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We provide links to articles we think will be of interest to our supporters, informing them of issues, events, debates and the wider context of the conflict. We are sympathetic to much of the content of what we post, but not to everything. The fact that something has been linked to here does not necessarily mean that we endorse the views expressed in it.
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Leon Rosselson, letter to the Guardian, 28 July 2014

“Before the current round of violence, the West Bank had been relatively quiet for years,” writes Jonathan Freedland (Israel’s fears are real, but this war is utterly self-defeating, 26 July). According to B’Tselem, the Israeli human rights centre, 90 West Bank Palestinians were killed, 16 of them children, by the IDF or by settlers between January 2009 and May 2014. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there have been 2,100 settler attacks since 2006, involving beatings, shootings, vandalising schools, homes, mosques, churches and destroying olive groves. According to Amnesty International, between January 2011 and December 2013, Israeli violence resulted in injuries to 1,500 Palestinian children. “Relatively quiet” for whom?
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Press complaints of Hamas threats are disputed

The Foreign Press Association in Israel and the oPt has issued a statement complaining that Hamas has threatened and intimidated its members and tried to control what they publish. This however is disputed by some of the journalists working in the area. A likely story from Haaretz.

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Occupied! Israel’s UK arms factory

Last week, nine members of London Palestine Action, climbed onto the roof of UAV Engines, the Staffordshire subsidiary of Elbit, one of Israel’s largest armaments producers. They stopped production for two days. They were arrested and charged and are organising a campaign to get the charges, and arms production, cancelled.

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From protecting British Jews to protecting Israel’s image

The Community Security Trust has, by and large, earned a reputation as a sensible and apolitical guardian of the safety of British Jews. Now the charity’s communications director has branched out into public appeals to counter the BDS movement because it is making Israel the new South Africa. There goes CST’s reputation.

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Massive bombing of civilian homes was deliberate

In a careful indictment. B’Tselem examines the sites and statistics of the onslaught on Gaza and concludes ‘The scope of these airstrikes as well as the length of time that they persisted indicate that they were likely authorized by senior military and political officials, and were also granted advance sanction by the Military Advocate General Corps and the Ministry of Justice.’ They, the IDF and Hamas all broke the rules of IHL.

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Australian Jews against ‘slaughter of the innocents’

Jews in Australia, like Jews everywhere, are at this moment deeply divided between those who think their first duty as Jews is to defend Israel’s actions and those who think their first duty is to stand for traditional values of justice and human dignity. Here is an open letter from the latter group plus comments by its organiser that Israel’s actions provoke (indefensible) antisemitic responses.

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Fanatical self-publicist Boteach

There is one thing everyone who writes about Shmuley Boteach agrees on: the man is a fanatical self-publicist. He uses whatever platform he has to hand – Judaism, Michael Jackson, whose ‘spiritual adviser’ he claimed to be, full-page adverts in The Guardian, columns in JPost. His currency is the rant – against Hamas, against Presbyterians (for their divestment decision), against any critic of Israel.

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Rebuilding Gaza

There are two big questions for officials facing the question of rebuilding Gaza for the third time in seven years. Firstly can it be done given the cost (between five and six billion dollars) and extent of destruction? Secondly, is there any point given the international agencies will be paying for Israel’s method of sustaining its siege?

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Display of support for Israel in Gaza war ‘very disappointing’

It is striking how far Israelis are living inside Operation Protective Shield – a world in which they are in little real danger from rockets and tunnels but in which they – and some supporters outside – insist they are living under siege by a hugely powerful Hamas and are thus in the front line of the war against terror. Articles from Ynet reveal their ignorance of how the lethal IDF strikes against people in Gaza are seen by most of the world.

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Paypal Freezes Access to JFJFP Account

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Due to the large number of donations to JFJFP in recent weeks, Paypal without warning froze access to our account meaning that we cannot withdraw any of our own money.

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Facebook Bans JFJFP Page Admin for Posting Images of Palestinian Victims

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Facebook has banned the page admin from posting anything to Facebook anywhere, for at least 24 hours.

The reason for this is that a second picture was censored by Facebook as violating their community standards.

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Israel’s Gaza war pushes British Jews to left

As JfJfP’s social media strategist Aaron Dover has said before on this website, traffic to the site and to our new Facebook page has increased enormously during the attack on Gaza. The number of JfJFP signatories has jumped by107 to 1874 in the 6 weeks since the beginning of July. Haaretz looks at the phenomenon – which also sees an increase of interest in the Zionist Federation which has redefined itself as ‘centrist’ rather than right-wing.

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The agonies of a Liberal Zionist

If it weren’t so funny it would make you weep. Adam Shatz brings out the self-love and self-delusions of the liberal zionist through an imaginary interview with an imaginary novelist in Tel Aviv.

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What of the children?

Whether there will be IDF shelling and Hamas rockets by the time you read this one thing is certain: the children of Gaza, who make up such a large proportion of the population and of those killed and maimed – will still be in a traumatised state. Even the charity War Child, which has long been running a programme of counselling for shell-shocked children in Gaza, has had to suspend its programme. Most of the young children have only known Israel as an invisible enemy which inexplicably rains bombs on them and kills and wounds their friends and families. What sort of future will they make?

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Israeli court and state rule that children’s deaths too controversial to publicise

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For many people the photographs of small children killed, mutilated, traumatised by the IDF has been the defining factor in their turn against Israel, whose causus belli has been either the destruction of tunnels or of Hamas militants. The Israeli NGO B’Tselem wanted to broadcast on Israeli media the names of children killed. They were told they could not as it breached rules of ‘controversy’. The Attorney General is now trying to change the rules to ensure such a broadcast would fall foul of the law.

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Gaza day of protest

Four weeks after the last mass international protest at the onslaught on Gaza demonstrators across the world again assembled with demands ranging simply from a halt to the military offensive to an ending of complicity in the Israeli occupation by governments or companies in their countries. Marches in London and Capetown were the largest. Given the August emptying of cities by residents in many countries the size and spread of the peaceful protests was remarkable.

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The choice for Hamas – war, or slow strangulation

Nathan Thrall reviews the options that faced Hamas after former allies in Egypt, Iran and Syria demanded unacceptable terms for their continued support. One of these is trying to make the unity government work, something which Israel will also have to consider.

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Sticking fast to liberal values

Jerry Haber doesn’t ‘like’ Hamas. Nor do most people outside Gaza – who properly elected them. That doesn’t mean Hamas doesn’t have the right to resist the occupation, a right which those who promote liberal values should defend not abandon in tough times.

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And now the poison and pestilence

The smashing of Gaza’s already fragile infrastructure is causing a potential health catastrophe. Exhausted, homeless, traumatised people are trying to keep the filth of uncollected garbage and ruined buildings away with little fresh water – most has been polluted – or functioning sanitation. Agencies are raising the alarm.

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Today’s Gaza demonstration

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Meeting point for the Jewish Bloc on Saturday OUTSIDE CAFFE NERO 273 REGENT STREET, W1R 7PB. (JUNCTION WITH GREAT CASTLE STREET) As you walk up from Oxford Circus tube towards Portland Place Caffe Nero is on the left. Please assemble there between 11.30 and 12 noon after which we will join the march as a […]

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The dark tunnels of Israeli paranoia and self-love

The massive edifice of the Israeli military, blind enthusiasm for smashing Gaza and propaganda about evil Hamas rests on a very febrile base thinks Uri Avnery. The reality is that Hamas are not jihadists for sharia law and the IDF in Gaza was a cumbersome machine stuck in a rut. The super-patriotism, with its fascist current, might yet devour Netanyahu.

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