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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

Abbas whacks people who put up snarky posts

The dying days of Mahmoud Abbas’ presidency are bad news for Palestinian journalists especially because they risk prison if they report it. The response of the old man’s coterie to critical posts is arrest arrest arrest. The condemnation of this response is widespread. Palestinians don’t know what they’re missing.

Fatah, Hamas go for total knowledge control

Two highly reputable NGOs, Amnesty International and Addameer, have produced reports which voice anger and dismay at the inability of the Palestinian Authority in general and Pres Abbas in particular to accept any criticism in any form. Abbas whizzed through a new law against electronic crimes, meaning disturbing ‘national unity or social peace’ on Facebook or websites. That seems to have everything covered.

Taking the people’s name in vain

So-called populists, the name claimed by and given to right-wing anti-immigrant bodies, insist their enemy is the liberal elite which controls the media. To protect national security censors are needed to govern the words of anti-people elites. Israel has a military censor who tries to gag journalists at home and abroad.

Wave of arrests of Palestinian journalists

When asked about the full-scale arrests of Palestinian journalists the IDF says – security’. Freedom of speech is a threat. Nor can details of the arrests be given. That would expose ‘classified intelligence’, a threat to Israel’s security.

Israel drops its mask – BDS grows

The heart of Israeli state bureaucratic control is the prevention of movement. With movement there are exchanges of information, emotion, publicity, plans. Omar Barghouti is well-known outside Acre, his home town, as co-founder and speaker on BDS. Now the bureaucracy which has swelled as its managers seek to control all movement has denied him a travel permit. It’s a form of house arrest but Glenn Greenwald managed to reach him for an extensive interview.

Lose the argument, ban free speech

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The dictat straight from the Cabinet Office that Britain’s public bodies may not support BDS lags behind the fervour in the US for silencing advocacy of Palestinian rights – on the grounds that it is ‘Hate Speech’ and stops Jews ‘feeling safe’. Glenn Greenwald and Andrew Fishman follow the trail.

No freedom of speech for enemies of zionism

Last month, a Left-Green caucus of MEPs nominated three young Arab men for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. One of them, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, an often imprisoned Egyptian blogger, fell foul of the WSJ’s thought police. It denounced his violent anti-Zionist remarks as anti-Israel and the caucus withdrew his nomination.No-one defends his remarks that zionists are not human beings; but this is not the Nobel Peace Prize.

Traitors v. loyalists – Israel’s new divide

For a long time, Israel’s ‘us’ was set against the Palestinian ‘them’. Now, as Israelis politically turn in on themselves, the enemies of the dominant culture are the critics and leftists, says Mairav Zonszein in a NY Times opinion piece. The aim is to silence the questioners and critics – and abolish freedom of speech.

All regimes in Israel/Palestine guilty of restricting free speech

Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue has written a critical report for the Human Rights Council of the state of free speech under all governing bodies in Israel-Palestine. In the Only Democracy in the Middle East free speech is limited on issues such as Israel as a Jewish state, calling for boycotts and the Nakba; the PA censors, Hamas harasses and arrests journalists. The report’s conclusion after a news report from AP.

Mordechai Vanunu hounded – again

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On 11 May the nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu was sentenced to a further three months in prison, to start on 23 May…

Paul Martin on being held in a Gazan gaol

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Earlier this year, British journalist Paul Martin was held for 26 days in a Gaza gaol – for having appeared as a witness in a court case. He speaks movingly of his experiences …

Israeli law proposal: Outlaw organisations reporting on violations

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Israeli NGOs that provide evidence of Israeli complicity in war crimes are targeted and threatened with closure in proposed new Knesset bill…

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Ali Fathollah-Nejad reports on how scholar and thorn in the side of the Zionist establishment and apologists like Alan Dershowitz has been effectively banned form speaking anywhere in Germany. The German Greens were among those who capitulated to pro-Zionist accusations of antisemitism, its Heinrich Böll Foundation claiming that “Finkelstein’s behavior and his theses do not remain within the limits of legitimate critique.” An appalling – and succesful – attack on freedom of speech […]

Delegitimization and censorship continue…

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In a series of disturbing developments Israeli society is closing in on itself, with toleration of dissent at a low ebb. The website Coteret is keeping a watching brief on these developments and here we provide links to a series of articles on the topic […]