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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



Tent protest tests old alliance with anti-occupation activists

In a controverial article Yossi Gurvitz attacks the left outside Israel for seeing the protesters as middle class who won’t go outside their comfort zone and take on the Occupation. Can (pro)Palestinians be allies if they see Israelis as guilty of original sin? In response, Noam Sheizaf remains hopeful of progress, but chides non-Israelis for accepting his Jewishness but not his Israeli-ness

JfJfP send greetings to all our Muslim readers on the occasion of Eid

JfJfP sends greetings to all our Muslim readers on the occasion of Eid. ‘Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion but its underlying purpose is to praise God and give thanks to him, according to Islamic belief’.

Taking Hamas’s word seriously – just ignore the rhetoric

South African Shafiq Morton found much of his critique of Zionist blindness was no longer controversial. The sticking point for his readers was Hamas;despite experience with the ANC of the gap between demagoguery and practical negotiation they could not hear the nuance.

Count-down to September: blah blah blah or democracy?

Only the EU remains undecided – waiting for the final resolution – over how to vote at the UN. David Cameron will follow His Master’s Voice , Israel is resigned to losing the General Assembly vote and the PA is still considering tactics. Four reports from Al Jazeera, Palestine Chronicle and Ma’an News

The funds, links and groups that spread Islamophobia

New research by the Center for American Progress documents the people investing in Islamophobia (1st); 2nd, a post-Oslo report from Jadaliyya showing ‘that Islam has now taken the place of Judaism in the paranoid weltanschauung of some of the far right is a result of a transformed global situation’.

Rights do not depend on representation

Guy Goodwin-Gill, Professor of International Refugee Law at Oxford University, wrote an opinion for the team preparing the Palestinian statehood bid that recognition could deprive the Palestinian diaspora of their right of return ( for the original document) The question depends on the limited authority of the PA as a government, versus the PLO. Here Ma’an collects the opinion of four other experts

Palestinians accused and IDF warned of war crimes

B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, responds to last week’s violence with a charge against ‘Palestinians’ (1st) of actual war crimes and a warning to the IDF (2nd) of potential crimes. Its data of Palestinian attacks covers a seven year period.

Left outcry at Derfner sacking like ‘dawn of new shoah’

There are six articles in this post: 1) Larry Derfner’s account of his sacking by Jerusalem Post; 2) the apology he wrote for his post on Palestinian terrorism, 3) Mondoweiss’s republication of that post; 4) a defence of Derfner by Dimi Reider in +972 mag; 5) an attack on Derfner’s argument but defence of his right to post it, by Barry Rubin; 6) an attack on Derfner and his leftist supporters (obscene, abomination, satanic, new shoah) by Donald Douglas, American Power blog

Israel’s reality makes its brand unsellable

Gary Wexler, marketing expert, asks why companies conceal the origin of Israeli products in the USA and concludes that they know what Israelis won’t face: Israel’s name reflects practices that consumers won’t buy. A selection of comments is included at the end

Haven for Jews or for all its citizens: left-wing bloggers debate Israel

Last May, Larry Derfner wrote that he supported a Jewish state because, despite its unfairnesses, in the end it replaced something worse – anti-semitism. In response, Richard Silverstein argued that such objections would not apply to a democratic Israel and, moreover, classical zionism consigned diaspora Jewry to being a mere bank of money and people to keep Israel supplied

Common aim of Likud and crazy Beck – Israeli dominance

Glen Beck’s ‘Restoring Courage’ rallies have left most Israelis cold. So why don’t they see the same preposterous values in Likud which has the same aims as Beck – a greater, hegemonic Israel, asks Mya Guarnieri?

Olive revolution knocks at Jerusalem’s gates

A new, non-violent group called Olive Revolution ( led a march last Friday to the checkpoints controlling access to Jerusalem, a manifestation of Palestinian claims to free acess. Following the news report, feminist and left-wing blogger Abir Kopty hopes the small number marching will swell into a new, self-made mass movement for Palestinian liberation

Petition to support social justice in Israel

On September 3, 1 million Israelis are expected to march for social justice, democracy and equality- all devastating lacks in today’s Israel. The New Israel Fund has launched a petition of support – letter of invitation 1), preamble and petition 2). Jewish Forward on NIF support for the protest, 3)

Manchester to host next hurrah! for Israel

Manchester is to hold a ‘Big Tent for Israel’ conference in November. Organizers have rejected the pressure to run it as a BICOM ‘We Believe’ franchise. A report of the PR work for arms companies by the new BICOM director, Luke Akehurst, follows, written by David Cronin, electronic intifada

Tent protesters sit out rocket attacks

If Netanyahu hoped his TV appearances flanked by military officers would dispel the still massive social protest, he has again misread it. The protesters are, reports, Aron Heller taking cover but not going home or turning against ‘the Arabs’

Forced to live as outlaws

Treated as outlaws under Mubarak, the Bedouin of the Sinai have acted as entrepreneurial smugglers for the Gazans, shifting anything from a tiger to fuel – but not suicide bombers. With Al Qaeda trying to recruit them, reports Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, only Egypt can bring them in from the wilderness.

Spinning the PA’s talks with EU Ministers

It will be a ‘moral victory’ victory for Netanyahu if Muslim and 3rd World nations support the Palestinian claim for recognition of their statehood, while the US and Europeans reject it, or force the PA to tone it down. Ynet News and JPost give their versions of EU/PA negotiations

Refusal of occupation plus Partnership with Palestinians = future for tent protestors

At a public meeting for the tent protestors to discuss the ‘Palestinian September’, the sound was of hope for a common civil struggle and the crumbling of the old divisions – the people versus the Left, Jews v Arabs- which have shored up the reign of the right. Haggai Matar reports

Israel’s counter-offensive: targetted and haphazard attacks on Gaza

Although there is no firm evidence that the rocket attacks on Israel on 18th August came from Gaza, the IOF has responded with deadly airstrikes, continuing after the cease-fire. Personal (Al Jazeera vox pop 1, Eva Bartlett 2, ) and Gazan legal centre (PCHR, 3, Al Mezan Center, 4) accounts testify to the damage

Israeli right welcomes support of American anti-semitic ‘lunatic’

The notorious Glenn Beck, sacked from Fox Broadcasting for being too prejudiced for even their biassed broadcasts, has been welcomed to Israel to preach his support for the ‘Jewish state’. A Haaretz editorial asks why the Israeli right is now in alliance with American Christian Zionists and what it says about their fears and priorities