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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, 9th-15th August – a summary of recent postings

jfjfpMore appreciations of Tony Judt as the loss sinks in – and a posting of the last piece he wrote about the conflict, Israel Without Clichés.

In Israel the latest testimony to the Turkel flotilla enquiry is distressing  in the patent disregard Israeli leaders show for Palestinian rights or Palestinian suffering. The peculiar vindictiveness of the blockade is obvious as Netanyahu explains why he eased the restrictions: “gradually these limitations [had] turned into a diplomatic and public relations burden…”. As Gisha comments: “If the limitations really were, as Netanyahu claimed, necessary “to prevent the entry of weapons and war materiel into Gaza”, easing them just in order to improve Israel’s public relations would seem grossly irresponsible. If they weren’t necessary for security – why were they imposed in the first place?”

Mathew Reisz, 2009 winner of the National Education Journalist of the Year award and a former editor of the Jewish Quarterly, draws together the threads of the attack on academic freedom in Israel and raises the spcctre of a McCarthyite era. Daphna Baram writes on the topic more broadly, assessing the rising spirit of xenophobia, and the hunt for traitors and backstabbers in Israel: “The very right to have an opinion and a voice is now under grave threat”… And Uri Avnery exposes those who would delegitimise Israel… , finding the international headquarters  of the Elders of Anti-Zion in the building of the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem…

On a positive note, yet another acquittal: this time for those who protested against the sale of cosmetic products from the settlements as the Ahava four, Palestine solidarity activists who chained themselves inside an Ahava shop, were found to have acted lawfully.

Finally, we reproduce The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears, Chris Hedges’ appeal for funds for the US boat to Gaza,  delivered in prophetic mode: “You may have the bulldozers, planes and helicopters that smash houses to rubble, the commandos who descend from ropes on ships and kill unarmed civilians on the high seas as well as in Gaza, the vast power of the state behind you. We have only our hands and our hearts and our voices. But note this. Note this well. It is you who are afraid of us…”

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