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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

Spreading terror

Sensibly Trump dropped his ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan on his first foreign tour. Now he’s the cheerleader for the forces against ‘terrorism’, hijacking the Manchester Arena bomb to make his point; which is that terror is all around and only common focus on this one threat will protect us.

Blind slaughter of terrorism

Did terrorism bring Israel into existence? Tomer Persico looks for a clear distinction between terrorism – which murders indiscriminately – and guerilla operations – which pick their targets of power carefully. Terrorism seems to be winning.

Fear of Islamic terrorism destroys our freedoms

The exaggerated fear of terrorism and its partner, ‘hate speech’, in whatever country it occurs, leads, says Suzanne Nossel of Foreign Policy, to “a creeping tolerance for authoritarianism.” We have seen it in Israel. Now in Europe?

Tourism workers contradict ministers’ line

Over 162 Palestinians have been shot and killed by security forces since last September. Most were suspected of planning to attack Israelis. One American tourist has just been stabbed to death by a Palestinian. It’s international news. Netanyahu’s desire to prove that Israel is under constant threat from terrorists conflicts with reports from people working in Israeli tourism that terrorism is not a big deal.

Settler terrorism – it made Israel

The Journal of Palestine Studies has made a special issue out of Zionist terrorism. Its main point is that terrorism has been engrained in the Jewish settling of Palestine/Israel from the start.

Politicians riding the wave of panic

Uri Avnery offers a scathing commentary on the political response to terrorist attacks. European people do seem calmer than their political leaders, though Avnery does seem to miss the point when he compares the number who died in the mass killing at the Bataclan to the numbers who die in road accidents every couple of weeks. As he points out, terrorism has a purpose.

Human rights improve security

The response by the governments of the USA and France to terrorist attacks has been to increase ‘security’ measures at the expense of many freedoms. Israel has built its state on restricting freedom for Palestinians on the grounds they are a ever-present security threat. But, argues Mitchell Plitnick, this equation is wrong. Harsher repression creates more anger and disaffection. Improving human rights for the excluded does much more to make societies safe.

Call these murderous wreckers what they are: Jewish terrorists

As Israel began so it goes on: terrorist acts against all who have no place in the fantasy kingdom. The failure to create a stable, civil society is now coming back to haunt the country. Two Op-Eds from Ynet.

White-washing terrorism

Heike Schotten here argues that ‘terrorism’ became the universal threat after the collapse of the Soviet Union. To fit the US’s need for an external enemy the new threat had to be political, dark-skinned and religiously foreign – that is unknowable and outside ‘civilisation’. Enter Palestine.

The only solution: peaceful people’s pressure

If you look through the media serving the biggest city in Pacific NW in the land of free speech you will find no mention of its public event on BDS – except for dire warnings from the Jewish establishment. So here you can read an account which includes how Palestinians recovered from disastrous embraces (like the Irish) of the Nazis and then violence to its current strategy of peaceful popular pressure for BDS.

Mandela: “The South African revolution will not have achieved its goals as long as the Palestinians are not free.”

In the sanctification of Nelson Mandela, it is impolite to recall that before he was imprisoned he believed that only an armed uprising could topple white minority rule. For much of his time in prison, he was condemned by many as a terrorist. Easy to forget too what close relations there were between the Israeli and South African governments, sharing the problem of how to keep down the indigenous population and what equipment might best help them. Here, a variety of articles on Mandela’s relationship with Palestinians, with Jews and with Israel including a letter from Marwan Barghouti.

A hunger for killing Arabs

Naftali Bennett, the pro-settler leader of Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) and holder of the Economic ministry in the coalition government, has put forward his simple solution to Israel’s overwhelming diplomatic difficulties: kill the trouble-causing Palestinians. Take no prisoners (so no vast security apparatus for arresting and imprisoning them, no problems about hunger strikes or due process etc.) So who’s the terrorist?

French Jewish body tries to close down Palestinian ‘no home’ exhibition

Ahlam Shabli is a renowned Palestinian photographer. The Jeu de Paume, Paris has put on an exhibition, ‘Phantom Home’, of her work which includes photos of the homes of Palestinians who have been killed or have killed themselves and others in suicide bombings. The CRIF, the largely Zionist umbrella group for French Jews, is enraged by the exhibition and has demanded its closure. A petition in support of her work has been set up.

UK government strategy for preventing terrorism

The government’s public strategy for preventing terrorism is called Prevent. It was revised last June, not least because it appeared to target all Muslims as potential terrorists. Posted here are an excerpt from the Home Affairs Committee’s inquiry into the ‘roots of violent radicalisation’ and an excerpt from the government booklet ‘Prevent strategy’.

Home Secretary gets her laws and agents in a muddle

In the first detailed account of the strategy which the Home Secretary brought to bear against Raed Salah, Asa Winstanley reveals that she set a number of state agencies to work to imprison him – on the grounds that he was a terrorist and had written an anti-semitic poem. In fact he was never accused of terrorism and the poem had been maliciously altered. In her mission to be seen as the protector of Britain against Islamists she has merely increased the national debt by a lot of money. See post above for government anti-terrorism policies

Ethnic cleansing is what drives Israel’s policy towards Palestinians

A bullying, looting regime, blanketed in self-pitying myth, bent on clearing the entire land of Palestinians. If this blog came from an Arab many would like to dismiss it as typical hyperbole. It is written by Israeli son of IDF General Peled, based on his accumulated experience and research

Settlers’ aggression crosses line into terrorism; what is Israel doing?

West Bank settlers have moved from harrassment, land seizure and house demolition into acts to terrorise Palestinians into leaving. Two news reports from Ma’an News are followed by a blog from One Democracy

Left outcry at Derfner sacking like ‘dawn of new shoah’

There are six articles in this post: 1) Larry Derfner’s account of his sacking by Jerusalem Post; 2) the apology he wrote for his post on Palestinian terrorism, 3) Mondoweiss’s republication of that post; 4) a defence of Derfner by Dimi Reider in +972 mag; 5) an attack on Derfner’s argument but defence of his right to post it, by Barry Rubin; 6) an attack on Derfner and his leftist supporters (obscene, abomination, satanic, new shoah) by Donald Douglas, American Power blog

Only Israeli street protesters can keep the peace

Uncertainty seems to mark the stance of Netanyahu’s government towards the attacks of 18 August despite loud words and air strikes on Gaza. With weak Palestinian leadership and fanatics in the Knesset, the men of violence will dominate, argues Richard Lightbown, unless protesting Israeli civilians press the case for change

Norwegian killer acted from hate-filled culture – Christian extremism

In an era where Israel and Palestine are seen as on the opposite sides of a ‘clash of civlisations’ . Ahmed Moor looks at how the Norwegian massacre changes the picture