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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



Jewish Chronicle publish our letter

jcOn 31 July we reported that the Jewish Chronicle had devoted most of its front page and page two to a ‘scoop’ about JfJfP’s consultation on boycott, divestment and sanctions. We promised that we’ be sending a reply but weren’t holding our breath about it being published. In the event the editor agreed to take a 250-word letter from us. It appears today – more or less – though I guess you can accept all the changes as legitimate edits to fit. Though ironic that the longest cut was this final sentence: “Why are you apparently so afraid of letting our voices be heard?”!

The letter as published reads:

We’re delighted you devoted most of your pages 1 and 2 (JC, 31 July) to the serious consultation Jews for Justice for Palestinians has initiated about boycott, divestment and sanctions.

But we object strongly to being labeled as ‘anti-Israel’, and to the cheap slanders dropped in as though they were fact. It’s an unsubtle attempt to delegitimise criticism with which you disagree and unworthy of a paper that once laid claim to being Europe’s finest Jewish newspaper.

We are not anti-Israel. We are Jews, practising and secular, Zionist and not, who share a horror at the actions of successive Israeli governments that trample on the human, social, civil and economic rights of Palestinians, particularly those under occupation. On this we follow Israeli groups like Rabbis for Human Rights, Breaking the Silence, Acri, B’tselem and others that call the Israeli state to account for its failed human-rights record. Its actions – up to and including apparent war crimes – are most certainly not in Israel’s interests nor those of diaspora Jewry.

We urge your readers to read the statement that signatories sign up to – see We are not monsters with horns, – simply members of the Jewish community with which other members, including your good selves, disagree. Yet we know, from the 2004 UJIA survey into Jewish identity, that a large number of British Jews share our disapproval of the occupation.

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