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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



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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Rockets from Gaza

Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City

Ben White has recently published The 2014 Gaza War: 21 Questions & Answers, an ebook available for Kindle download here. Accessibly written and comprehensively referenced, it is exemplary in tackling head-on the difficult questions that are raised around Israel and Gaza: didn’t Israel disengage?; is Gaza under occupation?; isn’t the siege legitimate? who started the war of 2014?; did Hamas use “human shields”? – and more. We reproduce here White’s chapter on the argument most used to justify the bombing: “Israel’s right to self-defence”.

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Abbas defies home hatred of Peres

What Pres. Abbas gained by his attendance at the funeral of Shimon Peres he lost at home where it was seen as distinctly unPalestinian to display sadness at the death of a man who had been instrumental in the quashing of Palestinian hopes.

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How Palestine became colonised

Here are two documentary videos from telesur-English that show, first, what it says in the title and second ‘Inside Palestine’s refugee camps’. Could be shown to groups for discussion,

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Invention of the sacred and the heretic

The word antisemitism has cast a spell over a large part of British media and the Jewish Labour Movement. The unique suffering of the Jews is sacred, any questioning of that is heresy. The persecution of Jackie Walker for her questions has reached across the Atlantic and Richard Silverstein takes up the case.

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Feverish witch-hunt against Jackie Walker

If you read the comments made by the posse of men – Guido Fawkes (Paul Staines), Marcus Dysch (the JC’s attack dog), John Mann (Labour), Jon Lansman of Momentum – in pursuit of Jackie Walker, you might well think they’re in the grip of some strange hysteria. Certainly their knowledge of the highly disputed definitions of antisemitism, or of other genocides, seems wanting.

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The crude and vulgar minister of culture

A group of Mizrahi Jews address Mizrahi culture minister Miri Regev. You are, they say, waging your violent political and cultural war on our backs, destroying the complexity and refinement of Mizrahi culture. Ms Regev is playing the Mizrahi card to empower herself, not to oppose Israeli racism.

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When image pushes truth aside

States of denial, of people not wanting to know, have marked the experience of Jews in Europe as they now mark the experience of Palestinians in Israel and the oPt. ‘Denial’ is a new film, script by David Hare, about David Irving’s libel suit against Deborah Lipstadt in London.

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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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Netanyahu’s canards revisited


Further comment on Netanyahu’s claims that Palestinians won’t allow any Jews to live in the West Bank if they have their way, while ethnic cleansing is alien and abhorrent to Israeli Jews.

Just two problems: Jews in Palestine did precisely that in 1947-48 (according to historian Benny Morris, even the term they used to describe it was “cleansing”); and a substantial minority of Israeli Jews would currently do more of the same if they had half a chance. While Palestinian leaders have made it clear they don’t object to Jews but to settlers living in Palestine..

As Peter Beinart says: “The problem isn’t Jews in the West Bank. It’s Jews and Palestinians living in the same territory under a different law. Despite Netanyahu’s endless attempts at obfuscation, it’s not that hard to understand”.

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Israel ramps up house demolitions as an instrument of expropriation


The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) reports that Israel is demolishing Palestinian homes and livelihoods at an increasing – and alarming – rate. This destruction is explicitly linked to the advancement of new settlements, many of which are illegal under Israeli as well as International law.

This is as good a moment as any to consider supporting ICAHD in resisting these developments!

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Why do you always single out Israel?


Noah Myln writes: “I do not single out Israel any more than the rest of the American Jewish community. But because I do so in a radically different way – holding the Jewish state to the standards of universal human rights rather than defending its repeated, grievous errors – I stand out as obsessed…”

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The attractions of Islamism

Historian Abdullah Al-Arian argues that Islamism is not a single international phenomenon but is shaped by circumstances and traditions in each country. It has gained traction because many see it as the authentic voice of oppressed Arabs as opposed to the artifice of western democracy. Palestinians are the only Arabs left fighting an outside subjugating regime.

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For the first time Israel divides the US

Israel is no longer the bipartisan issue in American politics that it has been since its foundation. Prof. Dov Waxman tells Mitchell Plitnick, FMEP, what this means.

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Palestinian women, more education, fewer jobs

The good news is that the PNA is trying to implement a UNSC resolution on empowering women and girls and has produced a programme. The bad news is that their brothers oppose their going out to work and subject them to increasing violence.

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After 13 years at school Israelis know nothing of the Nakba

If Israelis (and Palestinians) really want peaceful co-existence they would surely learn other’s history, especially the Nakba, at school. It is shocking that accounts of the Nakba shock young Israeli Scouts,

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For diverse voices in Hebrew, come to diaspora

The virtual walls have gone up round Israel. Young Israelis who want to write freely in their own language often choose to emigrate – favourite destination Berlin. As a result, says Mati Shemoelof, these Hebrew writers are creating a new, cosmopolitan culture that challenges the patriotism and ethnocentricity which diminish Israeli culture.

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Intellectuals betray Arab Spring

Arguments will continue for years about why the 2011 Arab Spring failed to fulfil its early promise. Political analyst Majed Kayali argues that a major factor was Arab intellectuals’ denigration of democracy as non-Arab or non-Islamic. None of them is named.

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A new trade union for a new Israel

WAC-MAAN is a sort of trade union, its role enhanced to meet the peculiar conditions for workers divided by Israeli apartheid. It organises Arabs and Jews, it organises in the settlements, it sees itself as part of the regional move towards a democratic civil society that began with the 2011 Arab Spring. From In These Times.

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