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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

Israel rendering Bedouin stateless

Bedouin tribes are among the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine when it stretched from Lebanon to the Naqab/Negev desert. They always assumed they had Israeli citizenship. Now they find the state is denying they are citizens, making it easier to speed up their demolitions and clearances to make way for Jews-only settlements.

Five campaigns for 2017

The human rights NGO Adalah has analysed the trend in Israel and identified 5 key areas where they expect serious breaches of the law. They hope we will be particularly watchful, and active in these areas especially as Israeli NGOs are now severely restricted.

United condemnation of Israeli settlements and demolitions

Israeli leaders may rejoice in the military and diplomatic support they receive internationally. But not one of their friends supports their two-edged policy of building settlements on Palestinian land and demolishing Palestinians homes – also on Palestinian land. There is no peaceable future in this.

Move away – we’re crushing your house

Different agencies of the Israeli state use home demolition to achieve what they want: punish ‘terrorists’; punish house-builders for lacking planning permission (which it’s impossible to get); freeing land for settlers – forcing Bedouin to move to designated towns where they are also easier to control. Ben White on this last.

The worse Israel behaves the more the charges of antisemitism are hurled

Step back from the commotion and ask, as Avi Shlaim and Gwyn Daniel do – why now? The entire western world has put all its money on the 2-state solution. But Israel won’t play. Let’s put up a smokescreen over that and run round shrieking ‘I spy antisemites.’

Human rights improve security

The response by the governments of the USA and France to terrorist attacks has been to increase ‘security’ measures at the expense of many freedoms. Israel has built its state on restricting freedom for Palestinians on the grounds they are a ever-present security threat. But, argues Mitchell Plitnick, this equation is wrong. Harsher repression creates more anger and disaffection. Improving human rights for the excluded does much more to make societies safe.

IDF punish families of attackers by destroying their homes

The ‘most moral army in the world’ resumed the demolition of Palestinian homes as a punishment in September 2014. This is quite clearly illegal on several counts – though the Supreme Court has left it to the Commanding Officer to decide as Charlotte SIlver, Electronic Intifada, and B’Tselem explain.

Hot words online, desolation on the ground

The several articles here from Palestinian sources look at the gulf between the agitational words on Facebook and Twitter – and the relative lack of mass action on the ground. This aspect creates a new opening for Palestinian women – but, like the Arab spring, this change of thinking may not lead to a responsive form of governance.

Israel wants punishment by home demolition, not peace

There’s one thing that all might agree on: Israeli policy towards Palestinians is not evidence-based. No colonial power would see mass imprisonment, shooting dead, denial of freedom of movement, and demolishing homes as a form of pacification. The fact that these are Israel’s only tactics is a mark of bigotry and cruelty.