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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 plot to infiltrate UK: exposé not antisemitic

In a 70 page document Ofcom, the press regulator, dismissed all complaints that the Al Jazeera series The Lobby was unfair, invasive of privacy or antisemitic. Articles from Al Jazeera and UK Press Gazette.

The stuff on Israel which Americans may not see

Telling the truth may be a defence against a libel action; it is no defence against the multi-headed hydra which is the American lobby in the USA. Forget the rational argument of free speech; think the religiosity of blasphemy. In an excerpt from his chapter in ‘Israel and Palestine : alternative perspectives on statehood’ Richard Silverstein tracks how the Israel lobby demonises Palestinians and does all it can to prevent any less than adoring picture of Israel being made public.

Israel’s treatment of Palestinians looks “a lot like apartheid”

Mondoweiss draws on veteran Australian reporter John Lyons’s new memoir, Balcony Over Jerusalem, to show how reporters covering Israel and Palestine are systematically targeted to pressure them and their papers into self-censorship. It often works. Jodi Rudoren, the New York Times’s Jerusalem bureau chief for over 5 years now ventures views she never dared raise while there.

Pro-Israel club ousts Sanders’ young Jewish aide

It was common to refer to all Jews as a tribe – which Bibi still does. He hasn’t noticed that the greatest enemy of the pro-Israel club is the growing population of critical Jews in the US such as Simone Zimmerman who was sacked after a few days as aide to Bernie Sanders because of pro-Israel pressure. Sadly for right wingers, they can find nothing nefarious in Bernie’s past so attack young Simone instead.

Obama accused of antisemitism in selling the Iran deal

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In an extraordinary editorial on 7 August “Crossing a Line to Sell a Deal”, Tablet magazine accused the White House and its allies of smearing American Jews in efforts to promote the recent nuclear deal with Iran. Matthew Duss, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, and Todd Gitlin, Prof of journalism at Columbia, express their outrage at the Tablet’s approach in an icily cutting rebuttal.

Panicky Israel lobby heaves up the barricades

Many people have been outraged (there are letters) by the decision of Vice-Chancellor Nutbeam to cancel a conference at Southampton University which questioned the legitimacy of Israel’s claims to be a democratic and egalitarian society. It was provocative, and meant to be. This is not a reason to stop it happening and, inevitably, the censoring of the conference brought more criticism and suspicion of the Israel lobby than would have occurred had the conference gone ahead.

A technological fix

Contrary to the popular conspiratorial view of an all-powerful Israel lobby and contrary to the view of David Rothkopf (post below) Moshe Machover argues that, while the US’s massive support for Israel may be thought to go against its national interest, the reality is that the military-industrial tie that binds the two countries is embedded in the interests of those two national power groups.

When freedom of speech is a lesser principle than protecting Israel

The conference planned to be held at Southampton University, April 18-19, on Israel’s legal status has been cancelled following intense pressure from the pro-Israel lobby. Conference organizers are applying for judicial review of the decision. You will see from this selection of articles , there are many points of attack: on the conference organizer (association with Gilad Atzmon) through the conflation between anti-Zionism and antisemitism, on the conference canceller, the vice-chancellor, for bowing to pressure

The alluring black and gay faces used by the Israel lobby

It’s not that difficult to cobble together several discrete groups into an an anti-Islamic horde. By focussing on the most repressive Muslim groups, the Israel lobby can present itself as the defender of gays (outside ultra-Orthodox centres) and Christians (unless they are Palestinian). Richard Silverstein on the lobby’s unlikely recruits, its effort to repress freedom of speech for Judith Butler and abuse of free speech against Israel’s critics.

Threats of Israel lobby shaped Nixon’s foreign policy

Recently released official documents and an article by Eric Grynaviski give chilling evidence of how Kissinger and Nixon jumped to help Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur war (when this went against Kissinger’s attempt to find detente with the Soviet Union). Nixon’s government openly feared the power of the ‘Jewish lobby’ – this was the era before the rise of the vociferous Christian Zionist lobby. Philip Weiss reports

Why jokes about the ‘Israel lobby’ get a warm reception

Mocking the power of the ‘Israel lobby’ has become mainstream in Amerian pop culture because, argues Gal Beckerman, the audience assumes the jokes reflect the truth. And that marks a perception that Jewish groups have abandoned traditional social causes like civil rights in preference for a preoccupation with Israel – at the expense of the political life of diaspora Jews. It doesn’t explain why Jews are seen as forming an exclusive club.

Why AIPAC fears putting its money where its mouth is on Hagel

When Pres. Obama nominated Chuck Hagel as his next Defense Secretary, neo-cons led a charge against him waving the flag of ‘antisemitism’. Even right-wing Jews were embarrassed by this abuse of the term. The Senate Armed Services Committee hearing for Hagel’s appointment is set for January 31, but as AIPAC’s support is confined to Congress, observers think they will not lobby publicly to block the appointment.

The distrust at heart of US/Israel bond

Despite the fanatical applause for PM Netanyahu by the US Congress, the rhetorical presidential declarations of undying commitment, the Senate vote for preserving Israeli military supremacy — few experts trust the intentions or actions of the Israelis. Jonathan Cook casts doubt on the US-Israel bond and explains Israel’s power in the US by its nuclear bomb and Congressional fans by the Israel lobby’s money.

American Jews turn their backs on Israel in fear and silence

On her recent visit to the USA, Dahlia Scheindlin was shocked by how liberal Jews have turned away from Israel, appalled by the treatment of Palestinians but intimidated by the pro-Israel lobby. This is her impassioned plea to them to engage by speaking out against the violations of liberal humanitarian values in a country they once admired.

Israel lobby losing its grip over US opinion

Ever since the standing ovations Congress bestowed on Netanyahu last May, unconditional support for Isael has beeen in decline. Salon reviews this shift first followed by a piece highly critical of that support by Thomas Friedman, influential Jewish columnist on the NY Times

Tony Judt: 6 clichés about Israel/Palestine

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In a New York Times op-ed two months ago, following the Israeli assault on the flotilla, Tony Judt took a look at 6 clichés that bedevil discussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

US political support for Israel

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In the US both Congress and the Senate have shown strong, indeed uncritical, support for Israel in its actions against the Gaza flotilla. The Israel lobby clearly remains very powerful indeed in the United States…

The US, Israel and the “Peace Process”

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Ben White writes: “There is a real crisis here – but it is that of the international “peace process”, for so long considered untouchable, heading increasingly swiftly towards its ultimate demise…”

Uri Avnery assesses the pressures of the Israel lobby on Obama

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Obama is preparing for the mid-term elections in November by wooing the Israel lobby. “Optimists believe that on that morning, a new era will start. No further elections are planned before November 2012, when Obama’s first term expires. For an entire year, at least, he will be free to act… But there is also an opposite forecast: Obama will continue to disappoint, as he has disappointed until now… “

The Israel Lobby revisited

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Stephen Maher writes in the Eletronic Intifada: “[A]s we shall see, the lobby thesis does little to explain US foreign policy in the Middle East”…