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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

The attractions of Islamism

Historian Abdullah Al-Arian argues that Islamism is not a single international phenomenon but is shaped by circumstances and traditions in each country. It has gained traction because many see it as the authentic voice of oppressed Arabs as opposed to the artifice of western democracy. Palestinians are the only Arabs left fighting an outside subjugating regime.

Israel under threat by unified killer Muslims

This ‘Analysis’ by JPost writers takes Netanyahu to task for being unable to distinguish between Islamic groups and regarding them all as posing an existential threat to Israel. The writers regard NGOs and lawyers as for more of a threat.

‘We have to win this fight against the knee jerk anti-American, anti-Israel politics’

The assumptions here that the Left has been afraid of criticising Islamism or has even been happy to partner with it seem unfounded – though it may be true the Left has not been at the forefront of criticism for fear of associations with the RIght. Michael Walzer in debate.

First they came for the writers…

Common features between the Islamist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and the free speech event in Copenhagen: first the gunman comes for the journalists and cartoonists who mock the figure of Muhammed the prophet. Then a few Jews are killed, almost as an after-thought. All the gunmen were uneducated petty criminals who may have been groomed in Islamist politics while in prison. Netanyahu responded by saying all Jews of both nations should move to his country – even though at other times he insists on the precarious safety of Israel and its citizens.

Fundamentalists are never friends of the left

In this invigorating interview about her new book, Karima Bennoune argues that all those opposed to imperialism are not, by that fact, supporters of universal human rights, especially of women. In fact, Islamists – and the west’s distinctions between fundamentalist sorts and others don’t make sense – are often backed by colonial interests for their value in opposing radicals.

The fight to reconcile democracy, Islam and security

The vitality of new nationalist movements has overthrown the old order which Britain and France enforced after the collapse of the Ottoman empire. Assumptions based on ‘the Arab world’ do not hold. Here is a variety of pieces responding to the turmoil.

What did the Arab uprisings mean in Israel?

Israeli leaders had just one question when the popular revolt broke out in Egypt, their southern neighbour – will it damage our security? Young Israelis were inspired by the open and articulate protest of young Arabs and copied their slogans and idioms – only to be rebuffed by Egyptians who could only see their oppressive Israeli-ness. Palestinians were the first to make distinctions between uprisings although, as Lisa Goldman reports, the key distinction was that they felt part of the Arab nation, not of Israel.

Jewishness and the broken link with the Left

For much of the last two centuries the causes of socialism and the emancipation of Jews were yoked. Now socialism as a progressive, mobilising force is defunct. Have parts of the Left hitched themselves to Islamists, mistaking their anti-Western rhetoric for progressive politics? And are anti-Judaic forces ‘sweeping’ across the continent? Nick Cohen, Anthony Julius and Daniel Johnson discuss.

Interview with Khaled Meshaal

To coincide with Meshaal’s brief visit to Gaza, we post the first part of an interview he gave to Mouin Rabbani in 2008. He gives an account of his upbringing and the formation of Hamas. It is an idealised version from a deeply religious man who has not lived in Gaza or with the worst aspects of Hamas – the intolerance, antisemitism , lack of due process and reliance on violence over politics. But it is a valuable counterweight to the view that Hamas is nothing but those worst aspects and rules only by terror. Part 2 next week.

Lost life and authority of the PLO

Dr. Mohsen Salah sets out a 5-point critique of the PLO, including its lack of function and purpose and its exclusive membership. Only overcoming its sectarianism will give it new life. Posted below, a diatribe against the PA and PLO by Khalid Amayreh who, within the hate-speech, makes the same point: Islamic politics must be recognised and represented.

Analysis of the new direction of Hamas

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Khaled Hroub’s study of various, little known, recent documents from Hamas, which concentrate on building civil society and its institutions, will surprise those who know the organisation only by its violent words and deeds