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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

Attempts to block book on Jewish terrorism

Israel was created by Jewish acts of terrorism against Arabs and British soldiers and police, not the benign moves of a sympathetic world. When Tom Suarez started a tour to promote his book, State of Terror, he found the pro-Israel establishment was doing all it could to silence him and his argument. Jonathan Cook and Suarez.

Blindness of BoD on Balfour

Robert Cohen values a report from the Church of Scotland (Protestant Christian) on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. It says, inter alia, that ‘justice, equality, dignity, equal access to natural resources and freedom of opportunity for all’ should be the basis of UK gov’t policy on Palestine. However, establishment Jews flipped the ‘outrage’ switch; such views are ‘unbalanced’. In the desperation to defend today’s Israel they seem to be saying the universal value of fairness is biased and antisemitic.

Israel locks itself out of the dialogue

Apart from the lickspittle Board of Deputies even critics of the groups which campaign for BDS are shocked by the Knesset’s blanket ban on entry into Israel of anyone who can be deduced to support any form of boycott of anything Israeli. Consumer choice is a fundament of democracy. MEE and BoD.

Jews for UN resolution

In the strange world of BoD president Jonathan Arkush, UNSC resolution 2334 shows “The UN has once again chosen to demonstrate its hostility to Israel.” Who does he speak for? Not the over 400 Jews who have signed a statement welcoming the resolution or the Jewish groups who sponsored it. We have put together a package so you will know the facts of the matter.

An appeal to the Board of Deputies for a more pluralistic approach

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The Board of Deputies of British Jews is, or was, perhaps the most open of all Jewish bodies. Not so its leadership. Still hoping that the BoD could embrace the diversity of political (and religious) opinion among Jews, signatory Richard Kuper addressed an open appeal to them to take some minimum stands of principle on Palestinian rights and Jewish diversity. Find out what happened next.

Select Committee prostrates itself before the BoD

Jonathan Rosenhead, JfJfP signatory, presents us with a grim picture of the Home Affairs Select Committee’s session on antisemitism – ill-informed, ill-equipped and over-deferential.

Only critics of Israel are ‘external’ not its cheerleaders and funders

In this strongly argued article, Mike Cushman responds in detail to the half-baked, ill-informed arguments from the Board of Deputies against BDS – obviously a fearsome movement to have prompted them to such expenditure of money if not time.

Board of Deputies – only mushy carrots to offer

The Board of Deputies is supposedly the most – the only – representative body of British Jews. It has issued a condemnation of the BDS campaign. Robert Cohen writes directly to them reminding them of the Jewish heritage of standing with the oppressed – and asking why they do not once acknowledge that Israel perpetrates an illegal occupation of the West Bank (now in its 48th year) and an illegal blockade of Gaza. Again, subservience to Israel trumps a tradition of universal values.

BoD officer wanted to be free to criticise Israel

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Laurence Brass has resigned his position as Treasurer on the Board of Deputies executive committee because he has been “been bursting to criticise the Israeli administration” for six years. He had previously got in trouble for going on a Yachad-led trip to the West Bank.

The mote and the beam

Robert Cohen shares the sentiment of our earlier posting on Rev. Stephen Sizer – that he acted foolishly and it was right that we was brought to account. But that’s only half the story. If high ethical standards are applied to the Board of Deputies, who made the complaint, they have many questions to answer on their condoning or turning a blind eye to the wrongs that are carried out by the Israeli state.

‘Not antisemitic, just stupid’

Silly Rev. Stephen Sizer. His anger with Christian Zionism and with Israeli state policies towards Palestinians has made him careless. For the second time he has linked to a website in order to make a point without checking who is running that site and why. Pursued by Jonathan Arkush for the Board of Deputies he has made an abject apology to the diocesan bishop, promising to to say nothing ever again about middle east politics.

Open letter to Board of Deputies

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On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, JfJfP’s executive has written a letter to the Board of Deputies of British Jews proposing that it engages more openly and constructively with the issue of dispossessed Palestinians, the Israeli occupation and the widespread opposition to it in Britain.

Antisemitism rally draws a crowd

For what was intended as a mass public (Jews and non-Jews) display of ‘zero tolerance about antisemitism’ Sunday’s rally drew a paltry crowd. Despite being promoted by the Board of Deputies, their speakers were booed. It was organised by the ‘grassroots’ Campaign Against Antisemitism whose representative is Jonathan Sacerdoti who goes to great lengths to censor information about himself and his current work as Director of the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy.

The deaf and blind hawkers of the ‘anti-Israel is antisemitic’ myth

There seems to be an expectation that when Israel is on the warpath, hostility to all Jews will burst out. Of course it doesn’t help that the Jewish establishments in Europe and the USA identify with Israel – but in the Anglophone world at least there are scores of Jewish groups which shout loudly Not in My Name. This is heard by fellow demonstrators and the two writers here who insist opposing Israeli policy is not antisemitic.

Board of Deputies promotes myth of rampant antisemitism

It is horrible that there are more manifestations of antisemitism in the UK, mostly by a small number of young men. The recent joint statement of the Muslim Council of Britain and the Board of Deputies was presumably directed against them and we applaud it. However the Campaign Against Antisemitism, origin and personnel undeclared, which is organising a rally on Sunday backed by the BoD, seems as intent on spreading fear and hostility to Islam as it does on soberly dealing with antisemitism. Who does this help?

British Jewish and Muslim bodies issue joint call for peace, wisdom, hope

Leading bodies in the Muslim and Jewish communities in Britain have taken the unprecedented step of issuing a joint statement calling on their communities to work together for peace at home and abroad. The Board of Deputies of British Jews and Muslim Council of Britain state their communities, claiming common descent from Abraham, should not import middle east conflict but export hope. Much hostile comment from pro-Israelis led by Melanie Phillips.

British Jewish leadership slammed for lack of leadership

An invitation from the Board of Deputies to attend an open meeting in N. London was unambiguous: ‘The meeting will focus on what we can do to promote Israel’s case, addressing the best way to tackle the crisis and its implications for British Jewry.’ You would not know the crisis was about the lethal onslaught on Palestinians had it not been for a few JfJfP signatories who managed to get in. The rest of the audience were so consumed with fear and anger it was hard to know what they did want.

Israeli diplomats back BoD critic of Israel

In April, Board of Deputies member Laurence Brass went on a Yachad visit to the West Bank – where he witnessed the destructive acts of settlers. He was shocked and said so. Eric Moonman has led the right’s attack on him for speaking out – but now Israel diplomats have defended the propriety of his criticisms.

UK Jews lose respect for leadership with its long night of denial

Robert Cohen takes on the task of reading the Board of Deputies EU manifesto all the way through – and reaches a hiatus: between its good proposals for us in Europe and its proposals for relations with Israel there is a serious moral and political failure. Young British Jews expect something more truthful and moral.

New parliamentary Jewish group seen as cocking a snook

Either there is serious conflict between the UK’s establishment Jewish bodies, or the Jewish Chronicle is stirring it with its reporting. The issue this time is the move by Conservative Friend of Israel MP Matthew Offord to set up an All-Party Group on Jewish affairs which the Board of Deputies is backing. More to the point, can this new APG speak to or for Britain’s various Jewish persons and groups?