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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

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This week’s postings


This week, July 25th to 31st, 2016, is the fourth week of the trial at Jaffa military court of Elor Azaria, the baby-faced killer of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, who, with Ramzi al-Qasrawi had knifed a soldier on March 24, causing a minor injury. All Israeli media have been covering it but it is Haaretz which has probed what […]

United condemnation of Israeli settlements and demolitions

Israeli leaders may rejoice in the military and diplomatic support they receive internationally. But not one of their friends supports their two-edged policy of building settlements on Palestinian land and demolishing Palestinians homes – also on Palestinian land. There is no peaceable future in this.

Israeli patriotism put on trial with Azaria

The trial of Elor Azaria (see posting for info) has swamped the immature IDF medic with its import. It’s pushed the rift between the IDF and politicians to a dangerous distance. It’s created a public celebration of Arab-murder. It’s created a competition about who is the most patriotic.

Many modes of Jewishness and Zionism

Joseph Grim Feinberg looks back at the sort of Jewishness that developed with the labour movement and sideways at the many sorts of Zionism that are discussed in Israel. His own Jewishness thrives on criticism of rigid concepts.

Small pleasures in Gaza City

This is about the defiant optimism of one Palestinian developer and young middle-class people in Gaza City (sea, sun and fun). The two curses, the Israeli siege plus three lethal assaults and the ineffective Palestinian leadership plus Hamas aggression are acknowledged.

Palestinians organise for Bilal and all political prisoners

The detention without charge or trial of Palestinians thought to be enemies of the Israeli state has long been a crude Israeli weapon. Protest about its use – here focusing on Bilal Kayed – is now quicker and more widespread than it was at the start.

Destruction, destruction, destruction

That is, in a word, Israeli policy for the lives and homes of Palestinians living in Area C. On the initiative of the Joint List a conference met in the Knesset to debate the matter. Speakers from the UN and EU added their voices to facts provided by B’Tselem.

Trump’s pretend journey from neutral to loving Israel

From being ‘neutral’ on Palestine/Israel, befitting a political outsider who didn’t profess to know anything about the issues Trump has arrived at the necessary presidential position – unstinting support for Israel and its Prime Minister. (In fact, Trump had already professed admiration for both the country and PM three years ago).

Young Democrats burn Israeli flag

The flag-burning seems to have been one of several symbolic acts of protest by young Democrats who oppose Clinton’s election as the Democrats’ presidential candidate.

Palestine and Brexit

Reasons to be cheerful: Ilan Pappe and Ramzy Baroud examine the causes for the Brexit vote and speculate on its effects – which include the loss of the UK from the US-Israel security nexus and of Israel’s voice in the EU and a stand against neoliberal policies.

Palestinians, Shut Up! Israelis – let the hate speech roll

Facebook has many virtues – let your Mum know you’re OK, keep an eye on your kids, keep in touch with friends, organise a meeting..etc. Its other side is the spewing of hate and persecution of, especially, the socially weak. It’s a popular medium amongst young Palestinians, hence the charge by Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan who, contemptuously, ascribes all Palestinian resistance to the power of Facebook and it’s popular with Israelis who freely make calls for the death of Palestinians.

Revolt by those who cannot be Jewish enough

Muslims and Christians, especially the evangelical sort, actively recruit new members to the faith. Jews under the rule of the Orthodox rabbinate treat many others as not really Jewish and make the path to joining the faith long, arduous and full of obstacles. More and more Israelis are finding non-Orthodox routes to a normal life of marriage, death and what to eat.

‘UK bears primary responsibility for Nakba’

balfour declaration

Palestinian FM Riyad al-Maliki has asked other Arab states to help the PNA sue the UK for what they see as the consequences of the 1917 Balfour Declaration.

Know-nothings sent to teach kids at Jewish summer camp

Sayed Kashua is invited to speak at a Jewish summer school and is pleased to find an open and appreciative audience. Then the Jewish ’emissaries’ stepped in revealing a stunning lack of knowledge about actuality, from the Nakba to a belief that Arabs kill Jews ‘all the time’.

Pro-Israel club ousts Sanders’ young Jewish aide

It was common to refer to all Jews as a tribe – which Bibi still does. He hasn’t noticed that the greatest enemy of the pro-Israel club is the growing population of critical Jews in the US such as Simone Zimmerman who was sacked after a few days as aide to Bernie Sanders because of pro-Israel pressure. Sadly for right wingers, they can find nothing nefarious in Bernie’s past so attack young Simone instead.

This week’s


This week, July 18th – 24th, 2016, we have the sublime and the ridiculous, the useful if dull, and usual infuriating and desperately sad pieces. There is only one candidate for the sublime category and that is provided by JfJfP’s most esteemed religious Jew, Robert Cohen. He has taken into his head, and heart, to redraft […]

Ten commandments for our time

Robert Cohen brings thought and solemnity to his recasting of the Ten Commandments. It makes you want to weep.

Trump welcomes antisemites into the fold

It’s been a shock to Americans to discover how many antisemites there are in the USA. It’s been a particular shock to the dedicatedly pro-Israel Republicans to discover that most of them are attached to the GOP. Trump’s racism and social media have given them new energy.

Jewish “perverts” and “Judeo-Nazis”

This language of ‘perverts’ and ‘Nazis’ would not be accepted in any American or W. European public speech. We use it here in protective “_”. Coupling it with another right-wing attack on Israel’s national army would once have put it beyond the pale. Despite the obsession with boundaries, there are no limits of civilised discourse.

Possible Plan Bs for Obama’s last days

Obama Palestine-Israel

A roundtable of Al Shabaka political intellectuals give their thoughts and analysis on moves the US President could make (or not make) that might shift some ground and give support to the fledgling state of Palestine.