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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



A 2-state solution is no longer feasible

This is not an argument for one binational state. It is a bleak assessment by Mohamed Hassan of Turkey’s TRT World of the possibility of dividing the land between 2 states (none he thinks). It’s the policy of the West which has no will to deliver it.

We all believed Arabs were evil

Osnat Ita Skoblinski grew up in the hothouse atmosphere of Jewish self-righteousness and intrinsic Arab evil. Only when she met an actual Palestinian did she escape into reality. Now she works for B’Tselem.

Yachad, the establishment’s enemy in disguise

Yachad, the J-Street-like pro-Israel pro-peace group, should be flattered. One ‘Adam Cohen’, an American claiming to be a Londoner, has spent energy, time money, on attacking it. We don’t know who or what is behind this but assume Yachad is the target because, to ‘Adam’, its position might seduce the middle ground.

The shocking treatment of Palestinian children

It’s rare that Americans get the chance to hear Palestinian voices or evidence of Israeli cruelty to Palestinian children. They had a chance on June 8th when the video of a very sober panel discussion on the treatment of children was released. But just in case they watched it, says Peter Beinart, The Israel Project rushed out its own video and claimed the panel discussion was an “anti-Israel hatefest” and antisemitic. No wonder the Jewish establishment is so ill-informed.

Gaza’s darkest days

There are many ways of depicting the dire state of Gaza. The rising suicide rate of young men in particular is one of the most telling. The rate of unemployment in the Gaza Strip is now the highest in the world.

The Great Entanglement

The religious right peddles a mythology based on a falsehood – that it is they who pioneered settlements. In fact, the first settlement was set up by a leftist and then became the national policy of all governments, Labor as much as Likud, writes Gershom Gorenberg in American Prospect.

This week’s


Summary of, and links to, this week’s postings on the JfJfP website

And what would YOU do if you lived in Gaza?

The question is asked by Amos Harel in one of his wonderfully sardonic monologues. The answer by most people accustomed to the services that make life comfortable would probably be to leave as quickly as possible. No chance.

Overseas Aid prolongs the Occupation

This is the main section of a report by the NGO ‘The Reality of Aid’ on the effects of aid to Palestine and Israel . It argues convincingly that Aid does not reduce poverty – the purported aim – but is absorbed in such a predetermined highly militarised context that it further fragments Palestinians and reinforces Israel’s military control.

No refugee return – ever

Avigdor Lieberman tells the Herzliya conference that no Palestinian refugee will ever be allowed to return to family land or home. The bombastic defence minister is in no position to make that promise. The right of return is fundamental to Palestinian political culture and has a role in his PM’s effort to forge an anti-Iran alliance with the Gulf states- none of which accepts refugees.

Why Israelis insult foreign critics

Because, say the ‘literary power couple’ Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon who edited Kingdom of Olives and Ash, so many want the occupation to remain their dirty little secret.

McCarthyite group hides its funds in Shining City

Im Tirtzu is the Israeli group whose MO is the denunciation of leftist persons and groups for their foreign funding. It refuses to say where its funds come from. Digging by Uri Blau reveals large donations from American groups, many of them Netanyahu-backers, especially the secretive ‘Shining City’.

It makes no sense for Israel to make peace

That is, the Israeli gov’t maintains its hegemony by subduing Palestinians and stealing their land. No amount of US $$ is a good exchange for loss of the status quo. Four books reviewed by David Shulman

Peace process professionals keep pointless talks on track

Political analyst Ian Lustick has named the “peace process industry” as the “fourth player” in a circuit of talks, conferences etc which produce nothing but more appearances for the personnel of the industry. Ben White names the names.

Judge upholds right of pension funds to be ethical

Israel’s anti-BDS minister Gilad Erdan met Communities secretary Sajid Javid in September 2016. Shortly after, David’s department issued ‘guidance’ that pro-BDS decisions by local government were not ‘appropriate’. A judge has now ruled that he was overstepping his brief.

‘Devastating’ turn against Israel by Jewish students in US

Young students today – Jewish and non-Jewish – are schooled in the paradigm of racist oppressor and oppressed. For them Israel is clearly the oppressor and Palestinians clearly the victim. They will shape the future.

Academics must have same ethics as IDF

That’s an ironic headline. University staff and the IDF (the most moral army etc etc) have both got a code of ethics written by Prof. Asa Kasher. For the IDF, the code is a propaganda screen. For the academics the code would be a powerful weapon preventing critical and inquiring studies and BDS. Mondoweiss reports

Israelis losing all sense of decency – Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim, the internationally renowned pianist, conductor and co-creator of the West-Eastern Divan orchestra has done more to defy sectarianism and promote dignity in young Palestinians than any of his contemporaries. John Reed on the position from which Barenboim decries Israelis’ loss of humanity.

Weakened Palestine and Israeli overreach

Two Al Shabaka writers trace the history of the Palestinian cause from 1967 to today. Its peak was in 1974 when Arafat addressed the UN, the PLO was internationally recognised as the leader of the cause and the cause was led by a united leadership. Over 40 years later it seems much weaker with a divided leadership and no strategy for Palestinian liberation . Yet – popular support for Palestinian rights has never been higher and excess power has gone to Israel’s head, cocooning Israelis in delusions of eternal triumph.

Those who speak up for power-less Gaza

Because of the siege it imposes, Israel is responsible for the welfare of the besieged. It is colluding with the PA by withholding power from Gaza. Many people and NGOs have spoken out against this cruelty: names in this 4-piece posting