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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, 29th November–5 December – a summary of recent postings

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What a week! The fires raging in the Galilee on the slopes of Mount Carmel, are not simply a natural disaster. They reveal a startling lack of preparation as neo-liberal governments have ignored the fire services’warning of impending catastrophe for years on end. But never fear: racism is having a field day and those who want a scapegoat for the disaster have as ever been busy targeting the “Jews” – who, in this case, are the Palestinian Israelis, accused of being enemies of the state and therefore obviously responsible for the fires…

An impressive international coalition of over 25 development, human-rights and peace-building organisations has just published a new report on the situation in case following the ‘easing of the blockade in June. It is called simply “Dashed Hopes”. We reproduce its conclusions here. Meanwhile, in Gaza, Defence of Children International, has recorded the fifteenth and sixteenth shooting of Palestinian children this year for the ‘crime’ of collecting building gravel inside the Gaza Strip but unfortunately also within the rifle sights of Israeli soldiers. And the Palestinian General Delegation has published its regular update of recent assaults and attacks on Palestinians under occupation. The latest incidents include a seven-year old being brutally beaten; a Jordan valley village bulldozed; destruction of agricultural facilities, of a mosque, of family housing, of a road. And much more…

The Conservative-Liberal-democratic coalition is finally completing the capitulation to Israeli pressure, initiated but unfulfilled by Labour, to ‘reform’ the law on universal jurisdiction. It’s  a naked politicisation of the law and will make it much harder to prosecute war criminals wherever they come from. There is no doubt that the reason for the proposed change is to appease Israel and “the Jewish community” in Britain. Not this section of the Jewish community – not in our name! There is still time to urge your MP to oppose the change.

The Tel Aviv-based Reut Institute has been arguing for a while that the UK has become the centre of a systematic assault on Israel’s right to exist that unites Middle East resistance networks with allies on the liberal-left in Europe, in what it calls a red-green alliance. It has just followed up its February report “The Delegitimization Challenge: Creating a Political Firewall” with a call on supporters of Israel to build this “firewall”. Writing in the Jewish Chronicle Martin Bright explains why this won’t be easy for, he says: “The other side has a far better product to sell to liberals: decades of discrimination, a nationless people facing a colonising military power.” Amen to that.

On the plus side, it would appear that liberal Jewish critics of Israeli policies in Britain have the wind in their sails. David Landau, former editor of Ha’aretz writes: “What a warm feeling of Zionist solidarity awaits me in London next week. To stand before UK Jewish groups and cry: “Gevalt! Israel is becoming an apartheid state”- and know this warning is no longer repressed heresy but mainstream discourse within Anglo-Jewry.” But Ron Prosor, Israel’s ambassador to the UK, struck back at UJIA chairman Mick Davis over his outspoken comments on Israel, accusing him of using language “straight from our opponents’ lexicon”…

Last week we posted an article by Jeremiah Haber which asked “Do you have to love Israel as a Jewish state to be part of the Jewish community?” This week we have his wider reflections on whether there can be a progressive Zionism and why “when push comes to shove, many progressive Zionists I know will let their Zionism trump their progressiveness”.

Richard Falk, outgoing UN United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, has urged the United Nations and the international community to draft a new protocol of international humanitarian law to address the situation of prolonged occupation and refugee status imposed upon the Palestinian people for over 43 years of Israeli occupation. He argues it should be treated as a new type of crime against humanity.

Not too much about Israel in the Wikileaks to date. But of what there is, Audrey Farber writes: “In the WikiLeaked cables, the Israeli government constantly highlights three threats: “Iran’s nuclear program, the build-up of rockets and missiles in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza, and the Goldstone Report.” In defense against each of these threats, and in other arenas, the Israelis seem adept at coercing the US into doing their bidding.”

Finally, we wish all our readers a happy Chanukah.

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