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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

Crash! I’m devoted to Israel and to modernity

Seth Anziska, in this talk to the Wexler Institute, wrestles with his commitment to the Jewish tribe and Israel and to modern liberal values, in particular the rights of Palestinians.

Face it – proximity to power is not protective

American Jews are high status. Their services such as consultancy, media, real estate, finances are valuable to powerful people. This should not give Jews a false sense of their political safety write Rabbi Jill Jacobs and Daniel Sokatch – not in a Jewish publication but in the Washington Post.

US Jews torn between loyalties to Israel and to own country

The divergence between the US and Israeli governments on talks with Iran – highlighted when PM Netanyahu flew to Washington days before the Israeli election to warn Congress of Iran’s evil intentions – is troubling American Jews. It is not possible to support both political leaders.

Opposing mass murder? You must be a self-hating Jew

Once upon a time, like the 1930s, there was such a thing as the ‘self-hating Jew’. Since the last world war and the creation of Israel the phenomenon has largely disappeared -but the insult remains as American Jew Carey Wedburn discovered when she spoke out against Israel’s attack on Gaza. Watch the video.

Why American Jews turned right – into the abyss of tea-party rage?

Jay Michaelson mourns the withering of the American-Jewish radical traditions – support for civil rights, trade unions, against injustice. In a sharp revolt against that and an eager embrace of establishment values and businesses, American Jews are now more associated with the harsh policies of neo-conservatism. Given the havoc these are wreaking, this may create an abyss for the neo-cons.

Who now REALLY cares about ‘the Jewish state’?

Tikkun’s Rabbi Lerner introduces two very different pieces on the current standing of Israel (MJ Rosenberg) and its demand that Palestinians recognise it as ‘the Jewish state’ (Uri Avnery). The new spin on these old arguments is Rosenberg’s argument that old American Jews have given up involvement in Israel’s suicidal behaviour and young Jews have far more important things to care about.

Is your loyalty to US or Israel? Rich American Jews fund the question

This is, as Philp Weiss of Mondoweiss says, ‘astonishing’ Why would two hyper-rich American Jews want to fund a survey into where the loyalty of American Jews lay – with the US or Israel? We’ll never know as Netanyahu promptly put the kibosh on it. In fact, had the survey gone ahead, whether the answer was ‘US, Israel, both, don’t know’, it would have provided propaganda material. Though not without harm to American Jews.

Establishment says US Jews who criticise Israel don’t know what they’re talking about

This is one of two completely different posts drawn from the same body of research into the opinions and practices of American Jews. This one, in Jewish Forward, focuses on the attitudes of American Jews to Israel (quite positive, but critical of settlements) and the bluster of the Jewish establishment rubbishing critical opinions. The second, posted earlier in the week from the NY Times, focuses on assimilation and Jewish loss.

How Americans defend themselves from knowing about Palestinians

Peter Beinart takes his fellow American Jews to task for their refusal to know anything about Palestinians, their conditions of life and the military rule under which they live. In a classic case of projection they accuse all critics of Israel of ‘delegitimisation’ while wholly delegitimising the existence and anger of Palestinians.

The growth of fundamentalism among American Jews

Groups that retreat behind walls to stop the modern world getting in and the women getting out, to make their own religious belief dominant and the only authority to which they will submit, are much the same. Fundamentalist Christians, Muslims and Jews are, paradoxically, a new phenomenon as they react against modernity. In NY the numbers of very Orthodox Jews are growing not least because of large families and control over those inside the walls.

Facts of Israel’s transgressions too well-known for US Jews to ignore

Israel could not rely on American, Jews included, popular support in its early days. That came after the ’67 six-day war when the American national interest and support for Israel seemed to coincide. But that support seems to be in sharp decline amongst the US’s largely liberal Jewish population,as facts about the occupation become incontrovertible. Stephen Shalom reviews Norman Finkelstein’s new book.

If American Jews abandon Israel….

Who is going to support the minority of Israeli Jews like Akiva Eldar, who judge Israel to be ‘an occupying, belligerent and racist country’? While there have been several reports on diaspora Jews turning their backs on Israel, few journalists have found signs that many American Jews support anti-Occupation Israelis.

Why can’t Americans see the naked apartheid of Israel?

The apartheid between Jews and Arabs in Israel stares visitors in the face – on transport, on the streets, everywhere you look. But American Jews can’t, or won’t see it so blinded are they by the joy of the power they have in Israel. A powerful denunciation by Philip Weiss.

Jews stick with Obama because of social issues

Obama won amost four fifths of the Jewish vote at the last election – and most plan to stay with him because of his stance on social questions. Israel has little salience as a voting issue amongst Jewish Democrats reports the Jewish Forward.

Israel has nothing to lose from the status quo – so make it lose

As a longtime opponent of the Occupation Noam Sheizaf has considered many options – all of which fail against the Israeli government’s realistic investment in the status quo. Only pressure brought directly to bear against the status quo and the happy propaganda about how well it works (for Israeli Jews) will make a difference

Listen AIPAC – You do NOT speak for American Jews!

This week is the annual conference of the powerful pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC. Both Netanyahu and Obama will be present paying homage to their importance – which is entirely due to money, lobbying skills and mystique. As Jewish Voice for Peace says – and has been thwarted from saying more loudly and visibly – AIPAC does not represent American Jews. The mystique must be shattered.

American Jews turn their backs on Israel in fear and silence

On her recent visit to the USA, Dahlia Scheindlin was shocked by how liberal Jews have turned away from Israel, appalled by the treatment of Palestinians but intimidated by the pro-Israel lobby. This is her impassioned plea to them to engage by speaking out against the violations of liberal humanitarian values in a country they once admired.

Growing gulf between Israel and American Jews

The power of the Israeli lobby (misnamed the Jewish lobby) has blinded many to the widening rift between Israeli policies and culture and American views of manners and fairness, Jeffrey Goldberg highlights the political differences and Lisa Goldman describes the cultural ones, with some video spoofs

America is no place for a Jew: that’s official

Bite the Hand that Feeds You Dept: advertising videos from Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption show American Jews who know nothing of Jewish high holy days and, even worse, just don’t understand Israelis. Message: American Jews should either leave the USA or leave our children alone. UPDATE: AD PULLED

Where wealthy men are putting their mouths and their money

A row in Israel when WJC President Ronald Lauder called for peace negotiations has been taken up by Ynet’s Business News as an issue ot the power of wealthy men. American Jews are among the richest – and they have less time and patience for Israel. Ynet’s business correspondent Tani Goldstein raises an issue which is discussed more openly in Israel than the US.