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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



New ruling on US Civil Rights Act censors campus critics of Israel

Kristin Szremski, director of communications for the American Muslims for Palestine, on a new definition of anti-semitism made possible by Israel’s self-definition as a ‘Jewish state’. The law affects both academics and pro-Palestinian students.

Q&A on Palestinian statehood and international law

Al Haq, the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council provides an authoritative guide to the PA’s bid for UN recognition of its statehood

Islamophobia – the new anti-semitism

Semite – the Hebrew, Arab and Aramaic people descended fom Shem, Noah’s oldest son. In the violent hatred that has shifted from one cousin to the other (though most Muslims today are not Semitic) the accomplices of Norway’s mass killer are all those who feed this hatred. Uri Avnery pinpoints this new anti-semitism, a statement of solidarity from the Palestinian BDS National COmmittee confirms the perception of Islamophobia and lastly Gavan Titley and Alana Lentin attack those who peddle the toxic tale of multicultural failure

A chink in Israel, USA & Sons Inc.

The power of the ‘Jewish State’ over Mediterranean countries, and in the USA, seemed unassailable – until the boycott law created the first ever critical coverage in the NY Times. Uri Avnery probes the impact of this change.

Ynet warns that many far-right Europeans claim kinship with Israel and Zionism

Israel’s current stance has become a beacon to right-wing bigots in the USA, Europe, to mass-killer Anders Behring Breivik – and to some Israelis, see the JPost editorial this page). Ralph Mimoun warns against the Islamophobia which makes bedfellows of enemies

Israeli Left shrinks in face of settlements challenge

The establishment of illegal settlements on the West Bank was enforced by laws discriminating between Arabs and Jews; some on the Israeli Left protested – most ‘remained passive and uncritical’. Result – a gutted Left says Raja Shehadeh .

Unless the PA/PLO can re-orient towards civil society it’s leading nowhere

The PA’s bid for statehood has put it in hock to the USA – which is expected to veto recognition. So ‘Palestinians will still need to wage a robust, multi-dimensional, and global campaign to achieve self-determination’.

Protests at IDF night time raid on Freedom Theater, Jenin

In a letter to the Israeli ambassador to the UK, the JfJfP expresses its shock and dismay at the violent arrests of Freedom Theater staff. A press release from the theatre follows, detailing the events. Last is a news report from Haaretz aking if the use of the army is connected to the murder last April of the theatre’s founder, Juliano Mer-Khamis

‘The BDS vision is for the Palestinians – not the Israeli Jews’

All his life, this refusenik saw his country in terms of the democrats, which included all Palestinians, and the right wing. That has changed with the BDS movement which makes him feel like an impotent cheerleader for others’ actions.

Biggest social protests in Israel since 1970s

After the boycott of cheese to reduce its price, Israeli citizens are camping in tent cities in protest at rising prices, lack of housing and growing inequality and corruption – tho still showing wilful blindness to, in our 2nd article, the ‘moral failure’ of the government’s focus on living standards in settlements while failing to do the same for the rest of the country

Norwegian killer acted from hate-filled culture – Christian extremism

In an era where Israel and Palestine are seen as on the opposite sides of a ‘clash of civlisations’ . Ahmed Moor looks at how the Norwegian massacre changes the picture

Rightist MKs fall on each other over settlements

Defending the settlements at all costs, including the founding ideals of democracy and the rule of law, and against all threats is splitting the right, which is no longer held together by opposition to a strong left. The full list of how MKs voted is in the Haaretz original

IDF boarded Mavi Marmara ‘with intention to kill’. Sorrow, not sorry, required

Despite criticism of the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara in 2010, (Aviel Magnezi) the UN commission, headed by Geoffrey Palmer, has, say Israeli media, also judged the raid itself, and Israel’s blockade of Gaza, to be legal. There is as yet no date for the publication of the report (Barak Ravid, Jonathan Lis)

Jerusalem Post uses Norway’s tragedy to say ‘we told you so’

In a peculiarly unpleasant editorial, JPost not only blames Norway for inviting violence with its ‘dogged pursuit of peace’ – but also recruits Amartya Sen as a fellow-critic of multiculturalism. For what Sen actually believes, read the two articles that follow

False face of body investigating anti-semitism

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A body set up in Canada to investigate the ‘new anti-semitism’ seems to be an open-minded, parliamentary committee In fact it is none of those, argue members of the Faculty of Palestine, a grouping of over 400 academic staff, rather it wants to block the pro-Palestinian feeling on university campuses.

The return of the veil

To Enlightenment secularists, the donning of the veil (or hijab, and kippah by young Jewish men) is deeply shocking and regrettable. To the young, taking up these badges is a revolt against the secular founding fathers – and current warring fathers – and an embrace of their generation’s fashionable badges of identity in a tribal society

Pro-Israelis fear losing best-friend Murdoch- as he eyes Muslim market

Murdoch is a vocal supporter of today’s Israel (first article here) and loud critic of Muslims. Yet much of his money is embroiled with a Saudi Prince – the richest man in Saudi Arabia and his ambitions for extending his reach in the whole region (second article)

Resolution 181, what the UN General Assembly said, what Israel said

In the run-up to the meeting of the UN General Assembly in September, many references are being made to the 1947 Resolution 181 (see the post from Jeremy Hammond today). We publish here, last item, the full resolution which is very long and detailed Published first is a BBC summary of the resolution, second a speech by Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN in 2007, thanking the UN Assembly for bringing Israel into existence but attacking its role since.

Palestinians must walk away from deadly embrace of US and Israel

Jeremy Hammond, editor of and award-winning investigative journalist, analyses the rhetoric and policy of the US towards Palestine and urges the PA to go ahead with its bid for UN recognition of its statehood

Israeli navy boards Dignité-al Karama

The Israeli navy says it is taking the French ‘little boat’ from the Stay Human flotilla to Ashdod. No violence has been reported