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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

PA ends security pact with Israel

Since 1995, as part of the Oslo agreements, the Palestinian Authority has provided the political policing of the West Bank working with the IDF’s admin unit, COGAT. Since the Al-Aqsa gates debacle, the PA has become more outspoken and has announced it is ending its work with COGAT which aims to “consolidate the colonial system through illegal settlements.”

Big powers unite against Hamas and Qatar

Saudi Arabia, home of the most illiberal policies, is leading the drive to isolate Hamas (not known for its liberal policies either). Abbas follows in the Saudis’ wake; his aim is to bring Hamas under his control which would please Israel. None of these bodies has a strategy for breaking the Israeli siege. Tareq G. Baconi thinks they want the siege to continue until Hamas is broken.

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.

We must remove noose that chokes Palestinians

Diana Buttu, a former Palestinian negotiator, argues persuasively that the PA is no more than a sub-contractor for the occupation and should go. Uri Avnery takes issue. The 2-state solution depends on there being a Palestinian authority and quislings can save a people from destruction.

Making Palestinians Israel’s working class

For centuries Palestinians have cultivated olive trees and lived off their produce. Here lay their identity and economic independence. That is anathema to Israeli occupiers. It is also under threat from other Mediterranean producers. In a model of politico-economic analysis Jonathan Cook admires the co-operative alternative chosen by small producers as opposed to the neo-liberal market chosen by the PNA.

Dead politics, vital culture

Palestinians have little regard for the national political leadership which operates in their name. Jamil Hilal analyses the PLO’s loss of national authority and points us to the energy of the artists and writers.

Is this symbolic genocide?

If a people can no longer function effectively as a people do they no longer exist as a people – viz. genocide has been committed? Larry Derfner, formerly at +972, thinks the Palestinians have given up. There’s room for argument. specially about the role of the PNA.

Angry youth go their own way

Alon Ben-David sees a new generation of Palestinians and of Israeli Jews who have no respect for political or parental authority. Although the Pew survey found that most placed themselves at the centre of politics there is no sign that the youth are going to follow their parents.

Sabotaging a peace debate

One university debate cancelled is not a major event. This one, scheduled for the Truman Institute for Peace at the Hebrew university, is worth remarking because of the forces preventing its taking place – threats from unnamed far-right groups and withdrawal of the Palestinian speaker on the PNA’s orders.

Free Barghouti – or let PNA fall apart

The question – who will succeed Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian President- has long been high on the agenda with no clearer resolution as time passes. As no arrangement seems to have been made, chaos may follow, unless Marwan Barghouti is released.

‘We will be the leaders’

More than half the Palestinian population is under 20 and many of the younger generation were not born or were infants during the second intifada. They do not share their parents’ disappointment at the results of that upheaval. The youthful Killian Redden interviews those who have no time for the elderly PNA or a mythical peace process.

Palestinians don’t want another blood-letting

Haaretz has published five articles from its leading columnists asking whether this is the third intifada. Here is their introduction and pieces by Anshell Pfeffer and Amira Hass who focuses on the authority of the PNA.

Abbas’ agenda is entirely personal, entirely elitist and entirely corrupt

More evidence that younger Palestinians in the West Bank, expressing themselves via social media, are entirely alienated from the corrupt croneyism of Pres. Abbas and his Fatah faction. His attempts to revive Fatah’s relevance may be too late.

Let Abbas spring free from the jaws of Fatah and technocrats

This is an unusual article from Ma’an news. Usually their articles are unsigned and unopionated. Here the editor-in-chief makes a strong case for President Abbas extricating himself from the conflicting pressures of Fatah politicos and the technocrats to urge an alliance with popular unions.

Rivalries destroy PA’s ability to lead

President Abbas has too many hostile fronts: Israel, of course, Hamas and his internal rival, Mohammed Dahlan. Neither of these articles gives a clear analysis of how far this predicament is his fault. But his agreement to police the West Bank to ensure quiet – anything else will fuel Likuds’s chances – is clearly a factor. Who thinks Likud will be defeated if violent attacks on Israelis become the norm?

Reckless call to the right

Since last December Israel has not handed over the tax revenues it collects for the PA. Forcing the PA into insolvency is a punishment for joining the International Criminal Court. PM Netanyahu fears he’ll look soft to the right wing if he authorises the fiscal transfer. John Kerry and IDF strategists have warned that the collapse of the PA is in no-one’s interest.

Multi-prong moves to squeeze all Palestinians out of Jerusalem

This is a thorough al-shabaka analysis of the many moves by Israeli government, Jerusalem council, police and IDF to to make Jerusalem a place where Palestinians cannot exist – and never have. Though the young fight back, the PNA has effectively washed its hands of the enflamed city.

Israel’s hapless bailiff

The ruling elite of the PNA has not arrived in its position through elections nor through conspicuous efforts on behalf of the nation. They are yes-men for the President and adept at siphoning money from the many international donors to make themselves into a wealthy rentier class. Duncan Thomas gives a bleak assessment of Palestine’s economic and political prospects under current management.

PNA sidesteps the US, US moves to block them

The direct approaches to the UN and ICC by the PNA follow the failed efforts of John Kerry (which he blamed on Israel) to restart negotiations. Now with Congress dominated by Republicans, the US has returned to blocking and threatening Palestinians.

Governing Gaza

This is a more sceptical view on whether or not the Palestinian Unity Government, led by President Abbas, will actually be able to exercise control over Gaza and the Rafah crossing. But the writers in this WSJ article point to the pressure Palestinians are putting on Hamas for evidence, including reconstruction, of achievement in the resistance to Israel.