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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

This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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Today, Sunday November 19th, is the eve of the UN’s Universal Children’s Day and of an imaginative JfJfP event. It brings the commemoration of the death of a loved one – viz. Yahrzeit, in this case of children – into the open space of Trafalgar Square: Yahrzeit commemoration, 20th November 2017 There happen to be […]

Harm to Palestinians must be proportional

Israel does not recognise human rights law but the Supreme Court has upheld the rights of property owners, even when they are Arabs. Now the country’s top lawyer (AG) has ruled – to cries of outrage – that Palestinian land can be seized to provide access to settlements.

Battlefield BDS

Phil Weiss subjects a speech given by Ron Brummer, executive director for operations of the Israeli Ministry for Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, i.e. Gilad Erdan’s anti-BDS unit, to a close reading.
Brummer thinks BDS-ers are sneaky and cunning; Israel’s defenders should up their game and not just rely on their wealthy donors

Annexing Palestine settlement by settlement

A report from Peace Now says that in the last few months there have been ‘unprecedented developments’ – which it lists – amounting to the de facto annexation of the Palestinian West Bank

Yahrzeit commemoration, 20th November 2017

Jews for Justice for Palestinians invites you to join us on 20th November in Trafalgar Square to remember all the children, Palestinian and Israeli, killed in the 50 years of Israeli occupation. Help us light the over two thousand candles needed to commemorate the children who have died.

Speakers include: Chris Rose, Amos Trust; Rabbi Alexandra Wright; Shamiul Jourdar, Friends of Al Aqsa; Pat Gaffney, Pax Christi
Music from Julia Katarina, Garth Hewitt & Leah Levane
Reading of the names: ANDY DE LA TOUR & SUSAN WOOLDRIDGE

Heir to throne deplores US ‘Jewish lobby’

When Prince Charles writes of the ‘Jewish lobby’ in the US what is he referring to? The pro-Israel lobby has more Christians than Jews. Or is he thinking of some secretive and nefarious group trying to manipulate government policy? His judgment that ‘the exodus of foreign Jews’ to Palestine after WW2 ‘helped cause’ current problems is not wrong though it’s badly put.

NIBS.6: Killed 1967-2017, the years of Occupation,

Plus the Taylor Force Act; Amos Trust carol service, Dec. 4th; Peace Now report on de facto annexation; EU officials barred from entering Israel;

Farmers to lose their land to settlement parks

This is an interim report on the Israeli state’s theft of land for building play facilities for the settlement of Avnei Hefetz. Peace Now reports that last year settlement construction increased by over one third. More are planned.

BDS supporters banned from Israel

These articles only make sense if you know that Israeli ministers project onto BDS supporters a desire to destroy Israel. The first is straight out of the apocalyptic anti-BDS unit (shame on JPost for publishing it), the second is JPost’s more factual report.

US and Israel becoming strangers

It’s long been obvious that PM Netanyahu has no interest in diaspora Jews despite the slogan that Israel is the home for all Jews. He prefers the ardour of Evangelical Christians and in coupling up with Pres. Trump to renege on the Iran deal for which they both blame Obama who got most of the votes of US Jews. Judy Maltz on the separation.

Palestinian Jews aghast at Balfour

Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews from long-settled Palestinian/Ottoman families responded to the Balfour Declaration with dismay. They thought it a ‘needless provocation’ and hated the idea of western culture being imposed on the Arab-Jewish semitic culture.

The role of diaspora Jews vis-à-vis Israel

Perhaps because the questions of Forward were addressed only to Rabbis, the answers they got were largely pro-Israel conservative. The idea that Jews must protect Israel as it is a small fragile country seems, like a lot of the answers, to be based on a fantasy Israel. Israel has the third highest military spending per capita.

Israel out of sync with progressive politics

Here’s a paradox. Many American states have passed laws to protect Israel from critics. But polls show American Jews mostly feel indifferent to Israel and feel hostile to the growing power of their religious Jews – especially the little-known Mizrahi. And the Occupation, enforced by martial law, is something they can’t stomach. Huff Post, Mosaic.

ZOA protects its status with some weird friends

Since he left his job as chief strategist Steve Bannon has been preparing for war (against the Republican party and all things Islamic) presenting his own ‘alt-right’ politics as just what Trump needs. He’s trying to recruit Jews to join him.

Questions about Patel’s Israeli meetings still not answered

Priti Patel has not given a credible account of her visit to Israeli ministers. It does evoke an antisemitic trope, as Jonathan Cook acknowledges, to talk about the secrecy and opacity of the Israel lobby and of the Israeli government.

Trump’s Rabbis

A majority of American Jews have liberal pro-Democrat politics. And the minority? Some have formed a Coalition for Jewish Values – resolutely pro-Trump and very conservative on matters of women and sex. Too soon to tell what impact they may have on American politics.

This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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Of course there’s the news-hugging Conservative MP Priti Patel, now banished to the back-benches. Was she on a government mission? Plus the anniversary of Rabin’s killing; the restricted Palestinian media; and much more besides

Dear Profs you make Zionism critically untouchable

In a letter to the Times, three well-known Jews say that anti-Zionism has no place in a civilised society. Zionism has been a constant of Jewish life since AD70. This startles Robert Cohen. Zionism has waxed and waned, its meaning has changed and if we cannot discuss Zionism and its effect on Palestinians we will no longer be a civilised society.

Two faces of Zionism

In his eloquent talk on antisemitism and the Left, Brian Klug deplores the specious attacks from the Right, but argues that the Left’s simple view of imperialist hegemony has blinded them/us to the Zionism that meant, for E. European Jews, their only hope of emancipation.

Israel damaged by Tory supporters

The circumstances of Tory MP Priti Patel’s summer visit to Israeli ministers (including PM Netanyahu) remain mysterious. She had an earlier meeting with Gilad Erdan, the anti-BDS minister. We can only wait for more facts, not rumour or speculation. Marcus Dysch gets in a dig about Labour’s “anti-Israel fervour”.