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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

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The week in brief, 19th-25th July – a summary of recent postings

jfjfpWe in JfJfP are taking the lead in organising a Jewish boat to Gaza. Its symbolism, political purpose and statement of operating principles are laid out and there is an appeal for donations to help fund the project. If you haven’t given yet, please do so now.

In Israel Ishai Menuhin, of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, has drawn attention to former Israeli judge and current legal affairs editor for the right-leaning and largest Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Aharonoth, Boaz Okon, who has “called a spade a spade using both the forbidden words; apartheid and fascism…” Janan Abdu writes about the persecution of her husband Ameer Makhoul as pressure on Israel’s Palestinian citizens is ratcheted up. Gush Shalom sees Israel’s proposed anti-boycott legislation as fueling the world-wide boycott movement.

Avrum Burg former speaker of the Knesset, former Chair of the Jewish agency, and author of The Holocaust is Over: It is time to Move On, is planning to found a new party in Israel, with ‘total commitment to equality, without a trace of discrimination and racism’. Richard Silverstein of Tikun Olam is ambivalent, and the Magnes Zionist ask some probing questions of Burg…

A former high-up in Likud, former defence and foreign minister, Moshe Arens is talking of a one-state solution. And he is not the only right-winder doing so, as Noam Sheizaf chronicles at length. Ali Abunimah welcomes this development, but Uri Avnery is horrified by it.

The Israeli military investigation into the assault on Gaza has published a further report which, surprise, surprise, says veteran South African journalist Allister Sparks, has vindicated Richard Goldstone, so vilified earlier by the official bodies of the Jewish community in South Africa – and of course elsewhere.

Mustapha Barghouti, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative, talks on YouTube about the rise of the Palestinian non-violent movement, complementing our recent posting Palestinian non-violent resistance

In the UK, the coalition government is moving to make the application of universal jurisdiction much more difficult. Some MPs are protesting…

The Institute of Jewish Policy Research published its report on the results of the new survey of Jewish opinion in Britain and Tony Lerman, author of the previous 1997 report, comments on it. And Continuum announces the publication of Keith Kahn-Harris and Ben Gidley’s Turbulent Times: The British Jewish Community Today, the first book-length study of contemporary British Jewry.

Chris Patten, now president of the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians, urges a bolder EU approach over Middle East conflict, calling the blockade a “terrible failure – immoral, illegal and ineffective” – which had “deliberately triggered an economic and social crisis which has many humanitarian consequences”; implicitly criticising US dominance of the Middle East quartet; and recognising the need to talk to Hamas.

Chris Spannos raises the question as to Why is it so difficult to criticise Israel in the US? by telling how a small community group in Cape Cod has just been turfed out of its venue, the old Woods Hold Firehouse. Why? On 4 June it screened the award-winning documentary Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority, a film by American brothers Sufyan and Abdallah Omeish that “details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace.”…

Finally, OR Books announces the forthcoming publication of Midnight on the Mavi Marmara in which “a range of activists, journalists, and analysts piece together the events that occurred that May night, mixing together first-hand testimony, documentary record, and illustration, with hard-headed analysis and historical overview”.

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