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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, 17th-23rd October, 2016, there happened to be two interesting articles about Britain’s imagined role in the Middle East, both suggesting that more power is projected onto this former imperial power than it has actually exercised since 1945. The 1917 Balfour Declaration is a particular paper tiger. Chris Doyle of CAABU is taken aback […]

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Pro-Palestinians barred from entry to Israel

Israel’s border police have always exercised extreme vigilance about who they allow into the country. Since the setting up of the anti-BDS unit more unwanted British visitors have been identified and sent home after interrogation and strip-searching.

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Zionism today is the fence encircling Israel

Noam Rotem of +972 goes through the many meanings of Zionism – a nebulous idea. But today, for Israelis, Zionism is what protects their supremacy and national identity. The Left must break with that idea.

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Zionism needs antisemitism

Perhaps the best thing about the Home Affairs Select Committee report on antisemitism is the debate it has provoked. Here Asa Winstanley puts forward his view of what Zionism is and argues it is the correct word for Israel’s raison d’etre.

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Delusions of British power in MidEast

One thing is known by Palestinians: their ills are caused by the Balfour Declaration. Good politics perhaps but terrible history. The declaration was highly conditional, made to get the US on side during WW1. Many UN committees later, the British hurriedly left Palestine, allowing the US to step in as the primary outside force backing very unequal partition and the mass immigration of European Jews.

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Slow ruin of Gaza’s agriculture

Gaza was once rich farming country, with 100,000 farmers growing crops to feed extensive family networks. Now there are only 18,000 left, unable to obtain fertilizer. Salt has infiltrated the land and defoliant, sprayed by the IDF, destroys much of the vegetation. Without farming, life is impossible in Gaza.

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With Bibi, it’s racism stupid

Thanks to Wikileaks, Barak Ravid can read an exchange between an American political adviser and an analyst. It wasn’t the fear of Iran. It was the fear of Arabs that swung it for the master tactician.

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No pipes, no water

A steady supply of fresh water demands engineering work. In Israel and the oPt engineering work demands permits. Permits require a non-discriminatory, efficient bureaucracy. Which is just what West Bank camps and villages do not have.

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Trump leads surge in antisemitism

Twitter has enabled a new public forum of antisemitism – as it has for all forms of racist and religious abuse. American Jews are less used to being the targets of racism but Trump’s large following of white nationalists has shocked them.

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Rise in torture of imprisoned children

Two recent reports state that the number of Palestinian children being imprisoned under administrative detention orders is rising as are the children’s complaints of torture and humiliation. Posting something hostile about Israeli forces on Facebook (‘incitement’) is the new cause of arrest. How many laws and conventions are being broke here?

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Women, Arabs and Jews, march for hope

The two-year-old group, Women Wage Peace, succeeded in gathering thousands of Palestinian and Jewish women for a march of over 180 kilometres from the Lebanese border through the West Bank to Jerusalem. Their themes were solidarity and the rejection of guns and violence.

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HP sells info on every Palestinian’s body to Israel

In the week of Nov 25th – Dec 3rd activists have been asked to focus on the American company Hewlett-Packard. It provides the Israeli state with the technology for preventing free movement and the biometric identification of every Palestinian person.

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Political heritage of holy sites

Notionally Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif is sacred to the three Abrahamic religions. Christians don’t much care. For Israelis and Palestinians the site is a symbol of the power of possession. The UNESCO report does not comment on any of this – it merely deals with the Israeli responsibility for the upkeep of the site. It is this demotion to a caretaker role which is so angering Israelis.

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Juggernaut narrative of Labour antisemitism

What plot is resolved by the sudden arrival of the deus ex machina of Labour antisemitism and why have so many been enthused by it? Jonathan Rosenhead, who was at the same training session as Jackie Walker, gives us a history of Jewish organisation in the Labour Party, and today’s coalition of forces which have created this moral panic.

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This week’s


This week, October 10-16, 2016 has been a disturbing one at the JfJfP offices. First, an unknown hand inserted an encomium to Shimon Peres (our own coverage had been less than flattering), then deleted without trace our 3-part posting on Hannah Arendt of which two parts were highly critical of Israel. Then our posting of […]

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Media coverage skews antisemitism report

The report on antisemitism from the Home Affairs Select Committee is neither as anti-Corbyn nor as hysterical about antisemitism in the UK as press reports suggest. Its biggest faults are that it fails to put antisemitism in the context of religious and race hate crimes – where overt hostility to Muslims and Black people is far more common and deadly – inviting Jonathan Arkush, BoD, to start them off on the right track, i.e. there is a big problem of rising antisemitism. Why did they not ask Antony Lerman, the UK’s most renowned authority on antisemitism in the UK. And the febrile world of student politics seems to have sidetracked them But read it for yourselves, here.

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Transforming evil into morality


What sort of regime does Israel exercise? Eva Ilouz thinks it’s not apartheid or Nazi but its ‘current colonialist regime bears a family resemblance with other evil regimes’. She dismisses Arendt’s theory of ‘the banality of evil’ – missing the point, for which she is berated by Ada Ushpiz. Evil, especially ‘extreme evil’ (Arendt) is never banal. But the administration of it may be.

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Israel’s cunning disguises

On the invitation of the PNA, B’Tselem’s executive director Hagai El-Ad spoke to the UN Security Council about why it must act to end the occupation and see the reality of Palestinian life behind Israel’s manoeuvres and pretences. What’s it afraid of?

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UNESCO unites Israelis in fury

Angry Israelis – most of whom have not read the UNESCO resolution which is included here – seem to have invented a new form of antisemitism – not mentioning Jews at all. It is UNESCO’s job to protect important cultural sites. It says that Israel, as the occupying power, has failed to do this. It was once only religious fanatics who laid claim to Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif. Now it is the whole political elite.

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Operation target journalists

If truth is the first casualty of war then those who record the truth embody the first casualty. Palestinians have learned that their best weapons of defence are sight and sound recorders. Here The Media Line casts a jaundiced eye over the denial of free speech throughout the MidEast.

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