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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



Jewish donor leads fight for Labour right to regain control

No wonder Sami Chakrabarti’s primary recommendation on antisemitism and Labour was that all members should use civil language. Perhaps she had donor Michael Foster in mind. His campaign against Jeremy Corbyn has been relentless. He even went to the High court about Corbyn’s right to stand as Labour leader (he lost). And his language (see inset in posting) has been foul. Disciplinary action?

Mass knee-capping of Palestinian youth

This article by Akiva Eldar and report from Badil tell us that the IDF, under Lieberman’s orders, are engaging in an orgy of destruction and arrest of young Palestinian men in refugee camps. The favourite tactic seems to be crippling them by shooting them in the leg. These tactics says BADIL are a crime under international law.

US support for Palestinian Susiya

The small and primitive village of Susiya has become the international symbol of Israel’s ruthless attempt to wipe the area clean of Palestinians and of the villagers’ resistance. The village has the support of many European countries, the US State Department and here the Washington Post.

Israel not welcoming to foreign Jews

The rhetoric is Israel is the state for all Jews and all should move there. The reality is that for adults it is alienating. It’s not the foreign language and alphabet. It’s the refusal to recognise the qualifications of professionals – who feel the country wants their children to be brought up as proper Israelis but not the unassimilatable adults. First published by the JTA 5 months ago, it is still pertinent.

Canada’s Green leader defies party vote for BDS

Here Yves Engler speculates in Palestine Chronicle about whether Canada’s Green Party leader has been influenced by Christian Zionism. He doesn’t know but does give us an interesting piece about the power of Christian Zionism. Anglicans were the first to promulgate despatching Jews to Palestine.

Lieberman’s plan to prevent the natives turning restless

MidEast watchers have been waiting to find out what Avigdor Lieberman will do with his power as defence minister. Jonathan Cook describes his strategy to make Palestinian aspirations for self-determination unattainable.

Does the Occupation fulfil or deny Zionism?

This is an argument taking place in, and about, Haaretz as well as the unresolvable question of what Zionism is. Rogel Alpher says Amos Schocken, Haaretz publisher, is deluded when he thinks international pressure will end the Occupation allowing the recovery of a Zionism which Schocken admires.

This week’s


Here we are at the end of August 2016 (week August 22-28, 2016) more than two years after OPE, the IDF onslaught on Gaza, and the consequences of that orgy of destruction are amongst the most decisive factors in Palestinian lives. The UN has called urgently for more humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza. […]

The public face of what women wear

In 2 articles from Haaretz we can see that what women wear is not personal choice. It follows cultural conventions on shame and modesty in women. The face-covering of Asian women can seem hostile in the West. The line between expected ‘modesty’ and ‘shame’ is invisible and the arbiters of whether a woman wears too much or too little are enforcing their own conventions.

‘Israel has best counter-terrorism techniques in the world’

The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) has been organising trips to Israel for American police officers reveals Mondoweiss. They go to learn about counter-terrorism. This could be an illustration for Jeff Halper’s book ‘War Against the People’ – pacification techniques pioneered by Israeli state forces.

Diverting rubbish in Gaza


This begins with a straightforward report on the call by UN agencies for more humanitarian aid for Gaza. Then there are two reports on accusations by Israel that UN employees are diverting rubble and money to Hamas, or perhaps to rebuilding Gaza. This seems too small an issue to make headlines but it does divert attention from why Gaza is in such dire straits to the venality or treachery of Palestinian aid workers.

For the first time Israel divides the US

Israel is no longer the bipartisan issue in American politics that it has been since its foundation. Prof. Dov Waxman tells Mitchell Plitnick, FMEP, what this means.

Americans in Israel could swing it for Trump

In the USA, Jews are most likely to vote Democrat – because of or despite candidate Clinton. In Israel, home of 200,000 Americans with voting rights, Trump is more likely to get the ex-pat vote (he’s set up 5 offices in Israel to get these votes in). Obama’s serious efforts to get peace-talks going are regarded by the ex-pats as hostile to Israel. Trump abhors everything about Obama.

Palestinian women, more education, fewer jobs

The good news is that the PNA is trying to implement a UNSC resolution on empowering women and girls and has produced a programme. The bad news is that their brothers oppose their going out to work and subject them to increasing violence.

After 13 years at school Israelis know nothing of the Nakba

If Israelis (and Palestinians) really want peaceful co-existence they would surely learn other’s history, especially the Nakba, at school. It is shocking that accounts of the Nakba shock young Israeli Scouts,

Destroy all terrorists and their shelters

This injunction seems to have been the IDF’s aim in the 2014 OPE. As the shelters are homes and schools, as the IDF cannot identify and target ‘terrorists’ it follows they will cause mass death and destruction. Ma’an on Israel’s self-exoneration.

Playing with fire at Al Aqsa

The mosque on Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount is not just a mosque. It is the most symbolic mosque in Israel/ Palestine. Under the guardianship of a Jordanian agency, Muslims have permission to worship there. Jews do not – but right-wingers try. The fanatically religious disdain man-made law. Many fear what will happen including Daoud Kuttab.

Shameless lies by US Zionists

This is an extraordinary story by Tom Pessah in +972 in which, in order to demonise Palestinians – who wanted to celebrate their culture in a Californian town – Zionists and know-nothings simply make things up. You couldn’t make it up.

For diverse voices in Hebrew, come to diaspora

The virtual walls have gone up round Israel. Young Israelis who want to write freely in their own language often choose to emigrate – favourite destination Berlin. As a result, says Mati Shemoelof, these Hebrew writers are creating a new, cosmopolitan culture that challenges the patriotism and ethnocentricity which diminish Israeli culture.

Intellectuals betray Arab Spring

Arguments will continue for years about why the 2011 Arab Spring failed to fulfil its early promise. Political analyst Majed Kayali argues that a major factor was Arab intellectuals’ denigration of democracy as non-Arab or non-Islamic. None of them is named.