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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 cyber-war against BDS

The BDS movement is causing serious anxiety in Israel’s ruling circles and they are throwing money at efforts to crush (‘neutralise’) it. The first target of Israeli cyber attacks is the Palestinian BDS HQ. The second is any website which supports BDS. It’s the loss of reputation as much as of sales that so disturbs them. Web agency Deflect analyse it.

Bans on BDS ordered by dictat

Several national and state governments have prohibited any action which supports BDS. All these orders have bypassed elected bodies – in the UK it came direct from the Cabinet Office. Any representative assembly would have certainly raised questions about freedom of speech, assembly and peaceful protest. Why, asks the Intercept, are the normal defenders of free speech silent on this?

Left should target US not its useful servant Israel

This is an impressive analysis of the political economy of Israel by CUNY doctoral student Joshua Sperber. He is critical of BDS supporters for targeting the client state, Israel, rather than the patron, the US. Why expect Palestinians to sidestep the source of Israel’s military power? Regular readers will recognise themes from Moshe Machover and Jeff Halper.

Israeli Ambassador visit to SOAS a snub to BDS vote say students

A visit to Lady Amos, director of SOAS, seems to have been the first formal call made by Mark Regev after taking up his position as Israel’s ambassador to the UK. Rabbi Mirvitz had to make do with a tweet. Students of course protested.

How to stop BDS? Simple, “solve the Israeli Palestinian conflict”

On March 28 a conference was held in Jerusalem on “Stop the Boycott”. It was organised by Ynet/Yedioth Ahronoth (Latest News). It chose former comic actor Roseanne Barr as its chief speaker. Lars Faaborg-Andersen represented the EU despite appeals from European Jewish groups, including JfJfP, not to attend. Tzipi Livni was the most prominent speaker to say if the conflict was stopped BDS would be too.

BDS does not promote peace

What’s the point of the BDS movement if it does not enable Israeli Jews and Palestinians to live in peace with each other? And, asks Uri Avnery, what’s the point if it encourages a train of antisemites and Israel-haters?

G4S jettisons Israel

Profits at G4S have been dropping – the firm is over-extended with muddled management. It first warned in 2013 that it was cutting back operations in Israel. Now it has announced its complete withdrawal from its security operations there. The BDS movement may not have caused the decision – but it was ‘reputationally damaging’ and created more disruption than the contract was worth.

No-choice settlement workers

The argument most often put forward by owners of settlement businesses is that the first to suffer would be Palestinians who provide them with their labour force. But the paucity of work in the oPt leaves them with little option.

BDS drives Ahava inside Green Line

The controversial cosmetics firm Ahava announced last year it planned to move from its illegal settlement to Israel proper. Now it’s been bought by expansionist Chinese company Fosun, that has become a certainty. The new owner does not want to be caught up in reputation-damaging boycotts.

BDS forbidden by law -US- and dictat -UK

Our leaders are sending mixed messages. The US and UK regard Israeli settlements as illegal. Pres. Obama has just signed off the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act which explicitly forbids a trade boycott but has said he personally does not think it applies to ‘Israeli-controlled’ territories. PM Cameron has also condemned settlements – and opposed any boycott of trade with Israel. No body other than the Cabinet (or parliament?) is allowed to make any decision on any policy covered by a state department.

UK should stand for the law – not appease Israel

The UK’s Cabinet Office and Crown Commercial Service seem to be making up law on the hoof. They have issued edicts in the last 2 days following the boycott decision by Leicester city council and just before minister Matt Hancock visits Israel. Is the Cabinet Office more worried about the left getting the upper hand or of losing face with the Israelis? Plus letter from Arthur Goodman of JfJfP.

Israel in danger of losing the plot

As far as Israel is concerned, its needs, its foreign policy, its public persona all come down to one thing: security. And then along comes BDS and blows a hole in that shelter. Israel and its friends are desperate to reassert the security narrative and label the BDS movement as an antisemitic campaign aimed at destroying Israel.

Lose the argument, ban free speech

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The dictat straight from the Cabinet Office that Britain’s public bodies may not support BDS lags behind the fervour in the US for silencing advocacy of Palestinian rights – on the grounds that it is ‘Hate Speech’ and stops Jews ‘feeling safe’. Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman follow the trail.

Cabinet to limit council power in order to win Israeli favour

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Cabinet office minister Matt Hancock is on his way to Israel to assure its government that he will sacrifice the UK’s local democracy to Israel’s interests in, he says, ‘the interests of national security’. Obviously he knows what words open doors in Israel.

Diplomats warn of growing boycott campaign

We learn from cables sent by Israeli diplomats that the movement to boycott Israel has taken off in Europe and the USA, reaching people and places hitherto untouched. The JPost writers here attribute the change to the campaign to kick Israel out of FIFA, but the outrage at the 2014 onslaught on Gaza probably also played its part.

A critique of Palestinian BDS

Thanks to Lee Jones we have the pleasure of posting his chapter from a forthcoming book. In it he examines the different function of BDS demands in S. Africa and Palestine. In brief, Palestinians lack an effective leadership, an intellectual analysis of Israel’s economy and the ability to mobilise the masses.

JfJfP statement on BDS

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JfJfP sets out its position on boycott, divestment and sanctions. It is not anti-Israel. It is a ‘smart’ policy that can be applied to any institution, organisation or part of institution or organisation, that is implicated in the Occupation or otherwise undermines Palestinian human rights.

Tories urge breaking law to punish ‘Hard Left’

In the party of law and order, the Cabinet Office and department for local government are raring to punish any local government which votes not to deal with settlements that have been declared illegal (Geneva Convention, clause on treatment of civilians). Thus our UK gov’t is happy to flout the law if it allows it to punish ‘The Hard Left’ and recruit the Jewish establishment. LPHR + Tory party press releases.

Crazy Country

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Crazy Country is Adam Keller’s blog from Israel in which he regularly takes stock. As he shows here, a week can be an even longer time in Israeli politics than usual. His report ranges from the Israeli reaction to Reykjavik’s call for a boycott of Israeli goods, to a delegation of former Israeli diplomats calling on the Brazilian embassy not to recognise the appointment of settler leader Danny Dayan as the new Israeli ambassador to Brazil, from the simmering fires on the ground as daily incidents – confrontations, shooting and the hurling of stones and Molotov cocktails – continue under occupation, to Netanyahu’s proposals to deal with the discontent by shooting stone throwers and fining their parents…

Crazy country, indeed…

Yedioth Ahronoth takes BDS seriously

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We reprint this article not because there is anything particularly new in it, nor because we agree with all its protagonist says. But for a mass circulation Israeli newspaper/website, Yedioth Ahronoth/Ynetnews, to devote over 4 thousand words to a broadly sympathetic portrait of a BDS activist is an extraordinary event.

Perhaps something is stirring in the Israeli conscience?