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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




Water: one law for Palestinians, quite another for settlers

To collect and store water in the occupied West Bank there is a planning process. Israel has changed the laws to limit representation of local Palestinians in the process. Settler representation is guaranteed by military order. A disturbing document from the Swedish NGO Diakonia,

Claim that giving PA legitimacy fuels hate speech, anti-semitism, genocidal threats

A founder of Human Rights Watch has moved from complaints of a general anti-Israel bias to accusing the Arab media of genocidal propaganda and the UN of fuelling anti-semitism and sees no gulf between Mahmoud Abbas and those who make their name through hate speech . 1st, an Economist critique of the article by Robert L. Bernstein, 2nd.

After September, Hamas and Fatah to talk more in Cairo

Mahmoud Abbas has urged further Fatah/Hamas talks. Despite its spoken opposition to the UN bid, Hamas has agreed and talks are expected in the near future, to take place in Cairo

Ukraine oligarchs fund 24-hour TV channel for news through Jewish eyes and pro-Israeli voice

The super-rich president and vice-president of the European Jewish Union have launched a rolling 24 hour TV channel to give an ‘independent’ Jewish view of world news which would “give more voice to Israel”. With offices in Brussels, Tel Aviv and Kiev already, they have big plans for a global reach reports Luke Browne, Media Guardian

Israel announces 1100 new homes on annexed land in East Jerusalem

Reports from AP (1) and Reuters (2) that the Israeli state has approved the building of 1,100 new homes for Jews in East Jerusalem has shocked and angered its partners in the USA and Europe who have pledged support for its stance at the UN. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said settlement expansion was illegal and “corrodes trust and undermines the basic principle of land for peace. We call on the Government of Israel to revoke this decision.”

British war regulations against (Jewish) terrorists may be made new law in Israel

The Knesset has passed the first stage of a bill bringing eemergency regulations into permanent law. State powers of detention , secret evidence, the burden of proof amongst other judicial procedures wil be changed in favour of state prosecutors and against the ‘suspect’ if the bill proceeds. Report from electronic intifada, followed by a ;position paper on the new bill from ACRI

Come on, don’t procrastinate! Remembering Edward Said

Edward Said, born in Jerusalem in 1935, Palestinians’ “most powerful political voice” and ‘”the great intellectual of the twentieth century”‘ died on September 25th, 2003. Anthony Alessandrini takes this anniversary to examine the actions and rigorous ideas of this great Palestinian-American, especially on the necessary transformation from national to political consciousness in colonised countries

Pro-Israel lobby powerful on campus because opponents do nothing

Using extensive public records Yaman Salahi set out to find out how the Israeli lobby works on campuses. Their wining and whining and dining with the Admin was no surprise, nor was the pro-Israeli lobby’s reliance on fallacies about anti-semitism. The lack of any effective opposition or pro-Palestinian lobbying was, however, a revelation.

Child killed, money paid, no person responsible

In 2007, an IDF soldier fired a rubber bullet which struck and killed 10-year-old Abir Aramin. The Israeli statae was held responsible and now has been ordered to pay compensation (1). The person who fred the shot in violation of orders has not been identified or held responible for hs action (2)

US/Likud latest road block: we won’t speak unless you say ‘Jewish state’

When did any state insist another state ‘recognises’ its definition of itself as a condition for talking? Richard Silverstein reports that the Quartet (UN, EU, US, Russia) was unable to produce a ‘substantive statement’ because of US insistence that it refer to Israel as a ‘Jewish state’

Palestinian statehood: US Jews-for-peace split on tactics

A split has opened on Palestine at the UN between J Street, founded 2008 to press for American diplomatic leadership in resolving the Israel/Palestine conflict (3), and less-establishment peace groups, represented here by Tikkun, founded 1986 as a new voice for the Jewish left. (1) and their petition of support for the bid, (2)

Jewish-American Friends of Israel put their cases for Palestine’s UN bid

Here three individual Jewish Americans, all ‘friends of Israel’ argue why it is in the best interests of Israel to support the Palestinian request for UN recognition. 1, Jerry Haber of Magnes Zionist, 2, Yossi Alpher, co-editor of and writer for Americans for Peace Now, 3, Rachel Biale, Jewish community activist in the Bay Area, SF

Welcome for Palestinians at UN from Jewish groups

The reaction of establishment Jewish groups to the PA’s statehood request at the UN has been uniformly hostile – though not to the point of demonstrating – item 4. Jewish groups in Britain independent of the British or Israeli states are more likely to welcome the initiative. JfJfP associates itself with the statement from Independent Jewish Voices, 1. The new group Yashad, 2, also welcomes the bid. The American Jewish Voice for Peace, 4, is divided but opposes the US’s use of its veto in the Security Council

Happy New Year!

JfJfP wishes all signatories and supporters a happy new year. Rosh Hashanah is 29-30 September this year. The Union Juive Francaise pour la Paix and the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel also say Shana Tova (Happy New Year) to JfJfP and supporters

New sound of acclaim for Abbas, NY to Ramallah and Jerusalem

Rare and immense applause for Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the UN is reported, along with some diplomatic repercussions, in the NY Times, Al Jazeera, AFP, and New Middle East News. Last, the manifesto for a Palestine state, signed so far by over 80 leading Israelis

Support for LPO 4 rolls in

The suspension of 4 members of the LPO – see Musicians punished for public criticism of Israel, this page – has shocked many in the cultural industries in particular. Posted here the letters that have been printed – 1 Daily Telegraph, 2 The Times, 3 & 4, Guardian, 5 JfJfP The Independent

The know-nothing hear-nothing Palmer panel

Outside Israel and its circle of defenders, the Palmer report into the killing of nine Turks on the Mavi Marmara has been greeted by universal disbelief and criticism. Jeremy Salt of Bilkent University, Ankara, gives a particularly lucid account of the report’s blind spots and asssumptions

First stage all over bar the shouting – and voting

A mass rally in Ramallah marks the passage of the statehood bid into the UN chambers, 1; a perceptive account of the forces that have brought the Pa to this position by Phyllis Bennis, 2; and for those who have floundered in the mass of material, a clear guide from the Afro-Middle East Centre

IDF fire tear gas at Palestinians to stop demonstration, and for fun

An IDF reservist reports on the gulf between official policy – which includes enforcing curfews and not firing tear gas at civilians – and the reality of bored, anti-Arab soldiers and officers

Musicians punished for public criticism of Israel

On 30 August 24 professional musicians, several of them Jewish, published a letter calling on the BBC to cancel the Proms concert to be given by the Israeli Philharmonic (item 3). The four signatories in the LPO have been suspended for a year (news report, item 4) on the grounds politics and music don’t mix. !. Two Guardian music writers (1 and 2) point out the absurdity of this view