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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

United condemnation of Israeli settlements and demolitions

Israeli leaders may rejoice in the military and diplomatic support they receive internationally. But not one of their friends supports their two-edged policy of building settlements on Palestinian land and demolishing Palestinians homes – also on Palestinian land. There is no peaceable future in this.

Hectic rise in settlement building in 2013

The number of housing starts in West Bank settlements was at a ten-year high in 2013. As far as the Israeli government was concerned it, and the PA, had agreed to peace talks so it had nothing to lose. An Al Jazeera article points out that the buildings that are flung up in the West Bank – cheap because of subsidy and mass construction – are largely occupied by Mizrahi Jews who cannot find a place, socially or economically, in Israel itself.

Ian McEwan to accept Israel book award but criticise occupation

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Novelist Ian McEwan is in Israel to receive the Jerusalem prize for literature despite a strong campaign calling on him to refuse to go. Here he defends his decision while taking part in the weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrar and saying he intends to “make my own thoughts clear” when accepting the prize from Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat…

US refuses to condemn settlement building at the Security Council

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M J Rosenberg writes: “Anyone who thought that the United States has learned anything from the various revolutions upturning the Arab world has another think coming. We didn’t.”

EU concern over settlement building

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Donald Macintyre reports: “The European Union is so troubled by the increased settlement activity of Israel it has proposed that EU officials should be present at the site of imminent house demolitions or evictions and intervene if non-violent Palestinians face arrest in East Jerusalem, according to a new confidential report.”
And Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt condemns demolitions in East Jerusalem.
Updated 17 Jan: Nir Hasson reports on a secret EU recommendation to treat East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state

Back to Square One

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Geoffrey Aronson, editor of FMEP’s bimonthly Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories, surveys “almost two years of energetic but stillborn diplomacy [in which] the Obama administration has been unable to make progress on ending the occupation and creating a Palestinian state at peace with Israel. The president’s attempt to rein in settlement expansion and his effort to place settlements at the heart of a negotiated end to the Israel-Palestinian conflict have failed. As Obama surveys the future, he might recall Machiavelli’s wise counsel, “He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.”

The end of the “peace” talks

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The Obama administration has given up its effort to persuade the Israeli government to freeze construction of Jewish settlements for 90 days. The NYT reports: “The administration decided to pull the plug, officials said, because it concluded that even if Mr. Netanyahu persuaded his cabinet to accept a freeze — which he had not yet been able to do — the 90-day negotiating period would not have produced the progress on core issues that the United States originally had sought.” Really?! Richard Silverstein, for one, isn’t surprised since he’s been writing this since the beginning… And One Democracy evaluates the options ahead.

The Elders call for an end to all Israeli settlement activity

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The Elders are an independent group of global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace- building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity. The Elders are Martti Ahtisaari, Kofi Annan, Ela Bhatt, Lakhdar Brahimi, Gro Brundtland, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Jimmy Carter, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson and Desmond Tutu (Chair). Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi are honorary Elders.

Israel’s Shabbos Goy

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Christopher Hitchens takes on the imbecilities of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of Shas, partners in Netanyahu’s coalition, and those of Yisrael Beytenu in passing as warms to his real theme: the national humiliation of the United States at Israel’s hands, trading $3 billion of arms for 90 days of restraint on West Bank settlement building. Mark Perry in expresses similar sentiments in Foreign Policy.

State complicity in east Jerusalem settlements

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A Haaretz investigation shows the state used a controversial law to transfer East Jerusalem assets to the rightist organizations Elad and Ateret Cohanim without a tender, and at very low prices. Nir Hasson reports…

Sell the right of return for a 2-month settlement freeze…

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Akiva Eldar writes: “When [Netanyahu] demands that Abbas recognize Israel as a state of the Jewish people, he is offering assisted political suicide to the the Palestinian leader. [He] knows full well that any Palestinian leader who recognizes Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people also acknowledges that the Palestinians do not have any rightful place there…

Israeli government support for the settlement enterprise

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Rachel Shabi investigates Israeli government involvement in the construction of settlements on occupied Palestinian land. “In Jerusalem – just as in the rest of Israel – decades of state planning has priced people out of the city and into settlements in Palestinian East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Meanwhile, ideologically-motivated budgeting has resulted in enticements and benefits for Israelis who live on occupied Palestinian land… Peace Now estimates that settlements cost Israel $556m (around £355m) a year – and it is clear that this cost is keenly felt by those living within Israel, since the state seems to prioritise settlements at their expense.”

A call for Israeli architects to take a stand

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Esther Zandberg, architectural correspondent for Ha’aretz: “… the time has come for architects and planners to wake up and announce publicly that they will not continue planning new buildings in the settlements… Architects and planners are the ones who implement in practice the occupation policy of Israeli governments and continue the conflict on the drafting table…”

Noam Chomsky, Eyeless in Gaza

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In extracts from his new book “Hopes and Prospects” Noam Chomsky provides an overview of recent history of Gaza, of the settlements and of Washington’s changing responses to Israel. He sees little substance to Obama’s commitment to democracy and human rights in relation to the conflict…

Mitchell in the Middle East

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Coverage – mainly from the US and Israel – of Senator George Mitchell’s current visit to the Middle East, Netanyahu’s rejection of an East Jerusalem settlement freeze (echoing earlier public comments from Lieberman and Knesset Speaker Rivlin) and today’s intriguing report that Netanyahu’s coalition partners ARE considering a settlement freeze. Plus reaction to Elie Wiesel’s ad on Jerusalem and criticism of Ron Lauder’s letter to Obama.

Two JNews postings on East Jerusalem

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JNews writes: The signs from Washington are clear: the US seeks to bring about a building freeze in ALL settlements, including those in East Jerusalem, before negotiations are renewed…

Crisis? What Crisis? This Crisis?

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The Israeli press (Haaretz, Ynet – Yediot Ahranot online – & the Jerusalem Post) on current US-Israel relations. Has the Obama administration seized the opportunity of Israeli political mis-steps to regain some of the capital lost last year? Has Netanyahu really departed the US having been humiliated? Does the stalled peace process endanger the lives of US troops or US national security?

Seizing control – a short film on East Jerusalem

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A moving and disturbing ICAHD (Israeli Committee Against House Demotions) video showing the settlement project and the Judaization of East Jerusalem with extensive commentary by Meir Margalit, a city council and Icahd coordinator, Hagit Ofran head of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch and others

A Matter of Timing – Uri Avnery on Biden’s visit

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Uri Avnery examines the issues of substance behind the “slip-up” in timing that saw Israel condemned by the US, the EU, the UK and the Quartet earlier this week. His conclusion – that Obama and Biden “wiped the spit off their faces and smiled politely” underlines just how hard peace talks and any just outcome will be and illustrates how the two state solution is under existential threat – from Netanyahu, Lieberman and, this week Eli Yishai.