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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, 21st-27th June – a summary of recent postings


We all know that the blockade of Gaza has been eased. Gisha shows how little has changed, how much is hot air… Zvi Bar’el writes that the mandate of any international enquiry should be to establish “how Israel managed to sell its destructive policy to the countries of the world, how they agreed to the jailing of 1.5 million people without a UN resolution.” And veteran commentator on the Middle East Phyllis Bennis asks whether that the recent flotilla crisis is one of those turning points that occur in every campaign for human rights and equality.

In Israel the attack on both Palestinian citizens of Israel and on critical academics is being stepped up. Israel’s Education Minister Gideon Saar says he plans ‘to examine in depth’ a report published by right-wing group ‘Im Tirtzu’ – a report which Haifa University’s Rector says ‘smells of McCarthyism’. Im Tirtzu is one of a number of currents that Tony Lerman discusses in his analysis of ideological revivalism with Zionism today and some counter trends.

Three bills are now before the Israeli Knesset which, if passed, will seriously damage the financial viability of NGOs and their ability to function legally in Israel and the OPT. They will criminalize some NGOs’ activities as well as those of volunteer peace activists and intellectuals who work together with groups overseas for human rights and social justice.

The debate on boycott, divestment and sanctions continues. A Methodist Church ‘Justice for Palestine and Israel’ report, which talks of ‘an increasing consensus calling for the imposition of boycott, divestment and sanctions as a major strategy of non-violent resistance to the Occupation’ has been severely criticized by the Chief Rabbi and others; and defended by 30 individuals and organisations including JfJfP.

Meanwhile, Maariv has reported that targeted boycott and divestment actions — Israeli, Palestinian and international — are pushing an increasing number of Israeli companies out of the West Bank settlements and into Israeli proper. On the merits of the strategy, the Magnes Zionist (Jeremiah Haber) blogs as to why he feels the need to take Bernard Avishai, ‘one of few consistently interesting writers on Israel/Palestine on the left’ seriously when he uses economic considerations to oppose boycott and divestment – and why he disagrees with him. And the European Court of Justice ruling in February, that West Bank products are not covered by the EU-Israel Association Agreement, provides sound legal justification for a boycott of these products.

Robert Fowke asks why he, “as an average sort of Englishman …[ takes]… such an interest in the Israel-Palestine conflict? Where does my disproportionate interest come from…” He provides a number of insights into his concern.

And finally Ali Abunimah finds confirmation from “diplomatic sources” for a number of rumours we’d rather weren’t true – such as that US envoy George Mitchell once again put severe pressure on Egypt and other parties NOT to allow a Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal to proceed…

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