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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

Labour leader snubs anti-Balfour Arab party member over Balfour

If the Israeli Labour party does not get rid of its new leader ASAP – he is an anti-Palestinian nationalist – it will have torn up its own history and future as a party for Arab-Jewish equality and co-existence. Two strong articles

Finding a majority for left of Likud bloc

Labour is on a journey of shucking off its past. And trying to position itself on the Mizrahi-Ashkenazi scale. At present, it is competing with Yesh Atid for the centre-left position. Here, a more doubtful view from Al Monitor than from NY Times

Labour looks for new voters and image

Israel’s Labour party was a child of European Ashkenazi immigrants. It seems to have lost that voter base – which is going to Yesh Atid. More than half of all Israelis are now Mizrahi or Sephardi Jews. Although they provide Labour’s leadership that has not changed Labour’s image or platform. Mazal Mualem comments.

Labour shrinks as left fragments

Two writers, 2015 and 2017, depict Labour’s decline as predetermined – by politics or demography. This is retrospective wisdom. Labour, in alliance with Hatnua, was predicted to win the 2015 election until the last minute. However the reasons given for ‘once-mighty’ Labour’s decline are still apt.

Labour’s gamble – twist or split?

The PM, with his very small majority, is said to want Labour to join his coalition. The Labour leader does not trust him, with good reason. Should the party move to the right and embrace the dominant ‘security first’ strategy or split between left and right factions?

Jackie Walker Responds to Accusations of Antisemitism

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On 4th May this year Labour party activist and a vice-chair of Momentum, Jackie Walker, was suspended from the Labour party. The charge – alleged antisemitism.

Jackie is a signatory of Jews for Justice for Palestinians. Here we discuss the affair with her, partly in our words, partly in hers.

A Right Royall Mess

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The Royall Report, into alleged antisemitism at the Oxford University Labour Club earlier this year, was submitted to the Labour party in May. A brief summary was published but never the full report. That has finally been leaked to the Jewish Chronicle which does its best to inflame the situation, trumpeting that ‘Baroness Royall report reveals Oxford Labour students engaged in antisemitism’. It doesn’t. Here, JfJfP founder signatory Naomi Wayne offers an immediate response explaining why she finds the report a very odd and a very deficient document.

Keith Kahn-Harris: submission to Chakrabarti and post-report comment

Dr Kahn-Harris has a long commitment, as both researcher and activist, to understanding and ameliorating intra-Jewish conflict over the issues of Israel and antisemitism. He is the author, with Ben Gidley, of Judaism: All That Matters, Turbulent Times: The Jewish Community Today. He made a personal submission to the Chakrabarti inquiry which we are pleased to publish here.

In it Kahn-Harris draws attention to the profound disagreement among Jews over what constitutes antisemitism, aiming to put their various claims and counter-claims in context and to suggest ways in which the Labour Party might develop an effective response to antisemitism without exacerbating or exploiting Jewish differences on the subject.

Primary role of Israel supporters in Labour’s ‘antisemitism’ issue

It’s astonishing how quickly the media have assembled pieces ‘proving’ antisemitism in Labour, relying on a mix of anonymous quotes and more honest pro-Israel activists. The effect is to silence all critics of Israel. Asa Winstanley reports on the Israel links.

Ex-BBC TV chief tells Jews not to vote for Corbyn

How did 2 or 3 remarks by Labour members become “a string of party officials and members …outed for making disparaging remarks about Jews in public statements.” There is no evidence of significant antisemitism in Labour or of Corbyn ever having uttered an antisemitic remark. This is an attack on Labour by smear, allusion and hysterical exaggeration.

Security-military mindset keeps the right in power

‘He’s not a ‘lefty. He’s traditional Labour Party’ says Prof. Sandler, stating the obvious it seems. Although Isaac Herzog supports a 2-state solution, putting him firmly on the opposition side of politics, he is making strident calls for military action on the tunnels. Is this just a macho pose – or is it impossible to function in Israeli politics if you don’t sign up to the military security consensus?

A man without convictions

Shimon Peres, President of Israel has won the Nobel Prize (with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat). He has twice been Prime Minister (without ever winning an election outright). He has just had a hugely extravagant birthday party. His contemporary Uri Avnery looks at his career with an eye unclouded by sentiment or the gods.