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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, 23rd-29th August – a summary of recent postings

jfjfpThe new B’tselem report on Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, covering the period from 1 January 2009 to 30 April 2010, is complemented by the story of Noor H, who three times a week goes for dialysis at an East Jerusalem hospital. Chronically ill and barely able to walk, she has to cross an Israeli checkpoint on foot. Most of the time she is meticulously searched. No one from her family can accompany her… And the Gaza Mall, a 10-shop complex, opened a month ago,  provides ammunition to Zionist zealots, as any sign that Gaza is not completely broken is used against it…

Non-violent resistance continues and is brutally suppressed by Israel. Now Abdallah Abu Rahmah, the coordinator of the Bil’in Popular Committee, has been convicted of incitement and organizing illegal marches by an Israeli military court – do join the call for his immediate release. As the Magnes Zionist points out, occupation law in effect bans all Palestinian protest. Israel sees the whole world as against it as Channel 10 screens a film entitled Who is Organizing the World-wide Hatred of Israel Movement?. Uri Avneri comments pithily on it.

Hagai El-Ad, executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, comments – in the Jewish Chronicle – on Israel’s sad slide from democracy, while a Yediot Acharonot round up shows how sanctions are biting against Israeli companies involved in the occupation. Israeli theatre groups are, for the first time, to perform in the settlements; some actors are refusing to go…

Peace talks are due to open soon. Between whom, one may ask as Hamas is excluded and Abu Mazen fears to consult the Palestinians he is supposed to represent. Paul Rogers sees little prospect of progress in the forthcoming peace talks, while Didi Remez of Coteret publishes a translation of a Yedioth Ahronoth scoop – minutes of a White House negotiations briefing for Jewish-American leadership. Phyllis Bennis reports on the growing grassroots boycott, divestment and sanctions movement in the United States; and Robert Malley & Peter Harling’s “Beyond Moderates and militants” provides what the Magnes Zionist describes as “simply one of the best policy diagnoses and prescriptions ever. It’s a long read, but worth the time spent.”

In a long, two-part analysis Ran Greenstein casts a refreshing eye over the whole debate about Israel and apartheid and makes careful distinctions. He argues that the “notion of apartheid may be applicable in different ways to different components of the system. While Israel clearly is different from South African historical apartheid, in crucial respects it has affinities with apartheid in its generic sense.”

Finally, in The Lotus Eaters, Moris Farhi MBE, a vice-president of International PEN, gives a lyrical account of being Jewish, of his love for Israel and his alarm at what it has become: “I am a Turkish Jew, born in Ankara in 1935. My mother’s family, from Salonika, Greece, perished in Auschwitz… Israel’s birth became the mainstay of my existence. I embraced her as my spiritual country. And her survival has been – still is – my life’s primary concern… However, for many years now I have deplored the politics of her governments. Today, as Israel veers toward ultra-nationalism and religious extremism, I fear for her future.”

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