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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

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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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Today, Sunday November 19th, is the eve of the UN’s Universal Children’s Day and of an imaginative JfJfP event. It brings the commemoration of the death of a loved one – viz. Yahrzeit, in this case of children – into the open space of Trafalgar Square:
Yahrzeit commemoration, 20th November 2017

There happen to be several articles published this week on the growing, and irrevocable, gulf between the values of American Jews and Israeli Jews:
Israel out of sync with progressive politics

The Jews of N. America and of western Europe have long been associated with the progressive politics of each state they lived in. The Jews of today’s Israel are not. Nowhere was that difference more apparent than in attitudes to Pres. Obama – overwhelmingly favourable among American Jews, wholly hostile among the majority of Jewish Israelis.
US and Israel becoming strangers

Because of this reality, a new group, Coalition for Jewish Values, has been formed. Its aim is to give a voice to all the anti-Left Jews, especially the Orthodox who are pro-Trump and very conservative:
Trump’s Rabbis

Rabbis seem to be, in general, more conservative than their congregations. The Forward has been conducting a series of ‘Rabbi Roundtables’ on different issues. On What is the Diaspora Jew’s role vis a vis Israel?, most of the Rabbis felt it was part of their duty to support fragile little Israel:
The role of diaspora Jews vis-à-vis Israel

As we know, the Balfour Declaration divided Jews in Britain. It also divided the Jews living in Palestine. Most of the Jewish population there at the time had Sephardi or Mizrahi backgrounds and, says David Halbfinger, Jerusalem bureau chief of the NY Times, felt closer to Palestinian Arabs than to British Jews. They saw the Declaration as being stupidly provocative:
Palestinian Jews aghast at Balfour

The Knesset with its right-wing majority has passed several laws of dubious legality and definite immorality. The Act it passed last March –
BDS supporters banned from Israel

– made Israel the first modern state to prohibit entry to peaceful people just because of their beliefs. Protecting Israel from the existential threat posed by the BDS campaign is the job of the Ministry of Public Security and Strategic Affairs. Ron Brummer, its executive director of operations there, told the Adelson-funded Israeli American Council that BDS-ers were working away in the trenches while the anti-BDS people relied on wealthy ‘philanthropists’ to make the problem go away:
Battlefield BDS

The second area of dubious legality is the ‘regulation’ bill aka the land theft bill. At the time the state’s most senior lawyer, the Attorney General [AG] opposed the bill which would allow settlers to seize land owned by Palestinians. Now he has ruled that Palestinian lands can be taken for access roads to be built as long as harm done to Palestinians thereby is not ‘disproportionate’.
Harm to Palestinians must be proportional

The Israeli group Peace Now says it will challenge this ruling. It has produced a new report on settlements saying that there has been a de facto annexation of the West Bank:
Annexing Palestine settlement by settlement

The drive to make the settlements as secure, strong and stable as possible leads to theft after theft, injustice piled on injustice. The settlers of Avnei Hefetz would like play facilities for their children. They are taking Palestinian farmland to achieve this:
Farmers to lose their land to settlement parks

Hapless Prince Charles has sustained a blow from the Jewish Chronicle’s editor, Stephen Pollard. In personal letters acquired by the Mail on Sunday the heir to the throne writes of a ‘Jewish lobby’. That is antisemitic says Pollard, which is true. Nowadays he would have said ‘Israel lobby’ in which there are probably more Evangelical Christians than Jews.
Heir to throne deplores US ‘Jewish lobby’

Plus Steve Bannon and US Zionists, Priti Patel’s unanswered questions, and News in Brief Snippets.

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