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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



What does the man in a kippah say to the bus driver? ‘Dirty Arab’

Jerusalem runs increasingly separate bus-lines. Egged carries the Jews. Palestinians, who comprise most of the drivers on all lines, travel on buses run by the (Arab) East Jerusalem Transport Association. Israeli Jews boarding from settler and Haredi areas routinely insult the drivers. Disturbing interview with 3 drivers.

Politics of stateless Jews

Political thinker Michael Walzer and Fathom editor Alan Johnson discuss The Jewish Political Tradition – an exploration of the political ideas of Jews, excluded from government, scattered throughout European ghettoes.

Fatah totters into its 7th congress

Fatah is expected to hold its seventh congress in its history at the same time as it is holding its 50th anniversary celebrations. The toughest question is whether it can claim to be the leader of Palestinian resistance while it is also the party of government. In its latter role, it has been harshly criticised for corruption, collaboration, crony capitalism and, by failing to hold elections, also failing to nurture a younger political generation .

BDS – 2014 the best year so far

The BDS movement posts the successes achieved by supporters in 2014. Notably these go beyond individual consumer choices to decisions by local councils not to use services linked to, and pension funds to divest from, Israeli settlements.

This week’s postings on website


The main themes in this week’s postings.

No spirit of celebration in Gaza

Few Palestinians get the Israeli permits allowing them to travel to Bethlehem at Christmas – especially those living in Gaza. Although there are few Christians in the coastal strip, Christmas festivities and decorations were widely enjoyed – but not this year after the battering from the IDF, and growing intolerance from Hamas.

From 2000, make Israel supreme and self-reliant

‘Clean Break’ was a report addressed to new PM Netanyahu 1996 by a group of policy wonks – academics and ‘opinion formers’ on how to rejuvenate Israel’s economy and take control of the region. There is no academic objectivity in it. It is a blueprint for Israeli supremacy – justified by romantic mythology about The Jews.

For total war against all Arab regimes

This is an article from The Nation in 2002 about the hard-line groups organising for a more hawkish US foreign policy – and their ascent to power. Their enemies were Russia and all Arab states. It’s of more than historical interest as those policies became embedded in the US’s political institutions.

A Jewish state would be poison for the diaspora

The Jews who were the first citizens of Israel were choosing a civic identity. They hoped to leave behind religious separatism for a state where their Jewishness was not an issue. The embrace of the Basic Law, says Kai Bird, is an attack on secular equality in Israel and outside it.

Director of BBC TV fears rising antisemitism in UK

Any spike in antisemitism is of concern, and there were spikes all over Europe, including the UK, during the attack on Gaza. But is the best response in 2014 to remind people of the holocaust, or Shoah, as Claude Lanzmann’s 9-hour film is called? What does Director of BBC TV hope will be the response to the foregrounding of the Nazi genocide as a defence of Jews against bigotry today?

Tinsel Town babble

This summer round-robin sent to a hastily-assembled Hollywood tribe – subject, ‘Is the Gaza war really over’- would be comical were it not for the serious intent of the sender, the pro-Israeli Hollywood media mogul Ryan Kavanaugh. His argument rests wholly on how horrible Hamas is. His point is?

Fanatics for Israel and Jesus (and against abortion)

This is not directly about Israel/Palestine. American evangelical Christians have long been the most absolute supporters of Israel, fitting their apocalyptic vision about the end when Zionism complete will lead to the end of Jews and triumph of select Christians. A renegade evangelical says these views are now dominant.

If the BBC hasn’t reported it, it doesn’t exist

THE PSC has complained to the BBC that it is still referring to the Israel-Gaza ceasefire, despite the fact that it has been broken many times. The BBC responded – they have no evidence of that as the BBC hasn’t reported it. In fact, as documented by many, the ceasefire has been broken by both sides, with shootings, arrests and, last week, a bombing of Hamas by Israeli forces, and several rockets fired from Gaza.

Just another week in Palestine

The PCHR enjoys a good reputation amongst most media agencies; the centre’s reports of those killed and wounded during Operation Protective Edge were relied on for their accuracy. Here are their last two reports showing the daily infractions of human rights by all branches of the Israeli state.

Asking Obama to get out of the way

On December 18th, Jordan submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council with proposals for a deadline in settling Israel/Palestine borders. Israel (and the US) have condemned this ‘unilateral’ move. But, asks Peter Beinart, what could be more unilateral than the occupation?

Palestinian splits blamed for lack of Gaza reconstruction money

Billions of dollars were pledged for the rebuilding of Gaza at the Cairo donors’ conference. The money has not been given. Those who promised it blame poor Palestinian governance, with the unity government still not functioning.

PA told to keep control, or else

President Abbas has threatened to withdraw his security co-operation with Israel in response to the killing of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein. But he has been told support for the statehood bid depends on continuing to police Palestinians – who see the PA security forces as stooges of the Israeli government.

Living with the fall-out in Gaza

The effects of Israel’s summer bombardment of Gaza are going to last a long time. It’s not just the destruction of so many homes and so much infrastructure. It’s also the continued damage to mental and physical health. Al Jazeera on the effects – and yoga training for women.

Palestinian Christians rebut Israeli propaganda

Many educated Palestinians seek to escape the Israeli stranglehold through emigration. It’s obvious why. But when those Palestinians are Christians the Israeli government asserts this because of relentless persecution by Muslims. Ben White reports.

This week’s postings on website


The main theme in this week’s postings.