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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

Murdoch’s man in government

The odd figure of Michael Gove, failed candidate as party leader but successful back-stabber and returnee to Cabinet, is examined by David Cronin who finds inside the gnomic figure a fully-formed Israel zealot, complete with the right contacts and placements in organisations.

Zionist threat to end Jewish support for Tories

An email threatening to end Jewish support for the Conservative party unless the UK’s prime and foreign ministers ‘apologise to the Jewish people’ for supporting the anti-settlements UNSC resolution has been seen by MEMO. Why the unknown writer thinks he/she has the power to decide how Jews vote is not clear. It is another example of the pro-Israel lobby seeking to manipulate British politics.

Holocaust has single message – never again for Jews

It was hoped that out of the horror and tragedy of the Holocaust would come a determination that never again would a policy of genocide be conceived and carried out. All humanity has failed in this. The obstacle, illustrated by the IHRA’s ‘instructive ‘examples’ is the idea that, says David Rosenberg, this means ‘never again must Jews be at risk of genocide’. As for others, such as Palestinians, – that’s someone else’s problem.

Israel’s plans for Britain

First get some agents on the ground. Conservative Friends of Israel has clout but there’s no time to be lost in training the next generation. Free trips to Israel, bags of propaganda and most important, a pre-determined strategy: undermine the BDS movement as antisemitic.

There is no alternative to a Palestinian state

Or rather, as the Telegraph’s Peter Oborne argues in this cogent piece, the alternative is Israel leaving the community of civilised nations as it struggles to maintain control over a mass of angry Palestinians through a military-controlled system of apartheid. Surely even the Conservative Friends of Israel, the largest organisation in Europe dedicated to the cause of Israel, cannot wish for this.

Conservatives airbrush their history on Israel and Jews

On the surface which David Cameron inhabits, the Conservatives have an unwavering belief in Israel (has he told his foreign secretary?) In fact, the upper class from which most Conservative Prime Ministers have been drawn also has a long tradition of Arabism, a hidden history of antisemitism and a tradition of pragmatism. But let’s not spoil the party. James Vaughan provides a quick history.

UK embeds a hub and an envoy in Israeli enterprise

We have been remiss in following the new Conservative policy of a uniquely intimate relationship with Israel’s hi-tech industries – the ‘focal point of the bolstered relationship’. It has been assiduously pursued by David Cameron, the Conservative Friends of Israel, the FCO and, most of all, Britain’s ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould. So here’s a bumper catch-up pack. (Yes, a few do mention boycott)

How Israel pays its British friends to influence people

David Cronin attempts to shine some light through the opaque Conservative Friends of Israel, their recent freebie to Israel and imminent vote on universal jurisdiction; below, conservative blogger Guido Fawkes on BICOM’s boasting of its influence with the BBC, Sky, the FT and Prospect magazine. Hubris?

“Question Time” (version) in Watford

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From Watford Friends of Salfeet, many of whom are JfJfP signatories, a request to alert you to a public Q&A session ahead of the general election. The panel includes BBC foreign correspondent Humphrey Hawksley and the Conservative candidate for Watford – who is also the chairman of the Conservative Friends of Israel board. The Sunday times columnist Minette Marin and Inayat Bunglawala make up the quartet – which will be discussing “terrorism, extremism, Islamophobia, civil liberties, surveillance and privacy,” this Tuesday evening (March 16th), Queen’s School, Aldenham Rd, Watford, 7.15pm.