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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

How Israel torments Palestinians

This is a very harsh report from the UN’s OCHA on how Israel cannot let Palestinians live their lives. The martial law imposed by security forces means the people they govern have no power over their own lives and resources.

The power of recording Israeli theft and violence

The Israeli occupation is enforced in many and various ways. Dogging the state agencies’ footsteps is B’Tselem and its growing band of video volunteers. From their annual report the breadth of their activities, especially in recording and publicising Israeli violations, is extraordinary. No wonder the gov’t tried to shut them down with its anti-NGO ‘transparency bill’.

People clearance by home wreckage

More Palestinian homes were demolished by Israeli authorities in 2016 than ever before reports B’Tselem. The ‘reason’ is contemptible – lack of planning permission which all know is hardly ever given. Home wrecking is a tactic in the long-term aim of corralling Palestinians into as small a space as possible, making living conditions intolerable.

‘In the Jewish, democratic state, I watch Israel eat itself from the inside’

‘In the Jewish, democratic state’ writes Emily Hilton ‘technological innovation and communal identity are threaded through the fabric of society. So is state violence and displacement’. And the state policy of displacing all Bedouin betrays any notion of the equality of citizens ‘regardless of race, gender or religion’.

Israeli smash and grab untouched by rebukes

Israelis continue on their new track of denying the Jewish history of the diaspora. Now their claim to Palestinian land is that ‘Jews have always lived here’. So they carry on erecting Jews-only houses and destroying Palestinian ones. Bibi has learned to ignore US disapproval because the military/financial arrangement just continues.

Punitive purge of Palestinians by home demolition

This summer, like last, there has been another surge in the demolition of Palestinian homes by Israeli forces, creating mass homelessness. Despite growing pressure from the UN, EU and USA, state officials barely bother to justify their actions.

If home demolition worked there would be no Palestinian attacks

Talal Jabari, Palestinian journalist, is newly angry about an old crime – the reckless destruction of Palestinian homes. At least this practice should be applied equally to violent Israelis whose numbers are increasing.

Razing unwanted facts to the ground

demolished house e jerusalem 2

There are facts on the ground throughout East Jerusalem and the West Bank which the Israeli state wants to erase. These facts are Palestinian homes, the private property of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs. But the laws of private property are no help when the state can claim the home is erected without permission, or land wanted for a national park. Jeff Halper on the demolition plan.

Israel carries on Jordan valley clearances – and moans about boycott threat

Determined as ever to extract a victim status for itself government ministers have found many ways to cast Kerry’s efforts as unjust to them – the latest being that the threat of boycott is ‘holding a gun to its head’, meanwhile continuing with the very illegal and inhumane actions which invite boycott – in this case the ruthless clearance of Palestinians from the Jordan valley. Adam Keller and statement from the UN.

EU offers closer links with Palestine/ Israel if Israel stops wrecking tactics

EU foreign ministers have offered an unprecedented aid package and an upgrade to ‘special privileged partnership’ if Israel can reach a final peace agreement with Palestine. Israeli diplomats have dismissed the offer as ’empty words’. Iarael, the foreign ministers implied, must stop acting as though the whole land is theirs (settlements, home demolitions). Although Palestinians have been warned to do nothing rash, the burden of responsibility for the talks is clearly on the Israelis.