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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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US, Saudi Arabia urge Israel to attack Egypt in 1966

A year before the 6-day war, the king of Saudi Arabia was enjoining Israel to attack Egypt and occupy Palestine so it lost hope of having control of any land administered by an Arab government.

Historians dispute the effects of Nazi propaganda on Muslims and Arabs

Amongst the key disputes in the linked histories of Israel and Palestine is the relation between Palestinian Arabs and the Nazis before and during the second world war. Did Nazi propaganda drive Arabs to ‘narrow’ antisemitism or did hostility to Jews arise from Arab experience of Jewish settlers? Was ethnic cleansing the founding purpose of Israel? Jeffrey Herf and David Curp clarify, through argument, the significance of the dispute for today

Hear for yourself what Norman Finkelstein has to say

Norman Finkelstein, a Jewish American, has gained fame – and notoriety – for his intellectual work on, amongst other things, how contemporary Jews and others have exploited the Holocaust and anti-semitism in ways he regards as dishonourable and dishonest. Hear his views on Israel/Palestine at venues round England.

Late blossoming of Arab Spring among Palestinians

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Exiled Palestinians in border countries have renewed hope of return, whatever the interests and machinations of their host countries

Will Fatah and Hamas work together?

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Brigitte Herremans, Middle East policy officer for the Belgian development NGO Broederlijk Delen and peace movement Pax Christi Flanders, assesses the prospects of some sort of rapprochement between Hamas and Fatah and places developments in a wider international context.

Days of rage – Palestine next time

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Palestinian civil society groups are preparing for a day of mass sit-ins on 15 March, to protest the widening split between Palestinian political and resistance factions as Israel’s illegal occupation grinds on. The Electronic Intifada reports.

Uri Avnery: Egypt will change our lives

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Uri Avnery reflects on the significance of the upheaval in Egypt: “I have reflected many times – out loud – how I would feel if I were a 15 year-old boy in Alexandria, Amman or Aleppo, seeing my leaders behave like abject slaves of the Americans and the Israelis, while oppressing and despoiling their own subjects. At that age, I myself joined a terrorist organization. Why would an Arab boy be different?”

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”

The fragmentation of the Palestinian struggle

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Karma Nabulsi writes hauntingly about the Palestinian movement of the past and the nadir it has reached today: “The way Palestinians see things, the fragmentation of the body politic – externally engineered, and increasingly internally driven – has now been achieved. This summer, even the liberal Israeli press began to notice that the key people in Ramallah, the Palestinian Authority’s capital in the West Bank, no longer discuss strategies of liberation but rather the huge business deals that prey on the public imagination. Every institution or overarching structure that once united Palestinians has now crumbled and been swept away. The gulf between Gaza and the West Bank, between Hamas and Fatah, between Palestinians inside Palestine and the millions of refugees outside it, between city and village, town and refugee camp, now seems unbridgeable. The elites are tiny and the numbers of the dispossessed and the disenfranchised increase every day. There is, at this moment, no single body able to claim legitimately to represent all Palestinians; no body able to set out a collective policy or national programme of liberation. There is no plan.”

Visit Palestine this summer

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The Palestinian Summer Celebration 2010 gives you the change to enjoy Palestine , learn from the Palestinians, and share with Palestinians your time and efforts…

Which way forward for the Palestinians?

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A new International Crisis Group report on the changing strategy of of PLO who “seek to redress the power imbalance with Israel by pressing their case internationally, reinvigorating statebuilding, and encouraging a measure of popular resistance…”

Tell Me Again, Who Made The Desert Bloom?

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Diana Mason is in good form in this posting on the Lawrence of Cyberia website, 19 March 2010, In December 1945 and January 1946, the British Mandate authorities carried out an extensive survey of Palestine which gives quite specific answers as to who really made the barley fields of Beersheba bloom, or the melon patches of Jaffa, or the tobacco fields of Safad, or […]

Who Will be Arafat’s True Successor?

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Although it appeared that the leadership transition inside the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the Fatah movement was resolved smoothly with the January 2005 election of Mahmoud Abbas following the death of Yasser Arafat, many Palestinians continue to view this as only an interim solution… – A very interesting analysis of the internal dynamics of Fatah, where the obvious candidates turn out not to be the most well placed: “It is the security figures in Fatah who probably will control the future of the movement…”

Farmers in Palestine create amazing produce in adverse conditions – and are fighting to export them

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AT LAST an optimistic story from Palestine by Joanna Blythman, Guardian food writer, investigative journalist and broadcaster, about Palestinian farmers finding ways of exporting their quality food products…

Where to spend your hols…

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Palestine should not have problems attracting tourists, with its rich blend of history, religious significance, local culture, as well as the varied and breathtaking scenery. But of course, the political context of the Israeli occupation means that the vast majority of tourists in the “Holy Land” only see Palestinians through the window of a tour bus, as they dash in and out of Bethlehem for a couple of hours…[But] alternative tourism in the West Bank has definitely seen marked improvements and developments since it really began to get off the ground in the 1990s. […]