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JfJfP comments


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, 13th-19th September – a summary of recent postings

jfjfpMuhammad Ali Khalidi argues that the new “ethical code” designed for the Israeli army to take into account the “fight against terror”… contains two innovations: it includes acts aimed exclusively at military targets in its definition of “terrorism,” and it contains a principle of distinction that prioritizes the lives of citizen combatants over those of noncitizen noncombatants, contrary to centuries of theorizing about the morality of war as well as international humanitarian law…

Time magazine’s Karl Vick published an article observing that solving the conflict with the Palestinians is very low on the agenda of most Israelis today. It wasn’t long before the Abe Foxman of the ADL accused Time magazine of being antisemitic!

Marlin Dick assesses “Hizballah’s Domestic Growing Pains,” and argues that as “time passes, and occasional rhetoric aside, the party behaves more and more like a Chicago political machine than a branch of the Revolutionary Guard…”

Within Israel, ACRI warns of  “an alarming trend taking shape in the current Knesset, which flourished during the last session: the use of democratic processes by the majority, specifically legislation, to hinder freedom of expression, to harm our system of checks and balances, and to violate the rights of minority groups in Israel…”

Joel Beinen analyses the emergence of a new protest generation in Israel, opposing the Judaization of East Jerusalem.

The second international session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine takes place in London, in November. It will examine international corporate complicity in “Israel’s Violations of International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, and War Crime”.

Keith Kahn-Harris and Ben Gidley, are the authors of Turbulent Times: The British-Jewish Community Today which explores how the Jewish community, which has experienced an explosion of cultural activity as Britain has changed from a mono-cultural to a multicultural society, has sometimes needed to navigate between this cultural renaissance and fears of a new antisemitism as the tense politics of Israel have made being British and Jewish uncomfortable for many… There are two meetings in London in October to explore these themes.

Under the occupation there are currently about 7,000 Palestinians are political prisoners in Israeli goals. They are often subject to cruel and degrading treatment which includes being held in cramped and confined spaces, served poor quality food, deprived of family visits and arbitrarily beaten, tear gassed or placed in solitary confinement…

A year after the Goldstone report concluded that both Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups committed war crimes, possible crimes against humanity and other grave violations of international law during the 2008-09 conflict in Gaza and southern Israel, Amnesty International condemned the continuing absence of accountability and warned that the victims’ hopes for justice now hang in the balance –  a warning that JfJfP endorsed.

Another step towards normalising the occupation was taken when Israel’s leading theatre companies agreed to perform at a new cultural centre in Ariel, in the heart of the occupied West Bank. Several important Israeli actors and directors refused to go along with this. JfJfP wrote to signatories we knew as writers, actors and theatre directors to draw their attention to this protest and asked them to circulate widely to others in the field. A major campaign of support was coordinated by Jewish Voice for Peace in the States. But Pacbi (the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) was highly critical of the Israelis for not having spoken out on other issues. Veteran Israeli peace activist Reuven Kaminer, in his turn, argues that Pacbi’s criticism was misguided. B’tselem’s recent factsheet on Ariel provides helpful background.

Finally, at its annual congress in Manchester the British TUC voted unanimously to back sanctions against companies which profit from illegal Israeli occupation and settlements. TUC general secretary Brendan Barber expressed the support of the general council for the motion, demanding that the “siege of Gaza must end.” And, for good measure, the Netherlands cancelled a tour of the country by a forum of Israeli mayors because their group included representatives of West Bank settlements…

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