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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

“Two states One homeland”

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Simone Susskind, long time Belgian peace activist and one time President of the Centre communautaire laïc juif (Secular Jewish Community Asociation) writes about the “Two States, One Homeland” initiative, an attempt to develop a third way that deals with the limitations of the two states approach, without disowning it.

Binationalism is here…

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A cry of pain from Ha’aretz columnist Roger Alpher:

“I am not proud of my country, because I know the reality. It is an apartheid state, and the two-state solution is dead. Because Israel is a binational, apartheid state, everything is bad here. Most Israelis, including Shavit, don’t recognize this reality. I don’t want it either, but I recognize it.”

Sharing rather than dividing the land…

A new campaign, Eretz Yoshveyh, is attempting to open up new avenues of analysis and action that might take up beyond the one-state/two-states paradigm. Ran Greenstein explores…

What Palestinians want as their country

Palestinians do not want for themselves what Europeans want for them Polls (from 2010 and 2007) show a clear majority for a single democratic state, writes Mahmoud Musa, a critic of the PA. A second poll report shows nearly all Palestinians think Obama is biassed in favour of Israel

Judah Magnes, honoured

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[Judah] Magnes, who died a few months after the creation of the State of Israel, in 1948, is largely forgotten today because, as a passionate advocate of a binational state in Palestine in which Jews and Arabs had equal rights, he ended up on the wrong side of history.
Or did he?

Where does Hamas stand on Israel?

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Israel and its allies say repeatedly that Hamas is committed to the destruction of Israel and opposed to a “two-state solution”, that is, to Israel continuing to exist within 1967 borders. David Morrison investigates what Hamas has actually said on this and related issues.

Do you have to love Israel as a Jewish state to be part of the Jewish community?

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Ameinu, a supposedly liberal Jewish organisation in the United States, regards Jewish Voice for Peace as beyond the pale. Jeremiah Haber questions Ameinu’s liberal credentials…

Amira Hass

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Amira Hass writes about Raja Shehadeh and Afif Safieh and two wonderful new books of theirs: Shehadeh’s “A Rift in Time: Travels with my Ottoman Uncle” and Safieh’s “The Peace Process – from Breakthrough to Breakdown”

Would ‘one state’ end the occupation?

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Diane Mason explores the very different understandings of what a ‘one-state solution’ would be: “The I/P conflict isn’t about one state versus two states; it’s about whether – in a land where many different kinds of people live – only one “kind” of people should have all the benefits of a modern democratic state reserved to it…”

Happy birthday, Uri Avnery

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Gideon Levy pays tribute to Uri Avnery as his 87th birthday approaches. And we reproduced a long biographical note from Avnery’s own website.

The right of return in 2010

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Ahmed Moor asks what the right of return means in 2010 and poses difficult and painful questions for, while “The Palestinian right of return is enshrined not only in international law, but in the hearts and minds of all refugees” in reality, many will not wish to return. Sami Hermez takes the conversation further…

Who is proposing the one-state solution? Right-wingers and settlers…

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” Therefore, I say that we can look at another option: for Israel to apply its law to Judea and Samaria and grant citizenship to 1.5 million Palestinians.” These remarks, which to many sound subversive, were not voiced by a left-wing advocate of a binational state. The speaker is from the Betar movement, a former top leader in Likud and political patron of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a former defense and foreign affairs minister – Moshe Arens…
Ali Abunimah welcomes this development; Uri Avnery is horrified, and Reuven Kaminer dismissive…

Is it too late for a two-state solution?

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A thoughtful contribution to the one-or-two states debate, arguing for two states but with an Israel very different indeed from the existing state: “In any peaceful resolution, Israel and Palestine will constitute one commercial ecosystem. At present, some 90% of Palestinian imports come from Israel, and 80% of Palestinian exports go to Israel. The two states would interlock into one large urban landscape… connected to global and regional networks, but with two distinct cultural nodes — a Hebrew north-south megalopolis along the coastal plain, anchored by Tel Aviv, and an Arab megalopolis along the highlands of the West Bank, anchored by East Jerusalem/Ramallah. What jurisdictions could either state exercise in peace without the institutional cooperation of the other? The answer is not many. Think of security, water, bandwidth, transportation, airspace, electricity, tourism, labor mobility and currency policy — you name it…”

The Magnes Zionist writes on the binational state

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Jeremiah Haber takes issue with an op-ed by Alexander Yacobson in today’s Ha’aretz: “Were Yakobson to propose a serious two-state alternative to the one-state scenario, at least he would have some positive arguments for that. But, no, his two-state differs little from the consensus Israeli position, which is one state plus (Israel) and one state minus (Palestine)…”

Advocating a one-state solution

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A new website dedicated to the cause of a single democratic state in Israel-Palestine, carrying relevant news, information and analysis.

The Decline of Israel and the Prospects for Peace

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An interview with Jonathan Cook. Extract: “I do not regard myself as being an “advocate” for any particular solution to the conflict. I would happily support a two-state solution if I thought it was possible. I do not have a view about which technical arrangement is needed for Palestinians and Israelis to live happy, secure lives. If that can be achieved in a two-state solution, then I am all in favour. My support for one state follows from the fact that I have yet to see anyone making a convincing case for two states, given the current realities…

A Response to Meron Benvenisti

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On 22 January 2020 we posted Meron Benvenisti’s article “The Inevitable Bi-national Regime”. In this response veteran Israeli activist and campaigner Reuven Kaminer contests Benvenisti’s assumptions, analysis and conclusions. It hasn’t yet been posted on other websites, so is included here in its entirety […]

The Inevitable Bi-national Regime

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Dr. Meron Benvenisti is a political scientist and author. He served as Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem from 1971 to 1978. Here he argues that “the question is not if a binational entity be established but rather what kind of entity will it be…”

Settlers can stay, but only as citizens of Palestine

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If evacuation is not practical, the conclusion is to divide the land without removing settlers. Israel should formally adopt the suggestion by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad: There is no need for an evacuation; settlers who are interested may stay where they are after an Israeli withdrawal and live as a Jewish minority in a Palestinian state […]

“The Times They Are A Changin’”

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Jeremiah Haber writes: When a young modern orthodox pulpit rabbi in Chicago calls for an unlimited right of return of Palestinian refugees to the State of Israel, and proposes a bi-national Israel-Palestine, conjuring up the ghost of Magnes, you know that “the times, they are a changin’.”