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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


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


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


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



This week’s


This week, 19th-25th September 2016, we are alerted to some persistent motifs in Jewish diaspora history, brought to life by two people who don’t seem to live on the same planet, Amos Oz and Donald Trump Jr. Trumps Jr and Sr like tweeting, sending a message out for which they don’t feel accountable and can’t […]

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The treacherous Jew motif

Anyone attracted by the story of Jesus, as Amos Oz is, is also likely to be interested in the portrayal of the man who purportedly brought about his death – Judas. In this interview with Jonathan Freedland he talks of these New Testament stories and asks why Judas, who loved Jesus most, is portrayed as the dark, sinister Jew compared to the (Aryan) Jesus. Plus thoughts on his homeland and the European Left.

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Remaking Israel with religiosity and fascism

Israel’s far-right education minister, Naftali Bennett, has said his country will ‘return to being a light unto the nations’ by putting religious beliefs above science. In this return to the dark ages ‘he who laughs has not yet heard the terrible tidings’.

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The outsider in charge of defence

The IDF prides itself on its values which it sees as representing all that’s best in Israel. Hence its decision to prosecute Elor Azaria (see posting below). The Minister of Defence knows nothing about the military, or defence, but he’s a bombastic defender of Azaria. Can this conflict be managed or will it further the political-military difference?

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Wrong people put on trial for killing Palestinians

The trial for manslaughter of Elor Azaria, the army medic who shot dead an unarmed and supine Palestine, continues in a Jaffa court. The trial is not, for the public, about what Azaria is guilty of, if anything. It is what rules, if any, IDF commanders are following in response to the ‘knife intifada’. Extrajudicial killings seem to be the answer. But they are not on trial.

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Palestinians not part of the family

Impasse: statesmanship demands that Israel stops building settlements and makes the 2-state solution possible – the USA position. The heart says Israel is part of the family and Palestinians are alien, closer to the nebulous terror of ISIL. Two of many comments on the Obama-Kerry-Netanyahu years.

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US signs over largest-ever military aid to Israel

The only thing the US president and Israeli PM have in common is mutual loathing. That has no effect on designated national military needs, hence the ‘single largest pledge of its kind in American history’.

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US Jewish charity ploughs money into settlements

The JNF – Jewish National Fund – has been the primary channel for diaspora Jews to give money to creating Israel and then ‘greening’ it (it boasts of being ‘a global environmental leader’). Do those who donate know how much of their money goes into settlements – against government policy? A Haaretz investigation.

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Jewish Labour Movement woken by Israel’s kiss

A former officer at the Israeli embassy in London, Ella Rose, has been appointed as the new director of the Jewish Labour Movement. From Asa Winstanley’s account it seems as though the embassy sees the once defunct JLM as its anti-BDS weapon of choice.

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Nazi motifs in Trump rhetoric

The Nazi motif in question is that of the power of just one Jew to destroy a whole nation. Those who think the Left, Labour, Europe is awash with antisemitism would do well to find out how that poison actually worked.

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Claim that Israel pays Hebron young to escalate violence

The strategy of the settlers in Hebron, apparently with state backing, is to provoke Palestinians into violence. That will get rid of them. The belief of Hebron’s mayor that Israel is paying Palestinian youth to up the violence may not be as outlandish as it sounds.

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Opposing settlements is ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Jews

The claim by PM Netanyahu that settlements are no obstacle to peace and removing them would be ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Jews is chutzpah to some, lying propaganda to others – ‘The Jews as victim. Always the Jews, only the Jews.’ The PM no longer cares – the cost of propping up Israel will be met whatever he says.

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Palestinian local elections cancelled

Local elections scheduled for October offered a ray of hope to Palestinians. Now the Ramallah High Court has postponed them; appeals about the feasibility of elections, especially in Gaza, were upheld. In this vox pop article, opinion is divided – are elections pointless when political leadership is divided or are they the only means of breathing political life into Palestine?

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IDF probing itself has never worked says NGO


The NGO B’Tselem has produced a stinging response to the IDF’s own examination of its conduct in the last assault on Gaza. It points out that this self-exoneration happens after each assault making the next one more likely.

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Misplaced Jewish rage at London church wall…


The Board of Deputies is up in arms at a church in London building a replica of the Wall that large numbers of Palestinians try to cross every day. Its rage is misplaced. We report on the news, cite the Board of Deputies statement and take its Vice President to task for her mealy-mouthed avoidance of the central issues at stake. And we invite her to visit the Wall with us.

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A Jew and his wife go to Israel

This is the diary Lady Antonia Fraser kept when she went to Israel with her lover, Harold Pinter, in May 1978, published in the Observer last Sunday. The visit made them both intensely aware of being and not being a Jew.

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This week’s


This week’s postings – September 12th to 18th, 2016. On Israel This posting addresses the twisted mirror in which Netanyahu looks to insist that it is Jews who are the victims of ethnic cleansing in the region he governs, rather than Palestinians. Gideon Levy argues that, by using the term ‘ethnic cleansing’, the Israeli Prime Minister […]

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An Israeli own goal!


Israel is in serious danger of being excluded by FIFA from world football. The reason: its settlement teams. Since 1998, FIFA has recognized the Palestinian Football Association and the league it operates, and it sees the West Bank as Palestinian territory. A few days ago, 66 members of the European Parliament signed a sharply worded letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, calling on him to enforce its rules.

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The hypocrisy of our Jewish leadership


With half a century of illegal occupation approaching next year, Jewish people who oppose the occupation should confidently confront the diaspora Jewish leadership about the settlements, argues Robert Cohen. People calling for settlement boycott, he reminds us, are those with human rights and international law on their side, and it is Israel and its supporters who are defending the indefensible.

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Israel guilty of serious breach of academic freedom


The Israeli government thinks nothing of interfering blatantly in the academic life of Palestinian universities. Denial of entry to international academics, professionals and activists intending to visit Palestine, is now routine. Renowned UK academic, Dr Adam Hanieh of SOAS is the latest victim.

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