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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

Israel’s treatment of Palestinians looks “a lot like apartheid”

Mondoweiss draws on veteran Australian reporter John Lyons’s new memoir, Balcony Over Jerusalem, to show how reporters covering Israel and Palestine are systematically targeted to pressure them and their papers into self-censorship. It often works. Jodi Rudoren, the New York Times’s Jerusalem bureau chief for over 5 years now ventures views she never dared raise while there.

What do Palestinians want?

A stupid question in that, as the authors of this essay say, there is no consensus on the end settlement (1 or 2 states) or how to think about their oppression. ‘Apartheid’ is the best name for it because, amongst other things, it offers a strategy for change.

Law, roads, housing, buses are all separate; it’s called apartheid

Mehdi Hasan in The Intercept presents testimony from Israelis from Ben Gurion to today, and from international observers, that Israel fulfils all the criteria of being an apartheid state. This is because, by keeping Palestinians impoverished and stateless and expanding settlements, Israeli Jews and Palestinians are increasingly in the same space.

The apartheid genie is out of the bottle

As governmental efforts to crush BDS movements intensify the question is why? Jonathan Cook says Israel, and the governments of its allies, all fear the label ‘apartheid’ will stick.

Falk banned for warning of apartheid

Richard Falk, former UN rapporteur on Israeli Violations in Palestine and professor of international law knows more about Palestine/Israel than most. His is a legal, not emotional, approach. But his co-authoring of a report on Israeli apartheid led to the cancellation of his talks at 2 British universities and a meeting disrupted by Zionist hecklers at LSE. The trend here of censoring discussion of Israel is now an established denial of free speech.

Row grows over UN ‘apartheid’ report

The report from one of the UN’s regional offices – the economic and social commission for western Asia – designating Israel as an apartheid state has been angrily rejected by the US, Israel and UN General Secretary. It has been warmly welcomed by many Palestinians.

If it looks like apartheid

Moves like apartheid and sounds like apartheid then it is apartheid. A new report from a UN body says Israel ticks all the boxes to qualify as an apartheid state.

It is antisemitic to say ‘Palestine’

The proper ‘white’ way to refer to these darker-skinned people is ‘terrorists’ or ‘antisemites’. Where Israel and Palestine are seen as antithetical it is not possible to talk with interest or sympathy about Palestinians without risking a charge of antisemitism. But those who make the charge don’t themselves believe it. Anti-Muslim prejudice is evidentially a much more widespread phenomenon.

New law to legalise land theft does not make theft legal

It might seem the effect of the new Regulation Act, allowing the seizure of Palestinian land, makes no difference. Most demolitions are justified by saying the owners had no building permission. There is a difference. Judges do not challenge the latter excuse, they may rule that private ownership of land cannot be transgressed by the state. Mustafa Barghouti demands international action.

Do you want a Jewish ethno-state?

Daniel Sieradski upbraids his fellow American Jews; they sat on their hands while Israeli politicians moved to the right putting a Palestinian state increasingly beyond reach – and now Trump can deliver what they didn’t want – an apartheid state.

The Zionist drive for separation

The separation of people into discrete groups does not happen naturally in today’s world. It is done by the state using force and an immense bureaucracy. This is apartheid. Mike Cushman argues that the Israeli state is clearly enforcing rigid separations between Arab Palestinians and Israeli Jews. But he would be guilty of antisemitism under the IHRA ‘examples’ e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.

No place for ‘balance’ on Israeli apartheid

The crimes committed by the Israeli state against Palestinians cannot be finessed into the necessary actions of a democratic regime. Barnaby Raine, JfJfP signatory, here upbraids those Liberal Zionists who cling to Israel despite the evidence.

The man who broke the wall round ‘judicial impartiality’

Lawyer John Dugard won high praise for his legal work on South African apartheid. When he began a forensic study of Israel’s racial divisions, and found they amounted to apartheid, he was denounced as antisemitic and persona non grata in many places. That didn’t change his judgment but it did help understand why Richard Goldstone, the Jewish South African judge who retracted his more critical findings for the UN Human Rights Council fact-finding mission on the 2009 Gaza War. He was assailed by, or ostracised from, his Jewish community.

Israel’s unique apartheid system

The word is from South Africa, Afrikaans for separateness. This book of essays on apartheid in S. Africa and Israel looks at what’s like and unlike. S.Africa’s regime failed because it needed the black labour which it also wanted to banish to bantustans. Israel uses Palestinian labour but imports most from Asian countries. S. Africa passed laws making apartheid compulsory. Israel uses its bureaucracy to present a facade of democracy.

The end of the pretence of innocence

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent actions have brought to an end 50 years of Israeli deception about the temporariness of the settlement enterprise – Yitzhak Laor, Ha’aretz

And Ban Ki-moon wades in at the UN: “Let me be absolutely clear: settlements are illegal under international law. The occupation, stifling and oppressive, must end.”

Lieberman’s plan to prevent the natives turning restless

MidEast watchers have been waiting to find out what Avigdor Lieberman will do with his power as defence minister. Jonathan Cook describes his strategy to make Palestinian aspirations for self-determination unattainable.

Does the Occupation fulfil or deny Zionism?

This is an argument taking place in, and about, Haaretz as well as the unresolvable question of what Zionism is. Rogel Alpher says Amos Schocken, Haaretz publisher, is deluded when he thinks international pressure will end the Occupation allowing the recovery of a Zionism which Schocken admires.

Persuading people that occupation is not normal

This interview with BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti reveals a man who is cautious, realistic and utterly opposed to letting the poison of personal attacks and any sort of racism enter the movement.

Change from Occupation to Apartheid

Oren Yiftachel writes that the means used to control Palestinians is no longer occupation but apartheid. This is an arguable point given the role the military plays in policing the West Bank, checkpoints, home demolitions and running courts to prosecute and sentence any form of Palestinian resistance. But with the oPt divided into cantons, separated by settlements and their roads, maybe ‘apartheid’ does better describe that means of control.

Dear Chief Rabbi, Israel has its own form of apartheid

The Chief Rabbi of a section of Commonwealth Orthodox Jews pronounces that he knows the term ‘apartheid’ cannot be used about Israel because he comes from S. Africa. Diana Neslen, like quite a few of our signatories, is also from South Africa and disagrees. Apart from that, the term apartheid now describes more forms of dividing society than existed in S. Africa.