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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



Our unarmed resistance can defeat the bullet

Khader Adnan, now in hospital after a long hunger strike, tells Al Jazeera he refused all supplements, including salt. Politically ‘the prisoners’ movement and hunger strikes in particular are a symbol of the principle and demand for justice in Palestine.’

Orthodox stabber not ‘an aberration’

Religious and political zealots have acted out their murderous fantasies this week in Israel. Toll so far – one baby ‘burned to ashes’, four Palestinians with severe burns, six people stabbed at a gay pride march. Dr. Lebens accuses a religious rhetoric that says violent acts are ‘holy.

Settler thugs set fire to Palestinian family, baby dies

Masked ‘price-tag’ thugs set fire to two Palestinian homes, one empty. In the other a baby was burned alive. The rest of his family suffered serious burns. Pres. Rivlin hopes this will shock Israelis into recognising the danger of right-wing extremism in their midst.

Knesset approves torture of force feeding

The hunger strike is an honourable form of resistance. British feminists used it to good effect – and much suffering – in order to win the vote. Palestinian prisoners are now using the tactic. The Knesset has authorised a form of torture – force-feeding.

World on the move; first stop Israel

Apart from the massive displacement of people during and after wars, there has never been more international migration than now. There are push factors – war, repression, poverty, Islamic attack – and pull factors (work, safety). Israel’s role in this great movement is less a pull factor than a stepping-stone to the EU or USA for anyone who can unearth a Jewish connection.

Right wing again try to provoke a riot

The Al Aqsa Mosque, Haram al-Sharif, has since 1967 been formally under Israeli control but Palestinian Muslim management is accepted. As the Jewish right wing has grown in size and ambition they have opposed Muslim control and tried repeatedly to assert their right to ‘pray’ there. The most recent of their provocative incursions this week.

Torn between settlers and world opinion

The plans announced by PM Netanyahu (see post below this one) included more units at the Deinoff buildings. The following day defence minister Ya’alon ordered their evacuation and demolition – to the fury of justice minister Shaked. The coalition cannot withstand two irreconcilable forces.

UK foreign minister reprimands Israel over settlements

Two weeks ago Britain’s foreign secretary Philip Hammond commented that no deal with Iran would satisfy Israel; this week minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood expressed ‘deep concern’ at Netanyahu’s announcement of 1065 new homes for settlers. Has the FCO taken its gloves off?

‘Jerusalem is more isolated than ever before’

Collective diplomacy is the Obama doctrine (except when it comes to ISIL) writes Uri Savir, and it’s one that European leaders have signed up for. Wars against Muslim nations have proved unwinnable. This strands Netanyahu who is going direct to the US Congress in an attempt to scupper the Iran deal.

Loss, memory, utopia: the refugee experience


Jennifer Langer visits Palestine – and despite the knowledge that led her to become a JfJfP signatory, felt estranged as a Jew and ‘profoundly uncomfortable bearing witness to the oppression and dystopian existence inflicted on the Palestinians. ‘

Israel rewrites Bible: Goliath fights back

The record of imperial powers to resistance is atrocious: France, Britain, Belgium… But they did not pretend they were not colonialists. Israel does. Whether resisters fire home-made rockets or throw stones they will be taken out. Bombed to death or locked up for 20 years regardless of whether or not anyone has been hurt. Israel cannot bear resistance to be seen. Amira Hass on the right to resist.

Saving Susya in the rain

Hats off (they had to keep theirs on) to those who joined the protest called by JfJfP in Sunday’s pouring rain protesting against the planned demolition of Susya village outside the Israeli embassy in London on July 26th, 2015. Photos by Naomi Wayne.

This week’s postings at


This week, July 20-26, 2015 the Iran nuclear deal is still the dominant talking point in the Israeli media – or rather, absolutely not a talking point in the sense of argument; rather, it is a matter of loud unthinking assertion that the deal, in Netanyahu’s words, is an ‘historic mistake’ granting the Iran government […]

Susya the symbol

As Amira Hass and Nasser Nawaja point out, Susya is unique only in the international support it has attracted, becoming the symbol for the precarious status of Palestinian villages. But documents obtained by Haaretz may stay the hand of the demolishers; they prove the Palestinians’ claim to the land.

‘Reasonable belief’ war crimes committed on Mavi Marmara

Ali Abuminah was the first to report the decision by the ICC that an investigation into the killing of nine Turkish activists should be launched. This is a more detailed account of the legal implications.

Brain-dead politics

Israel’s Prime Minister names the Iran deal ‘a bad mistake of historic proportions’. Instead of countering this hyperbole Israel’s political leaders have all shuffled into line. Uri Avnery surveys the herd, led by men who play into every antisemitic caricature, with scorn and dismay.

Israeli politicians oppose Iran deal with patriotic front

The P5+1 deal with Iran on nuclear capability has flaws, but it’s better than no deal. Yet almost all Israel is swept up in a fervour of opposition. Two Israeli experts on control of nuclear power stand against the crowd.

If Susya falls so will others

The publicity for and protests about the threatened demolition of Susya are not because this Palestinian village is exceptional. The reverse – an order can go out to demolish any Palestinian village should settlers want their land. Susya is the emblem of this crucial fight for Palestinian villages.

Know-nothings blame the Jews

The further you are from power the more likely you are to attribute events to a conspiracy. And in the conspiratorial world of know-nothings Jews are designated as the hidden masters of power. (Israelis, who know little of life in Gaza, see all of Hamas, if not Gaza, as a conspiracy to destroy them.) David Baddiel on the strange and scary world of conspiracy believers.

Advice to EU: differentiate Israel from settlements

The EU regards Israeli settlements as outside the law; it cannot trade with them. Israel-EU trading ties are ‘thickening’ says this briefing from the ECFR. Its recommendation is rigorous ‘differentiation’ between settlement and Israeli goods – for Israel’s sake. A document worth keeping.