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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

For an Israel-Palestine of cantons

Dr. Emile Nakhleh says the people of the area must jettison the two-state formula – which has produced nothing -and explore more creative possibilities that will serve the two peoples.. A confederation of cantons is a starting idea. Facts shown in maps and diagrams.

A Palestine-Israel federation:5.0

Contrary to Tony Klug (post below) Uri Avnery says the Jewish Israeli-Palestinian antagonism goes back to 1882. The idea of a Semitic Federation has been mooted several times as the political mirror of the two peoples. Does it still have currency?

None of the ‘solutions’ brings equal power

Over the years those looking for peace between Palestinians and Israelis have come up with a 1-state, 2-states, and now a 2 in 1 state solutions. The merit of this last is that it recognises both parties have a strong attachment to the land. The problem, says Yuval Eylon, it will still leave Palestinians as the weaker partner.

The 2-state solution is an answer to ISRAEL’s problem

With ‘peace’ negotiations going on in Jerusalem, the arguments about a solution for two warring, deeply unequal, nations have begun again. What would the Palestinians gain, except a weak, demilitarized state from 2 states? But a single state could only be a rigidly apartheid state. What about a Canadian-style confederation? Yousef Muayyer and Bernard Avishai respond to Ian Lustick.

Which way forward? What kind of state(s)?

Dissatisfaction with a two-state approach to resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict is tempered by the fact that the difficulties with a one-state approach appear at least as great, with neither Israelis nor Palestinians willing to give up their legitimate claims to self-determination. And in international diplomacy the two-state approach is the only game in town. Many discussions are currently taking place in Israel-Palestine about this dilemma and a search for other approaches:

1.Oren Yifachel, author of Ethnocracy: Land and Identity Politics in Israel/Palestine, elaborates on his idea for a confederation as a possible solution to the colonial deadlock he diagnoses; and

2. Jeff Halper of Icahd reflects on the deafening silence which greeted Icahd’s move to endorsing one state last year, provides an overview of who holds what position, and rethinks the options. He also provides an extensive reading list!

Words which don’t allow the truth to be told

Don’t say peace, occupation, Palestinians; instead say security, normalcy and Arabs – that would seem to be the way to gain political dominance in Israel. But, says Jeff Halper, with a combination of good Israeli and Palestinian leadership or strong outside pressures, Israelis could be induced to give the Occupation up. It’s up to the critics to devise what sort of shared living space would be do-able.

“We are sliding towards confederation”

Another proposal on the website this week for the future of Israel/Palestine in sharp disagreement with Wolman and Halper but sharing the view that the political status quo is intolerable. Here Sari Nusseibeh, President of Al-Quds unversity and former representative of the Palestinian National Authority, argues the best plan is a confederation of ethnic communities under Israeli rule in which Palestinians have full civic rights and freedoms.

Both sides can destroy, neither can make things happen

Like Carlo Strenger (above) Palestinian American and Jpost columnist Ray Hanania despairs of leaders or ‘extremists’ making peace; he launched the Yalla peace party “to promote peace based on two-states non-violence and compromise”.