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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

After Abbas

Democracy does not survive in times of war, either in Palestine or in Israel beyond the pale of its loyal citizens. No-one expects a democratic process to elect a Palestinian leadership after Abbas retires or dies (how will they tell? qv Coolidge). But to avoid anarchy or violence a succession needs to be set up. Here are some candidates and scenarios.

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The officer who dared

On Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day (May 6th) the IDF’s deputy chief of staff, Yair Golan, did something extraordinary. He made a speech likening Israel’s current policies – and population – to the drivers and drifters of 1930s Europe’s descent into barbarism. Of course he has been cursed and condemned. But his speech,with his status, has brought heart to many.

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Breaking the rules on the Holocaust

It has been an unwritten rule, observed on this website, that lightly-made comparisons with the Holocaust are wrong. Uri Avnery, who was there while it was in the making, observed the same rule until now, when Maj. Gen Golan, broke it by making comparison to the making of a catastrophe. Cheers from Avnery.

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Arab towns get tiny amount of housing budget

The latest report from the NGO Adalah calculates that less than 3% of Israel’s housing budget goes to towns principally occupied by Palestinians, leaving them in chronically crowded and poor housing.

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Regev muddles up Jews and Israeli nationals

In some of the more startling words of Mark Regev, formerly the voice of PM Netanyahu, the new ambassador to the UK confused the profound difference between Jews and Israeli citizens. He appears quite unaware of his mistake, Ben White reports.

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‘Quiet boycott’ pushes Israel towards recession

The link between Israel’s policies on Palestine and its economic performance used to be Labour’s prime message. Now Herzog is flirting with the right it is left to Meretz to draw the obvious conclusion.

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Palestine in splinters

The latest report from NGO Gisha documents what happens to relationships and activities by the Israeli state’s policy of dividing up Palestine into ever smaller bits, pinning people down behind walls, barriers, checkpoints, high metal barricades.

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Making sense of the antisemitism debate

There is no monolithic view of what British Jews regard as antisemitism. IJV will send its view to Labour’s inquiry, headed by lawyer Shami Chakrabarti. The more views that can be contributed the better. Plus Labour List on the inquiry.

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Cultural mothership museum

The Palestinian Museum has just opened near Birzeit university. It is still largely devoid of exhibits – so much has been lost, destroyed or looted by Israeli soldiers and officials. Yet in itself it declares that Palestine has a history and culture worth conserving, an inspiration to the fragmented communities of Palestine. Former director Jack Persekian hopes it will confront ‘taboos and sanctioned narratives’.

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As a Jew …: Oh shut up

The state of alarm felt by Labour about accusations of antisemitism is evident in the two enquiries they have set up at the same time. First is the one by Lady Royall which finds that some Jewish students feel unnerved and that there is no antisemitism at Oxford. What a failure to explore the gap between facts and feelings.

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Drop the use of ‘Zionism’

‘Zionist’ is short-hand for many things. Different groups use the same word, with different meanings and moral positions. This much in Prof. Herman’s article is uncontentious. Ironically, the same could be said of her use of the term ‘the Left’ and ‘left-wing’ scholars’.

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No state has the ‘right’ to exist. People do.

Through history, the creation of states and the redrawing of their borders has been a bloody affair. There were no Rights. Mike Cushman, JfJfP signatory, argues that Israel’s attempts to settle and increase their territory are anochronisms. Jonathan Freedland, arguing for ‘Israel’s ‘right to exist’ ignores the military power, US protection and a wall of accusations of antisemitism which protect the 1948 state.

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Control the people, don’t kill too many

Jeff Halper’s book ‘War Against the People’ has instilled those who have read it with admiration, fear and new ideas. Israeli defence firms dominate the ‘niche’ market for weapons and systems of people-control without causing too many deaths to find happy buyers.

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This week’s postings@JfJfP.com

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This goes out on Nakba day, May 15th 2016, which Palestinians have been marking in different ways over the last few days. The day has grown in significance as Palestinians have become more confident in the rightness of their demand for a safe state of their own: Nakba Day, cue for focus on future plans […]

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Nakba Day, cue for focus on future plans

If Israel’s Independence Day is a moment of mourning for Palestinians, May 15, Naqba Day has become a thorn in the side of the Israeli government and a prompt to serious planning for a future Palestinian state.

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Another Europe-wide anti-Muslim body

Here are 10,000 words (there is a short summary) on a subject which certainly demands serious analysis. The words are the 1st chapter in a new pamphlet on The Israel lobby and the EU. Significant American and Israeli money has gone into creating a trans-Europe anti-Muslim network, called European Friends of Israel. It’s set itself up, without registering, in the EU parliament. Does your MEP know or care?

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A letter to the anti-Zionist left

Since the 2009 Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s violent treatment of Palestinians has been a major left-wing cause. But that left wing must act to help Palestinians. If instead that morphs into attacks on ‘Zionism’ then, says Robert Cohen, the left is on unstable ground. (We apologise for the belated posting of this clear and succinct article.)

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When ‘Zionism’ was made a Judaic religious belief

Ramzy Baroud, syndicated Palestinian journalist, founder of Palestine Chronicle and vocal critic of Jew-hatred chooses the row over Corbyn and antisemitism as the subject of his latest column. He looks at the uses and abuses of antisemitism and, in particular how the secular idea of Zionism was kidnapped and incorporated into Jewish religiosity.

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Where’s the row about Trump’s anti-Muslim hate speech?

To win an election D Trump has learned you have to find a great love for Israel and a great hatred of Muslims (it wasn’t hiding). This goes down especially well with white people in the southern states. Can Israel risk cultivating this new friend – even though his pro-Israel anti-Muslim stand has carried him into the establishment?

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Horrifying IDF brutality towards young boys

Any nation would be deeply ashamed to find that gangs of armed men can beat and bully 10 year old children with impunity. Except, it seems, in Israel. The report from Human Rights Watch on the increase in child arrests; videos which capture two of the incidents are sickening. Small boys aren’t killing people. Soldiers are.

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