General meeting and protest against antisemitism

Jewish European network for Israel & for peace

 Two important events in the next days:

1.All JCall-France members are invited to attend our next General Meeting which will take place on Tuesday March 25th, at 8 p.m., and will be followed at 9 p.m. by a meeting with Shaul Arieli, member of the Council for Peace and Security, one of the founders of the Geneva Initiative.

At the Cercle Bernard Lazare, 10 rue Saint-Claude 75003 Paris (Subway Station: St Sébastien Froissard)

Our association enters now its fourth year of activity and, especially if you are one of its members, having paid your dues at least once since its creation, we expect you to come to our General Assembly.

The agenda is as follows:

Summing up of our three years of existence. We will present the annual and financial reports of our association.

Renewal of our board. If you wish to be a candidate, you may send us your candidacy by March 20th (by e-mail: contact@jcall.eu).

Presentation of the team in charge of our web site, followed by your comments and proposals.

Plans for 2014.

Various questions.

You can renew your membership on the day of our meeting to participate to the vote, but you can also do it now through our website.

As soon as the General Meeting will be over, we will receive Shaul ARIELI to take stock of the situation, a few weeks before the end of the nine month cut off timeframe initially scheduled to finalize the current negotiations under the authority  of US Secretary of State John Kerry.

As you know, Shaul Arieli, who has been our guest on various occasions, is a retired Tsahal colonel. He has been commander of units in the Gaza Strip. Under the Rabin and Barak governments, he has been the chief of the Israeli delegation during the Israeli/Palestinian negotiations. Member of the Council for Peace and Security, one of the founders of the Geneva Initiative, his analyses of all the questions of borders and security are most respected in Israel. He has published Border between us and you, considered as a reference book on the history of the conflict and of the Israeli/Palestinian negotiations that have been under way fot twenty years.

2.JCall France has decided to respond positively to the call of the Comité Représentatif des Institutions juives de France (CRIF) to protest against antisemitism next Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, at 6 p.m. On the Trocadero esplanade in Paris.

“The CRIF invites all citizens and associations to a big rally Wednesday, March 19th, at 6 p.m., on the Trocadero esplanade, on the theme, “Enough with Jew hatred ! Against antisemitism, for a Republican brotherhood“.

It seems coherent to us to show our solidarity with all the people who gather their strength to fight against antisemitism, racism and intolerance; even though we would have preferred, as suggested by the socialist Senator Robert Badinter, to join a big unitarian demonstration reuniting all the Republican Parties, all the anti-racist associations and the main in-between organisations.

Antisemitism is certainly not only the problem of Jews. It is also the problem of the Republic. But, in spite of the ghastly attack in Toulouse during which three young Jewish children have been killed by the Merah terrorist, in spite of the shocking antisemitic play put on at the La Rochelle University, in spite of the Dieudonné affair, in spite of the shameful antisemitic slurs of the “Day of Anger“ march, competing priorities and political differences have obviously prevented these representative bodies from calling for a unitarian meeting against antisemitism.

Jcall-France friends and militants will join the demonstration organised by the CRIF to say “Enough with Jew Hatred“: this is urgent. Without banners or slogans. Only French flags…and your physical presence.

3. Last but not least, today more than ever, we need your financial support (do not forget to pay your dues : http//fr.jcall.eu/adhesion). We also need you to relay information on our action and our standpoints. We regularly put new articles on our web site and we urge you visit it, to follow us on facebook, and to spread these texts as widely as you can.

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