity between Fatah and Hamas and a number of NGOs in an angry opposition to their attempts at control. The climbdown of the Security Cabinet may be too little too late.

From a quiet religious site to one of noisy political violence

Or when ethnic and religious cleansing are the same thing. Since 1967 the Al Aqsa compound and Western Wall in Jerusalem have become the most fought-over symbols of possession and control. Fighting a symbolic war causes fewer deaths than actual war but still has major consequences.

Fight to the death for control over sacred site

Dan Cohen, in Electronic Intifada, runs though the Israelis who see ‘Temple Mount’ as the acme of their identity. The discourse is rarely conducted in the language of democratic politics – equality, justice – and rarely of religion. It is a language of the tribal right to control.

This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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From the massacre at Deir Yassin through the ‘de-development’ of Gaza to the trial of strength – security v. religious freedom – at the Al Aqsa mosque.

Shin Bet warns, Cabinet ignores

Israel’s Security Cabinet met on Thursday to decide whether or not to remove the metal detectors from the entrance to the holy compound. Shin Bet advised they should be removed. But Bibi was more worried about what his hard-right rivals would say than by what Palestinians would do.

‘The world outside doesn’t want to know. Everyone wants us to die’

Sarah Helm talks to Palestinians in Gaza city where levels of mental and physical disability are unbearably high especially as scant medical and social services shrink even more. They feel helpless and hopeless, controlled by three rigid forces, Hamas, the PA and the IDF.

Security cabinet – just smash the protest

Three comments on the violence outside Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount. A despairing Chemi Shalev says ‘You know the tragedy can be avoided, but no one seems to care’; Al Jazeera – of course the security clamp-down is increasing resistance; Hamas leader Haniyeh calls on “all Palestinians, all Muslims and Arabs to assemble for Al-Aqsa and mass demonstrations following tomorrow’s [Friday] prayers.”