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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


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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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New Israel Fund puts out call against the proposed loyalty oath


Dear Friends:

“The [loyalty oath] proposal would harm relations with Israel’s Arabs and damage the country’s international reputation.” – Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor, Likud

This is an infuriating, irresponsible decision which will only fuel the fires of de-legitimization against Israel worldwide.” – Minister for Minority Affairs Avishai Braverman, Labor

“….insulting, harmful, and is not enough to cement Israel’s status as a Jewish democratic state…will cause more harm than good, and stems from the need to please radical coalitional elements.” – Former Jewish Agency head Ze’ev Bielski, Kadima

Two centrist Israeli cabinet ministers and the former head of the Jewish Agency, along with dozens of other mainstream Israeli leaders, are condemning Prime Minister Netanyahu’s backing of a new amendment to the Citizenship Act, which demands that new citizens pledge loyalty to a “Jewish, democratic state.”

This loyalty oath would severely jeopardize Israel’s very standing as a state of all its citizens—a fundamental precept of any liberal democracy. We must act now to stand up for Israel and its democratic future.

NO democracy requires a loyalty oath based on religious identity. NO multicultural society can survive by insisting that ethnic minorities pledge fealty to the majority culture, as opposed to the state itself.

Israel is the sovereign expression of the right of self-determination of the Jewish people AND a democracy dedicated to the full equality of all its citizens and communities.

Israel cannot afford to be anything less than a state of all its citizens.

You joined us and thousands of other North Americans to protest the Rotem bill, which would allow the ultra-Orthodox to define who is a Jew. Make no mistake: instituting a loyalty oath to a “Jewish state” is the next dangerous step in allowing a coalition of ultra-nationalists and ultra-Orthodox with a stranglehold on the Netanyahu government to define who is Jewish, who is Israeli, who is “loyal.”

The New Israel Fund and its family of organizations will be fighting this measure together. Please join us today and let Prime Minister Netanyahu know that Israel’s status as a liberal democracy is again at risk. Urge him to withdraw support for the Citizenship Act Amendment now.  There is no time to lose.


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