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JfJfP comments


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



Jewish ‘leaders’ are local sub-contractors for Israeli propaganda

For the first time in Israel’s history the consensus of support in the UK for the new state has broken writes Robert A.H. Cohen. Despite – or perhaps because of – the slick propaganda for Israel which the Jewish establishment transmits it is the Palestinians who have won popular support among younger generations.

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NIBS-Antisemitism and Struggle for Justice

Plus Facebook translated a Palestinian posting ‘Good Morning’ in Arabic as “attack them” in Hebrew and “hurt them” in English; Peace Now protest tour in Hebron, Britain’s broken promise, time for a new approach (meeting); IJV film on Balfour legacy, Women Wage Peace march, Fathom special issue on Balfour, National march November 4th

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A woman on the margins


It was news to me, postings editor, that JfJfP was set up by feminists but when you think how many Jewish women were at the forefront of women’s liberation and how many women maintained the links made then it’s not surprising. Miki David, founding signatory, describes how JfJfP became a home for her. To have read the unedited interview you would have needed a map and a history book so widely did her family move about, encompassing many violent events.

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84 words that killed Palestinian aspiration

What did Weizmann offer the British in 1917 in return for their ‘favour’ towards a Jewish home in Palestine? After the 1947-8 war the commitment ‘nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities’ was dead. Ramzy Baroud says the Declaration was ‘equivalent to a decree calling for the annihilation of the Palestinian people’ and yet they survive.

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Don’t blame Balfour. It was the wily wizard

This is the report of a 1931 meeting on Palestine and Jews organised by the English Zionist Federation. Lloyd George is the main speaker. It reveals a lot about how the British government regarded its duty (to Arabs and Jews), how Palestine was presented (a wasteland due to Ottoman neglect) and how Zionism was understood (the ideology of ‘the only race to have made a success of Canaan in the last 3000 years’.

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I took part in a cruel occupation

When doing her military service Frima (Merphie) Bubis realised that she was enforcing a cruel occupation. She uses the story of Jonah’s role in getting the people of Nineveh to repent as an allegory of the need to face up to wrong-doing and for Israeli Jews to repent .

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Destroying shelters at Succot

The origin of the three Abrahamic religions is in the hard lives of the desert dwellers. The gulf between those times and ours is immeasurable yet all cling to their festivals of survival against the odds, none more so than Succot. +972 points out the irony of commemorating the lack of shelter for Jews while Israel continues to demolish, ruthlessly, the shelters of Palestinians.

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Hamas pushes Abbas out in the cold

Since Hamas was created 30 years ago it has been treated as a pariah state-let by most other states. Yet now, writes Jonathan Cook, as it pushes for reconciliation as a way out of its isolation, Hamas seems a better voice for Palestine than the enfeebled and itself isolated Fatah under the Abbas leadership.

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Hebron settlers awarded their own separate admin

Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank, home to over 215,000 Palestinians and about 700 Jewish settlers. The settlers are now to be directly governed by Israel’s Civil Administration (COGAT, a unit of the IDF) dividing the city into two. Apartheid say James Zogby and MEMO.

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Worshipping St. Balfour is profane

To treat the Balfour declaration as holy writ, to be honoured and unquestioned is, like PM May, to be compliant in the dispossession of the Arabs living in Palestine writes Robert Cohen. The modern trawl for Judaic vindication of Israeli domination of the land is the invention of a fake tradition.

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The deep genocidal side of Orthodox studies

An ornery young Israeli Yossi Gurvitz was sent to yeshiva schools which aimed to create the next religious élite. His studies (mostly of the Talmud) told him nothing of history, of other places and people though told him more than he wanted to know about sacred genocides.

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Jewish activist takes on Manchester uni

Mike Cushman, JfJfP signatory and signed up to a number of radical Jewish campaigns, goes into battle against The Vice-Chancellor for her ruling that a meeting to be addressed by Holocaust survivor Marika Sherwood should be closed to the public and not advertised as “You’re doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to me”. While many disagree with the Nazi/Israel comparison that is something to be argued about not censored – after a visit by an Israeli embassy envoy.

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Forcing Jews into a nation

A forgotten dissident Jew, Moshe Menuhin, is acclaimed in Mondoweiss. “It is a mystery why Menuhin’s scholarship is not prominently celebrated as a pioneering work in the canons of Jewish and Zionist history.” His religion was “Prophetic Judaism – universal and ethical”.

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Arming mass murderers

About 3,000 Rohingya Muslims had been killed by the Myanmar army by October 2017 – and 100 times that have fled the country. Richard Silverstein breaks the gag by making public that Israel is the munitions supplier for this genocide – as it has been for other genocides.

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Between Jews and other Arabs

Mohammed Amin, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, discusses what Israeli Arabs gain and lose. He will be speaking at a panel discussion on Forgotten Israelis (see NIBS). Like Tony Klug, he says ‘Ultimately peace depends upon both sides understanding each other’s historical narratives.’

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Please – stand by us Arab Christians

A coalition of Christian organizations in Palestine – also speaking for ‘persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria’ – write an open letter to the World Council of Churches asking for urgent support; ‘We are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse’. For some reason, the BoD chose to attack them. The task is allotted to someone whose blog and letter so jostle with insults, and spurious ‘facts’, the citing of pogroms and persecution, that her argument is not taken seriously by the Methodists whom she addresses.

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Breaking the image

Hamoud’s film about young Palestinians in Tel Aviv is iconoclastic. Instead of the stout woman in ‘modest’ hijab and abaya we see girls in jeans, hair flowing free. It’s the underground culture of every big city. The West, she says, wants to feel superior but it’s not true.

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Israel applies to ‘transfer’ Bedouin

Bedouin, made up of many tribes, are a thorn in Israel’s side. With an undoubted right to live on the land they nonetheless find themselves harried from place to place. They fight for the right to maintain their communities and way of life. Their identity and tradition are in danger of eradication through ‘transfers’ and demolitions.

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Palestinians do not side with Kurds

Palestinians and Kurds want the same thing – an independent, sovereign state – only the borders to be sorted out. But Palestinians are sceptical. Arabs don’t want the break-up of Iraq. Why does Israel back the Kurds? Do they want a non-Arab, pro-western ally at their side? Daoud Kuttab comments.

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If being Jewish means catastrophe to the other

Robert Cohen addresses himself to the Jewish freshers flocking to universities this week. He asks them not to take as long as he did to discover being Jewish doesn’t mean loyalty to Israel (or attending all classes) but being true to historic values of courage, justice and integrity.

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