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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

Shout for the stolen babies

The whispered, then proven, crime of taking Mizrahi babies and infants for adoption by ‘proper’ Jews appears to Amira Hass as the epitome of a necessary struggle for truth and justice and against the arrogance of a ruling elite– as is also true of the Palestinian struggle.

A brief history of managing Palestinians

This is one of the US State department’s country reviews of human rights treating the oPt as a country governed by 3 regimes – Hamas, the PA and Israel. It is long, doesn’t spare any of the regimes but at no point does it define why Israel has the authority to control Palestinians in the way it details here. Useful for reference.

Love, sex and the Balfour Declaration

Law professor Nathan Brun rescues a remarkable British Jew – Edwin Montagu – from the dustbin of history. He – strongly opposing Zionism in theory and practice – spoke and wrote a coherent anti-Zionist argument in his post as minister for India in Lloyd George’s 1916-19 government.

Israeli law expert backs Palestinian property rights

Land under Israeli control is not subject to the usual free market rules. There is a thicket of property law -Ottoman, British mandate, Jordanian Custodian of Enemy Property, Israeli and constant state interference. Since 1967 Israeli Jews have tried to reclaim their property. The Palestinians of Sheikh Jarrah have been defending their property from claimants and settlers.

Orthodox Jews in the US stay silent on white supremacy

The Council on American-Islamic Relations managed it, so too did most Christian and reform Jewish bodies; even Mrs May had a go. Orthodox Jewry remained silent seeming to think if Jews are not the victims it’s not worth bothering about.

PA ends security pact with Israel

Since 1995, as part of the Oslo agreements, the Palestinian Authority has provided the political policing of the West Bank working with the IDF’s admin unit, COGAT. Since the Al-Aqsa gates debacle, the PA has become more outspoken and has announced it is ending its work with COGAT which aims to “consolidate the colonial system through illegal settlements.”

How the JNF goes about getting land

The Jewish National Fund, est. 1901 to ‘reclaim’ land in Palestine for Jewish immigrants is a non-profit company. As a large landholder it in fact acts as an arm of the Israeli state funded by overseas Jews. Here, Peace Now is highly critical of its methods of acquiring land. Peace Now

Open space for white supremacists

America’s far right is ebullient. It’s getting more media coverage than it has in years. The lack of BAME persons in the counter-protests suggests it might be succeeding in its aim of terrorising black, brown, Muslim people. And the Forward’s Nathan Guttman finds out it is anti-semitic as part of its overall racism.

Beleagured PM blames fake news and conspiracies

Netanyahu has stayed in power so long because he’s Mr. Security and because supporters need to believe his claims of fake news and a media witch hunt. But, says Amos Harel, his judgment has become very flakey threatening his image as a safe pair of hands.

This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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From EU and British engagement in MidEast wars – while diplomatically remaining detached – through the US attempt to outlaw support for BDS and the women of Al Aqsa to the scary rally for an ailing Israeli PM.

Ban boycotts, ban free speech

Trade figures show that the BDS is having an imperceptible effect on the Israeli economy. So why are Israel, many American states, and, here, the US Congress taking such effortful risks to try to outlaw the practice and proposals of boycott while the same people support a harsh boycott of Russia?

EU funding for Israeli military

Before two preposterous leaders, Pres. Trump and N. Korea’s ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim Jong-un began their bluster war, the prevailing mode of 21st century war was what Jeff Halper called ‘pacification’ – military plus to keep a people passive without annihilating them. This they sold to other governments with restive populations, tried and tested on the Palestinians. So the discovery that Elbit systems, nominally a private company, has been handsomely rewarded by the EU through its 2020 Horizon programme is not surprising. We know this thanks to a few diligent MEPs, not one of them British.

MidEast wars – great British business opportunity

Popular and parliamentary pressure has led to increasing restrictions on what British-made weapons may be sold to which country. Getting contracts used to be a simple matter of bribing the right person with the right amount of gifts. Now the industry relies on senior ministers to sell their implements of death and destruction, here, as revealed in released archives, during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

Is non-violence a new, hopeful model?

Palestine Monitor interviews Mustafa Barghouti about the peaceful mass protest outside Al Aqsa. He disagrees with those who saw it as a wholly religious initiative as secular people were alongside the religious – achieving a unique unity. He believes it lifted the dead feelings of depression and hopelessness, that it worked and hopes it will spread as the mode of resistance. It depends on the party factions….

M. le President – what of the anti-Zionist Jews?

Shlomo Sand, the Israeli historian who renounced his Jewishness, writes a letter (CounterPunch article) to President Macron who, after a promising start, said in a speech welcoming PM Netanyahu “Anti-Zionism is the reinvented form of anti-Semitism”.

Where Bibi has brought his people: “Death to journalists”

These are two scary reports from Israeli papers of the recent rally held by PM Netanyahu for no purpose other than for his fans to express their adulation for him and their hatred of all his critics, the rule of law and, especially, the media.

The women defenders of Al-Aqsa

Photos of the successful, peaceful protest at the establishment of security gates outside the Lion’s gate to the Al Aqsa mosque featured many men as did interviews. In everyday life, the principal defenders of the mosque are women members of the Islamic movement. We had to look to older articles to find the reports.

The religious govern Al-Aqsa crisis

The civil disobedience of Jerusalemites outside Haram Al-Sharif attracted mass support because if was free of the usual factionalism of political leadership and was instead a peaceful protest led by people with religious authority says Ahmad Melhem.

Post-Bibi Possibilities

As Israel’s Prime Minister goes down, ensnared in corruption scandals, Mitchell Plitnick says he and his right wing have so changed the landscape no successor can salvage a realistic peace process.

Can national liberation still be the Palestinian goal?

Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi, old hands in the peace process, say the PLO leadership is past its sell-by date – and with it, the idea of a national liberation movement. Yet Palestinian political identity is growing stronger and that will need forms of political expression.