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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

Judge upholds right of pension funds to be ethical

Israel’s anti-BDS minister Gilad Erdan met Communities secretary Sajid Javid in September 2016. Shortly after, David’s department issued ‘guidance’ that pro-BDS decisions by local government were not ‘appropriate’. A judge has now ruled that he was overstepping his brief.

Another PSC member denied entry to Israel

Kamel Hawwash, professor of civil engineering at Birmingham university, is a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. On his most recent trip to visit his and his wife’s families he was interrogated and strip-searched. After this intended humiliation he was denied entry.

Israel locks itself out of the dialogue

Apart from the lickspittle Board of Deputies even critics of the groups which campaign for BDS are shocked by the Knesset’s blanket ban on entry into Israel of anyone who can be deduced to support any form of boycott of anything Israeli. Consumer choice is a fundament of democracy. MEE and BoD.

No entry for supporters of Palestinians

An early victim of Israel’s contentious new law denying entry to boycott supporters is Hugh Lanning, chair of the PSC. He was turned away after interrogation. The airport officials were acting on instructions from government officials.

Anti-Netanyahu rally attracts true critics – and cohort of antisemites

The demonstration against PM Netanyahu on September 9th when he visited his friend David Cameron produced many complaints that the demonstrators were antisemitic. Some were, using, as Brian Klug said, ‘the figure of the Jew’ (Netanyahu) to stand for many forms of depravity. There is a particular sensitivity here; President Assad has been portrayed as a child-killer as have other despots. But they have not been persecuted by Christians for centuries for child-killing as the mythical impulse for genocide. PSC makes a strong stand against the antisemitism.

BBC bias raised again by vanishing programme on myth of Jewish exile

The programme ‘Jerusalem: An Archaeological Mystery Story’ made by Israeli director Ilan Ziv, was pulled from the schedule at the last minute last April. The BBC said it did not fit editorially with its archaeology season. Although it is true that archaeology is a politically loaded subject in Israel/Palestine, the BBC knew this before it commissioned the film. Presumably someone higher-up had a fit of panic on actually seeing it. PSC leads the charge against the BBC. JfJfP signs the letter asking the BBC to explain its decision.

TUC votes to act to help end Gaza siege

Following 2010’s comprehensive vote on Palestine, the Trade Union Congress, meeting in Brighton this week, focussed on Gaza. Delegates from the 53 unions voted to note the appalling conditions in Gaza and to send a delegation to Gaza, with the PSC, ‘to determine how the TUC may most effectively contribute to the end of the blockade’. There was no opposition.

Remembering – and arming against – Nakba Day

The IDF gears up for violence on Nakba day (3), Palestinian Christians hold a peaceful commemoration (4) and PSC holds a protest outside Downing Street at which Diana Neslen of JfJfP gives a moving speech about memory and exile (1 & 2). Haaretz declares Israel should acknowledge the Nakba as part of its history (5).Tel Aviv students defy education minister to hold ceremony (6).

Tell Gaza, tell Israel, Operation Cast Lead is not forgotten

Join the demonstration on 27 December to call for an end to Israel’s siege of Gaza, let the people of Gaza know they are not forgotten, and remind the world of the deadly Operation Cast Lead which began on this date 3 years ago. JfJfP, PSC, CND and British Muslim Initiative are among the organizations calling for thedemonstration.

BBC denies bias in coverage of attacks from Israel and Gaza

Deaths by terror weapons in Israel appear to cause far more outrage and news coverage than death by terror weapons in Gaza . Amena Saleem complained to the BBC. Follow their justification (you may lose the will to live). Below, a PSC report on the BBC’s averting of its attention to the 49 Palestinians killed in Gaza by the IDF in the first 110 days of this year. And scroll down to a report on the closure of Just Journalism, an organisation set up to expose supposed bias against Israel in the media

Green MP objects to PSC logo

Caroline Lucas, Britain’s only Green Party MP and a supporter of the Palestinians, criticizes the PSC’s use of a pre-Israel map as its logo

Labour group press Amnesty not to work with ‘apologists for Hamas’

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Palestine Solidarity and Middle East Monitor are organising a meeting on Israel and media bias, to be held in Amnesty’s Human Rights Centre on May 23rd. Labour Friends of Israel oppose Amnesty ‘working with’ such ‘anti-peace organisations’. Relevant statements are posted here.