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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

Stone-worship gone mad

Opinion is divided on the anger of American Jews, especially the women, on PM Netanyahu’s abandonment of his promise to push through egalitarian prayer arrangements at the Western Wall. Yes, but link the protest to other forms of Israeli inequality. No, it is obscene that this should be the primary concern of American Jews who are silent about the treatment meted out to Palestinians.

Ultra-Orthodox make their new power felt

A year ago, PM Netanyahu approved the creation of a space at the Western Wall where men and women could pray equally and together. On June 25 this year he rescinded that decision, preferring to face the anger of women, especially in the US, rather than lose the Orthodox Jews who maintain his coalition. As in other religions, the rule that women must bear as many children as possible while men pursue the higher things has become sacrosanct for the orthodox.

Small Jewish sect enjoys its new power

It is fanciful to imagine that any consensus on the Western/Wailing Wall can be made between Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox and all other Jews. Netanyahu has left their power intact. He can do a deal with them but not with progressive Jews not least because they are not recognised as Jews by the Israeli Rabbinate. The ties binding Jews round the world – where the Ultra-Orthodox are a small minority – to Israel continue to fray.

Sects in Israel

How can a dispute about who is allowed to pray at the Western Wall threaten to bring down a Government? The many sects which make up Israel’s highly stratified society define themselves by what makes them distinct from every other one. Over a quarter of the 120 Knesset MKs are in the government, split between seven parties. No-one will make common cause. One resignation and it can fall. It’s umanageable.

Bad press for ultra-Orthodox sexism shocks Netanyahu into plea for help

Since 1988 Israeli women have defied the rules at the Western Wall by reading from the Torah or wearing prayer shawls and have often been arrested with no demur from government. Two weeks ago British teenagers were arrested there, with great publicity. So Netanyahu has sprung into action asking the go-to agency, the Jewish Agency, to sort out this embarrassment for the ‘modern’ state.