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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

Farmers to lose their land to settlement parks

This is an interim report on the Israeli state’s theft of land for building play facilities for the settlement of Avnei Hefetz. Peace Now reports that last year settlement construction increased by over one third. More are planned.

A 2-state solution is no longer feasible

This is not an argument for one binational state. It is a bleak assessment by Mohamed Hassan of Turkey’s TRT World of the possibility of dividing the land between 2 states (none he thinks). It’s the policy of the West which has no will to deliver it.

Those who speak up for power-less Gaza

Because of the siege it imposes, Israel is responsible for the welfare of the besieged. It is colluding with the PA by withholding power from Gaza. Many people and NGOs have spoken out against this cruelty: names in this 4-piece posting

German minister asking awkward questions unwelcome in Israel

For decades German Ministers (from W. Germany only until 1990) have trodden with guilt, shame and financial generosity towards Israel. No longer. Foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel was rebuffed by the Israeli PM because he wanted to meet with human rights NGOs and later said (inaccurately) that Social Democrats and Jews were the first victims of Nazi rule.

101 Palestinians killed without thought

Perhaps you are one of the many who have become inured to the killing of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers and police. Gov’t ministers have – they approve. These accounts, drawn up by one of Netanyahu’s hated NGOs – B’Tselem – is shocking in the numbers and circumstances of those shot, the lack of any justification or legal inquiry into the deaths.

To outlaw NGOs, Bibi snubs strongest ally

Netanyahu has chosen to cancel a visit from his strongest European ally – Germany- in order to make a point – that Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem are not legitimate Israeli organisations. Sigmar Gabriel doesn’t seem bothered.

The no-cost occupation

Not strictly true – Israelis pay high costs morally, politically and in terms of reputation for the occupation. But, as B’Tselem reveals, legal and bureaucratic changes have led to the amount of compensation paid to Palestinians wounded by security forces dropping to less than a fifth from 2012 to 2016.

The power of recording Israeli theft and violence

The Israeli occupation is enforced in many and various ways. Dogging the state agencies’ footsteps is B’Tselem and its growing band of video volunteers. From their annual report the breadth of their activities, especially in recording and publicising Israeli violations, is extraordinary. No wonder the gov’t tried to shut them down with its anti-NGO ‘transparency bill’.

Paralysed Israel rejects all help

Hagai El-Ad, Executive Director of B

Veteran commentator Akiva Eldar is also impressed by Hagai El-Ad’s speech (see post below) – but not by the ignorance of the attacks on him. He points out that at every stage of its existence outside bodies have intervened to press Israel to save itself.

Haaretz backs B’tselem’s opposition platform

The speech B’Tselem’s director gave to the UN Security Council provides the platform which the opposition in Israel should adopt: The rights of Palestinians must be realized; the occupation must end; the UN Security Council must act; and the time is now.

Israel’s cunning disguises

On the invitation of the PNA, B’Tselem’s executive director Hagai El-Ad spoke to the UN Security Council about why it must act to end the occupation and see the reality of Palestinian life behind Israel’s manoeuvres and pretences. What’s it afraid of?

PA brings in peace groups to make its case

The PA will brings its case against settlement building to the UNSC next week. It has consulted with several Israeli peace groups and B’Tselem has said it will join the informal discussion at the UN

Human rights activists in Israel are ‘foreign agents’

NGOs have long been the only effective critics of Israel government policy. Thus for NGO Monitor and, here, Im Tirzu, they are destructive ‘foreign agents’. B’Tselem, Hamoked, Breaking the Silence are amongst the agents which must be silenced. But as Im Tirzu’s aim is to ‘promote Zionist values’ they may succeed in their isolationism, depending on their contacts and propaganda skills.