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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



Between Jews and other Arabs

Mohammed Amin, Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, discusses what Israeli Arabs gain and lose. He will be speaking at a panel discussion on Forgotten Israelis (see NIBS). Like Tony Klug, he says ‘Ultimately peace depends upon both sides understanding each other’s historical narratives.’

Using music in Gaza to heal damaged souls

Using the universal language of music Palestinian lute player Reem Anbar provides music therapy lessons for the traumatised people of Gaza. “Music is the nutrition of one’s soul” she tells The New Arab.

Degradation of the Oslo authority

The dire state of the Palestinian leadership – unpopular, increasingly repressive, bereft of strategy and new thinking in both territories – cannot continue indefinitely. This package includes two of the best commentators and recent poll findings – including the gulf now between the West Bank and Gaza.

Please – stand by us Arab Christians

A coalition of Christian organizations in Palestine – also speaking for ‘persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria’ – write an open letter to the World Council of Churches asking for urgent support; ‘We are on the verge of a catastrophic collapse’. For some reason, the BoD chose to attack them. The task is allotted to someone whose blog and letter so jostle with insults, and spurious ‘facts’, the citing of pogroms and persecution, that her argument is not taken seriously by the Methodists whom she addresses.

Breaking the image

Hamoud’s film about young Palestinians in Tel Aviv is iconoclastic. Instead of the stout woman in ‘modest’ hijab and abaya we see girls in jeans, hair flowing free. It’s the underground culture of every big city. The West, she says, wants to feel superior but it’s not true.

UN warns firms not to trade with settlements

The UN Human Rights Commission is upping its opposition to Israeli settlements from polite letters to compiling a blacklist of all the companies which do business with producers in settlements. Barak Ravid points out how this will work.

How Palestinians became a disposable population

Here is a most interesting article from Al Shabaka by Haidar Eid and Andy Clarno testing the limits of “apartheid” in analysing the Israel/Palestine relationship. As S. Africans have found, you can ditch the laws that enforce apartheid, but ‘racial capitalism’ is an engine of continuous racial inequality.

Mass arrest of Palestinian legislators

About 40 of the 132 member Palestinian Legislative Council have recently been arrested by the IOF and put into administrative detention – a military, not judicial, process. As they are not charged, the assumption is the detainees are thought to have links to any of the organisations which Israel has dubbed illegal. Britain’s FCO did not answer Lady Tonge’s question about this but did repeat its judgement that Israel makes ‘excessive’ use of this extra-judicial process.

Deadly pollution in Gaza sea

Gaza’s greatest asset – the clear blue Mediterranean sea with its brilliant sun – has become a death trap. Lacking fuel and spare parts for the sewage system the sea is now heavily polluted. It is killing children in particular. Death and sickness could be avoided by the import of fuel and spare parts.

Israel applies to ‘transfer’ Bedouin

Bedouin, made up of many tribes, are a thorn in Israel’s side. With an undoubted right to live on the land they nonetheless find themselves harried from place to place. They fight for the right to maintain their communities and way of life. Their identity and tradition are in danger of eradication through ‘transfers’ and demolitions.

What Bernie Sanders thinks but didn’t say

Bernie Sanders, the radical but defeated candidate for the Democrats’ nomination as their presidential candidate disappointed many with his near-silence on foreign policy. In an interview with The Intercept he expands – Saudi Arabia is not an ally, he would cut the huge American subvention to Israel and open channels with Iran.

Palestinians do not side with Kurds

Palestinians and Kurds want the same thing – an independent, sovereign state – only the borders to be sorted out. But Palestinians are sceptical. Arabs don’t want the break-up of Iraq. Why does Israel back the Kurds? Do they want a non-Arab, pro-western ally at their side? Daoud Kuttab comments.

Cyber censorship is illegal says Adalah

Palestinian access to communications has expanded hugely since the advent of the 3G network and cheap smart phones. The result has been a flurry of arrests by Israeli police, for ‘incitement’, and Palestinian police, for ‘disturbing social harmony’. These are all illegal denials of free speech says NGO Adalah.

This week’s


Rosh Hashanah occurred, Wednesday to Friday this week, 18th to 24th September 2017 prompting some interesting articles. Veteran journalist Akiva Eldar, ex-Haaretz now Al Monitor, notes a significant change amongst Israeli Jews, if not more widely. It was common, he says to make and send greetings cards including the wish for peace. That wish has […]

If being Jewish means catastrophe to the other

Robert Cohen addresses himself to the Jewish freshers flocking to universities this week. He asks them not to take as long as he did to discover being Jewish doesn’t mean loyalty to Israel (or attending all classes) but being true to historic values of courage, justice and integrity.

Paying for a pedal-wash

For the first time in its 100-year history the Giro d’Italia will start outside Europe – and Israel is the lucky beneficiary thanks largely to one man – the hyper-rich Israeli Sylvan Adams who wants to showcase ‘normal’ Israel. Threats of boycott are massing.

There is no Western Wall tradition

Another contentious correction to Israeli mythology about the past is provided by historian F.M. Loewenberg. For centuries Jewish pilgrims and historians paid no attention to the Western Wall. Then Ottoman Sultan Suleiman decreed it should be a place of Jewish prayer. It has only gained its status as a sacred site in the last 150 years.

The sins Israelis should repent

Once a common Jewish wish for the new year, inside and outside Israel, was for peace. No longer. Now peace-wishers are seen as deranged leftists. Akiva Eldar lists the five worst sins of politicians and public. Uniting the peace camps is No. 1 on his wish list.

Labour’s conference debate on antisemitism

Labour’s internal discussion on antisemitism will become an open debate next week at the party conference. Here is a clarification from JVL and Shami Chakrabarti of what a constitutional amendment should say – and what leave out, viz. any criterion of motive or belief.

New life for plan to rid Israel of all Arabs

JJ Goldbeg is alarmed that the incoherent thoughts of a right-winger who wants to eliminate all signs of a Palestinian community – eg annex the West Bank, force Palestinians to emigrate – should have been published in a mainstream conservative magazine.