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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

Don’t blame Balfour. It was the wily wizard

This is the report of a 1931 meeting on Palestine and Jews organised by the English Zionist Federation. Lloyd George is the main speaker. It reveals a lot about how the British government regarded its duty (to Arabs and Jews), how Palestine was presented (a wasteland due to Ottoman neglect) and how Zionism was understood (the ideology of ‘the only race to have made a success of Canaan in the last 3000 years’.

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I took part in a cruel occupation

When doing her military service Frima (Merphie) Bubis realised that she was enforcing a cruel occupation. She uses the story of Jonah’s role in getting the people of Nineveh to repent as an allegory of the need to face up to wrong-doing and for Israeli Jews to repent .

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Lies, lies, lies

Jamie Stern-Weiner stays on his feet to document the hurricane of hysteria about left-wing antisemitism at the Labour conference which is blowing away much of the British press. The accusers never check their facts. JSW does the ‘laborious’ work of checking his.

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The plot to infiltrate UK: exposé not antisemitic

In a 70 page document Ofcom, the press regulator, dismissed all complaints that the Al Jazeera series The Lobby was unfair, invasive of privacy or antisemitic. Articles from Al Jazeera and UK Press Gazette.

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Destroying shelters at Succot

The origin of the three Abrahamic religions is in the hard lives of the desert dwellers. The gulf between those times and ours is immeasurable yet all cling to their festivals of survival against the odds, none more so than Succot. +972 points out the irony of commemorating the lack of shelter for Jews while Israel continues to demolish, ruthlessly, the shelters of Palestinians.

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Fight to entrench right to boycott

Many states in the USA boycott any company which supports boycotting Israeli and/or settlement products. The ACLU is taking up the case of a teacher excluded from a training course because she refused to certify that she does not participate in a boycott of Israel.

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Chemical bond of Trump and Bibi repels many

Trump came to power on a raft of promises which he has been unable to keep – like moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. The US’s liberal Jews are dismayed that Bibi so quickly embraced the President despite his antisemitic, anti-immigrant following. But the Israeli right is getting testy about the delay in moving the embassy.

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Hamas pushes Abbas out in the cold

Since Hamas was created 30 years ago it has been treated as a pariah state-let by most other states. Yet now, writes Jonathan Cook, as it pushes for reconciliation as a way out of its isolation, Hamas seems a better voice for Palestine than the enfeebled and itself isolated Fatah under the Abbas leadership.

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Hebron settlers awarded their own separate admin

Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank, home to over 215,000 Palestinians and about 700 Jewish settlers. The settlers are now to be directly governed by Israel’s Civil Administration (COGAT, a unit of the IDF) dividing the city into two. Apartheid say James Zogby and MEMO.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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In this first week of October, 2nd-8th, 2017, olive farmers check when they think the fruit will be ready to harvest, and how much labour this will demand. Olives, or olive oil, are not the primary product in the oPt – productivity is limited by lack of fertilizer (mainly nitrogen) and water, both of which […]

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Providing a protective presence

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There are many organisations which train foreigners to visit Palestinian communities, to observe and listen and bear witness once home. The EAPPI is one of the best known and Sue Beardon, JfJfP signatory, was one of their volunteers. Now she helps administer the programme.

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Imagining a shared society

Ron Gerlitz imagines a Fabian transformation – that is, a series of small but incremental changes which will gradually make the two peoples of Israel Palestine equal – a process which has already begun though many won’t admit it.

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The international volunteer olive tree brigade

Israeli police ignore the attacks made by settlers on Palestinian olive trees, digging up new saplings, chopping down mature trees. But with the increase in volunteers for the harvest, and help from the PLO and the UK’s FCO, attacks have gone down, this no thanks to Israel’s forces of law and order.

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Worshipping St. Balfour is profane

To treat the Balfour declaration as holy writ, to be honoured and unquestioned is, like PM May, to be compliant in the dispossession of the Arabs living in Palestine writes Robert Cohen. The modern trawl for Judaic vindication of Israeli domination of the land is the invention of a fake tradition.

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Labour panic in hunt for antisemites

The absurdity of Labour HQ expelling a born-in-Israel Jewish socialist for antisemitism defies reason – unless your reason is to keep on side with the USA/Israel and treat Palestine as a pariah state. Moshé Machover is a JfJfP signatory.

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The deep genocidal side of Orthodox studies

An ornery young Israeli Yossi Gurvitz was sent to yeshiva schools which aimed to create the next religious élite. His studies (mostly of the Talmud) told him nothing of history, of other places and people though told him more than he wanted to know about sacred genocides.

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No policy? Make up what you fancy

David Friedman was Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer – a big job for his 6-times bankrupt friend and the funder/nursemaid of an illegal settlement near Ramallah. No matter than he has no diplomatic experience; Trump et al have no policy for him to promote.

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Good Arab, bad Arab, holy martyr

A Palestinian man, Mahmoud Ahmed al-Jamal, regarded by settlers as ‘a good Arab’ suddenly shot dead 3 Israeli security personnel. He was shot dead in return. Uri Avnery tells us what so disturbed him and why he took it out on Israeli settlers.

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Jewish activist takes on Manchester uni

Mike Cushman, JfJfP signatory and signed up to a number of radical Jewish campaigns, goes into battle against The Vice-Chancellor for her ruling that a meeting to be addressed by Holocaust survivor Marika Sherwood should be closed to the public and not advertised as “You’re doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to me”. While many disagree with the Nazi/Israel comparison that is something to be argued about not censored – after a visit by an Israeli embassy envoy.

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All on board for unity talks

Shlomi Eldar explains why this time, for the first time, reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas, pushed by Egypt, facilitated by Israel should be taken seriously – but he’s not holding his breath.

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