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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

Who carries the flag for Palestinian liberation?

This is a summary of a long report on Palestinian nationalism issued by the Carnegie Endowment. Having acknowledged that the official leadership (PNA, PLO) is effectively dead, that Hamas has no strategy, other forms of political expression are explored, from armed militancy to student, trade union – only mentioned – and civil society groups. The Rights-based ones are shaping a strategy.

Palestinian president acts only on internal dissent

The ageing president sits on, in charge, preoccupied with dissent. Challengers are intimidated or in prison or exile. A creaking Fatah has settled into its command of the West Bank. How can a new ambitious leadership emerge in this desiccated system? Ma’an news.

PLO: should they go or should they stay?

Al Shabaka rounds up eight Palestinian political intellectuals to debate the PLO: should Palestinians create a wholly new body better able to represent Palestinians and advance the Palestinian cause, thus countering the despair they feel? Or would losing the PLO mean losing the only body with international recognition? Can it be reformed into a leadership body without corruption? Al Shabaka starts the debate.

Intifadas are strategic

This is a set of articles which say directly or by default that we are not seeing a third intifada merely an increase in reactive clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli police. Deaths and injuries are all on the Palestinian side. Plus brief histories of the first two intifadas..

Entrenching Palestinian middle class

Israel has welcomed the new Palestinian middle-class city of Rawabi and, belatedly, agreed to connect it to its water supply, a move which will separate Palestine’s new middle class from the mass of water-starved people. Will Rawabi’s better-educated and more ambitious people serve as a leadership for Palestinians or will they turn their back on no-hopers?

Building a Palestinian nation

‘Oslo’ is dead. Economic aid does nothing for political spirit. Bibi’s re-election means no negotiation. The 2-state solution is not viable. It’s time to start again and take the steps which would create a new political system for Palestinians says Alaa Tartir. A new political spirit and leadership are needed.

All Palestinians suffer because of Fatah-Hamas rift

The Hamas/Fatah rift which is devastating the possibility of Palestinian political leadership cannot be said to be a political split. From this interview with Hanan Ashrawi, we learn it’s more to do with each group defending its own interests. She tells it like it is.

Leaderless in Silwan still fight on

E. Jerusalem has been in a state of serious unrest for months despite the creation of a special police force. Jewish extremists are persisting with attempts to get control of all property and the Al Aqsa compound. Daoud Kuttab looks at the possibility of Palestinians resisting encroachment when they have no leadership.

Only Palestinians can save themselves – if they get it together

Norman Finkelstein, in an interview with New Left Project, gives a very bleak assessment of the current Kerry-created negotiations. He echoes the judgment made frequently in the last few months – that neither Hamas nor Fatah/the PA can provide national leadership for an independent state, that Palestine has lost salience in the Arab world as their own national states take pre-eminence.

Walking out of the trap of the Palestinian political system

Haidar Eid argues the crisis of Palestinian leadership is widely recognised and neither Fatah and Hamas has any hope of becoming political leaders of a Palestinian national movement. In his harsh judgment they are disqualified by their acceptance of the two-state solution and Oslo accords. Hope does lie in the non-party movements against the Prawer plan and for BDS and the young people who reject the existing set-up.

‘Our role is to amplify Palestinian voices not replace them’

But solidarity workers have to decide which voices to amplify, and create space for. Ben White discusses the difficulties and traps of such work. It is clear from his indictment of Pres. Abbas and the Fatah leadership and his praise for the democratic and effective nature of BDS what choice he thinks should be made. And more, well-sourced information from Palestinians, with good translation into European languages would help.

We don’t need to show title deeds – just the maps

We don’t need to argue about Balfour or show title deeds to prove we exist. We simply need to show the historical maps of Palestine says historian Salman Abu Sitta, who has made this his life’s work. He has had no help or interest from the Palestinian leadership, about which he is scathing. “In the absence of true representation of Palestinians, the Israeli regime has gone wild. It removed every mask from its face. It became openly racist”.

Are Jews trying to redeem their values through solidarity work on Palestinian rights?

Two companion articles in Mondoweiss raise properly disturbing questions about Jews who engage in solidarity work for Palestinian causes. Heike Schotten asks if it’s really a way for Jews to manage their connection with zionism, thus accepting the dominance of zionism in Jewish discourse. Sandra Tamari asks Jews to hold back, recognise that this struggle must be led by Palestinians and Jews would help by opening up spaces for Palestinians to do this.

“Our story is a story of failed leadership” – Salam Fayyad

This is a harsh judgment on the Palestinian leadership, while acknowledging the power of the occupation. Roger Cohen describes the PA’s paralysis and Fatah as ‘a revolutionary party that has exhausted itself; ossified and murky’ with an appetite only for ‘sweet deals’; Salam Fayyad, whom Cohen is interviewing, describes Fatah’s leaders as casual, lacking seriousness or strategy, hostage to their own rhetoric. That rhetoric is all that engages the Palestinian people.

Slowly and steadily, young Palestinians rethink the strategy of resistance

‘If you think resistance in Palestine is dead, you have not been keeping up whatsoever’ says Nour Joudah. While the Arab uprisings and Palestinian resistance have fed each other, the very duration of the latter means there has not been the rupture which prompted the Arab uprisings.

Edward Said’s lost essay on Jerusalem

jerusalem-quarterly

The renowned Palestinian intellectual Eward Said (1932-2003) first delivered this paper in London in 1995. It is a passionate account of Jerusalem’s actual history of many faiths and cultures and deplores the failure of Palestinian leaders to provide their own history and vision of the city. Now reprinted by Jerusalem Quarterly