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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



Chakrabarti – treat each other with civility

This is the whole of Shami Chakrabarti’s report, apart from appendices. It has morphed from an inquiry into antisemitism (not much evidence) into a wider inquiry into how far the party, nationally and locally, is ‘welcoming’, conducts itself with civility, fairness, without use of stereotypes, and according to law.

When I found Zionism was paranoia

Ray Filar grew up in a Zionist household imbibing all the arguments about Jews’ need for security. Then he discovered the reality of life for those Palestinian threats and saw Zionism as an obsession with ethnic purity.

Persuading people that occupation is not normal

This interview with BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti reveals a man who is cautious, realistic and utterly opposed to letting the poison of personal attacks and any sort of racism enter the movement.

New leader aims to turn ADL to progressive causes

For as long as JfJfP has been going the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) has been a belligerent pro-Israel, anti-Palestinian force – following its history as a spying aide for the FBI. Now with a new leader some hope it will change all that.

Exposing the Occupation for what it is

The martial law which governs Palestinian lives is ugly, violent and illegal. The IDF claims it investigates and punishes all wrongful acts and so there is no basis for a referral to the ICC. Untrue. B’Tselem hopes its ending of any role in defending Palestinians will reveal the IDF investigations for the farce they are.

Mysterious money for Zionist NGO

The Fund for Nurturing the Zionist Idea is an NGO that channels money into illegal settlement building by another non-profit group, Amana. An intricate story tracing the movement of money through different countries and groups keeping one step ahead, usually, of the law.

This week’s


Brexit – what does it mean for the Jews (or Israel or the peace process) has dominated the website this week, June 20th – 26th, 2016. The clear majority of Jewish writers on this thought British Jews and Jewish tradition would do best as part of the European package. Anshel Pfeffer, British-born Israeli Jew, pulls […]

How Brexit will harm Israel

By default, an editor at Forward provides reasons why critics of Israeli policies might want to support Brexit. Laura Adkins shares Cameron’s view of the importance of the UK within the EU as a friend of Israel which Israel needs for its economy and its diplomatic and security policy.

Brexit is fight-back against global plutocracy

Americans begin to protest about how much they subsidise Israel as a British ‘precariat’ demands a nation-state that can defend them. Neo-liberalism is creating nativist fight-backs says Jonathan Cook, changing how Americans see their huge subsidy to Israel.

Impact of Brexit on Israel: very little

Israel’s primary trading framework is the EU’s Association Agreement. This will not be affected by Brexit despite Cameron’s claim that the UK is Israel’s best friend. If anything, Israelis identify with the triumph of small nation nationalism whatever the price in isolation.

Move away – we’re crushing your house

Different agencies of the Israeli state use home demolition to achieve what they want: punish ‘terrorists’; punish house-builders for lacking planning permission (which it’s impossible to get); freeing land for settlers – forcing Bedouin to move to designated towns where they are also easier to control. Ben White on this last.

Bibi flies to control how Quartet report is used

A report by the Quartet on the diplomatic stalemate between Israel and Palestine is not expected to cause ripples in the Israel camp: criticism of Israel has already been watered down by US intervention. Still, Bibi is flying to Europe to scupper European proposals to end the impasse.

Free speech! but not on Palestine

The American acronym PEP (Progressive Except on Palestine) applies to the subject of this report – the silence of progressives about the many ways in which advocates for Palestinian rights can be silenced. A Palestine Legal report.

Palestine and the Democrats’ rift

Such is the pressure during an American election campaign to maintain orthodoxy on Israel that it’s a surprise Palestine has been mentioned at all. It has. But Democrats are at a loss for the words to tackle the issue.

His crime? Being a Palestinian youth

The ‘accidental’ killing of 15-year-old Mahmoud Raafat Badran has provoked unusual media coverage. The frequent shooting of youth said to be terrorists often passes unnoticed. But it was not possible to label this young man as a stone-thrower. Hence the fuss. Ma’an and Gideon Levy.

Jewish interests in the UK referendum

There is, of course, no single ‘Jewish interest’ in the stay or go referendum. In a poll, most are for Remain. Here Haaretz and the Forward give the arguments for Jews’ past and present place in Europe.

‘Mr Security’ is hated by security elite

In an unusually direct attack on Israel’s PM Ben Caspit brings together Ehud Barak’s judgment – ‘weak, deceitful, extreme’ – with the ‘scorn and contempt’ felt for Netanyahu by IDF chiefs – who can’t be frightened by false claims about existential threats..

Antisemitism is not the issue

This is a position paper from Free Speech on Israel aimed at the labour movement. It states that charges of Labour antisemitism were a disguise for hostility to Palestinian rights and hostility to Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

EU’s antisemitism investigator relies on Israel lobby for latest rumours

The EU has had a ‘combatting antisemitism coordinator’ since last December. She seems to spend her time hanging out with pro-Israel organisations and lobbyists. Is she coordinating Israel’s defence on our money? There is also a coordinator for combatting Muslim-hatred which gets less attention.

Perhaps their fiddled expenses will do for the Netanyahus

Once upon a time Israel was run by idealists (except on Palestinians) writes Uri Avnery. Now corruption is widespread and nowhere as showily as in the ‘royal couple’. Will that be Bibi’s downfall before he pulls down Israel?