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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

IfNotNow leads the way for Jewish critics

Peter Beinart analyses the rise of the (2014) Jewish group, IfNotNow, which opposes antisemitism as well as the Jewish establishment and AIPAC. He thinks it is the exemplary group of our age. IfNotNow responds.

Ambassador Friedman, a man with no qualities

The only way in which David Friedman will be a successful ambassador in Israel for the US is if he finds a way of concealing the facts on the ground – no occupation, no Palestinian political prisoners, no restrictions on free movement….His role is not to report the truth but to provide alt-facts. Analysis from The Hill and FMEP.

Raving rightist chosen as US ambassador to Israel

Donald Trump has not set out his views on the future American-MidEast relationship. His appointment of his Israel adviser to be American ambassador does not augur well – David Friedman’s own ideas are of the ‘let’s all stamp on the Palestinians’ variety.

Fifty year Occupation must end says Obama’s fixer

In this new era of undiplomatic hostility between the US and Israeli governments, the President’s Chief of Staff tells the J Street conference that the occupation – yes, he used the word – must end and that negotiating with Iran was the best and proper way to contain Iran’s supposed ambitions.

Everywhere, Jewish right wing grows more militant and intolerant

The odd thing is that the very organisations that claim to speak for all Jews and eschew politics are the ones which practice a politics of pro-zionist uniformity and exclusion of all critics. As can be seen here in the pompously-named and structured Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Their decision to exclude JStreet has earned them near-uniform criticism and is seen as a sign of the times.

The fog of the 2-state solution is lifted: what do we do now?

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Kerry let Israelis believe that the US would never force it into recognising a viable Palestinian state – and the US always vetoes any UNSC resolution on the issue. It is clear the US can no longer ‘own’ the peace process writes Henry Siegman. As JStreet has always supported the strategy of a US-brokered settlement it is now faced with having to back a new approach says Jeff Halper.

JStreet joins virulent attack on Presbyterian guide to zionism

The organization of Presbyterian churches in the US, the PCUSA, has produced a study guide on zionism for all its congregants, and others. (It is not available to download but reviews praise its breadth of information). Predictably it has been attacked by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and other Israel lobby groups; more surprisingly JStreet has joined in the attack – but since JStreet set out to rival AIPAC in its Congressional influence its status as a progressive group has become more and more dubious. Christian critics of Christian Zionism support the pamphlet.

Why ‘Liberal’ and ‘Zionism’ are getting divorced

JStreet, the ‘pro-peace pro-Israel’ organisation decided to challenge AIPAC as the principal voice of American Jews – and in so doing jettisoned popular direct action against the anti-Palestinian ‘Jewish state’. Abba and Norman Solomon explore the history of Jewish American attitudes to Israel and how the demands of being American imposed huge pressure to conform to US state policy – which is formally a Liberal Zionist position that in practice consolidates Israeli state control.

Christians ask Congress to withhold funds from Israel if it breaks US law

A letter to Congress written by 15 leaders of Protestant denominations requesting it make military support for Israel contingent on Israeli compliance with the law has split American Jewish groups. Pro-establishment ones have pulled out of interfaith dialogue. Jewish Voice for Peace supports the Christians’ letter. JStreet complies with the establishment.

J Street Conference

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J Street’s conference opened last Saturday night. We carry some reports and analyses.
Media and public affairs strategist Dan Fleshler writes in advance of the conference as to “Why the Jewish Right Is Terrified by J Street’s Conference”; Natasha Mozgovaya reports for Haaretz on the opening razzamatazz; and Richard Silverstein injects a note of discord, calling J Street “an empty shell…Where are they on the issues? All over the place.”

2nd March: links to all the speeches at the conference added. 5th March: final update with more links to analytical and critical articles.