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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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Geneva NGO takes up complaints about targetting of media by PA security forces

July 2012: Third rally in Ramallah, ostensibly against PA austerity measures,but this directed against the use of force by PA security forces against previous protests. BBC news: “With this march we emphasise that the people are the source of authority, and that we reject the use of violence against the Palestinian people by any and all hands,” the Palestinians for Dignity youth group said in a statement.

Euro-Mid Urges EU to Reconsider its Support for PA Security Forces

Euro-Mid Media Release
February 11, 2013

Geneva–Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights is deeply concerned over the smothering practices of the PA’s security forces against media workers and journalists in the West Bank. Thus, Euro-Mid has called on EU countries to rethink their support for the PA’s security forces.

In a statement issued Saturday Feb. 9th, Euro-Mid Observer denounced the storming of journalist Muhammed Awad’s house by the PA’s Preventive Security in the village of Badras in Ramallah on Thursday night Feb. 7th. The statement added that the security forces did not show any arrest or search warrants which makes such practice illegal.

Euro-Mid personnel who happened to be at Muhammed Awad’s work compass during the raid quote him as saying that he was arrested three times last year by the PA’s intelligence unit without any warrant, and that they used to summon him weekly for inquiry. Muhammed added that he was last called for at the intelligence unit in Rammallah three days before his house was raid. He was threatened and blackmailed,then, to collaborate with the intelligence.

It is worth mentioning that the PA is suiting [?] a number of activists and journalists over their political views. Among them is the youth activist Nezar Banat from Hebron who was accused of “running his mouth”. Columnist, Jihad Harb, is also facing the same charge after an article he published. Activist Safed Nezal, on top of that, was summoned three days ago for her participation in a peaceful protest.

A local court in Nablus has issued a year-long sentence against activist Anas Awaad over “running his mouth against the elite” after a comment he posted on his Facebook page. Euro-Mid Observer has criticized such a sentence against Awaad as he did not commit any trespass that requires trial. The only crime he committed was that he expressed his opinions and thoughts freely as stipulated in the internal law and agreements, Euro-Mid statement stressed.

The news of presidential pardon was not followed by any legal measures to reverse his sentence and protect him from arrest so far. More importantly, the presidential pardon was conditioned until the appealing time against the sentence is over which reflects the exploitation and manipulation of judiciary, and the support coming from the top of the political pyramid for such practices, added Euro-Mid statement.

Euro-Mid Observer has called upon the PA to allow public freedoms and end its arbitrary detention policy without issuing warrants, a policy that received much international criticism and condemnation.

Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights, based in Geneva, has urged the EU and the donor countries to reconsider their unconditional support for the PA’s security forces in light of its recurrent breaches against international law and human rights. Euro-Mid thought such breaches could seriously embarrass the PA’s donor countries and could hold them accountable before the public and law, especially in midst of foreign security and police missions supervising training and work inside the PA’s security forces.

[Euro-Mid is a Geneva-based NGO whose aim is ‘To document human rights violations across the region and motivate European/International organizations and decision makers to act to eliminate these violations.’ Their region of concern is MENA – idle East and North ]

Palestinian jailed for insulting Abbas

Court sentences Anas Awwad to a year in prison for commenting on picture of PA head kicking soccer ball

By AP/Times of Israel
February 07, 2013,

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian court has sentenced a West Bank man to a year in jail for “cursing the president” on Facebook.

The Magistrates Court of the city of Nablus sentenced Anas Awwad, 26, on Thursday.

His father says Awwad is being punished for a comment he made about a picture of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas kicking a soccer ball taken during his visit to Barcelona Football Club in 2011.

Awwad wrote “The new striker in Real Madrid.” His lawyer says he is appealing the decision.

Another Palestinian is on trial for the same charge. Nizar Banat, 33, posted: “I curse the president on every occasion for political reasons.”

Human Rights lawyer Fareed Al-Atrash said the Palestinian judiciary applied a Jordanian law that criminalizes cursing the King.

Abbas’s office declined to comment.

Masked gunmen in Nablus protest at arrests of Fatah members by PA security forces, January 2013

Nablus gunmen fire live shots to protest PA arrest raid

By Ma’an news
January 15/17, 2013

NABLUS  — Masked gunmen on Tuesday fired live shots into the air in a Nablus refugee camp in protest at a raid by Palestinian Authority security forces hours earlier, locals said.

PA security raided several homes in Balata camp in an attempt to detain several men wanted for participating in protests against security forces, locals told Ma’an.

They raided the homes of Fatah leaders Muhammad Abu Zayel and Iyad al-Tirwai but left without making any arrests.

After the raids, masked gunmen gathered in the camp and fired multiple rounds of live ammunition into the air with semi-automatic weapons in protest against the treatment of Fatah members by security forces.

The gunmen accused PA security chiefs of targeting Fatah members and humiliating them, calling on President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads the Fatah party, to investigate the incident.

On Thursday, a group of masked gunmen in Balata camp claiming affiliation to Fatah’s military wing warned that they would fight back against the imprisonment of their members by Palestinian security forces.

As president, Abbas heads the security forces, but the unidentified gunmen said they were acting to defend the president against “the enemies of Fatah and the enesmiesha of the Palestinian people.”

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