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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

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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

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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

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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, 4 – 10 April 2011 – a summary of recent postings

jfjfpThe main story of the week was undoubtedly the Goldstone Report, or rather Richard Goldstone’s op-ed piece in the Washington Post which appeared under the title “Reconsidering the Goldstone Report on Israel and war crimes”. Neither what exactly he revised nor why he did so is simple, nor indeed why he should treat a report written by four eminent co-authors as his personal property. In The Goldstone gefuffle – an easy guide we have provided links to a range of relevant articles and evaluations.

In response to the publication in the Washinton Post, the Israeli government immediately called for the UN to retract the Goldstone Report (a move which prompted Goldstone to issue a further statement that he was not calling for any such thing).  Amnesty International issued a statement arguing that such  calls are a “a cynical attempt to avoid accountability for war crimes and deny both Palestinian and Israeli victims of the 2008-2009 conflict the justice and reparations they deserve”.

The second story of the week was the murder of Juliano Mer-Khamis, Israeli actor and founder of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin. It is a tragedy for his family and friends and for the people of Jenin in particular and Palestinians in general. And for all working for a solution in which Israelis and Palestinians can live together in peace in the Middle East. Many of us have worked with Juliano and with the Freedom Theatre in one way or another and we receive this news with a sense of profound loss. We added links to a selection of appreciations of Juliano as they appeared during the week.

On more mundane matters:

A new report from Who profits? Forbidden Fruit: The Israeli Wine Industry and the Occupation demonstrates that ALL of the major Israeli wineries use grapes from occupied territory in their wines. It also provides a comprehensive account of the incentives of the Israeli wine industry to cultivate grapes and to develop wineries in occupied territory.

The Jewish Chronicle reported that the UK branch of Israeli cosmetics store, Ahava, is moving from its central London shop in Covent Gardens after years of demonstrations highlighting its role in supporting the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands.

The Coalition of Women for Peace has produced the first in a series of video clips as part of its campaign against the Prohibition of Boycott Bill, which is currently promoted in the Knesset. They’ve asked their supporters to circulate it widely

In a JNews blog contribution, Lia Tarachansky traces the history of Canada’s long-term record of regularly aiding/supporting dictatorships, in concert with the USA. “And while most Canadians view their country as a peacekeeping nation, Canada’s arms trade, military assistance, and intelligence cooperation with Israel paint a different picture.” And Israel is delighted with their Canadians allies

The International Crisis Group followed up its earlier report on developments in Gaza (see our posting Violence escalates between Israel and Gaza on 28 March) with one on Radical Islam in Gaza , examining the impact of Salafi-Jihadi groups operating there. As progress toward normalising life, engaging the world or achieving a prisoner exchange stalls, the uncompromising outlook of the Salafi-Jihadis becomes more appealing to militants. “The policy of isolating Gaza and ignoring Hamas has only exacerbated the problem”, said Robert Malley, Crisis Group’s Middle East and North Africa Program Director.

An Early Day Motion on the JNF has been tabled in the House of Commons: “That this House welcomes the Stop the Jewish National Fund Campaign launched on 30 March 2011. The JNF is a UK registered charity whose patrons include high profile figures such as Prime Minister David Cameron. Palestinian civil society organisations say that from its establishment “the JNF has been a chief partner in the Zionist colonial drive to dispossess indigenous Palestinians of their land…””

Last, but not least, JfJfP is holding a Third Seder on 21st April and calls on anyone interested in coming to get in touch: “Why is this year different from all other years? Because this year, at Passover, we celebrate the struggles of all those intent on achieving liberation from the yoke of authoritarian rule. While some remain oppressed, there is still work for all of us to do…

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