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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


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


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


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

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The week in brief, 7th-13th June – a summary of recent postings

jfjfpAnother week devoted to reporting, once again, on the Gaza flotilla and its aftermath.

Evidence emerging from the kidnapped passengers calls the Israeli account ever more into question. The need for an independent and impartial inquiry is ever more urgent, as affirmed by Professor Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, on 11 June. (Though leading Democratic senator Chuck Schumer – and possible candidate for Senate Majority leader in November – doesn’t see it that way, and forcefully advocates the continuation of the blockade of Gaza.)

Uri Avnery poses 81 questions for any Inquiry about the Gaza Flotilla to be taken seriously: about the real aims of the Gaza blockade; about the decision to attack the flotilla; about the planning of the action, about the action itself; about the behaviour of the IDF spokesman; about the forthcoming inquiry; and, finally, about what the Israeli political and military leadership is trying to hide…

This follows on dozens of reports of Israeli brutality and violence culminating in Democracy Now’s screening of footage smuggled off the Mavi Marmara , showing what appears to be a cold blooded execution of one of its passengers. The Magnes Zionist comments on the Turkish doctor who treated the commandos on the Marmara and Richard Silverstein discusses the video evidence.

Many interesting and thoughtful analyses have appeared – see Simone Susskind’s selection, for example;  Henry Siegman, Israel’s Greatest Loss: Its Moral Imagination [Siegman is a former director of the American Jewish Congress!], Noam Chomsky,  The Real Threat Aboard the Freedom Flotilla and Alastair Crooke, After the Israeli flotilla incident, Turkey is the new Palestinian champion. And, in the context of vigorous calls for expanding BDS activity against Israel, human-rights attorney Noura Erakat reflects on ten years of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in the United States.

Gisha goes back to basics with answers to frequently asked questions about the Gaza blockade.

Meanwhile, in Israel a 10,000-strong demonstration against the government in Tel Aviv ended with an  attack on veteran peace activist Uri Avnery; and MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad), a participant in the floilla who earlier on suffered a near-lynching in the Knesset, is now likely to be stripped of parliamentary privileges after a Knesset sub-committee called overwhelmingly for just that.

A ghoulish ’satirical’ video called ‘We con the world’ and mocking the suffering of Gaza and the flotilla, was posted on You Tube. Nothing particular in that – except the Israeli government’s press office thought it was genuine and disseminated it abroad before having to withdraw it, saying ‘ the contents of the clip did not [any longer?! -ed] reflect the official position of the State of Israel’.… In Britain over 150 people signed a letter of protest to the BBC at its biased coverage of the whole flotilla incident.

On the plus side: there are signs that the EU, led by Spain, is seeking an independent and tougher line on Israel; Chris Patten, former European Commissioner for External Relations, has spoken out strongly and very progressively on the topic; and the Gaza-Eqyptian border remains open ‘indefinitely’.

And, of course, the Jewish boat to Gaza. European Jews for a Just Peace is sponsoring the boat and  JfJfP is right behind it. The JC made this its lead front-page story, reporting howls of outrage from the Jewish community representatives. They obviously speak for a very different Jewish community…

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