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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

Making the Israeli state out of stolen children

As Jonathan Cook says in this, his second, article on the scandal of the stolen Mizrahi babies, Israelis are inured to reports of the maltreatment of Palestinians. But this criminal operation to make Israel out of the right sort of Jew (Ashkenazi) continues to shock them.

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Punitive purge of Palestinians by home demolition

This summer, like last, there has been another surge in the demolition of Palestinian homes by Israeli forces, creating mass homelessness. Despite growing pressure from the UN, EU and USA, state officials barely bother to justify their actions.

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Twitter censors what Israeli State Attorney asks it to

Twitter is feted (and cursed) for introducing a means for anyone to broadcast, with very few restraints, whatever they like (in 140 characters). Now we learn from Richard Silverstein that Israel’s legal cyber division habitually demands it removes embarrassing tweets – and Twitter does.

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Protect Susiya

The Palestinian village of Susiya is again under threat of demolition. The aggression against it comes from the Jewish settlement built beside it and Regavim, the land-grab Israeli NGO.

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Division defeats national hopes

Accounts of the desire to create a unified Palestinian leadership provide the underlying commentary on the weakness of Palestinian politics – where ‘democracy’ is seen as a means of control. Ramzy Baroud, more in weary sorrow than in anger.

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Say to FIFA: No settlement clubs

The JfJfP Executive asks signatories and supporters to sign the petition calling on FIFA to prevent Israeli settlement football clubs from participating in international competitions. Red Card Against Racism is onside. 149,940 had signed at the time of posting.

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CAA: how does this charity actually campaign against antisemitism?

The Campaign Against Antisemitism is very keen be seen as the UK’s leading body on defining, monitoring and combatting antisemitism. It is very keen NOT to be seen as a pro-Israel lobby group – though they have left a long trail behind – lest that jeopardise its charitable status. Can those claims stand up?

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Bibi knows he needs to know his Arab neighbours

The Israeli government line has always insisted that only bilateral talks can produce a peace agreement between Israeli and Palestinian governments. Now, suddenly, it seems ready to talk about the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative.

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BDS activists to be deported from Israel

Given Israel’s policy of welcoming all foreign Jews it has been difficult for state officials to identify which of them are not the right sort of Jews (viz, they protest). Now the new anti-BDS taskforce is to identify nuisance visitors and deport them.

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Make all in Hebron feel hunted

Palestinians are people like us. But, says Ben Ehrenreich, they are governed by an abnormal authority which hunts and humiliates them, kills them for no reason and wrecks and steals from their homes.

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The bits of Israel that BDS hurts

The primary damage to Israel done by the BDS campaign is reputational. It casts a shadow over Israel’s integrity for people who have no interest in MidEast politics. The government says it has no impact on its growing economy but it has set up a unit in the Strategic Affairs Dept to spearhead the denigration of BDS. It’s floundering, Adelson’s billions may not be enough.

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The Jews who need an antisemitic threat

What passes as antisemitism in the UK today has no connection to antisemitism up to 1945 – a sustained dispossession, humiliation, exclusion and finally mass murder of Jews. Now, for the desperate, it seems to mean any support for anything Palestinian or any impolite comment about anything at all to a Jewish person.

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Revenge for not finding something that wasn’t there

Some one started a rumour that there was a great treasure to be found if Labour looked for it. This treasure was evidence that antisemitism in the Labour Party was rampant. Anyone who had spotted it was invited to send the evidence, pinpointing its whereabouts, to Sami Chakrabarti who had been commissioned to inquire into the allegation. To the tremendous disappointment of some, no such evidence could be found. Why not? Well obviously because the search was not thorough enough. Should Chakrabarti have resorted to the rack to extract confessions? A letter from over 100 Jews protesting at the attacks on the searchers for coming up empty-handed.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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Our postings editor is having a well-earned break and so this week’s summary – August 1st to 7th, 2016 – isn’t much more than a brief description of postings.

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The myth of exile

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In another tour down memory lane, we revisit the Magnes Zionist’s 2007 contribution on the forced exile of the Jews after the failure of their revolts against the Romans in 70 and 135CE.

To this day, writes Jeremiah Haber, most lay people, Jews and non-Jews, accept the myth of the exile, whereas no historian, Jew or non-Jew, takes it seriously. Drawing on the work of Prof Yisrael Yuval, Haber looks at “the disconnect between popular and scholarly belief and tr[ies] to examine the origin of the myth several centuries after the event occurred”.

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Who made the desert bloom?

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In a relatively quiet week, we are revisiting some interesting analyses and interventions from the past. Here is Diane Mason’s entertaining piece from 2010, Tell Me Again, Who Made The Desert Bloom?. In December 1945 and January 1946, the British Mandate authorities carried out an extensive survey of Palestine. Mason draws on it extensively in her account of the productivity of Palestinian agriculture at the time. Yet another Zionist myth bites the dust…

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Sergeant Elor Azaria

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Israel is divided – and the army being blown apart says Uri Avnery – by the Azaria affair. Sergeant Azaria, remember, shot and killed a wounded, incapacitated Palestinian at point blank range. For the army command killing a wounded enemy is against orders. For a large part of the population, especially the religious and the right, Azaria is a hero. Lieberman and Netanyahu are supporting him – against the army command…

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Israel’s stolen children

Many countries have appalling histories of the mistreatment of children in recent times. Israel, too, has its own dark history of rank racism in its earliest years, when substantial immigration of Jews from Arab countries was accompanied by a visceral contempt for their ‘backwardness’. Here Jonathan Cook tells the story of the theft of Yemeni and other children from their biological parents simply because they were Mizrachi – to be brought up by good Ashkenazi families instead…

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Secret Document Reveals Settlements were Built on a Lie

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A document obtained by Peace Now reveals the big bluff behind the pretext of “military necessity” used since 1967 to seize Palestinian land, on which about one-third of the settlements were established. This method was used throughout the 1970s until it was banned by the Elon Moreh ruling in 1979. Today the government has found another bluff and is using “declarations of state lands” in order to expropriate lands in area C for the purpose of settlements.

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The ongoing attack on Palestinian citizens of Israel

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In videos released last week in English and Hebrew, Benjamin Netanyahu urged Palestinian citizens to become more active in public life. But these videos are addressed to European audiences, disquieted at the rank discrimination against Palestinians in Israel. The reality on the ground is that this discrimination is growing worse, as Jonathan Cook makes clear.

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