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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



Sodastream shares crash – blame the ‘headwinds’

This is business reporting at its worst – competition from other companies is the only reason why a company may be afflicted by tumbling share prices which have afflicted Sodastream in the last quarter. Normally ‘reputation’ is highly rated by business analysts and following the coverage occasioned by Scarlett Johansson’s endorsement, Sodastream’s image has never been worse. If anything, the advertisement spurred boycotters to focus on Sodastream.

Hamas – Israel’s defence against chaos

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The IDF claim last month that it had intercepted a ship carrying weapons for Hamas, or another terrorist group in Gaza, received wide publicity – and some scepticism. Now military analysts suspect the destination was more likely to have been a jihadist group in Sinai, which the IDF knew at the time. Hamas has been a force for stability in the region – but it is losing income, allies and power.

Zionism is nationalism – why pick it out?

It is a testament to the growth of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign (BDS) that – if we leave aside the claim that it is by nature antisemitic – the arguments about the aims of the campaign have become more precise. Here we post a critique by Ran Greenstein and speeches by 2 JfJfP signatories for and against academic boycott. Jonathan Rosenhead checks off the objections, Bob Fine introduces nationalism into the mix.

Jewish Chronicle called out on charge of RIBA antisemitism


The vote by the RIBA council to call for the suspension of the Israeli architects’ association from the international body has rightly created much discussion. Only the Jewish Chronicle has interpreted the vote as evidence of antisemitism. As Richard Kuper points out for JfJfP, to misuse this grave charge is to undermine serious work against antisemitism. Letters, editorials, news. And are there no non-Jewish architects in Israel? If so, why not?

Uses and abuses of violence against women

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Richard Silverstein accuses the Clarion Project of making a film in ‘honour’ killings simply as a platform for their Islamophobia. (Studies of these murders of women link them to particular family forms and places, not religion.) But Palestinian / Arab women themselves are trying to make themselves heard about ‘honour’ killings and sexual abuse. We hear them in the posting below.

Steep rise in ‘honour killings’ as brothers assert their power

It is not the honour of a family that is hurt when a daughter or sister favours a man they have not chosen; it is the pride and the authority of fathers, brothers and the cousins who have first rights. To maintain these the men kill thousands of Palestinian women every year – the rate is fast increasing. Neither Hamas nor the PA show any signs of acting against these crimes – but women are protesting more loudly and boldly.

Visiting the Nakba and the Holocaust on the other

The Holocaust definitively ended in 1945 – although efforts to use it as lesson or justification are energetic and controversial. The Nakba is ongoing – the continuous expulsion of Palestinians and expropriation of their land is Israeli state policy as is the ban on Nakba memorial events. In a programme of Reconciliation and Conflict Resolution Palestinian students have visited Auschwitz and Israeli students the Dheisheh refugee camp. IF there is any equivalence, will the Israelis feel remorse?

National sport and nationhood: football in Palestine

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When the IDF or IOF make it impossible for young Palestinians to play football by bombing a sport stadium or shooting the feet of young players or blocking their travel to playing spaces then they are doing more than constrict the lives of the young; they are aiming blows at the link between a national sport and a sense of nationhood. Amit Singh on the demand to suspend the IFA from FIFA.

Flagging up exclusion

When a new state is created it would seem a good idea to choose as the national emblem a flag that represents all the people of the new country. The founders of Israel took over the old symbol of the Zionist congress – not even representative of all the new Israeli Jews let alone the substantial Palestinian and Muslim and small Christian populations. Not something Uri Avnery can wrap himself in.

Armed and independent, the West Bank’s city-camps

The refugee camps of the West Bank and Gaza strip are wretched places of poverty and despair. The PA exercises no rule over them and the security forces of the PA and Israel risk unleashing greater violence if they intervene. It is the co-operating armed groups of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Fatah Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which make the camps autonomous, if violent, enclaves.

