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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



Marking Land Day when nothing is forgotten yet unity prevails

There is something quite remarkable about the Land Day commemoration on March 30. It involved all Palestinians, young and old, men and women, Hamas and Fatah, West Bank and Gaza, PNA officials and dissidents. Why does this day in particular draw everyone together, in peace?

Stop settlement growth to stop BDS say diplomats

Ynet did not invite any supporters of BDS to their Stop the Boycott conference on March 28th. They did invite ambassadors and they said, as diplomats always do, that if Israel ‘solves the Palestinian issue’, BDS will wither away.

Telling the world that BDS works

Exactly how those who attended Yedioth Ahronoth’s BDS conference this week will ‘Stop BDS’ is unclear. Will they take up Israel Katz’s urging of targeted killings of BDS leaders asks Richard Silverstein. BDS is effective enough to kill for – and attract big names to the conference says +972.

Promoter told to sign loyalty-to-Israel oath for Elton John

It is unlikely that a loyal Israeli who has always opposed BDS by booking musicians to perform in Tel Aviv would invent a story about Elton John having to sign a loyalty oath, a demand that the Interior Ministry then dropped.

Using lies and spies to break Breaking the Silence

The most hated NGO in Israel is Breaking the Silence. Denunciation by Likud ministers is not working. Spies from the mysterious group Ad Kan have failed to find any evidence of malfeasance. The attacks probably reinforce the spirit of BtS.

Sephardic Chief Rabbi says gentiles should quit EretzIsrael

Gentiles are allowed to live in Israel. But if the Chief Sephardic Rabbi, son of the previous Chief Sephardic Rabbi, had his way they would be expelled (from the oPt as well) if they didn’t obey the Noahide laws (“If our hand were firm, if we had the power to rule, that’s what we should do”). Unfortunately, not having the power they will have to wait until the Messiah arrives.

How to stop BDS? Simple, “solve the Israeli Palestinian conflict”

On March 28 a conference was held in Jerusalem on “Stop the Boycott”. It was organised by Ynet/Yedioth Ahronoth (Latest News). It chose former comic actor Roseanne Barr as its chief speaker. Lars Faaborg-Andersen represented the EU despite appeals from European Jewish groups, including JfJfP, not to attend. Tzipi Livni was the most prominent speaker to say if the conflict was stopped BDS would be too.

This week’s postings in


We’re sorry to say that this week, March 21st-27th, 2016, Donald Trump has pushed his way – has been pushed – to the front. He is inescapable. The first to attack is Richard Silverstein who says there was not the promised mass walk-out when he spoke at AIPAC – although there was a noted walk-out […]

Clinton’s clients – despots and Bibi

This is a withering attack by Glenn Greenwald, interviewed by Democracy Now! on Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy in her years as secretary of state and now as presidential candidate. Her pandering to AIPAC prejudices was demeaning.

Being pro-Jewish trumps being pro-Israel

There was not the mass walk-out predicted or hoped-for. But there were lively protests and what was called the ‘If Not Now’ demonstration outside. Those cheering him on can form a bloc with the apocalyptic Christians. Trump is a Presbyterian, but pretty apocalyptic.

Shame on the Jews who applauded Trump

Some Jews did walk out, and protest outside, when Trump addressed the AIPAC conference. The large majority didn’t. They may have been excessively polite, they may not have wanted to put their attendance at this high profile event at risk. They may have agreed with him. Lisa Goldman sees a schism between them and Liberal Jews.

Another casual street killing by IDF

The stabbings by Palestinians of Israelis are illegal; if they kill the person, they are murder. The stabbers and those suspected of preparing to stab, are invariably shot dead on the street. Unless the shooter is in fear of his life, these killings are also murder and illegal. Here is a video of one such murder.

What clowns have imprisoned Abu Sakha?

Mohammad Abu Sakha is a well-known and much-loved circus performer. He teaches his skills to children with learning difficulties. For no known reason he was arrested in December and has been held in administrative detention since then. There is a petition to sign.

Yes, say UC Regents, anti-Zionism IS antisemitic.

It is clear from this account of the UC Board of Regents decision to accept a report eliding “Anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and other forms of discrimination” that the whole confused discussion was aimed at quelling all Palestinian/ Arab/ Muslim protest including BDS. Very illiberal.

Sun-rich but too space-poor for solar energy

One thing Gaza has in plentiful supply is sunlight – but only 5% of the population uses solar power. The panels cost too much, Israel restricts their import, and there isn’t the space in the Strip that solar panels need for large-scale supply.

In Brussels, people stay calm

Naturally, government ministers In Israel appointed themselves spokesmen for the whole of western culture versus Muslim terrorists who ‘seek our utter destruction and their total domination’. How can they not know that ISIL has killed far more Muslims in the Levant than people in ‘our western culture’? In Trump-Cruz terrain there are uncontained attacks on Muslims in general and calls for more torture to get info.

Planned provocations by settlers for Purim

Several sites in the West Bank are holy to both Jews and Muslims (and Christians). Settlers take a particular delight in gathering en masse at these places knowing this will provoke Palestinian anger, IDF intervention and violence.

From elected Jewish leader to antisemitism in 1 year?

Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland writes a long piece proving (to himself at least) that Labour has become antisemitic (overnight). He provides no evidence for such a strong charge, just a couple of anecdotes. Readers write in in protest to Indie as well.

Lord Levy condemns ‘Labour antisemitism’

Lord Levy comes in a long line of Jewish Labour activists, from the flamboyant Manny Shinwell through past leader Miliband to the illustrious and modest Lord Alfred Dubs. Sadly, he has been seduced by the view that support for Palestinians, or criticism of Israel – where he has many connections – is antisemitic.

Fear of Islamic terrorism destroys our freedoms

The exaggerated fear of terrorism and its partner, ‘hate speech’, in whatever country it occurs, leads, says Suzanne Nossel of Foreign Policy, to “a creeping tolerance for authoritarianism.” We have seen it in Israel. Now in Europe?