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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

There REALLY is no peace process left

Might there “be a change of paradigm, a shift away from the two-state ideal to a civil rights struggle inside the single-state reality that exists on the ground” asks Jonathan Freedland in this pessimistic assessment. For there is no longer serious pressure for a peace agreement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – whether from within Israel, the Occupied Territories, or from the international community. It is, he says a “longest-running of dramas [a] story that refuses to have a happy ending. It remains a tragedy without end.”

The two-state solution is more popular with Palestinians, less with Israeli Jews

A new poll conducted for Palestinian-Israeli Pulse by teams in Tel Aviv and Ramallah show that, perhaps surprisingly, there is more support for a two-state solution among Palestinians than in December 2016.

We know not to rely on polls, but it is worth reading these results. Unilateral recognition of each side’s national claims is one of the most effective incentives for both sides in wanting a two-state solution. But is is also clear that perceived lack of feasibility remains closely linked to rejection of the two-state solution and its package of implementation

Do you want a Jewish ethno-state?

Daniel Sieradski upbraids his fellow American Jews; they sat on their hands while Israeli politicians moved to the right putting a Palestinian state increasingly beyond reach – and now Trump can deliver what they didn’t want – an apartheid state.

What hope for the Joint List?

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.

Palestinian opinion is moving against two states

The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research is the premier opinion polling organisation in the Palestinian territories. It has just published the results of a new poll showing a shift in Palestinian opionion: a (bare) majority no longer supports a two-state solution.

We carry Ali Sawafta’s report in Haaretz, and full details of the extensive survey itself.

The “plan to save the two-state solution”

There is a strong current of opinion among those working on Israel-Palestine that the two-state solution is dead. Long time peace activist Gershon Baskin believes otherwise.The Palestinians are seeking recognition from EU countries and are drafting a Security Council resolution which, Baskin argues, has every chance of being adopted. This, together with a growing boycott movement and increasing pressure for sanctions could, believes Baskin, be a game changer.

Attack on ASA boycott misses the point

The decision endorsed by the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli academic institutions was not wrong because of ‘double standards’ argues Peter Beinart. As others have said before, the focus of the West’s Left has long been on the wrong-doing of the agencies within the west’s capitalist network, because this is ours. Israel is part of it too. The problem he says lies in the implied denial of Israel’s right to decide its own immigration policy and thus preserve its nature as a state for Jews.

‘Israel, with blind US support, has removed a 2-state solution from the feasible options’

Sam Bahour, a Palestinian-American living in the West Bank, and director of the Arab Islamic Bank, says the pursuit of negotiations for a 2-state soutions has brought nothing but apartheid, racism and poverty.

Open letter to the Board of Deputies

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Last week the Board of Deputies of British Jews voted down a resolution declaring support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the same meeting the Board also affirmed that, “in particular’, it stood completely “behind the courageous stand of the present government as formulated by Prime Minister Netanyahu.” A petition has been raised making the point that a majority of the Jewish community in Britain is in favour of a two-state solution and therefore urging the Board to reconsider its decision.

The Bi-national State: The Wolf Shall Dwell With The Lamb

Uri Avnery, 12th July 2003 (This is an updated version of an article I wrote two years ago that was published in the respected Journal of Palestine Studies, which is published in the United States under the auspices UC Berkeley) “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb” prophesied Isaiah (11:6). This is possible in our […]

Cry, the beloved two-state solution – Hanegbi & Benvenisti

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Background material from Ha’aretz, 7th August 2003 Cry, the beloved two-state solution Introduction by Ari Shavit As negotiations with the Palestinians lurch forward and the separation wall snakes its way through the West Bank, two veteran leftists have reached a startling conclusion: There cannot be two states for two peoples in this land. Meron Benvenisti […]

Before it’s too late

 Terje Roed-Larsen, Haaretz, Oct 2002 The writer was one of the facilitators of the 1993 Oslo Accords and now serves as the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. A fundamental concept has defined all peacemaking attempts between Israelis and Palestinians. It is called the two-state solution. Would-be Middle East peacemakers have […]