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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

Who started it?

Facts are quickly forgotten when myth, hindsight and wishful thinking take over hence the importance of Israel’s ‘new historians’. Here, Uri Avnery, who was there at the time, corrects the view that the new Israeli state took the first military steps against its Arab neighbours.

Accepting the Nakba as the foundation fact of Palestinian identity

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The Nakba should be taught on the curriculum of all Israel’s schools – how else are Israelis to understand their Palestinian neighbours says an editorial in Haaretz. Shlomo Avineri opposes the idea of the Nakba as the Palestinian founding myth – the event was not a catastrophe and was anyway self-inflicted. Shmuel Amir reviews and take issue.

How brave peace-makers became ‘criminals’

Uri Avnery looks back on the Oslo accords and what was achieved – not least Arafat’s recognition of Israel and his letting-go of most of the Palestinians’ claim to once Palestinian land. For from celebrating the size of this achievement for Israel – with scant reward for Palestine – the Israeli right is busy rewriting history – including omitting the critical fact of Israel reneging on its recent promised prisoner release.

Ilan Pappé on the duty to ask questions

Ilan Pappe’s next book is on the history of production of knowledge in Israel, and in this interview/conversation the question of why people know what they think they know often comes up. The beliefs that mask lack of knowledge, or curiosity, become the myths that keep things as they are in Israel – as elsewhere. Interview conducted by Frank and Florent Barat.

Expanding Israel in maps

Despite innumerable diplomatic and political reproaches and votes of censure from EU, UN and even US bodies, Israeli encroachment on, and seizure of, Palestinian land has been continuous since 1967 with two breaks: the withdrawal from Gaza, 2005, and the Oslo Accords which made the small enclaves of Areas A and B off-limits to Israelis.

False myth of Jews’ eternal longing for land of Israel

Shlomo Sand is a history professor at Tel Aviv University. His charismatic, readable style was evident in his previous book The Invention of the Jewish People, the English edition of which kicked up quite a controversy in 2009. The title alone seemed designed to shock. Sand’s new book, The Invention of the Land of Israel, is essentially a direct sequel, focusing on the nature of an idea central to Zionism: the “Land of Israel”…

It’s professors who build the biased state

Palestinians have no role in Israeli school books except to lurk and multiply concludes Nurit Peled-Elhanan in her study of textbooks which show the usual bias in favour of the dominant group which, less usually, adds power to their military control. Links to critiques ot bias in books in Palestinian schools are given in the text

Students in Israel want to learn of Nakba

In many spaces, Nakba is the forbidden word but an unofficial Nakba study kit is proving popular with Israeli children and teachers for answering questions about their own history

Who are the strangers in this land?

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Noam Sheizaf looks back on his childhood in Israel where he learned nothing of Palestinian history, but now believes the Nakba is an integral and unforgettable part of Jewish and Arab history. Powerful photos in 972 original.

Tom Segev reviews Benny Morris’s book on 1948

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Tom Segev reviews Benny Morris’s book, “1948: A History of the first Arab-Israeli War”, first published in English in 2008 and now translated and published in Hebrew. Morris focuses on the fate of the Palestinians and presents his readers with a readable, well-edited story… but his attitude toward their tragedy is troublesome in terms of both humaneness and morality.

Israel’s March of Folly

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A long look at the history of Israel since 1967 as the march of folly – political, military, economic and social – culminating in what Shlomo Swirski describes as “The Folly of it All” […]

Gush Shalom’s Truth Against Truth: A completely different look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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This online publication from Gush Shalom, a few years old now, deserves to be more widely known. In 101 paragraphs it gives a basic introduction to and alternative view of the history of the conflict and outlines the basic principles it believes will need to underlie any peace settlement.

Below is its opening statement and its closing two paras 100 and 101. [,,,]