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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 pariah and the exile

oD. Stefano Bellin’s essay in the oD series begins with philosopher and musician Edward Said and ends with philosopher and musician Theodor Adorno. The musical structure of counterpoint is key to Bellin’s analysis of the Israel / Palestine conflict with its mutual responses, repetitions and definitions. There is a discord between being a pariah and an exile and in the contrast between Jews as cosmopolitan intellectuals and today’s turn rightward and inward.

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.

The materialist meaning of the ASA boycott

Chad Alan Goldberg, member of the AAUP, takes Judith Butler and the ASA to task for their distinction between boycotting Israeli institutions and Israeli persons. As most academics are in fact the academic proletariat, it is only a distinction that makes sense, he argues, if the persons have enough personal wealth to pay the costs of travelling to conferences and seminars abroad.

Can BDS be compatible with academic freedom?

This posting centres on academic freedom and its limits – limits that are chosen (by some supporters of BDS) or enforced (for Palestinians). The national council of the American Studies Association has voted for boycott of Israel – which has to go out to the membership for endorsement. Judith Butler still believes that academic freedom is the prior good but welcomes the sudden opening of a public debate.

The ethics of cohabitation

Judith Butler is revered for her original political thinking and scorned for her activist criticism of Israel. On the publication of her new book, ‘Parting Ways, Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism’ Ray Filar questions her about her commitment to Jewish/Palestinian cohabitation; it may seem impossible but it’s the only ethical and necessary path to take. In a review, Joseph Finlay asks why purism has superseded her usual playfulness.

Like or loathe Judith Butler, debate her ideas in public

Eva Illouz from the Hebrew University is not much taken with Judith Butler’s ideas about contemporary politics, or even politics as queer theory; but she deplores the horrible practice by some fans of Israel of bullying critics of Israel and exerting private pressure on institutions to withhold from those critics any acclaim or acceptance rather than engaging with them in public debate.

The Jewish-Americans who want to silence critical speech

Why would American Jews not celebrate the significant intellectual achievement of fellow-Jew Judith Butler winning the prestigious Adorno award? Of course many do – but not that ‘dangerous strand’ which, says Yitzhak Laor, launches into a McCarthyite witch hunt of any who are critical of Israeli government policies – at whatever cost to critical thought and free speech. UPDATE: German’s Jewish Voice for a Just Peace issues a public statement of congratulations to Prof. Butler and upholds the tradition of Jewish critica. thought and ethics.

Feminist philosopher Judith Butler vengefully pursued by Israel’s fans

The Adorno Award, established in 1977 by the City of Frankfurt, is given every 3 years to recognize outstanding achievement in philosophy, theatre, music, and film. This year the City awarded it to Judith Butler, Hannah Arendt Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. Started by Stephan Kramer of Germany’s Central Council of Jews and taken up by JPost (1) a hue and cry has ensued, actively amplified by SPME whose actual right-wing, pro-Israel politics are displayed on their website. Judith Butler’s measured response to her critics is posted 2nd, a summary of her book Parting Ways, 3rd.