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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

Comments in 2012 and 2011




An end to the danse macabre

A few months ago, JfJfP was protesting outside Downing Street. A cyclist rode past slowly, staring at our banner. A few minutes later he came past again. This time we shifted on our feet  – slightly nervously. Then he got off his bike and approached us. He explained that he was a student from Chile but that his family was Palestinian. And then he said that if he had not seen it for himself, he would never have been able to conceive that a group such as JfJfP existed.

We must always resist the efforts of those who try to corral us into different political camps according to assumptions about what we think. This is not a religious conflict between Muslims and Jews – from which we would all anyway be the losers. We are here today in support of universal values to be enjoyed by Palestinians and Israelis alike: freedom, justice and democracy.

Our voices in support of those aims are needed now more than ever. Not just because Israel is, right now, deepening and expanding the occupation. Not just because they are reviving some plans so inimical to Palestinian statehood that even George W Bush rejected them. No, our voices are needed because it might be a time when a change is about to occur.

Monday sees the first meeting between Netanyahu and Obama. In my depths of wishful thinking I fantasise  and I bet many of you here do the same – about President Obama reading the riot act to the Israeli Prime Minister and a shame faced Bibi slinking out of Washington, his expansionist tail between his legs.

A fleetingly happy image, but we know it will not happen. Truth be told, a grand gesture is not what is needed right now.

We have seen the so-called leaders of the Western world engaging for years in the danse macabre they call the peace process. Process, more talk of it is not what we need. Instead, we need progress. And equally sure as I am that no riot act will be read on Monday, so am I sure that there will be no progress or movement from politicians without constant pressure from us.

And that is the most important thing I can say here today. When the politicians look as if they might begin to move, that is when we have to push them in the right direction ever harder. We have to make our heads of state, our MPs, MEPs and councillors have our voices always ringing in their ears, saying ”we will not tolerate the occupation any longer.”

That means we will not tolerate arms exports to and from Israel. It means we demand of MEPs candidates in next month’s elections that a vote for them depends on a vote from them against the upgrade of relations between the EU and Israel.

It means we will not tolerate UK supermarkets selling settlement goods – and that right now London Underground remove posters that eradicate Palestine completely from the map.

It means that next time Avigdor Lieberman creeps into London, the Foreign Secretary makes clear to him exactly what we think.

It’s great for you to be here today. Tomorrow, at home, sit down. Start writing to the politicians. Don’t stop until we have, together, won freedom for the Palestinians.

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