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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

Palestinian refugees live in overcrowded, unplanned ‘city camps’

The last of the BDS movement’s 3 demands is ‘promoting the return to their properties of Palestinian refugees’. 450,000 Palestinians are trapped in 12 camps in Lebanon, c.10 % of the population. Given the centrality of the demand for return we have a statement from UNRWA and a descriptive article of one refugee camp from Places. An invaluable resource for those who want to understand the refugee issue.

Enough of the Great Stink

No-one chooses to live in a refugee camp. Over 1.5 million Palestinians have no choice and such camps, many of them in Lebanon have been their home since 1948. Under UNRWA’s aegis, most are run – or not – by sectarian Palestinian factions. A Norwegian student finds that Burj Al-Barajne is one of the worst.

Where angry young men are the only force

If you designed a recipe for violence you would design Qalandiya refugee camp. Between Ramallah and Jerusalem, it contains a large number of unemployed, disowned, angry young men. In theory it is under Israeli state control. Its amenities are minimal. In practice, there is no law and order except what the armed gangs lay down.

Women in Gaza demand action on reconstruction

Women in Palestine are out there and active, on reconstruction of homes, food security and children’s health, for all of which women have principal responsibility. They themselves, especially the younger ones, say their lives are limited by convention as well as the requirement for loyalty to their menfolk.

Having wrecked Gaza, Israel alone profits from reconstruction

A special report from EurActiv discovers that, although no rules have been made, only Israeli firms are getting permits to convey products for reconstruction across the border into Gaza. This includes aid donated by EU bodies as well as products imported by firms in Gaza. So Israeli firms are making a good profit out of Gaza’s ‘unliveable’ state.

No relief for Yarmouk’s refugees

The unremitting conflict for control of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria has driven out many of its penniless Palestinian residents, the bulk of whom have been taken in by Jordan and Lebanon at huge cost to their budgets and amenities. Those left behind are subject to cynical denial of food. Many agencies and charities are trying to help them – and Syrian people themselves left devastated by the years of war.

UN: end illegal collective punishment of Gaza

Regular readers of this website do not need to to be told of the deprivations visited on all people in the Gaza Strip by Israel Security – and the Egyptian government. On his first visit, the new head of UNWRA is shocked and says the siege must be ended. 50 UN agencies made the same call 2 years ago. An entire people is locked into an enclave without basic resources. Say ‘security’ and care dies.

IDF defends its attacks on UNRWA with ‘facts’ from extreme right winger

The Israeli state has charged no soldier with the killing of 3 Palestinians, including an UNRWA employee in the Qalandia refugee camp. After UNRWA protested, the IDF responded with crude propaganda about UNRWA – the body officially charged with caring for Palestinian refugees- some of it taken from a film by a Kahanist settler.

The rejected: Syrian war forces Palestinians into overcrowded camps

While there has been a noisy campaign to abolish UNRWA, the agency which cares for 1948 Palestinian refugees, the number of such refugees has shot up because their once place of safety, Syria, has forced them to abandon what little they had and look for refuge in Lebanon. Jordan is accepting no more refugees. Israel, by definition, accepts no Palestinian refugees.

Palestinian refugees unseen victims of Syrian and Israeli wars

Since Israeli military forces first drove out Palestinians from 1947, neighbouring countries have provided them with refuge. Conditions vary from awful to tolerable but refugees lack basic rights to basic services and they are almost entirely sustained by UNRWA. So far, over 1000 have been killed in Syria’s civil war. They will not escape the effects of the latest strike by Israel on Syria.

UN to blame for keeping Palestinians as refugees

Einat Wilf (2) is a sophisticated and combative MK; as a Harvard graduate, with further degrees from French and British universities, she talks the talk. But listen carefully, and the talk is always that on every issue the Arabs are wrong – which goes down well (1). They are most wrong on refugees on which the ‘self-serving’ UNRWA supports them. But in actuality an interview with Hazem Jamjoum on a visit to South Africa reveals how realistic Palestinians are about right of return. (3)

Exile: voices of loss and longing – and hate

The contrast between Israel as the home to which every Jew has a birthright and the Palestinian land it occupies, to which no Palestinian has a right of return is extreme. Palestinian refugees are the responsibility of the UN Relief and Works Agency. Two reports on their work (Reuters, UNWRA); a vituperative attack on them from Right Turn in Washington Post and an AFP story of the Indian Jews waiting to go ‘home’ to Israel.