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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 know-nothing war

Israel’s State Comptroller Joseph Shapira has just published his report on the 2014 war on Gaza – a portrait of the political and military elite which was unable to communicate with each other or assess the strategy and techniques of Hamas – especially the use of tunnels. It is not surprising that the IDF could hardly proclaim a victory in this most devastating war.

IDF probing itself has never worked says NGO

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The NGO B’Tselem has produced a stinging response to the IDF’s own examination of its conduct in the last assault on Gaza. It points out that this self-exoneration happens after each assault making the next one more likely.

Israel clears itself of all guilt for death and destruction in Gaza

Whatever evidence is produced – like counting the bodies of children, women, the elderly – about the indiscriminate shelling and bombing of the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, every unit of the IDF and government insists it has examined its actions and found itself not guilty. This is about the report from the IDF’s MAG.

Destroy all terrorists and their shelters

This injunction seems to have been the IDF’s aim in the 2014 OPE. As the shelters are homes and schools, as the IDF cannot identify and target ‘terrorists’ it follows they will cause mass death and destruction. Ma’an on Israel’s self-exoneration.

Wrapped up in the Jewish self

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In a cutting critique of a new report What’s changed about Being Jewish in Scotland, Robert Cohen argues that UK Jews focus on small incidents of hurt to themselves while ignoring the large harm being done to Palestinians in the name of all who are loyal to the Israeli state.

It’s OUR name and OUR religion

Summer 2014, Operation Protective Edge (OPE) was a turning point. Anger at the destruction Israel visited on Gaza broke the umbilical link between many Jews and Israel. This is one of the first disclaimers.

In 2014 the mighty IDF failed to destroy a small, besieged group

A report from Israel’s State Comptroller on the conduct of the IDF and Cabinet during the 2014 attack on Gaza (OPE) is damning about both, leading to a cats’-fight amongst them about who failed to do what and why.

The criminal charge sheet against Israel

“Badil shows the desperate need for intervention by the ICC on the grounds that Israel’s internal investigative processes are structurally inept at delivering genuine accountability or justice.”

Bring Israel under the rule of law

Israeli forces use excessive and intentional force without justification against Palestinian civilians in the oPt. And Israel lacks the legal mechanisms and political will to effectively investigate. That’s at the heart of this report from 3 major human rights organisations. They call for Israel to be brought, like everyone else, under the rule of international law.

Bensouda says will not be swayed on Israeli war crimes

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Israel’s actions in Operation Protective Edge is the first subject in the inbox of Fatou Bensouda, the new Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. In this interview she steadfastly refuses to make any generalisations about Israel or Palestine but will look only at specific acts by specific people.

Diplomats warn of growing boycott campaign

We learn from cables sent by Israeli diplomats that the movement to boycott Israel has taken off in Europe and the USA, reaching people and places hitherto untouched. The JPost writers here attribute the change to the campaign to kick Israel out of FIFA, but the outrage at the 2014 onslaught on Gaza probably also played its part.

No shelter in war-damaged winter Gaza

Gaza has always had to contend with great heat and drought. In recent years the people have also experienced extreme winter conditions. Their make-shift shelters offer little protection. 96,000 homes were destroyed by the IDF in 2014 and few have been rebuilt.

Tourists shun Israel

Tourism rises and falls according to perceived pleasures and dangers. Israel is not exempt from the sense that all of the Middle East is dangerous whatever the lure of historical sites. Since OPE Israel has not been able to promote itself as a safe destination- ‘Israel is always being mentioned in the news and not in a good way’ says one hostel manager.

When killing young women is in order

The ‘right’ to kill young women seems to be most common in cousin societies – where the young are expected to marry first cousins. Breaking this tradition may be good for the health but bad for the guardians of the tradition – cousins, brothers, uncles, fathers. The oxymoron, honour killing, is a gift to all hostile to Palestine and Muslims, who should, friend Richard Silverstein included, listen to Palestinian women’s protests.

The ‘high level’ men who exonerated Israel

Anticipating a critical report from the UN’s Commission of Inquiry into Gaza 2014, Netanyahu collected an anonymous group of military and diplomatic figures. He announced their findings – the IDF was guilty of no war crimes. Here Jerry Haber finds that most of the group have track records as Friends of Israel.

Double injury of shame and shrapnel

Khuza’a is a name that will for ever be linked to the shame of the IDF. They shelled the neighbourhood, besieged the remains so nothing could get in or out, ordered the last residents to leave then shot at them as they walked along the road. And in this horrible tale, forced an injured woman and her husband to strip and lie outside in the street for several hours while they ransacked their house..

Verdict: balanced report, unbalanced reaction

Bizarrely, Netanyahu has attributed the critical (of both Hamas and Israel) UN report to an Arab majority on the UN Human Rights Council. This doesn’t exist. But the Israeli reaction to the UN report has been almost universally one of affront and self-pity – why are they picking on us? What about Syria, Korea, Libya…entirely missing the point that the report is not about internal democracy but about the onslaught on another people.

No accountability

We have posted in full the ‘Principal findings and conclusions’ of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict. It provides a very clear account of what happened, of the body of international law regulating armed conflict and where these laws were broken by both the IDF and Palestinian armed groups. The Israeli refusal to co-operate with the inquiry seems less a response of fear and more an assertion that the state of Israel cannot be held accountable to or by any body in the world.

Fall-out on who’s responsible for war crimes

The Israeli establishment knows that UN enquiries are going to find Israel responsible for breaching laws of war. Amir Oren asks who, and what branch of the establishment, might be accused. Previous history shows that everyone except the Prime Minister might be found culpable. The Netanyahus are working hard to ensure this doesn’t change.

Duty of all states to protect children

UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has returned to the charge that was omitted from the list of states which harm children in conflict – that in its assault on Gaza in 2014 the IDF did not take steps to protect children from harm. Netanyahu has insisted that an unnamed group of senior generals has acquitted his country of all charges – and Hamas was worse, which seems an odd benchmark to use when assessing humanitarian concerns.