Israel/Palestine

This week’s postings on JfJfP.com website

by sarahbenton on December 21, 2014

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The dominant issue this week, December 16-21, 2014 has been the submission to the UN security council (UNSC) of resolutions calling for the withdrawal of Israel from the oPt and Continue →

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Why the sun may not rise tomorrow

by sarahbenton on December 21, 2014

One of the many regular demonstrations for Palestine that have taken p;ace in, or ended up at, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza opposite the UN, this one in 2011 during the Continue →

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Jewish Chanukah message: stand up to injustice

by sarahbenton on December 21, 2014

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JVP offers bold universalist Hanukkah message in the wake of Gaza slaughter

By Phil Weiss and Annie Robbins, Mondoweiss December 18, 2014

Jewish Voice for Peace has published this incredible Continue →

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Xmas tree in Knesset would chip away Jewish identity

by sarahbenton on December 19, 2014

Fireworks explode during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony outside the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 6, 2014. Photo by Mussa Qawasma / Reuters

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Moshe Ya’alon trying to make out the vast Hamas army advancing on Israel. He knows it’s there. Photo by EPA/IDF

Defence Minister Ya’alon’s warped worldview

The defence minister’s judgment is shaped by Continue →

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Giggling members of the Israeli right-wing Lehava organization are escorted by security to a hearing at the District Court in Jerusalem, Dec. 15, 2014. The three are suspects behind an Continue →

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Where your teacher is not a belly-dancer

by sarahbenton on December 18, 2014

Children learning Koranic verses in classical Arabic at Finsbury Park mosque. What do they understand?

‘I’ll kill you/buy you dinner’ and other Arabic gaffes

Speaking one dialect of Arabic to an interlocutor Continue →

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Beit Hanun after IDF shelling last summer. Could the State of Israel do this to a neighbouring State and get away with it? Both States would be subject to international Continue →

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The European Parliament supports in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two-state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which Continue →

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US in a tangle

by sarahbenton on December 17, 2014

After the article by Jonathan Cook, there is one from 3 years ago, but still very relevant, on why Palestine and Kosovo are treated differently.Martin Indyk, vice president and director Continue →

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Mood in White House – ABBB, but don’t say so

by sarahbenton on December 17, 2014

President Barack Obama sand Jordan’s King Abdullah II during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. The king made a direct Continue →

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The Ynet report is followed by one from Newsweek

Netanyahu tries to persuade John Kerry to block moves for Palestinian statehood in Rome on December 15th.

Netanyahu: European support for Palestinians ‘endangers Continue →

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Gaza: The Murderous Melodrama

By David Shulman, NY Review of Books November 20, 2014

Review of Gaza: A History by Jean-Pierre Filiu, translated from the French by John King Oxford University Press, 422 pp., $29.95

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Reports of Labor’s death greatly exaggerated

by sarahbenton on December 16, 2014

Isaac Herzog (Labor) and Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) announce the formation of an electoral bloc of their parties at a joint press conference on December 10 Photo by Moti Milrod

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The spirit of Chanukah

by sarahbenton on December 15, 2014

jfjfpX150 Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power The real story of ChanukahBy Deborah Maccoby, JfJfP Executive December 15, 2014On the night of Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, Jews all over the Continue →
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Zionist Federation funds anti-Islamic tour

by sarahbenton on December 13, 2014

Mordechai Kedar speaking at a conference in Jan, 2014 YouTube screen capture/ DemoCast

Shul bans fail to derail Israeli academic’s tour

By Simon Rocker, Jewish Chronicle December 11, 2014

The Zionist Federation claims a Continue →

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Jim Crow laws that govern Palestinian life

by sarahbenton on December 13, 2014

Infographic courtesy of Gisha.

Palestinians ruled by secret regulations even the army can’t explain

Whether they want to attend family gatherings, open a business or visit sick relatives, Palestinians under occupation must Continue →

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Settlement violence: death of a Palestinian minister

by sarahbenton on December 12, 2014

The funeral ceremony of Ziad Abu Ein inside al-Muqata was only open to officials and family members. Members of the public gathered in streets surrounding the compound. He was buried Continue →

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The French Senate, where senators voted 153-146 on Thursday December 11th in favour of a non-binding resolution ‘inviting’ the French government to recognize Palestine.

French Senate wants Palestinian state recognized

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Islamic charity returns to Gaza after audit

by sarahbenton on December 12, 2014

This posting has these items: 1) BBC News: Audit clears Islamic Relief of terror funding claim, December 12th, 2014; 2) Islamic Relief USA: Islamic Relief USA Hosts Interfaith Anti-Hunger Meeting, photo caption, Continue →

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EU should raise costs of occupation

by sarahbenton on December 11, 2014

Ephraim/Taybeh checkpoint, one of the many that restrict all Palestinian movement in West Bank. At this one, a Palestinian was crushed to death in the crowd squeezed into the metal Continue →

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