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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

Poems of Darwish ‘like Mein Kampf’ says Lieberman

Ignorance based on lack of knowledge based on lack of curiosity is a mark of racism and Avigdor Lieberman bears the mark with no shame. Which has he studied more carefully – Mein Kampf or the collected works of Mahmoud Darwish? Only one suggests eating the usurper’s flesh – and Adolf was a vegetarian; one is a poetic image and the other is a serious plan to export the ‘Jewish peril’ out of Germany.

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Right-wing MKs move to annex West Bank suburb as part of Israel

Ma’ale Adumim, the highly disputed settlement in a large suburb of Jerusalem, was designed to be part of Israel in 2009. This would stop Palestinians claiming Jerusalem as their capital. Now its Israeli citizens are demanding that Israel formally annex it and this week MKs are presenting a bill to make this law.

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If home demolition worked there would be no Palestinian attacks

Talal Jabari, Palestinian journalist, is newly angry about an old crime – the reckless destruction of Palestinian homes. At least this practice should be applied equally to violent Israelis whose numbers are increasing.

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Growing gap between Israel-donors and young Democrats

Clinton and Trump are vying with each other to see who can be most pro-Israel. That’s the establishment position. But are they deaf to the signs that younger Americans do not share that view asks Jonathan Cook.

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NGOs to declare themselves foreign agents

Justice minister Ayelet Shaked has wafted her ‘transparency’ bill through the Knesset. Her aim is to make the clutch of progressive NGOs bear the insignia of outsiders.

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The purpose is humiliation

It’s not possible for Israel to kill or expel all Palestinians. Why not crush them through humiliation? Every Israeli act is designed tio make Palestinians feel impotent and ashamed.

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Israel organises against BDS

Despite the obdurate support for all Israeli governments by the US, there are many American Christians who find the contempt for Palestinians abhorrent. Bob Herbst is one of them and BDS is a way of saying that.

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EU has to take the lead on ‘peace talks’

Diplomats as well as ordinary people, especially Palestinians, find the ‘status quo’ – with Israel steadily increasing its settlements on Palestinian land – intolerable. Although the Quartet’s report condemned settlements, its grasp of what Palestinians need to make a state was woeful. Now the EU is considering stepping alone into the stasis.

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Shady donors keep Netanyahus very rich

Israeli police are investigating the flow of large donations into the Netanyahus’ bank accounts. Several of the donors are themselves being investigated for financial wrong-doing. Money has always been the ‘royal’ couple’s Achilles heel.

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This week’s postings @ jfjfp.com

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This week, July 11th – 17th, 2016, there is one primary issue and that is the stand, and fate of Tair Kaminer the 19-year-old Israeli who has refused compulsory military service on the grounds she will not participate in policing Palestinians. The IDF has given in – by dismissing her from their ranks. Even people who […]

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David Grossman – the army was set on breaking this young woman

The arrest and repeated imprisonments of Tair Kaminer for refusing the draft which means enforcing the occupation has captured wide attention. Just what the top brass don’t want. Her steadfastness has impressed many supporters of universal conscription. Her release from the IDF on the grounds of ‘very bad behaviour’ has been announced.

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Sects in Israel

How can a dispute about who is allowed to pray at the Western Wall threaten to bring down a Government? The many sects which make up Israel’s highly stratified society define themselves by what makes them distinct from every other one. Over a quarter of the 120 Knesset MKs are in the government, split between seven parties. No-one will make common cause. One resignation and it can fall. It’s umanageable.

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Obama says Israel must spend its military aid in USA

US military aid is enormous, and seen as the glue which holds this particular military-industrial relationship welded together. But Obama’s latest offer to Netanyahu is for less money over 10 years – with the proviso it must be spent in the US on American products. We see that military-industrial production is exempt from the hegemony of free market competition.

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Sharp rise in Palestinan women prisoners

The sharp rise in the number of Palestinian women prisoners since October 2015 may be the best measure of the engagement of women in the public realm. A new generation has been charged with Facebook incitements, protecting terrorists or carrying a knife. Prison accommodation for women is particularly cramped and squalid, the women subject to strip searches and threats of sexual violence. Needless to say the military courts and prison service are breaking multiple laws, and conventions on the treatment of prisoners.

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Is there life in the graveyard of socialism?

Not one of the Usual Suspects, Theo Horesh is a new voice (as a Buddhist) in two debates – the death of socialism, the future of Israel and a one-state solution. He talks with Mapam and Peace Now activist Avshalom Vilan.

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Clinton Democrats- we can’t say ‘occupation’

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What do the Israeli and American governments call the method by which Israel exercises martial law over Palestinians? ‘Occupation’ has been banned by those drawing up the Democratic party platform – it ‘undermines the 2-state solution’ [sic].

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Mission impossible

Here’s an insight into how the US aid programme to the oPt works from the departing administrator of the programme. The aim is to build Palestinian infrastructure and free trade. The obstacles are a hostile Congress and Israeli state whose priority is to ensure no US dollar lands in the hands of Hamas or any militant group.

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Status of Palestinian women comes to fore at UN

The point of noting this (repeated) resolution from the UN’s Economic and Social Council on Palestinian women is not that it will make much difference for the women but it shows the will of the Palestine Mission to make maximum use of their membership of international bodies.

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Boris doesn’t bode well for BDS

Britain’s new foreign minister has created a public persona of a child-man who likes to have fun. Boris has never spoken of human rights. He thinks it enough to say of BDS supporters that they ‘wear corduroy jackets’.

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When Israel is God all heretics must be banished

‘Knowledge of Jewish culture and traditions has been replaced in this country by a cheap form of religion which I call pro-Israelism’ writes Richard Silverstein in sorrow and in anger. It prompts one Jewish ‘leader’ to whip people into line with tales of rampant antisemitism.

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