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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, 24th-30th May – a summary of recent postings


The big story of the week was the Gaza Freedom Flotilla – though you wouldn’t have known it until the last minute if your only source of information was the British media. Eight large boats and with more than 10,000 tonnes of supplies, including water-filtration units and pre-fabricated homes, have caused a near panic reaction in Israel. More than anything else, it has brought home the sheet cruelty as well as illegality of Israel’s policy toward Gaza, with Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, reiterating a call for an immediate end to Israel’s blockade. As this summary was being prepared there was as yet no news as to the fate of the convoy…

Within Israel itself, rampant self-righteousness is combining with a deep vengefulness. The Gaza flotilla is in the words of the Israeli Foreign Ministry ‘a violation of international law’! The Knesset is considering a series of five laws, proposed by right-wing party Israel Beiteinu, nicknamed the ‘loyalty=citizenship laws’. Palestinian Israeli activist, Ameer Makhoul, has been charged with espionage – apparently having been tortured for ten days first. Israeli activist in the South Hebron hills, Ezra Nawi, has been goaled and would appreciate letters of support. And Israel is a rage with the Palestinian Authority and making all kinds of threats because of  its call for a boycott of settlement goods.

The Guardian reports that “Secret South African documents reveal that Israel offered to sell nuclear warheads to the apartheid regime, providing the first official documentary evidence of the state’s possession of nuclear weapons…” and is standing by its story despite Israeli denials. There is yet more on the vilification of Goldstone, which has stressed, once again, the clear and close links between the Israeli and the apartheid regimes.

Ben White calls into question the “peace process” which he says as “heading increasingly swiftly towards its ultimate demise…” Uri Avnery is more sanguine and thinks there can still be hope from the Obama administration.

The liberal US Jewish “Daily Forward” carried an informed and interesting overview of calls for a cultural boycott of Israel, following Elvis Costello’s decision not to go.

And, in the midst of it all, don’t forget the Palestinian Summer Celebration 2010 which gives you the chance to enjoy Palestine and learn from the Palestinians.

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