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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

England’s history of antisemitism

We were alerted to this 2010 article by a reference in The Guardian. It is an interrogatory review of scholar/lawyer Anthony Julius’s History of Antisemitism in England. Packed with stuff you probably didn’t know but also picking out a coherent line of history with no historical context.

Alleging antisemitism is Labour right’s ‘defining narrative now’

The cheapest and simplest way of felling enemies is to claim they are antisemitic. People who know little of Israel or Palestine but do know they abhor the Labour left are grateful to have been fed this line of attack against Corbyn et al. Al Jazeera and Mondoweiss.

Spotting ‘antisemitism’ gives Israel its dominant role

Antony Lerman, expert on the discourse of antisemitism and on Israeli lobbying says Israel re-made its dominant role in the diaspora by finding antisemitism lurking everywhere which only Israel could define and combat.

Far-Right are greatest fans of Israel

Glenn Greenwald’s article, the Intercept, first published last November (before the Austrian election), remarks on a phenomenon we have noted but needs further examination. That is, the far-right has thrown off its characteristic antisemitism and replaced it with an anti-Islam platform. Israel is seen as the bulwark against Islam and is, ironically, lauded by far-right groups. Israel welcomes these new fans.

In the US the antisemitic sewer covers are off

Forward’s JJ Goldberg writes about the antisemitism that has grown on both right and left in the US. From the Right it’s traditional Jew-hatred. From the Left it’s more slippery; it focuses on Israel and its policies but can slide into anti-Jewish feeling – Jews had the US-backed power to create the new state of Israel and all Jews share the responsibility of what is being done to the Palestinians. This is stronger when Muslims and left-wing people get together – Muslims are oppressed and need the left, Jews aren’t and don’t. It’s likely to get worse.

PM backs new definition of antisemitism

For some reason PM Theresa May is going all out with pledges to combat antisemitism (not a big problem in Britain unlike anti-Muslim hatred, on which she is silent). She has chosen to back a NEW definition of antisemitism – who needs it? – which is largely anodyne but includes, as antisemitic, saying bringing Israel into existence was ‘a racist endeavour’. You may not agree – but it’s an argument which should not be censored.

Rushing for ways to define criticism of Israel as antisemitic

These are all about efforts to define antisemitism which is not really a problem except for those who want to silence critics of Israel by coming up with definitions which condemn them as anti-Semites

A Zionist on why he detests Netanyahu

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Leon Wieseltier, cultural critic, has a great intellectual reputation. He is baffled by why former friend Michael Oren (once Israel’s ambassador to the US) expects all Jews to do things in a distinctly Jewish way and why all who disagree with him must be antisemitic.

Sacred Jews

Ever since Palestine-supporting Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour party leader charges of antisemitism have been fired at him and all left-wing party members. This is the heaviest of all charges of racism, designed to sink him. Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi examines the growing reach of defenders of all Israel’s actions.

‘Holding Palestine in the Light’

The conference on Palestine held by Lichfield Cathedral has drawn much praise – and some of the usual trolling about antisemitism. Here a joint letter by the several groups involved, including JfJfP, regrets the hostile attacks and renews the praise for the courage and solidarity expressed by the cathedral’s clergy and congregation.

Now is the time to value Jewish critics of Israel

American Jews, safe and settled for decades, thought antisemitism was a demon of old Europe. Now they find it in their faces in the shape of Trump’s white nationalists who love Israel but not Jews. What will Jewish fans of Israel do now?

How can a Select Committee publish such tosh?

David Plank is a respected former local government chief executive and parliamentary adviser on social services. He has chosen to subject the Home Affairs SC report on antisemitism to his usual rigorous reading – and is shocked by the utter sloppiness of the committee which doesn’t even define its remit or the subject it’s supposed to be investigating. It brings parliamentary standards into disrepute.

All Jews are not responsible for Israel’s actions

Here is another very valuable contribution to the debate about what constitutes antisemitism and, where it occurs, how to respond.If all Jews are blamed for Israel’s actions they are also then guilty of dual loyalty. It is written by 3 academics and was sent to the Home Affairs select committee inquiry.

Chuck facts, go with the flow

As a founding member of JfJfP Richard Kuper draws on his personal experience and his extensive knowledge of Israel to analyse the Home Affairs report on antisemitism which floats on a raft of fixed assumptions that Labour antisemitism is a fact for which no further evidence is needed.

Zionism needs antisemitism

Perhaps the best thing about the Home Affairs Select Committee report on antisemitism is the debate it has provoked. Here Asa Winstanley puts forward his view of what Zionism is and argues it is the correct word for Israel’s raison d’etre.

Can’t get Corbyn, let’s get Walker

Jonathan Cook, writing in support of Jacky Walker, comes into confrontation with the revived Jewish Labour Movement. Cook’s criticism of their anti-Corbyn and anti-Walker stance is, according to JLM, ‘antisemitic’. No wonder Ms Walker finds this term confusing.

Invention of the sacred and the heretic

The word antisemitism has cast a spell over a large part of British media and the Jewish Labour Movement. The unique suffering of the Jews is sacred, any questioning of that is heresy. The persecution of Jackie Walker for her questions has reached across the Atlantic and Richard Silverstein takes up the case.

Farewell to all that antisemitism – the world longs to love Israel

Israel is widely seen, not because of antisemitism but because of its actions, as a pariah state, deaf to all warnings and advice. Yet the masses came to honour Shimon Peres, not because he was heroic but because he was the least bad of its leaders and statesmen longed to embrace that.

Bullying Right fire ‘antisemitism’ bullets at left-wing women

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It is hard to make sense of the current hot pursuit of so-called antisemitism of left-wing women (Malia Bouattia, Naz Shah and, here, Jackie Walker, a JfJfP signatory and none of them Anglo-Saxon white.) Is the charge of antisemitism the Right’s Trojan Horse to carry their racism, sexism and right-wing sectarianism?

Nazi motifs in Trump rhetoric

The Nazi motif in question is that of the power of just one Jew to destroy a whole nation. Those who think the Left, Labour, Europe is awash with antisemitism would do well to find out how that poison actually worked.