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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

Kerry: what blocked his efforts to start negotiations

There are two articles here about John Kerry who worked assiduously to start negotiations between Israel and Palestine. The second is a revealing speech Kerry gave about his efforts, thwarted by the Israeli government’s insistence on establishing Jewish settlements on Palestinian territory. Here he admits Israel ignored USA pressure.

Hopes for a final act from Obama

President Obama put more effort into securing negotiations between Israel and Palestine than previous presidents. In his last three months in office there are hopes he will have a final move.

Far right push to grab settlement for Israel proper

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Right-wing MKs and the land-theft far-right group Regavim want to extend boundary walls so that the illegal settlement Ma’ale Adumim will become properly Israeli.

Habima theatre heads into cul-de-sac

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It’s possible the management of Habima has strong Zionist views about treating all the land between Jordan and the sea as Israel’s by divine right. Its crass decision to perform at one of the most hardline settlements is likely to limit its touring future as the decision delivers a seal of approval to the settlement despite the universal anti-settlement policy abroad.

Paralysed Israel rejects all help

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Veteran commentator Akiva Eldar is also impressed by Hagai El-Ad’s speech (see post below) – but not by the ignorance of the attacks on him. He points out that at every stage of its existence outside bodies have intervened to press Israel to save itself.

The end of the pretence of innocence

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent actions have brought to an end 50 years of Israeli deception about the temporariness of the settlement enterprise – Yitzhak Laor, Ha’aretz

And Ban Ki-moon wades in at the UN: “Let me be absolutely clear: settlements are illegal under international law. The occupation, stifling and oppressive, must end.”

Chutzpah!

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These articles address the twisted mirror in which Netanyahu looks to insist that it is Jews who are the victims of ethnic cleansing in the region he governs, rather than Palestinians. Gideon Levy argues that, by using the term ‘ethnic cleansing’, the Israeli Prime Minister parts company with any semblance of reality and historical fact. Matt Duss argues that it is hard to swallow Netanyahu’s claims of Israeli victimhood when Palestinians are being ethnically cleansed right now by means of ‘home demolition, land confiscation, and explusion’. Palestinians leaders have made it clear that Jewish people will be welcome to live in Palestine, he points out, but not in enclaves of Israeli Jewish privilege.

Israeli smash and grab untouched by rebukes

Israelis continue on their new track of denying the Jewish history of the diaspora. Now their claim to Palestinian land is that ‘Jews have always lived here’. So they carry on erecting Jews-only houses and destroying Palestinian ones. Bibi has learned to ignore US disapproval because the military/financial arrangement just continues.

Secret Document Reveals Settlements were Built on a Lie

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A document obtained by Peace Now reveals the big bluff behind the pretext of “military necessity” used since 1967 to seize Palestinian land, on which about one-third of the settlements were established. This method was used throughout the 1970s until it was banned by the Elon Moreh ruling in 1979. Today the government has found another bluff and is using “declarations of state lands” in order to expropriate lands in area C for the purpose of settlements.

American presidents? They’re all the same.

An opinion poll just carried out amongst Palestinians shows the usual Palestinian/Israeli gulf. The gut Palestinian feeling that American presidents are all the same may be true – the settlements continue. The fact that they attribute this to ‘the Jewish lobby’ is a problem. What of the military industrial complex, US strategic interests in the MidEast, the cheerleading for Israel role of right-wing Christians. Jews may be pre-eminent in some areas, finance or media ownership, but most American capital is owned and controlled by white Americans of Christian heritage.

No-choice settlement workers

The argument most often put forward by owners of settlement businesses is that the first to suffer would be Palestinians who provide them with their labour force. But the paucity of work in the oPt leaves them with little option.

Name and shame the settlement investors

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Israel pays a very high price for its settlements in money and, most of all, in reputation. So though the money may lure companies beyond the Green Line the loss of reputation is often not worth it. Dimi Reider comments on Occupation Inc.

What is it about ‘label’ they don’t understand?

The accurate labelling of place of origin of goods for sale has long been an EU rule. Israel’s attempt to pass off goods produced in settlements – illegal by all standards – as made in Israel is a scam. Many in Israel and the US Congress regard this application of law as an antisemitic boycott of all Israeli products. Read the label!

Get your business out of the oPt says Human Rights Watch

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A report from Human Rights Watch [see posting below] directly accuses firms which operate in settlements of perpetuating and profiting from the illegal occupation. Many responses. Those from Salon and Christian Science Monitor posted here.

Israel’s pro-settler policy backfires

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Whether or not the resolution by the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council has an effect will largely depend on whether European consumers choose to shun those labelled ‘made in the oPt’. Israeli ministers as usual reacted hysterically citing European persecution of Jews as the cause of the resolution.

Label – or boycott

The policy of the EU to distinguish between products from Israel-proper and products from the Palestinian territories is chugging its inexorable way through all EU bodies . Here is the resolution passed by the Foreign Affairs Council on January 18th defining policy towards Israel/Palestine. It includes a clause on the need for Israel to distinguish between its own and illegal-settlement produce – and for both sides to be serious about 2-states.

What hope for the Joint List?

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In 2015, Israel ushered in the most right-wing government in its history. But the same election produced another notable outcome: for the first time, Arab parties joined in a bloc with the sole Jewish-Arab party, Hadash, to form the Joint List, with 13 seats in the current Knesset, making it the third largest party and second largest in the opposition.

Ayman Odeh, Chair of the Hadash party and head of the Joint List, is interviewed on a wide range of issues by Mitchell Plitnick.

Congress passes laws to counteract US settlements policy

Lara Friedman’s piece for American for Peace Now might read like a text for policy wonks. It’s important. She noticed that Congress – both houses – had passed, without fanfare, various bits of legislation that prohibits ANY restrictions on trade. This means that government policy on not recognising settlements as part of Israel is effectively undermined. AIPAC is named as the initiator of the legislation. We have added some notes to make it a little clearer.

JfJfP exchange with the chair of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, November 2015

This is series of email exchanges that I initiated in November 2015 with the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews. I think it is all self-explanatory.

Richard Kuper

Settlers demand apartheid road network

Ma’an reports that a group of settlers is demanding that Palestinians be banned from ‘settlers” roads, presumably forcing Palestinians in the oPt to use what are in effect dirt tracks – or not travel at all. Because of the knife attacks, more and more measures are being taken to wall Palestinians in.