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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



Anti-Jewish vandals in Arizona

Before Trump was elected as next President, American Jews were comfortable in the feeling that antisemitism did not exist in the US – it was an archaic phenomenon of Europe and the MidEast. No longer. This account of twisting a menorah into a swastika is a reminder of the deep racism in the southern states – from which Jews don’t get a free pass.

May follows Trump

Not meaning she is one of the 18.2m followers of the next guardian of the free world, but after Trump had laid into those who criticise Israel May followed him with a new diplomatic rule: it is ‘not appropriate’ to criticise one’s allies. Which bodes ill for that free world.

Bibi is behaving like a drunken diver

Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the US, sent his credentials to the White House in 2013 and, despite his links with the Republicans, Obama’s administration was happy to accept them. Now he is touring TV stations claiming Obama is a “runaway train”, that Israel had proof that the US was behind UNSC’s Resolution 2334 against Israel’s settlement policy, proof he would present to Trump’s staff – though there is evidence that he already has.

Bibi dishes out the punishments

It’s not obvious that all the people now on Netanyahu’s blacklist will care about being banished to his outer office. He appears more like a child hurling everything he can reach out of his pram.

Enter, the tweeting Prince of Peace

Donald Trump tweeted himself into the centre of America’s political world with brief messages that were often crude insulting and hateful. It did him more good than harm amongst the apolitical. Kerry’s speech was a ‘marker’ of the urgency and seriousness of making two states possible. Trump has tweeted that away.

Commerce is the vanguard of illegal settlements


We are reposting a map and report from Human Rights watch on settlements on Palestinian land because of the current centrality of Israeli settlements to the UN Security Council (UNSC) and the policy of the Obama administration. Look at the map. Could a functioning Palestinian state be created out of this?

The Security Council decision explained

Pleasingly, assumes that lots of people don’t know what the UNSC is and why its vote on Israel’s settlements matters. They provide a 9-point answer including, No. 8, whether Trump can reverse it. (Not likely)

Parting Shots 1

John Kerry’s bravery is evident in the hugely hostile response to him and his speech in both Israel and the USA. Here we post the two favourable responses from Barak Ravid (‘3 years too late’) and the NY Times.

Last chance saloon

The Washington Post recounts the steps taken by UNSC members – careful to leave the USA out of it – since last summer to achieve a new resolution on settlements. It was their last chance to save the 2-state solution. Two drafts had been circulating (the UK helped edit the Egyptian one). The US was not involved in either.

Parting Shots 2

The attacks on Kerry flow in: he’s patronising, condescending, scheming, interfering, living in la-la land, ignores the Palestinian terror state. As such, no need to take him seriously. Bring on Trump!

For peace-makers John Kerry says it how it is

John Kerry, outgoing Secretary of State and indefatigable worker for Palestine/Israel negotiations makes a definitive speech because he thinks that the incoming administration will be a disaster for the 2-state solution – ‘we cannot, in good conscience, do nothing, and say nothing, when we see the hope of peace slipping away.’ Full transcript.

Holocaust has single message – never again for Jews

It was hoped that out of the horror and tragedy of the Holocaust would come a determination that never again would a policy of genocide be conceived and carried out. All humanity has failed in this. The obstacle, illustrated by the IHRA’s ‘instructive ‘examples’ is the idea that, says David Rosenberg, this means ‘never again must Jews be at risk of genocide’. As for others, such as Palestinians, – that’s someone else’s problem.

Why should Israel care what UN decides?

The UN Security Council (UNSC) first decided that Jewish settlements in the oPt were illegal in 1979. Israel relied on the US vetoing further resolutions. A jaded Akiva Eldar doubts if Israel will be bothered about Resolution 2334. It fits into Netanyahu’s narrative of persecution and conspiracy.

This week’s


This week, December 19th-25th, 2016, ended with an important event for all who have argued and campaigned for Palestinian rights and, in particular, for the ending of Jewish settlements plonked all over Palestinian land: the resolution by the UN’s Security Council affirming the illegality of those settlements. Apart from the key element – “Reiterates its […]

Israel reaps the whirlwind

There’s not much point in carrying reports of Netanyahu’s response to the UNSC’s resolution on settlements. It is entirely, self-pityingly, predictable. Here he musters his troops for a fight-back against the rule of international humanitarian law.

Obama, finally

The UN security resolution condemning Israeli settlements is a ‘landmark’ change, if only symbolically. It has been received positively by most – which doesn’t include the Israeli government which, rhetorically, condemns the resolution as anti-Israel, a betrayal of common values (a snide reference to the American annihilation of the indigenous population?) In one of the more bizarre events of 2016 Trump – with his large antisemitic following – and Bibi have become brothers-in-arms, the religion of Israel being defence of the nation state. What, if anything, this UNSC act will change is discussed by some of the commentators here.

No Xmas lights for state that is ‘light unto nations’

The people who want to enforce a ban, in the name of Judaism, on Christmas and secular celebrations in public spaces and hotels raise the central question – whether Israel is a religious or secular state.

Out damn tree

Jonathan Cook surveys the great Christmas tree war,and the threats being used by the rabbinate – not just one eccentric rabbi – to withdraw kosher status from any hotel that displays one. Hiddush leads the opposition to a narrow-minded and mean-spirited Judaism.

Amona settlers agree to move – to another illegal outpost

The outpost of Amona, near the Ofra settlement, is testing to the limit the willingness of the Israeli government to abide by its own rules. The Supreme Court ordered the demolition of this particularly aggressive outpost in 2014. It’s still there. The settlers see themselves as the vanguard for the Greater Israel – no place for Palestinians, or the rule of law.

Funding for settlers four times that of other Israelis

For what possible justification do settlers now receive four times the grants and allowances given to other Israeli citizens? MEMO reveals the results of Calcalist’s analysis. The answer is ‘security’ .