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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, 6th-12th September – a summary of recent postings

jfjfpWe join Gideon Levy in paying tribute to veteran Gush Shalom peace campaigner Uri Avnery on his 87th birthday. And we reproduce a long biographical note from Avnery’s own website describing his remarkable career.

The occupation continues – what else is new? B’tselem looks once more at Gaza where almost 95% of the water is unfit for drinking. The water and wastewater-treatment systems there are in desperate need of repair – yet Israel prohibits entry of materials needed for this vital work. But then Israel’s official goals with regard to the Gaza strip have been laid bare in a slideshow to the Turkel committee of inquiry into the flotilla disaster: they include separating the West Bank from Gaza, in breach of the Oslo agreement which recognised the territorial integrity of the occupied Palestinian territory.

Elsewhere the Israeli authorities collude to “Judaise” East Jerusalem. ACRI’s report “Unsafe Space: The Israeli Authorities’ Failure to Protect Human Rights amid Settlements in East Jerusalem” draws attention to this and the way in which Palestinian residents of the city are increasingly subject to hostility and violence, and their rights and needs disregarded and violated.

Having been obstructed by the Israelis’ opaque investigation and largely betrayed by their own government,  Rachel Corrie’s family has been forced to take matters into its own hands, filing suit against the Israeli government for criminal negligence. Max Blumenthal reports on the hearings in Haifa’s District Court. And Time magazine also carries a sympathetic report by Karl Vick.

Meanwhile, the European Commission has made known its concern over a draft Israeli bill that forces domestic NGOs to regularly disclose funding received from foreign governments…

On the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) front we reproduce the Jewish Peace News debates BDS – an exchange of strongly differing views among editors (and a guest-editor). And we carry a report from the Open Shuhada group that has been campaigning against Ahava in South Africa. It now finds itself vilified by the South African Zionist Federation to whom it responds in an open letter, asking “Why are you supporting occupation, settlement and oppression?”

Jeffrey Goldberg provides a long insider analysis of US and Israeli attitudes to Iran. It makes depressing, but essential reading. Soon after it’s publication Goldberg was invited by Fidel Castro to discuss its contents and spent three days in Cuba with Castro. His criticism of Ahmedinejad with regard to his holocaust denial is astonishingly strong and upfront. Goldberg writes: “He criticized Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and explained why the Iranian government would better serve the cause of peace by acknowledging the “unique” history of anti-Semitism and trying to understand why Israelis fear for their existence.” Hugo Chavez, too, has apparently changed tack, with the Atlantic Monthly reporting that Chavez’s new rhetoric and willingness to meet with Jewish leaders is “a direct result of Fidel’s statement.”

Finally we include Zochrot’s Position Paper on Posting Signs at the Sites of Demolished Palestinian Villages. It’s is not new; but as ‘celebrating’ or mourning the nakba becomes a criminal offence in Israel it is worth reminding ourselves of Zochrot (’Remembering’) and its work “to commemorate, witness, acknowledge, and repair”.

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