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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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B. Michael – Israeli journalist of courage and integrity

ynetnewsB.Michael isn’t as well known outside Israel as he should be. He writes for the mass circulation Hebrew newspaper Yediot Aharonot, commenting with sardonic wit on the self-delusions of Israeli politics.

In his most recent column (15 May), Presidential demagoguery, takes on the notion of ‘natural growth’ as a justification for further settlement construction:

During President Shimon Peres’ public relations campaign on behalf of the Netanyahu government, he sank as low as to defend the weakest national-religious-Orthodox bluff: The myth of natural growth as a pretext for settlement construction.
After the American vice president refused to be impressed by this folly, our honorable president gaped at him with amazement and a sense of insult. What do they want? He asked in a whiny voice, that young couples will get married and have nowhere to live?
However, Mr. Peres, where does it say that young couples must live near their parents? And where does it say that the State’s duty is to supply every young man and woman with a plot of land at their birthplace?
… Does every young couple in northern Tel Aviv see the government build an apartment for them in northern Tel Aviv? Or is this bizarre prerogative only reserved for the children of settlers and their partners?
Our honorable president would do well to be informed of the following: There is plenty of room between Metula in the north and Eilat in the south. In this great space, every settler couple can find a place of residence in line with their financial abilities. This is what any other young couple in Israel does, and there is no reason why a young settler couple would conduct itself any differently…

Or again, at the very start of the war on Gaza (29 Dec 2008) he wrote in Déjà vu in Gaza that only ‘hatred, bereavement, pain, and desire for revenge will come out of Gaza op’. All the ‘operations’,’wars’, ‘battles’ and ‘campaigns’ since the war of 1967 ‘constitute one ongoing war; one great butcher shop. The war of occupier against occupied, and the war of the occupied against the occupier.
And again we hear all the great words about courage, surprise, sophistication, and success. Yet the nature of the “surprise” we delivered against Hamas isn’t quite clear. I mean, did the group fail to deploy its airplanes? Did it fail to advance its armored corps in advance? Did it fail to deploy its Patriot missile batteries? …
Yet we have seen this bleeding folly time and again. After all, this was precisely the way Israel conducted itself during the terrible years of the Intifada. After every terrible attack by Palestinian groups, Israel bombed a police station or office of facility belonging to the Palestinian Authority, to the point where the PA lost its power and status, allowing Hamas to rise to power on its ashes…

And his Let us remember and not forget, for Holocaust Memorial Day 2009, reproduced elsewhere on this website.

For more go to Ynet News and search for “B. Michael”

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