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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



Labour, Ken and history

It’s not clear why Ken Livingstone chose to intervene in Labour’s crisis over antisemitism but by drawing attention to himself (knowing himself to be a controversial figure) he has not helped Naz Shah, the Labour party or our understanding of history. Commenting on this fight are John Rose and Jamie Stern-Weiner, both JfJfP signatories.

Today Labour sees Israel as on the wrong side of western colonialism

Anshel Pfeffer believes that “every few days for the last couple of months, a new name of a Labour activist who has been engaging [in antisemitism] emerged in the media”. Really? More plausibly he argues that Israel is seen as powerful and Jews as no longer an endangered minority.

We love Jews – as long as they’re rich and pro-Israel

Sam Kriss, British Jew, is fed up with being told what he feels (viz. outraged at ‘Labour antisemitism’). Tory antisemitism is rife – as in the cruel derision about Ed Miliband let alone the history of Tory golfclubs and aristo gatherings. If they love Jews now it’s because they think Jews are made of money, unflinching for our military ally Israel and obsequious in following the Tory line. Eek!

Labour should hold an open inquiry into antisemitism

The Palestine-Israel conflict has inflamed passions and made many want to support the underdog Palestinians writes MidEast expert Tony Klug. We should all reflect on the critical role Britain and Europe played in instigating the conflict in the first place and all refrain from feeding the poisonous atmosphere engulfing us. Palestinians and Israeli have to live together.

Primary role of Israel supporters in Labour’s ‘antisemitism’ issue

It’s astonishing how quickly the media have assembled pieces ‘proving’ antisemitism in Labour, relying on a mix of anonymous quotes and more honest pro-Israel activists. The effect is to silence all critics of Israel. Asa Winstanley reports on the Israel links.

Cynical charges of antisemitism against those who fight for justice

Despite the almost comical paucity of evidence, the notion that antisemitism is a growing problem on the Labour left is rapidly congealing into conventional wisdom writes signatory Jamie Stern-Weiner.

Labour’s frazzled response to antisemitism charges

In August 2014 Norman Finkelstein, American-Jewish author of books on the Holocaust, posted the graphic for which Naz Shah is being hounded today. It was reposted on several American sites at the time. But what seems to matter in this ghastly ‘debate’ is not research, knowledge, curiosity but who can make the most splenetic remarks about Labour, Muslims and antisemitism. Shame on Guido Fawkes.

Jewish take-over of Jerusalem rebuffed

Jerusalem, ineffably holy to Christians and Muslims, a valuable property to Palestinians and Israelis, who control it against international law. Daoud Kuttab looks at the Israeli map which makes the Old City wholly Jewish despite its assertive Palestinian majority.

Celebrating Malia Bouattia

Malia Bouattia, new President of the NUS will withstand it; much of the right-wing press cannot stand it. Yes, there’s a problem with her use of ‘Zionism’ and her refusal to condemn the indefensible ISIL lest it fed Islamophobia (many political people know that problem in relation to their cause). Readers of newspapers, many of them JfJfP signatories, respond to the muckrakers.

Jewish zealots on the rampage

Following the break-up of another Jewish terror cell (see posting below) we take a look at how American media have been responding to the fact of Israeli Jewish terrorists who attack Christian, Muslim and just Palestinian targets.

Settler terror cell indicted for attacks on Palestinians

The seven young men and two minors from various settlements who have been busy launching terror attacks on Palestinians say they were ‘inspired’ by the firebombing of the Dawabsheh family home in Duma, killing three. Is it too late for Shin Bet to stop this sickness spreading through the country?

This ‘incredibly cruel and unjust machinery’ forced on Hebron

Novelist Michael Chabon grew up in a conventional Jewish-American way, dropping money in the JNF box, working on a kibbutz. Then came the Sabra & Shatila massacre and he began to ask questions. A visit to Israel answered them.

This week’s postings @


This week, April 18-24, 2016, saw the start of Passover/Pesach (April 22-30) and we have a posting of varied items which look at the contemporary meanings of this ancient celebration – with its ironic connotation for the enslaved nation of Palestine which is the focus for some commentators, ignored by others. It begins with warm […]

Students’ choice of president attacked as antisemitic

The NUS choice of a black, Muslim woman president has had the rightwing press scurrying to find bits in her past to discredit her. Saying that media is ‘Zionist-led’ is something she should have checked out – and not said. Hannah Weisfeld sticks the boot in in one of the 3 articles plus some notes on Zionism to help you decide.

A threatening crowd gathers


A rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square for Sgt. Elor Azaria, the soldier who killed Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif with a gunshot to the head attracted a mass of the angry and disaffected who have in common an admiration for the IDF, a hatred of the left and media, and distrust of the Ashkenazi elite. It’s a toxic mix.

Law better than war for Israel and Palestine

Luis Moreno Ocampo completed his term as first Chief Prosecutor for the ICC in 2012. He is one of the few people who has a true knowledge of global trends, shown in his interview with The Media Line. It is centred on his view of how Israel and Palestine can both change with the ICC’s recognition of Palestine’s statehood.

Right’s hero martyr – a rapist and killer

In very Uri Avnery style, his commentary on the exposure of an Israeli hero (died 15 years ago) takes in most of Israeli history plus rape, killing Palestinians travelling home from Jordan, the drugs underworld, the best type of hand-gun, bringing up a lion, Moshe Dayan… And more besides.

Passover – remembering small enslaved nations


At our table a small selection of items: warm greetings from JfJfP to signatories, friends and supporters; messages from Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human RIghts and Freedom Seder and links to other sites; a truncated article dissing the myth that matzah is eaten at passover to remind us that in the flight from Egypt there was no time to let the dough rise. Wrong.

Right wing gangs up to silence resisters

The paranoid character of Israel’s dominant culture has been apparent since Netanyahu first labelled immigrants as ‘infiltrators’. David Shulman finds it in the actual attempt of the right, and state, to infiltrate any group opposed to the division of the country into loyal Jews and enemies.

Bibi’s brigade go over the top

Has Israel’s Prime Minister lost his marbles? He demands a photo of his Cabinet on top of a hill – it could be anywhere – and thinks he has produced irrefutable proof that the hill is in Israel. Richard Silverstein places this crazy caper in the PM’s machinations over Syria and Russia.