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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

It’s not the Occupation, it’s the settler colonial system

This the second set of selected articles from MERIP’s admirable collation of analyses on the 50-year occupation. There are many ideas here but we’ve selected one – the settler colonialism of which the Occupation is just one manifestation. Opposing that is of a different order.

Rabbi Lord Sacks: please think again

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A group of British Jews currently living in Jerusalem initiated an open letter to a former UK Chief Rabbi. The group expresses concern that Israeli Jewish celebrations of the unification of Jerusalem in which Rabbi Lord Sacks is set to participate airbrush out the realities of the 50-year old Occupation. The letter also describes the hateful behaviour and violence – towards Palestinians living in the Old City – which Yom Yerushalayim provokes each year.

Peacenik pirate radio, 1973

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The occupation has gone on for 50 years. NIF, the New Israel Fund, has produced a series of memorable dates and stories as part of its effort to teach the history of the occupation so we can overcome it. Here it tells about the floating Israeli peacenik pirate radio station, launched on 19 May 1973.

Hebrew University capitulates to right-wing pressure

This article is Haaretz’s lead editorial, published in both the Hebrew and English newspapers in Israel. It is a biting critique of the Hebrew University’s capitulation to those working to place opposition to the occupation, or even discussion of it, beyond the pale. A situation has developed where it is enough to send a letter of protest or write a post on Facebook to make events discussing the occupation disappear.

We in Britain are becoming familiar with a similar alarming trend…

Against the Occupation? Act on it!

A strongly worded article by Zeev Sternhell says as Israelis will not oppose the Occupation, from which they benefit, it’s up to Europeans to show their support for Palestinian rights by making visits from Israelis more difficult.

The treacherous Jew motif

Anyone attracted by the story of Jesus, as Amos Oz is, is also likely to be interested in the portrayal of the man who purportedly brought about his death – Judas. In this interview with Jonathan Freedland he talks of these New Testament stories and asks why Judas, who loved Jesus most, is portrayed as the dark, sinister Jew compared to the (Aryan) Jesus. Plus thoughts on his homeland and the European Left.

Settlers act with impunity

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How do you think the Israeli police handled a serious case of assault when, two years ago, Ahmed Uda and Fouad Skhadeh were attacked by Israeli civilians while tending their field in the West Bank? Frankly, they didn’t care a damn. As usual.

Yossi Gurvitz of Yesh Din explains.

Sex and desire in Ramallah

Occupation is all too often presented simply as a narrative of victimhood. Here, in an exhibition currently on show in Ramallah, artist Rana Samara tackles issues of female sexuality in Palestinian society with astonishing assertiveness and creativity.

Israel is thriving on the occupation

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Larry Derfner weighs in against the liberal and left Zionist argument that Israel needs to end the occupation “for its own sake”. It’s doing very well thank you with it!

Call instead for ending the occupation for the Palestinians’ sake, for the sake of restoring Israel’s lost morality…

Palestinian suffering? Think of the Jews!

The ‘imagine if’ trope used by both contributors here is in response to Jonathan Freedland’s use of it in his plea for understanding of Israeli policy. Palestinians attack Israelis not because they are Jews but because they are the inflicters of cruelty on them says Prof. Hawwash. Jamie Stern-Weiner asks us to imagine.

Change from Occupation to Apartheid

Oren Yiftachel writes that the means used to control Palestinians is no longer occupation but apartheid. This is an arguable point given the role the military plays in policing the West Bank, checkpoints, home demolitions and running courts to prosecute and sentence any form of Palestinian resistance. But with the oPt divided into cantons, separated by settlements and their roads, maybe ‘apartheid’ does better describe that means of control.

Jewish values, distorted by materialism and a fanatic religion

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This is a sad piece, perhaps an epitome of the generation who were exuberantly hopeful when Israel was founded. It is by David Gordis, professor emeritus of Hebrew College, Massachusetts. From ideals of equality and rationality he now finds racial oppression and religious fanaticism.

House Demolitions as Punishment

B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories – reports on recent house demolitions carried out by Israeli occupation forces, with Israeli High Court approval – a collective punishment in clear breach of international law.

What hope for the Joint List?

In 2015, Israel ushered in the most right-wing government in its history. But the same election produced another notable outcome: for the first time, Arab parties joined in a bloc with the sole Jewish-Arab party, Hadash, to form the Joint List, with 13 seats in the current Knesset, making it the third largest party and second largest in the opposition.

Ayman Odeh, Chair of the Hadash party and head of the Joint List, is interviewed on a wide range of issues by Mitchell Plitnick.

Crazy Country

Crazy Country is Adam Keller’s blog from Israel in which he regularly takes stock. As he shows here, a week can be an even longer time in Israeli politics than usual. His report ranges from the Israeli reaction to Reykjavik’s call for a boycott of Israeli goods, to a delegation of former Israeli diplomats calling on the Brazilian embassy not to recognise the appointment of settler leader Danny Dayan as the new Israeli ambassador to Brazil, from the simmering fires on the ground as daily incidents – confrontations, shooting and the hurling of stones and Molotov cocktails – continue under occupation, to Netanyahu’s proposals to deal with the discontent by shooting stone throwers and fining their parents…

Crazy country, indeed…

Stealing Palestinian land

Dror Etkes has been monitoring the settlements for nearly 20 years through a series of roles – initially in Peace Now, then in other organisations. His new detailed report, “Walled Garden – Declaration of Closed Areas in the West Bank” concludes: “The State of Israel is making sweeping use of closure orders in the West Bank for varied purposes, first of all closing off areas for military training maneuvers. Research shows that the continued closure of the vast majority of the training zones does not answer to any military need…”

B’Tselem on the brutal murder of Hadil al-Hashlamun in Hebron

We reported a few days ago about the brutal shooting at Checkpoint 18 in Hebron in Lest we forget the price of occupation.

B’tselem has investigated the incident and in measured, cautious language says that “the soldiers at the checkpoint acted disproportionately. They did not try to subdue al-Hashlamun and take her into custody without resorting to live fire. The claim that al-Hashlamun tried to stab soldiers, repeated by the media, cannot be reconciled with the fact that there was a metal barrier between her and the soldiers at the time of the shooting. Furthermore, the soldier who opened fire continued shooting after she had been hit in the legs and no longer posed a danger.”

We call it murder.

Lest we forget the price of occupation

An International Solidarity Movement report from Shuhada Street checkpoint 56 in Hebron.

Short and anguished. Cold-blooded murder. Impunity in action. We wait to see someone held to account, but not with bated breath…

Update: supplemented by a report by Philip Weiss, with video evidence

If it’s ‘terrorist’ it’s not Israeli policy

PM Netanyahu was quick to condemn the burning of the Dawabasheh family as ‘terrorist’. Amongst the many reasons for his response was the desire to separate this one incident from the overall crime of the Occupation. The PA is marshalling its evidence for the ICC.

If occupation benefits Israel, why change?

Mitchell Plitnick here argues that the effects of BDS are hyped – by its supporters, for obvious reasons, and by the Israeli government for the (equally obvious) claim of enemies and security threats. But economic action must be applied to Israel for why would Israelis voluntarily renounce the benefits of Occupation?