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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

Ban boycotts, ban free speech

Trade figures show that the BDS is having an imperceptible effect on the Israeli economy. So why are Israel, many American states, and, here, the US Congress taking such effortful risks to try to outlaw the practice and proposals of boycott while the same people support a harsh boycott of Russia?

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!

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.

Hollow, an insult, no rhyme or reason…

The US divided in the usual way over Netanyahu’s speech; the right melted into rapturous applause, the critics’ verdicts were harsh: Bibi had claimed Americans did not know what was going on in Iran. This was was arrogant, insulting – and pointless.

PNA sidesteps the US, US moves to block them

The direct approaches to the UN and ICC by the PNA follow the failed efforts of John Kerry (which he blamed on Israel) to restart negotiations. Now with Congress dominated by Republicans, the US has returned to blocking and threatening Palestinians.

This is the law: that the US help Israel preserve its qualitative military edge

We bring this post with apologies for its late arrival. There has been nothing in the news about a new act pased by the US Congress committing the US to enhancing strategic co-operation between the US and Israel, meaning the two countries must keep each other as the dominant military power in their regions. Philip Giraldi deplores the lack of news coverage. The text of the act is give second.

Legal and ethical questions for Congress reps on all-expenses paid jaunt to Israel

‘So far, proposed increases in military aid to Israel have been spared from the budgetary chopping block by President Obama and a compliant Congress that treats Israeli militarism as more sacrosanct than medical care for seniors’ writes Josh Ruebner in this analysis of the US Congress’s junket to Israel.

Israel, here we come! US Congress on holiday

One fifth of all members of Congress – more than ever before – are going to Israel in the summer recess, thanks to the American Israel Education Foundation. John Hudson reports on the trip, quoting the delight of the American expat israelmatzav blog – posted 2nd. Lastly Philip Weiss shows that ‘liberals’ are among the biggest donors to Israeli junkets and other causes

Only UN can bring about Palestinian statehood

What the US Congress applauded so loudly was the future of colonialism and apartheid which Israel’s right wing wants. If Obama had recognised the UN’s potential, this future could be averted

Woman who heckled Netanyahu assaulted by AIPAC members

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As we posted last week (Human rights groups organise public protest at power of AIPAC) Move Over AIPAC! held a conference and protest in Washington DC May 21-24. A supporter heckled Netanyahu in Congress. She was assaulted and taken to hospital – where she was arrested Check the original for photos and video.

The man who has nothing to say but No

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The American Congress responded to PM Netanyahu as a supine people once responded to their out-of-touch Arab dictators – with appeasing applause – writes Dima Khatib. They must all know you can’t choose who represents the other side

American Jews hate conflict between the leaders of the US and of Israel

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Jane Eisner, editor of Forward – US Jewish weekly – , believes that the thunderous noise of 30 standing ovations for Behamin Netanyahu in his visit to Congress has drowned out the doubts and anxieties about his intransigence