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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

Can national liberation still be the Palestinian goal?

Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi, old hands in the peace process, say the PLO leadership is past its sell-by date – and with it, the idea of a national liberation movement. Yet Palestinian political identity is growing stronger and that will need forms of political expression.

Palestinians in Israel must join the democratic forces

Distinguished analyst Marzuq Al-Halabi, Palestinian citizen of Israel, explores the different currents of Palestinian-ness from a focus on political rights through withdrawn concentration on identity to a quiet effort to integrate. Given the threat from the Right he urges an alliance with democratic forces.

Jerusalem: fanning the flames

A few days ago the Jerusalem city council approved thirty Hebrew street names for roads in East Jerusalem’s Palestinian neighborhoods. The slow strangulation of Palestinian identity continues, symbolised in this small-minded, grubby decision.

The unrecognized Palestinians – in Israel

Modern Palestinian identity has been forged through experiences of exile, displacement, occupation. This excludes the 1.4 million Arabs living inside Israel, embraced neither by Israel nor other Palestinians. The Arab Pop Idol final was broadcast from Nazareth, amongst other places, a rare recognition of Palestinian life inside Israel.

Could BDS destroy Israel, and do Palestinians want it to?

Richard Silverstein weaves his way between those who hope or fear the BDS campaign will bring about the destruction of Israel to look at what long-term polling shows about the attitudes of Israeli Palestinians to Jews and to Israeliness

Palestinian state would be hollow

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Ahmad Samih Khalidi argues that the prospect of Palestinian statehood has never been stronger – but the PLO which has fought for it for over 4 decades is as much part of the crumbling Arab order as any other regime. The PLO and PA plan to go direct to the the UN General Assembly to seek recognition for a Palestinian state, and are likely to get it. But on the ground there is little support for this as a solution…

Palestinians seeking new forms of leverage

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An interesting report in Time magazine in which Tony Karon writes that “Israel is worried, according to press reports in the country, that the United States will not ‘rush to veto’ a planned U.N. Security Council resolution condemning ongoing Israeli settlement construction…” But whatever the outcome of this particular initiative, he argues, Palestinians are seeking new forms of leverage: “And that, combined with hardening Israeli positions, suggests that a winter of discontent awaits the Holy Land.”

The rise of Jewish nationalism in Israel

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Why the increased insistence of Israel as a Jewish state today? “It appears” writes Ben White, “that Palestinian assertiveness in demanding equality (in Israel) and freedom from military rule (in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip) has prompted the Israeli establishment to engage in nationalistic measures and rhetoric as a form of “pushback”.” The irony of this is that it “is prompting a resurfacing of questions about Palestinian-ness” among Israel’s Arab citizens.