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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

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The week in brief, 10th-16th May – a summary of recent postings


In briefest: further lashing out at critics of the Israeli government.  Scurrilous attacks attempting to destroy Justice Goldstone are now heaping abuse on him for his record as a judge in South Africa. Former South African Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson responds robustly; and Sasha Polakow-Suransky of Foreign Policy reminds us of Israel’s shameful role in supporting the apartheid regime.

It’s not only Goldstone. Academics at Tel Aviv University (TAU), who have called for an academic boycott, were slandered by Alan Dershowitz in a formal address to TAU’s donors. Many academics at TAU, including liberal Zionists opposed to the boycott, have protested furiously.

Over twenty Palestinian and Israeli human-rights organisations called for an end to Israel’s West Bank deportation policy (the Israeli organisations are all under threat of being effectively disempowered if proposed legislation to hound them goes through the Knesset).

The self-same Knesset is upset that Palestinians are calling for a boycott of the settlements and settlement goods. Chutzpah, says Uri Avnery; and Akiva Eldar shows how how “the colonialist mindset has been branded into Israeli consciousness“.

The Al Mezan Human Rights Centre in Gaza writes about a new bill, proposed by Member of Knesset Danny Danon from the Likud Party out of spite and vindictiveness, and likely to pass soon, that will deprive Palestinian political prisoners of family visits and limit visits by Red Cross representatives to one every three months.  And Gideon Levy writes more generally of “What Israeli Jews Want of Israeli Arabs”. His answer is not encouraging.

Nor is “A Dark Time in Israel”, in which Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center takes a longer look at how Israeli society is closing in on itself. And in If the secret police ran a Jewish state… Bradley Burston writes ironically about what could happen if – but, he reassures his readers: “No way we would let that happen here .” No way…

Benny Begin, extreme right-winger and Minister in the Israeli government was the person chosen by the luminaries of British Zionism  as keynote speaker at their shameful Jerusalem Day conquest rally at Hendon shul. A dignified demonstration of protest, supported by JfJfP, was organised.

Nearer home, too, Britain’s new Deputy Prime Minister writes stirringly that “the [Gaza] Blockade must End” – last December, it is true, but perhaps worth reminding him.

Finally, an appeal to buy cement for Gaza, to be taken to Gaza by a boat organised by our EJJP colleagues in Sweden, was circulated to all JfJFP signatories and posted on the website

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