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JfJfP comments


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

Comments in 2012 and 2011

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Posts

‘Mr Security’ is hated by security elite

In an unusually direct attack on Israel’s PM Ben Caspit brings together Ehud Barak’s judgment – ‘weak, deceitful, extreme’ – with the ‘scorn and contempt’ felt for Netanyahu by IDF chiefs – who can’t be frightened by false claims about existential threats..

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Antisemitism is not the issue

This is a position paper from Free Speech on Israel aimed at the labour movement. It states that charges of Labour antisemitism were a disguise for hostility to Palestinian rights and hostility to Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

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EU’s antisemitism investigator relies on Israel lobby for latest rumours

The EU has had a ‘combatting antisemitism coordinator’ since last December. She seems to spend her time hanging out with pro-Israel organisations and lobbyists. Is she coordinating Israel’s defence on our money? There is also a coordinator for combatting Muslim-hatred which gets less attention.

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Perhaps their fiddled expenses will do for the Netanyahus

Once upon a time Israel was run by idealists (except on Palestinians) writes Uri Avnery. Now corruption is widespread and nowhere as showily as in the ‘royal couple’. Will that be Bibi’s downfall before he pulls down Israel?

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None of the ‘solutions’ brings equal power

Over the years those looking for peace between Palestinians and Israelis have come up with a 1-state, 2-states, and now a 2 in 1 state solutions. The merit of this last is that it recognises both parties have a strong attachment to the land. The problem, says Yuval Eylon, it will still leave Palestinians as the weaker partner.

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Shame on those Jews who support Brexit

Anshel Pfeffer: ‘Voting to close off Britain, to turn our backs on our brothers in Europe and our fellow refugees who not that long ago could have been us or our parents, is the most un-Jewish act imaginable.’

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This week’s postings @ JfJfP.com

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This week, June 13th – 19th, 2016 it seemed as though the acceleration into madness of the Leave campaign had no particular meaning for Britain’s Jews although we did assume that, with Jews’ cosmopolitan and migratory history, the Leavers would have little attraction. But that’s a nostalgic view. Still, Jews might ask ‘what does it mean […]

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Limits of ‘sovereignty’

What’s good for the Jews is good for everyone writes Robert Cohen – an open society made up of many different parts. And no delusions about the reach of British ‘sovereignty’.

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Dead politics, vital culture

Palestinians have little regard for the national political leadership which operates in their name. Jamil Hilal analyses the PLO’s loss of national authority and points us to the energy of the artists and writers.

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‘This terrorist is alive and he needs to die’

The trial of Elor Azaria for killing Abdel Fattah al-Sharif (the murder charge brought by the army then reduced to manslaughter after popular protest) again shows the gulf between IDF officers and the right wing of Israeli politics.

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Relentless exclusion of Arab citizens

The Israeli government has no incentive to reduce the gap in state funds between the Northern District and other areas. It depends on the stratification of Israeli society to keep control.

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Ex-IDF chiefs warn of Israeli fascism

PM Netanyahu has had the worst relations with IDF chiefs of staff of any Israeli PM. Now, post Ya’alon, two former chiefs of staff have set up a new ‘cultural and social movement’ to agitate for domestic change and parch the ‘seeds of fascism’ leaving Bibi to deal with his existential fears on his own.

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IJV rebuts notion of ‘new antisemitism’

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The barrage of attacks on the Labour party as fostering antisemitism has led to this consequence: non-conformist Jewish groups have used evidence, energy and eloquence to rebut the charge, gaining in clarity in the process. This one from Independent Jewish Voices.

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Select Committee prostrates itself before the BoD

Jonathan Rosenhead, JfJfP signatory, presents us with a grim picture of the Home Affairs Select Committee’s session on antisemitism – ill-informed, ill-equipped and over-deferential.

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Anti-terror law produced by panic and hysteria

‘Publicly identifying with a terror group, including publicizing praise, waving the terror group’s flag, or singing its anthem’ are made criminal offences in Israel’s new law. ‘Terror’ has not been defined, but as many Israelis think ‘terror’ is the only form of Palestinian political expression, many fear the worst.

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Israeli revenge will not stop attacks

Lone wolf, knife, individual, Jerusalem – words that have been attached to ‘intifada’ to capture the nature of the current Palestinian unrest. How ironic that Israel security is imposing collective punishments, demolitions of family homes, locking Yatta into a ring of blockades.

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See no evil in the IDF

Israeli state officials are well aware that a cornerstone of the Israeli myth is the moral superiority of the IDF. Archives could destroy that legend. So archives are now being withheld from historians despite their being more than 15 years old.

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American values in the MidEast

The US commitment to Israeli security is not in question said Matthew Duss to the Democrats’ Platform committee. But unless it acts on American values of justice and freedom for all there will be no 2-state solution.

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Israel’s cyber-war against BDS

The BDS movement is causing serious anxiety in Israel’s ruling circles and they are throwing money at efforts to crush (‘neutralise’) it. The first target of Israeli cyber attacks is the Palestinian BDS HQ. The second is any website which supports BDS. It’s the loss of reputation as much as of sales that so disturbs them. Web agency Deflect analyse it.

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The strategy of domination of the other to get security doesn’t work

Rabbi Michael Lerner, a friend of Muhammad Ali’s since they both opposed the Vietnam war in the ’60s, was one of those to deliver a eulogy. He urged all to have the courage of Ali to oppose every sort of injustice in the USA.

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