Let’s pretend – no Israeli violence, no Palestinian right to act for themselves

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The ‘let’s pretend’ of the headline is the prevailing tone of the American debate on Israel/Palestine. The violence of dispossession is ignored, the significance of BDS – to resist is to exist – is grotesquely twisted into an antisemitic, delegitimisation campaign. The only arguments heard are those centred on Jewish, or American, interests. Noura Erekat analyses how it’s done.

MEPs snubbed by Israel on visit to prisoners and Gaza

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Four Members of the European Parliament visited Israel last week to look into the condition of prisoners held on administrative detention, that is, without due process of law. This followed a resolution of the EU parliament in 2013 following the death in custody of Arafat Jaradat. The resolution has been sent on to all bodies concerned with due process by states. The delegation was denied access to any prisoners and to the Israeli Ministries of Justice, the Interior and Foreign Affairs.

Very rich man wants to buy an election

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Sheldon Adelson, the world’s richest Jew and 8th or 9th richest person is a man who’s got everything, including a blonde younger wife and various inherited children. But he hasn’t yet managed to buy a really big election for his chum Bibi (and his own far-right interests). Having failed to get Mitt in in 2012 he’s planning better this time – including choosing the Republicans’ candidate to ensure he or she is not one of those crazy losers.

Lieberman plan to get Arabs out of Israel

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Having made little or no effort to incorporate Arab residents as full citizens Avigdor Lieberman thinks the best idea is to get rid of them altogether. He has had a secret (before it was leaked) report drawn up on where Arab Israelis could be transferred to and how areas with big settlements, or needed for ‘security’ purposes could be transferred into Israeli control (as if they’re not already.) Even his adviser warns it’s not legal.

Something rotten in the orders that you obey

To the Israeli officers, it was just another killing of a Palestinian teenager. Yusef Abu Aker Shawamreh was shot dead while he was gathering cooking herbs with his friends – on the wrong side of the Wall. An enraged Amira Hass asks the soldier who actually pulled the trigger whether or not he has any sense of the wrong he has committed.

Bibi’s bulldog blusters on

Israel’s defence minister Moshe Ya’alon has again attacked the US administration, this time for ‘weakness’ in the region. The fact that he is still in office – despite hostile criticism from most of the Israeli media – means he is saying what his boss Netanyahu wants him to say: that Israel has the power and will to make the attacks (Iran, Syria) on its own – a dangerous delusion.

Failing Abbas surrounded by plots and chaos

The outlook for the survival of the PA as an effective force is bleak. Amira Hass on a new report which predicts collapse from the Israeli economic stranglehold or internal conflict. The attempt to oust ageing President Mahmoud Abbas is being pressed by UAE favourite and former PA security chief Mohammed Dahlan who is said to be secret talks with Israel’s Yitzhak Molcho.

Palestinian Christians look to liberation theology for faith and protest

Palestine has the longest history of Christianity in the world. It has survived the Crusades (Christian in name, W. European in fact), Saladin’s counter-invasion and capture of Palestine, the Ottoman empire and the creation of the excluding Jewish state of Israel. Their form of Christianity has been Roman Catholic or Greek Orthodox giving them less in common with Protestant evangelicals than with Jews. They have turned to liberation theology as the richest combination of faith and political protest.

Zionism destroyed the liberalism of American Jews

There was a leftist Jewish story of the creation of Israel – that American/UN support for the new state would liberate Palestine by driving out British imperialism. The debate on John Judis’s book about Truman’s role in making Israel is vitriolic – but some take up his question of why Jews, known for their liberalism, should so utterly have dismissed the Palestinians. Zionism or tribalism?

Palestine is not going away – get over it

Nowhere in the world do maps play a more important part than in Palestine / Israel. Israelis blithely produce maps in which Palestinian territory has been disappeared; Palestinians produce maps showing the shrinking and fragmentation of what was once theirs. And it is important to the Palestinian cause that they produce maps showing what was once all Palestinian land. It marks their existence. Jerry Haber questions the disquiet about this. Do the critics think Palestinians are going to evaporate?