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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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Ynet warns that many far-right Europeans claim kinship with Israel and Zionism

These are not our friends
Israeli leaders should be careful about forming alliances with Europe’s far Right racists
Raphael Mimoun, Op-Ed, Israel Opinion
28.07.11


Anders Behring Breivik, the man who killed at least 76 people in Norway on Friday, described himself as being “pro-Zionism” and “pro-Israeli nationalism.” This is not a coincidence.

More and more far Right activists and sympathizers in Europe share this position and most express unconditional support for Israeli policies. This support is certainly not based on common beliefs and values – as a matter of fact, anti-Semitism, Jewish conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial are still very present in the rhetoric of many of these groups. Neither is it based on a common understanding of the Middle East conflict. Europe’s far Right supports Israel because it believes the Israel-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab conflict is a religious and cultural conflict. It sees Israel as a Western, Judeo-Christian entity facing a sea of Muslim and Arab hostiles. In short, this conflict is for them a symptom of the “clash of civilization.”

Europe’s far Right has indeed been focusing, for the past several years, on Muslim and Arab immigration, and the supposed incompatibility between their culture, beliefs and traditions on one hand, and democracy and Europeanism on the other. After centuries of open and explicit anti-Semitism, Europe’s far Right has shifted its hateful speech and incitement to target immigration from Islamic countries and Muslims and Arabs already living in Europe.

Many Israeli politicians, including members of Knesset and even government officials, have warmly welcomed support from these far Right groups and political parties. This is a disturbing mistake.
Most of these groups have obvious fascist, neo-Nazi, Islamophobic and racist tendencies. Many of their politicians have made explicit anti-Semitic comments and denied the Holocaust in the past. Despite its international isolation, Israel should never associate itself with such movements. Not only does it tarnish its already negative image and low international standing; not only does it provide arguments to those calling Israel a fascist state; more importantly, it represents a moral stain, an ethical aberration for the Jewish people.

For the sake of Israel’s moral status, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” must not be applied here. Arab and Muslim haters in Europe and in North America should not be welcomed as allies.

Indeed, Israel’s allies must be ones whose values, beliefs and vision of the world are in line with our own.

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