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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



The week in brief, 17th-23rd May – a summary of recent postings


In briefest: a week with lots more bad news…

Two respected Israeli commentators have raised the spectre of fascism within Israel: retired Judge Boaz Okon writing in Israel’s most popular newspaper, Yediot Ahranot says “[I]t would not be an exaggeration to say that the decision to shut up Prof. Chomsky is an attempt to put an end to freedom in the State of Israel. I am not talking about the stupidity of supplying ammunition to those who say that Israel is fascist, but rather about our concern that we may be becoming fascists.” And in a characteristically hard-hitting article Bradley Burston, Senior Editor of, warns that “it has taken the most dysfunctional, the most rudderless government Israel has ever known, to make moderates uncomfortably aware of the countless but largely cosmetized ways in which the right in Israel and its supporters abroad have come to plant and nurture the seeds of fascism…”

Neve Gordon writes about how a major part of the strategy to rebrand Israel positively is to undermine the reputation of anyone who dares to question Israel’s human rights record; Rachel Shabi that: “The ban on Palestinians using highway 443 has been lifted but sidestepped by the Israeli army. It’s bare-faced segregation…”. Jeremiah Haber, writing as an orthodox Jew, laments that “Jewish hatred and bigotry against Arabs today comes from the orthodox, and especially the modern orthodox…”; and Jonathan Cook writes about on a Knesset committee report just published that “presents an image of massive under-representation of Arab citizens across most of the public sector, including in government companies and ministries, where the percentage of Arab staff typically falls below two per cent of employees…

Nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu was sentenced to a further three months in prison, due to start today.

There is, of course, resistance: a Ta’ayush demonstration in Hebron; another round of ships carrying supplies to Gaza on the high seas, in the teeth of threats from Israel – with the Irish Ambassador to Israel calling for “the safe delivery of these humanitarian supplies.”; two Italian supermarkets suspending the sales of settlement products; and  the Sheikh Jarrar protests continuing (see the interview with two women of Sheikh Jarrar).

Veteran anti-apartheid campaigner Benjamin Pogrund reviews Polakow-Suransky’s new book, “The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship With Apartheid South Africa”.

And Peter Beinart  provides an interesting analysis of trends amongst American Jewry, writing that “Particularly in the younger generations, fewer and fewer American Jewish liberals are Zionists; fewer and fewer American Jewish Zionists are liberal.”

A final note: without any hint of irony, Hamas demolished 40 Palestinians homes in Gaza demolish up to 40 dwellings in Rafah on the grounds that they were built “without the correct permits”.

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