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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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May, Macron, Merkel stick with Iran nukes deal

It must have cost the FCO – presumably rushing round the world looking for a trade life-raft for the UK – to link with the foreign policy of France and Germany to defy Pres. Trump and stand by the nuclear deal negotiated with Iran last year. A parliamentary researcher on Iran comments.

The new test of who’s a good Jew

Having decided to lead the world (viz. the USA) in a crusade against Iran, PM Netanyahu has had to cast his decision in the most hyperbolic terms – good v. evil, for Israel or for another holocaust of Jews? Only Israelis are listening.

Israel’s alarm spiked, Tehran rejoices

For the last few years Netanyahu has done everthing to keep the West in a state of high anxiety about the imminence of being annihilated by Iranian nuclear bombs. No more. The hopes of the Lausanne conference were that Iran opens its nuclear facilities to inspection and that Netanyahu stop belabouring the West about his annihilation by Iran. Here are comments praising, doubting and condemning the deal. It stretches the gap between US and Israel policy aims. But will Congress block it?

The Deal

Against all predictions, a deal was struck between the negotiators for Iran and the P5+1 group. on limiting the speed and nature of Iran’s nuclear programme. Predictably this has been denounced by most Republicans and the Israeli government. But support for the deal has been unpredictably warm, revealing the widespread desire for an end to bellicose rhetoric and to fear of the barbarian at the gates.

American Jewish establishment loses its weight

For many decades a few – AIPAC, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League – have stood for the relationship between American Jews and Israel. The failure of these establishment groups to block the interim deal with Iran is a sign that their influence has waned as Jewish and other pro-Israelis have found more discriminating, ways to express support for – or dissent with – Israel. NGOisation?

AIPAC’s choice: American people or Israeli governent

If AIPAC can be said to have a technique it is to finesse a deal so that serving the Israeli government appears as serving the interests of the American people. This was a sleight of hand it could not pull off when American government and people both saw the Iran deal as a Good Thing while Netanyahu loudly fulminated against it as a very bad thing. What to do? Richard Silverstein examines their tactics.

The good, the bad and the ugly-minded

‘We did it through diplomacy’ said John Kerry to Congress in an appeal for their support for the Iran deal. There is significant opposition to the deal in Israel and the US – but how can they oppose it? Why, by calling Lady Ashton ‘ugly ‘ – nuff said. In the US, war-weariness has muted opposition to the negotiations. In Israel, the EU is the convenient bad entity forcing Netanyahu to acknowledge settlements in order to be eligible for Horizon 2020 grants – a programme for which Lady Ashton is also a lead negotiator.