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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

Gabbay’s Labour leaps to right

The aims of Israel’s Labour party, as enunciated by chief Avi Gabbay, are indistinguishable from those of most settlers – knowing the settlements pose one of the biggest obstacles to a peace deal. Both the JLM and Labour Friends of Israel want to strengthen their fraternal bonds with this peace-averse party.

Violence works

Ditch the ideology and moral correctness and look at what actually works. Noam Sheizaf responds enthusiastically to Nathan Thrall’s new book which, inter alia, points out that only Palestinian violence has shifted the status quo in their favour.

The unsustainable mess made by Bibi & chums

Arab affairs expert James Zogby writes a scathing attack on the policies of Netanyahu and the Likud/GOP alliance. They are presented as providing the only route to peace and stability through ‘a Clean Break’ but instead have created turmoil and ungovernability.

Must peace come from the people?

By a very small margin the majority of Palestinians want a peaceful settlement with Israel recent opinion polls show. Whether or not this matters depends on the conditions and how it is presented by any leaders who make a peace deal. In the Washington Post Norrin Ripsman analyses when and how peace deals can be made from on top.

Peace process professionals keep pointless talks on track

Political analyst Ian Lustick has named the “peace process industry” as the “fourth player” in a circuit of talks, conferences etc which produce nothing but more appearances for the personnel of the industry. Ben White names the names.

Collective diplomacy might do what US can’t

During Obama’s presidency no effort was spared to produce a peace deal between the PNA and Israel. But the US’s support of Israel has continued too long and unconditionally for it to be trusted by Palestinians as an honest broker.

Rate of Israeli demolitions trebles in 2016

In two parallel universes the UN continues with its routines , trying to establish a uniform set of basic values and Israel continues with its demolitions, its settlements and its illegal occupation. The new special coordinator for the MEPP makes a point of condemning ongoing Palestinian violence but that won’t get him a hearing in Israel.

It’s all down to Hamas

The purpose of this article by Jonathan Schanzer for the right-wing Foundation for Defense of Democracies is to show that the failure to reach an agreement on a Palestinian state is entirely due to Hamas. The reason for posting it here is to ensure we know the range of views on why the conflict seems to have no end.

EU must reject false lead of USA

Sam Bahour and Mousa Jiryis (Al Shabaka) plead for the EU to take up its own role in the Mid-East. The US is far too compromised by its support for Israel and, in practice, for settlements to have any credibility for Palestinians.

Tony Blair’s gifts

Tony Blair, re-made as an individual peace-maker, seems to be vestng his hopes on his credibility with Israeli people – who, reports The Media Line, have no belief that peace talks can succeed (at least in the way they want) and also in persuading Hamas and Fatah leaders that they can work together to put their unity agreement into practice, in good faith.

Diasporas, help or hindrance?

In a week when many have re-engaged with the question of MidEast peace Jonathan Freedland asks if the Jewish ‘diaspora’ can, as the Irish diaspora did, play a positive role in ending the Palestine/Israel conflict. He thinks the answer is ‘yes’ if the pro-peace pro-Israel (pro-Palestine?) voices become dominant. Will the Israeli government be as welcoming of outside intervention as the UK was on Ireland?

Blair the Lone Ranger

Tony Blair, former British PM, is launching his own personal initiative to bring about MidEast peace. No details of how he will bring this off have been released. He says that acting in his personal capacity will make it possible for him to win the trust of both Israelis and Palestinians.

Paralysis of leaders of Israel and Palestine

In a long phone interview with Barak Ravid, Ben Rhodes, Pres. Obama’s chief aide and adviser on the MidEast, recounts the points at which an agreement to talk might have been reached. Despite intense US efforts, and insistence that Israel’s security would be enhanced by an agreement, neither leader could shift off his sticking point. A valuable insight.

Bibi says MEPs resemble Nazis in resolution on peace process

The resolution passed by the EU parliament is standard and anodyne and is primarily about the role the EU should play in the MEPP. All references to the EU policy of labels to distinguish products from Israel proper and occupied territories have been removed. The Israeli gov’t attacked any mention of labels as like the Nazi era – a sure sign of having no argument whether used by the right or the left.

EU-Israel: unfilled promises, constant suspicion

An Italian and an Israeli analyst look at where the EU and Israel have incompatible policies (on MEPP – Middle East Peace Process) but where there is room for rapprochement and diplomacy. The EU should be more pragmatic, Israel should get out of its immobilising hole and both need more courage and practical, realistic action.

Hot air on human rights

There have been repeated calls for ‘the international community’ to intervene to stop Israel’s onslaught on Gaza. Here are reports of the discussions held by the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council and a special session of the UN Human Rights Council. The overwhelming number of countries at the UN condemned Israel’s warfare . Germany, the US and UK clung to the mantra of Israel’s right to defend itself.