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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



Ultra-Orthodox refuse all state duties

Haredi Jews seem an oddity amongst the diverse congregation of Jews. Many Haredim think Israel should not exist and they should not perform state duties, especially military service. It’s a growing problem -Haredim have by far the fastest birth rate amongst Jews at just below 12%. The national average is 2%.

Despite UN+ deal, siege on Gaza tightens

The Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) was brokered between the UN, PNA and Israel. In a bitter irony it has allowed Israel to declare more materials as having ‘dual use’ and so prevents its transport into Gaza. Palestine Monitor on a report from Oxfam.

Fewer and fewer want to visit Israel

Rampages by ISIL targetting tourists badly damaged tourism in Arab North Africa. But as the only ‘white’ country/ democracy in the Middle East Israelis are upset that their country too is a violent destination because of its treatment of Palestinians. Asa Winstanley on Israel’s drop in tourism and reputation.

AIPAC – don’t spoil our dream with facts

AIPAC’s motto could be that of the passively complicit through history – we don’t want to know.But it’s impossible they know nothing of the land-expropriation, the rough-handling by soldiers, and that great big wall cutting through Palestinian land with such destructive effect. A withering critique by Chemi Shalev.

Laws, censorship, travel bans, intimidation fail to quell BDS

Ramzy Baroud describes the frantic activity of various bodies to crush BDS. All they do is big up the movement. And why are so many august bodies so desperate to protect Israel?

Falk banned for warning of apartheid

Richard Falk, former UN rapporteur on Israeli Violations in Palestine and professor of international law knows more about Palestine/Israel than most. His is a legal, not emotional, approach. But his co-authoring of a report on Israeli apartheid led to the cancellation of his talks at 2 British universities and a meeting disrupted by Zionist hecklers at LSE. The trend here of censoring discussion of Israel is now an established denial of free speech.

What’s the point of AIPAC?

AIPAC has no role in relation to Jews or Judaism. It exists solely to press politicians and government in the USA to favour the state of Israel. For this reason it has generous donors and supporters. And very vocal critics. IfNotNow and Peter Beinart.

US states block free speech

Pro-Israel lobbying in the US, often by Christian groups, has produced a slew of laws declaring the support of boycott or of limiting free commerce to be illegal. Such groups are following Israel’s lead in flouting international laws. The Progressive tracks them.

Keep it secret

AIPAC’s modus operandi is cultivating direct lines to Congressmen and the White House. The MO of both Trump and Netanyahu, says Bradley Burston, is to work under cover, never letting the daylight in.

Abuse of the term ‘antisemitism’

When PM May decided to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism as hers she kept private why she chose this one, or why she chose any one at all. Retired judge Stephen Sedley says why the definition fails on all counts.

IHRA definition of antisemitism not fit for purpose

The definition of antisemitism chosen by PM May, written by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, has no legal weight and is too confused to be a clear guide says QC Hugh Tomlinson, commissioned by 4 organisations including JfJfP. Here is his fine forensic Opinion in full.

Only retired security heads speak truth to power

The former head of Mossad says “Israeli occupation and the conflict with the Palestinians are the only existential threat facing Israel”. It’s not going to be solved by divine intervention. Neither he, nor IDF Generals believe Iran is a major threat.

This week’s


Here is our summary of this week’s postings. You can read them in full via this page or via the home page.

How I became a dissident Jew


This is the transcript of an interview with Ann Jungman, a founder signatory of JfJfP. Why did she join? What made her critical of Israel? and how did she find her time on a kibbutz?

Jewish establishment can’t condemn occupation

It had seemed that US Jewish Groups had failed to condemn the Israeli Occupation out of blind loyalty to Israel. It now seems they are blinded by hatred of all things Muslim – and that means Palestinians.

Hamas takes the antisemitism out of its charter

Rumours of changing Hamas’s charter have been circulating since last year. Many doubted it was possible – did Hamas have the diplomatic skills to engage all factions in change? It seems so. The changes are dramatic. But children absorb anti-Israel violence from very early. Can that be changed to fit the new Charter?

An ethnic state cannot be democratic

Israeli loyalists are liable to cry – ‘you are denying our right to exist’ – at any critic. Philosopher Joseph Levine takes apart this phrase – all its elements are questionable – and says any notion of citizenship that is based on ethnicity must be excluding and a form of domination.

Israel profits from more dangerous world

This story from AFP was published last year but is more timely than ever. Israel’s leading edge is not in conventional warfare; it is in controlling domestic populations. European states want to buy their weapons and techniques.

Omar Barghouti is like every other Israeli

That is, he avoids paying all the income tax he is liable for. Richard Silverstein notes the glee this brings Barghouti’s enemies and that ‘every wealthy Israeli, and I mean virtually every one, has a tax avoidance strategy’.

More bans on BDS by big chiefs


Blocking BDS: Swiss parliament passes a law banning any government funding to any NGO involved in ‘racist, antisemitic or hate incitement actions, or in BDS’. And an ill-informed article by an Italian-Israeli on the admin of Turin university banning a BDS conference. The student council had approved by wide majority a motion supporting the academic boycott of Israel.