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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

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29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

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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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False claims by Know-Nothings


Jewish Voice for Peace, left of photo, joins forces with Black Lives Matter. Dozens of US groups opposed to their city councils touring Israel have been protesting [This page from February 2015 Twitter.com/OccupyWallStNYC is no longer there]

Reproduced September 25th, 2016 by Lee Kaplan who writes, on the American Center for Democracy website: “Jewish Voice for Peace, a new [sic] anti- Israeli Jewish group joins Black Lives Matter in a new blood-libel [sic] claiming Israel abuses blacks, not just Arabs.” JVP was founded in 1996. The blood libel is the old antisemitic claim, common in 12thC Christendom, that Jews capture Christian children to drain them of their blood which can then be used in Jewish rites.

Does Aristotle write for Tablet and the Forward?

Self-Criticism from an Israeli, American, and Orthodox Jewish Perspective

By Jerry Haber, Magnes Zionist
July 06, 2017

Aristotle’s logic includes not only rules of valid inference but also fallacies, i.e., rules of invalid inference and other strategies to trip up your opponent in debate.

If Aristotle were around today, he would offer the following rule for the online writer: Always link to a claim that doesn’t really support your claim. Most of your readers won’t check your links anyway, just as most readers of scholarly articles don’t check footnotes.

Two articles on movements that support boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel appeared in the mainstream Jewish media today. What they shared was the “confirmatory link” fallacy.

Over at Tablet, Prof. Jarrod Tanny (a.k.a. Jarropolk Tenewitz) calls upon Jewish Studies colleagues to recognize Jewish Voice for Peace’s “demagoguery” and take a stand against the organization. He attributes to JVP a litany of offences, and, as any good academic, provides links ostensibly to support his claims. But a perusal of the links shows that none backs up his assertions.

Especially odd is his link purporting to provide evidence for his claim that JVP doesn’t take leftwing antisemitism seriously. I clicked on the link expecting to find a JVP statement to that effect. Instead, my browser was redirected to an ADL website which made no mention of leftwing antisemitism at all, much less JVP’s alleged tolerance of of it. Giving Prof. Tanny the benefit of the doubt, I clicked again and read the entire ADL profile. Again, no mention of “left” or “leftwing” antisemitism. I then googled “JVP” and “anti-Semitism” and found JVP’s condemnation of Alison Weir, a pro-Palestinian activist, for not dissociating herself from anti-Semites, as well as noted leftwing anti-Semite Gilad Atzmon’s criticism of JVP for its position.

Although this was the most egregious of the nine links purportedly supporting Prof. Tanny’s claims, an examination of each one of them shows that they don’t support them at all. I don’t have time for all the debunking; just click and see for yourself. And that’s leaving aside the fact that some of the links don’t even take you to JVP websites.

Unlike Prof. Tanny, I am not discouraged that other Jewish Studies academics are not rallying to his call. Apparently, he is one corner; the rest of his colleagues are somewhere else.


Photo from the Lincoln Center import of the Ha’Bima National Theatre / The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv’s production of DavidGrossman’s To the End of the Land.

But why pick on Tablet when, the Forward, under the misleading headline, “David Grossman Play Under Attack By BDS Supporters” claims that Grossman’s play is a “surprising target” for boycott, when it is not being targeted for boycott at all. As anybody who reads the link to Adalah NY can see, the boycott is not at all targeted against Grossman or his play as such, but against the Israeli government’s support of the play, and the fact that the two Israeli theatre companies producing it perform in settlements built illegally on Palestinian land. (The first reason is mentioned by the Forward.) “Why would anybody boycott a play by a good Israeli like David Grossman” makes as much sense as “Why would anybody boycott a symphony by a good Russian like Shostakovich?? And yet when the Moscow Symphony Orchestra performed in the United States at the height of the student struggle for Soviet Jewry, Jewish activists outside the concert halls asked concertgoers to boycott the Soviet Union’s exercise in public diplomacy. It wasn’t Shostakovich or the conductor that was being boycotted. (I suppose this could be called “Shostakovich -washing”)

At least Tablet and the Forward provides links, and to be fair, the Forward gets most of the story right. But maybe they assume — or hope — that their readers won’t click.

Or maybe when it comes to non-violent actions taken by supporters of Palestinian human rights, demonization is de rigeur.

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