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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

There REALLY is no peace process left

Might there “be a change of paradigm, a shift away from the two-state ideal to a civil rights struggle inside the single-state reality that exists on the ground” asks Jonathan Freedland in this pessimistic assessment. For there is no longer serious pressure for a peace agreement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – whether from within Israel, the Occupied Territories, or from the international community. It is, he says a “longest-running of dramas [a] story that refuses to have a happy ending. It remains a tragedy without end.”

Netanyahu is part of the problem, not the solution

Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit has to choose between bringing corruption charges against the Israeli PM or dismissing the issue and jeopardising the honour of his office. By all accounts, writes Akiva Eldar, Netanyahu understands what’s at stake but is incapable of action.

Welcome Trump and the end of pretence

Had Clinton won we’d be living through more years of a do nothing, go nowhere ‘peace process’ minus Obama’s empathy for the Palestinians. Robert Cohen hopes Trump’s gung-ho Israelism will tear away the shield of prevarication.

Obama’s legacy on Israel/Palestine

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Obama is widely regarded as the most pro-Palestinian US president to take office, only serving to highlight the absence of initiatives under his watch to resolve the plight of the Palestinians. In this article, Nathan Thrall considers what meaningful options remain for Obama, given his formidable international, domestic and time constraints. Thrall concludes that in order to move forward, negotiation parameters must be put in place between Israel and the Palestinians. The catch is that the Palestinians may have to make dramatic concessions on paper in order to bind Israel to a path for Palestinian independence…

EU ready to play major part in restarting peace process

The EU’s High Representative for External Affairs, Federica Mogherini is back in the Middle East determined to show that finding partners for discussion and restarting a peace process are a priority for her and the EU, which is ready to play a much larger role than it has before. Rami Khoury spells out what steps it can take now.

EU could break the deadly cycle by recognising Palestinian state

The Cairo donors’ conference on rebuilding Gaza showed the international goodwill towards the establishment of a Palestinian state – but that will only come into being if the rigidity of the US approach is rejected by the EU. At the moment, all the EU is doing is maintaining the fiction of a ‘peace process’ argues Yezid Sayigh

The wicked cocktail which brings shame to the government of Israel

The speech on the ‘peace process’ given at the acme of the establishment by Sir Alan Duncan, senior Conservative and former minister for International Development, has had a big impact. He assails Israel relentlessly for its treatment of Palestinians and its ‘churlish’ rejection of all attempts to make peace. He is firm on Israel’s right to exist, without question. He comments on Britain’s non-homogenous Jews – and those groups which receive money from a foreign country. It outraged the Board of Deputies.

The ‘peace process’ industry

Thousands of people are paid by governments, think tanks, NGOs to advance the ‘peace process’. Why do they exist? Israel and the PNA will, or will not, find a reason to make a deal. Is this charade created by Chomsky’s ‘manufactured consent’ in which Palestinians have no voice?

The power of naming

The one who bestows names on people, property, land, processes is the one with the power. So Israel renames the western part of Palestine as ‘Judea and Samaria’, bureaucrats rename the quest for peace as the work of finding a ‘political settlement’ and Putin renames the Ukraine as ‘Russia’. Uri Avnery on the seized power of naming.

Eternal peace talks, eternal Palestinian subjugation

The absence of any realistic ‘peace process’ may be a vacuum which pulls in any moving body, such as John Kerry. Or Kerry may be ‘addicted’ to the process, as Foreign Policy’s Aaron David Miller suggests. Or the Peace Process is emptied of all meaning because for Israelis the only peace is unconditional Palestinian surrender as Zeev Sternhell argues. Israeli supremacy will rule.

Enough with the pointless peace processes

Activists in Tarabut movement call for an end to ‘an endless process that makes it possible to preserve American support and good relations with the international community, while shoring up the major settlement blocs and allowing various corporations to continue to enjoy enormous profits from the ongoing occupation and from the total dependency of the Palestinian economy on the Israeli economy.’

Obama: time and demographics are not on Israel’s side

President Obama has given this interview to Jeffrey Goldberg knowing it will show Americans and Israelis that he takes Middle East peace very seriously, that he and the Israeli PM have sharply different assessments of the players and factors, especially in Iran and Palestine, and that such are the changing times Netanyahu must act to break the stalemate – and only he can do that.

When Bibi met Barack

Netanyahu is in the US for the AIPAC annual conference and its injection of adulation. On the way, he dropped in on President Obama whose recent interview with Jeffrey Goldberg made clear the sharp political differences between the two leaders on Palestine and Iran (see post above). Here, responses to the interview from Israeli journalists and a report of the Obama/Bibi meeting.

The security junta who govern Israel

The Latin motto “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” – who guards the guards themselves – applies to these articles from Jonathan Cook and Guy Rolnick. They are about the huge power wielded in Israel by the network of security chiefs who appropriate a huge amount of the public budget for their ‘security’ wants, few questions asked, and have a stake in continued conflict with Palestine. With the merchants of security equipment they have effectively become a security junta, justifying their power by continuously inflating the risks to Israel’s existence.

Doublethink on UN membership for Israel and Palestine

Doublethink was George Orwell’s term, in 1984, for “the acceptance of contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time, especially as a result of political indoctrination”. A new paper reported by MERIP contrasts the arguments Israel used to gain admission to the UN in 1948-49 (essential for the peace process) with the arguments used by the US/Israel against Palestine gaining even UN Observer status in 2012 (it would harm the peace process.) Hat tip to G. Orwell.

What a ‘peace process’ would do for the American image

There is every reason why the Obama administration should be deeply concerned about the image of the US among Muslims and Arabs; it doesn’t need professional surveys to tell it the US is widely distrusted by the majority in the Middle East and North Africa. So, argues Michael Omer-Man, whether Kerry’s mission produces results or not, Obama et al need to be seen to be engaged in a peace process.

Facade of unity shatters on rock of two states

John Kerry, US Secretary of State, finds out for himself that Israel cannot be a partner for peace because whatever issues may have allowed Netanyahu’ to pull a governing coalition into being, the issue of Palestine causes it to fall apart. Compounding Israel’s intransigence at this moment, the government has decided to ‘legalise’ four outposts, prompting a rare American complaint to Israel’s US Ambassador Oren,

Group of elders urges EU to ditch Oslo and start afresh

The European Eminent Persons Group – a network of elder statesmen – has sent a forthright letter to Lady Aston urging her, and the EU, to acknowledge that the Oslo process is dead, the US can’t broker peace and the EU should take the lead by recognising that Israel is an occupying power which western policy is entrenching.

What will the Palestinians gain from new UN status?

The implications of Palestine’s new UN status are examined by two Q&A articles, 1) from the BBC and 2) from ACRI. Apart from enhancing its status in relation to Israel, the main consequence is seen to be the PA’s possible entry into international bodies and agreements, giving the PA new powers as well as responsibilities.

“Land-grabbing and peace-making do not go together.”

Avi Shlaim, Oxford professor of international relations, distinguished ‘new historian’ of Israel, and JfJfP signatory tells MEMO that Netanyahu has to deny Palestinians a political existence in order to insist he has no partner for peace. He also says the UK has an Israel lobby but it’s more hidden than in the USA and British Jews are more divided over speaking out against Israeli policies.