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JfJfP comments


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

This ‘incredibly cruel and unjust machinery’ forced on Hebron

Novelist Michael Chabon grew up in a conventional Jewish-American way, dropping money in the JNF box, working on a kibbutz. Then came the Sabra & Shatila massacre and he began to ask questions. A visit to Israel answered them.

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This week’s postings @ JfJfP.com

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This week, April 18-24, 2016, saw the start of Passover/Pesach (April 22-30) and we have a posting of varied items which look at the contemporary meanings of this ancient celebration – with its ironic connotation for the enslaved nation of Palestine which is the focus for some commentators, ignored by others. It begins with warm […]

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Students’ choice of president attacked as antisemitic

The NUS choice of a black, Muslim woman president has had the rightwing press scurrying to find bits in her past to discredit her. Saying that media is ‘Zionist-led’ is something she should have checked out – and not said. Hannah Weisfeld sticks the boot in in one of the 3 articles plus some notes on Zionism to help you decide.

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A threatening crowd gathers

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A rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square for Sgt. Elor Azaria, the soldier who killed Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif with a gunshot to the head attracted a mass of the angry and disaffected who have in common an admiration for the IDF, a hatred of the left and media, and distrust of the Ashkenazi elite. It’s a toxic mix.

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Law better than war for Israel and Palestine

Luis Moreno Ocampo completed his term as first Chief Prosecutor for the ICC in 2012. He is one of the few people who has a true knowledge of global trends, shown in his interview with The Media Line. It is centred on his view of how Israel and Palestine can both change with the ICC’s recognition of Palestine’s statehood.

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Right’s hero martyr – a rapist and killer

In very Uri Avnery style, his commentary on the exposure of an Israeli hero (died 15 years ago) takes in most of Israeli history plus rape, killing Palestinians travelling home from Jordan, the drugs underworld, the best type of hand-gun, bringing up a lion, Moshe Dayan… And more besides.

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Passover – remembering small enslaved nations

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At our table a small selection of items: warm greetings from JfJfP to signatories, friends and supporters; messages from Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human RIghts and Freedom Seder and links to other sites; a truncated article dissing the myth that matzah is eaten at passover to remind us that in the flight from Egypt there was no time to let the dough rise. Wrong.

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Right wing gangs up to silence resisters

The paranoid character of Israel’s dominant culture has been apparent since Netanyahu first labelled immigrants as ‘infiltrators’. David Shulman finds it in the actual attempt of the right, and state, to infiltrate any group opposed to the division of the country into loyal Jews and enemies.

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Bibi’s brigade go over the top

Has Israel’s Prime Minister lost his marbles? He demands a photo of his Cabinet on top of a hill – it could be anywhere – and thinks he has produced irrefutable proof that the hill is in Israel. Richard Silverstein places this crazy caper in the PM’s machinations over Syria and Russia.

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Gaza – not ‘collapse’ but colonial control

According to documents from Wikileaks the Israeli aim is to keep Gaza on the ‘brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge’. Without Israel’s lockdown the Hamas military could not have gained dominance. A Jadaliyya critique says without Israel’s siege Gaza would not be ‘collapsing’. Politics, not charity, are needed.

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Collective punishment of Gaza

Collective punishment is illegal. It is being visited on Gaza with the failure of the promises to rebuild the shattered economy and infrastructure, with thousands still homeless. A few charities struggle to help. Mohammed Omer appeals to Pres. Obama to intervene. Help means confronting Israel to lift the siege and to Hamas to stop the needed building materials being diverted to building military tunnels.

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Welcome the Wicked Child this Passover

Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jews from a life of slavery. Robert Cohen looks at the story of the Four Sons told at the seder. He thinks the Wicked Son asks the question which best places us in the here and now, not as a people needing liberation but people whose most pressing question is ‘why can the people we hold in subjection not be freed?’

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Bias against Palestinians not thought worthy of study

The best hope of Zionism was that it would cause antisemitism to wither in face of the strong Jewish state. The greatest vicitims of this Zionism are the Palestinians. With the fatal conflation of opposition to Jews, to Zionism and to Israel, the demon becomes the Palestinian – and anti-Palestinianism is rife says Jerry Haber, unremarked, condoned.

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Contra-Zionist migration by Israeli Jews

Should we worry? There are 1000s of foreign immigrants who don’t assimilate, live in households where no-one speaks English and send their children to exclusive faith schools. Apparently not if they are Israeli. This report from the Institute of Jewish Policy Research uses the last census to analyse the growing Israeli population in Britain (almost all Jewish). Their reasons for coming here are economic as well as political – escaping from violence. They tend to be better-educated than average so leading to fears of an Israeli brain-drain.

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Biden hopes Labour views again dominate in Knesset

There are many fissures behind the straight face of support that the US shows Israelis. These were on show at JStreet’s Gala when V-P Biden spoke of his frustration at Israeli settlements and refusal to talk – true of the PNA too. So what will US do?

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Bill to limit PM’s monarchical rule

It’s hard to think of people who have been in power too long who do not suffer from paranoia (though this is NOT what this report says). Thatcher, Papa Doc, Stalin…But with this Zionist Camp bill to limit any PM’s tenure to 2 terms (Bibi is on his 4th) Netanyahu’s confident swagger seems to be drooping.

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This week’s postings @ JfJfP.com

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Today, at the heart of Jewish identity is the Holocaust – even for those of us whose family was not slaughtered. Yet only Jews have made the Holocaust the centre of identity and history. As there is no event in modern history so cruel and horrible as the Holocuast this is understandable. But it does […]

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Ex-BBC TV chief tells Jews not to vote for Corbyn

How did 2 or 3 remarks by Labour members become “a string of party officials and members …outed for making disparaging remarks about Jews in public statements.” There is no evidence of significant antisemitism in Labour or of Corbyn ever having uttered an antisemitic remark. This is an attack on Labour by smear, allusion and hysterical exaggeration.

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Jews were not the only victims

The uniqueness of Jewish suffering has been made an integral part of the Jewish story and identity. It has been challenged by several historians, most recently in the book of articles (in Hebrew) reviewed very critically by Daniel Blatman, As neither the book nor the reviewer mentions the largest single group of victims – those under Soviet rule – we have added a short section about this.

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Hard-right minister says treatment of Palestinians shameful

Uri Ariel, Jewish Home agriculture minister, surprised many in Israel with his harsh critique of the treatment of Palestinians and proposals that Gaza should have a port. In fact, ending petty bureaucracy and oppression is a good move for successful colonial administration and for an ambitious critic of the PM.

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