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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

Anger at FIFA’s inertia over settlement clubs

A coalition of football and human rights activists has slammed FIFA for its failure to exclude the clubs that have been created in Israeli settlements and want to take part in international matches despite flouting international law.

An Israeli own goal!

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Israel is in serious danger of being excluded by FIFA from world football. The reason: its settlement teams. Since 1998, FIFA has recognized the Palestinian Football Association and the league it operates, and it sees the West Bank as Palestinian territory. A few days ago, 66 members of the European Parliament signed a sharply worded letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, calling on him to enforce its rules.

Say to FIFA: No settlement clubs

The JfJfP Executive asks signatories and supporters to sign the petition calling on FIFA to prevent Israeli settlement football clubs from participating in international competitions. Red Card Against Racism is onside. 149,940 had signed at the time of posting.

Boycotting sports with Israel

Sean Jacobs and Aubrey Bloomfield ask why there is not a more active movement against playing games with Israel – especially football. The answer they come up with is the reluctance of Jibril Rajoub, now PFA head, to come up with such action.

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.

Crying ‘antisemitism’ is Israel’s comfort blanket

And the lullaby is ‘the whole world is against us’. Having thus comforted themselves, the government side can sink back into sleep, wholly unaware of the seriousness of the ‘whole world’ refusal to be complicit with Israel’s colonial practice. As most of the world has gone through its own violent struggles to enforce, or resist, colonialism – a great driver of history – Netanyahu’s cry that it is all due to antisemitism is peculiarly obtuse and parochial.

Palestinians gain from no FIFA resolution

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A perceptive article from Amira Hass judges that the withdrawl of the PFA’s resolution at the FIFA congress and its replacement by another resolution is entirely to the PA’s benefit. The resolution would have lost, giving Israeli policy a false legitimacy, It sustains the PA’s status as a proto-state and Israel has had to accept a monitoring committee.

Palestine at FIFA, Update 2

Despite the dramatic events on the eve of FIFA’s Zurich Congress, the agenda will be followed at the Congress and the Palestine Football Association will put their resolution. But this may not have the impact they hoped for given the media’s focus on the arrests of nine FIFA offficials. They are angry, Israel is relieved. Await the conspiracy stories.

Stop making an exception for Israel

In the bad old days football clubs were often nests of racism. In the last 15 years tackling racism in football has been recognized as a priority in clubs , by UEFA and FIFA. The barriers crippling the movement and assembly of Palestinian players and spectators in the name of Israel’s security have escaped FIFA censure. This blanket justification for all measures by the security state no longer convinces the world of football that Israel should enjoy an exceptional status.

Pressure grows on FIFA to suspend Israel

As Ben White points out, Israeli government and media do not understand the importance of football in Europe, Africa and South Africa and so missed the growing support for the plight of Palestinian footballers, whose playing is so restricted by Israel bringing its politics into the game, and for their campaign to get FIFA to suspend the Israel Football Association.

Israel refuses to play a beautiful game

The Palestinian Football Association is preparing its request to the FIFA Congress in May that Israel’s team be suspended from the association. Restrictions on Palestinian freedom of movement and association make it impossible for them to practice in the way players in other countries can and must. JfJfP Executive has written a letter in support of the PFA to FIFA.

Spot the ball- it’s with the people pressing FIFA to exclude Israel

The campaign to get FIFA to exclude the IFA because it does not abide by the rules of anti-racism may not have kept Israel from competing in this year’s World Cup but has succeeded in forcing attention to the barriers against Palestinian youth playing football imposed by Israeli security. Updated with Petition and story of security officials at an Israeli-Honduras soccer match in Houston stopping a woman waving a Palestinian flag because it was a ‘racial slur’.

Palestinian FA will call for expulsion of Israel from FIFA if no progress by June

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For Palestinians to have the freedom to to play Israelis have to lift their barriers to free movement. The highly alarming (to Israelis) JPost headline on April 1st that FIFA was going to expel the IFA unless Israelis stopped harming Palestinian efforts to play football could have been an April Fool. FIFA has made no such threat. It was not reported in InsideWorldFootball on March 31. It was reported on March 19 that the PFA would call for the expulsion of the Israeli FA if Israel had not cleaned up its act by the time of FIFA’s June Congress.

National sport and nationhood: football in Palestine

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When the IDF or IOF make it impossible for young Palestinians to play football by bombing a sport stadium or shooting the feet of young players or blocking their travel to playing spaces then they are doing more than constrict the lives of the young; they are aiming blows at the link between a national sport and a sense of nationhood. Amit Singh on the demand to suspend the IFA from FIFA.

Move to suspend Israel from FIFA gathers steam

From isolated protests over several years at Israel’s participation in FIFA, which is a constitutionally anti-racist body, the protests have gained momentum and publicity. Red Card Israeli Racism has launched a petition to FIFA for the Israel Football Association to be suspended from membership. The issue is linked to the many obstacles Israel places in the way of Palestinians playing football.

Palestinian football association to demand FIFA expel Israel

With quite extraordinary cruelty Israeli soldiers beat up two football-loving teenagers last month and then shot both of them in the feet. Doctors have said they will not be able to play again. For unknown reasons, the Arab Pop Idol winner Mohammed Assaf has had his invitation to sing at the opening ceremony of the FIFA world cup rescinded. The chairman of the Palestinian Football Association is demanding Israel be expelled from FIFA for flouting its conventions and trying to destroy Palestinian sport.