Website policy

We provide links to articles we think will be of interest to our supporters. We are sympathetic to much of the content of what we post, but not to everything. The fact that something has been linked to here does not necessarily mean that we endorse the views expressed in it.

Take action now!

Aug 2015: Call on Global leaders to lift the Gaza blockade



BSST is the leading charity focusing on small-scale grass roots cross community, anti poverty and humanitarian projects in Israel/Palestine

JfJfP comments


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



Stop the killings. Join the protest.


According to the Board of Deputies of British Jews the principal targets and victims of the current wave of unrest in the West Bank are, of course, Jews. There is no occupation. There is no IDF or police force who are responsible for most of the deaths. There are no settlers urging the government to ever more harsh measures. Come and demonstrate the truth of the matter on Tuesday outside the Lyric, Hammersmith.

Print Friendly

This week’s postings at


This week, 5th to 11th October, there was only one subject: in the Palestinian and Israeli (and international) press, the news accounts of stabbings by Palestinians and shootings by settlers / rightwingers, border police and IDF. Palestinian houses have also been demolished by the IDF as punishment for the action of sons. As this wave […]

Print Friendly

Settlers’ stranglehold creates new scenario

No-one doubts the anger causing young Palestinians to lash out; most doubt that they are organised or have clear goals or any strategy. And, unlike the past says Jonathan Cook, they have a quite new opposition to face – a highly aggressive, armed right wing and settler movement who accept no rules and, like the checkpoints, serve to separate Palestinians into isolated groups.

Print Friendly

The young are coming out of a romantic notion of a national movement

“The intifada continues because we stopped listening to the president a long time ago” says one young woman. What is happening on the streets of towns and cities where Palestinians and Israelis move has defied all the security strategies of Abbas and Netanyahu leaving them helpless and easy prey to their rivals and critics.

Print Friendly

This is not a mass, popular protest

Most of the time, writes Noam Sheizaf, the ‘Israeli-Palestine conflict’ exists for one side only. The occupation allows Israelis to continue peaceably with humdrum life, but for Palestinians it is a daily violence. But the random violent protests by the young do not add up to a popular intifada.

Print Friendly

Muslim Council of Elders and Jordan call on Israel to respect Haram Al Sharif

Jordan is the formal custodian of Haram Al Sharif / Temple Mount which houses the Al Aqsa mosque . It is totemic to Palestians both for religious reasons and because it is the one spot in Israel which is officially theirs. Thus it has also become totemic to settlers and the right-wing who want to flout the custodial agreement. Jewish incursions into the site have been the cause of frequent protests here from the peace-seeking Jordanian government and new Muslim Council of Elders.

Print Friendly

Abu Mazen – a good man in an impossible situation

When the loudest voices are of young Palestinians disparaging their president, Uri Avnery offers some rare praise for Abu Mazen. In the impossible situation he was put into he has managed to protect Palestinans and keep the peace. Few leaders could have done that.

Print Friendly

‘We will be the leaders’

More than half the Palestinian population is under 20 and many of the younger generation were not born or were infants during the second intifada. They do not share their parents’ disappointment at the results of that upheaval. The youthful Killian Redden interviews those who have no time for the elderly PNA or a mythical peace process.

Print Friendly

Last of the possible partners

President Abbas is due to retire – no date given – and it is very unlikely that anyone as willing as he has been to negotiate with Israel will succeed him. Threatened by Hamas as well as Israel the PLO might only have paramilitary and intelligence forces to offer suggest Uri Savir.

Print Friendly

‘Unprecedented measures to ensure the security of settlers’

The Palestinian uprising, however partial, has sent settlers to Netanyahu’s door demanding protection and more effective repression. They were assured this was forthcoming.

Print Friendly

‘Only surprise is that a new uprising has taken a decade to occur’

West Bank Palestinians have kept the peace for ten years – and the Israeli state just tightens the restrictions with no check from Israelis or the wider world. Mustafa Barghouti says the PNA must support this popular resistance. Two articles from Middle East Eye.

Print Friendly

A low simmer with spikes

Two articles from US publications try to find the right epithet for the rise in violence from Jerusalem to Hebron. Spontaneity, popular terrorism, lone wolf, mobs (of Israelis) … Military, intelligence, political leaders in Israel are divided over how to respond.

Print Friendly

Bibi cancels trip – to ‘sit on a volcano’

For some it presages the 3rd intifada – for others (including PM Netanyahu) it’s just the usual Palestinian nuisance which can be left to the security forces. Peter Beaumont reports from Jerusalem and the Guardian provides a briefing.

Print Friendly

Violence in Jerusalem here to stay

Whatever happens, the routines of people in Jerusalem re-assert their way of life. Shops re-open. The light railway resumes service, stone-throwing Palestinian youth continue to throw stones. Only the closure of the Old City to Palestinians is new and alarming. But get used to it says Nir Hassan.

Print Friendly

Keep calm and carry on the pacification

“While Jerusalem was in shock over the murder of worshippers in the Old City on Saturday, Tel Aviv had a rock concert and a huge rally over animal rights.” That is, says Amos Harel, ‘terror’ attacks by Palestinians and right-wingers are sporadic and confined to a few people and places. The cabinet has decided a harsher response will exacerbate the violence.

Print Friendly

Far right push for a violent victory

In the third of Haaretz’s five articles on a 3rd intifada Chaim Levinson argues that a new right-wing crowd has pushed aside a relatively balanced settler movement in favour of direct action to crush and exclude Palestinians. Plus Monndoweiss article on right-wing rally to get rid of ‘the cancer’ and let police shoot freely (at Paestinians.).

Print Friendly

Palestinians don’t want another blood-letting

Haaretz has published five articles from its leading columnists asking whether this is the third intifada. Here is their introduction and pieces by Anshell Pfeffer and Amira Hass who focuses on the authority of the PNA.

Print Friendly

Intifadas are strategic

This is a set of articles which say directly or by default that we are not seeing a third intifada merely an increase in reactive clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli police. Deaths and injuries are all on the Palestinian side. Plus brief histories of the first two intifadas..

Print Friendly

Not taking any more

The violent resistance to Israeli security forces – usually the police – is no longer confined to Jerusalem as it has been for the last few years. There have also been mass displays of resistance in the form of barricades and stone-throwing in Bethlehem, Jenin, Hebron and smaller villages in the last few days.

Print Friendly

Weak Netanyahu stuck at crossroads

This is a harsh assessment by Mazal Mualem on the Israeli PM’s lack of leadership of his fractious coalition and his inability to decide whether to accede to the pressure from the right as Palestinian ‘terrorist’ attacks increase or dump them and (try to) to draw the moderate Zionist Camp into government. His ‘Mr Security’ platform has got cracks since the Iran nuclear deal.

Print Friendly