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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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This week’s postings on website


Among the dominant issues this week, December 8-15, 2014 were: the speculation over whether Likud could be defeated at the next coalition if there were coalitions of all the parties with Arab members (and, last week all centre/ left of centre parties): Demand for united Arab list for election, Likud leads but Bibi loses out to Kahlon;

the growing gulf between the pro-Israel stance of all western governments and the popular, impatient  rejection of  Israel’s policy of occupation and settlements which comes up in many forms: the rising expectation that the EU should and could do more to put a barrier between itself, its trade and its shelter from Israel : EU should raise costs of occupation, French senate, Irish parliament vote for recognition of Palestine. Omar Barghouti tells a wildly appreciative American audience that for all its costly hasbara, the world no longer believes that Israel’s war crimes are a price worth paying for some nice musicians and hi-tech gadgets, Israel wastes $billions on buying a good image. Many will read the report by +972 and Gisha on the maze of petty regulations that ensnare Palestinians, Jim Crow laws that govern Palestinian life.

In this turn away from Israel as the core of their identity European and American Jews are increasingly recovering their own pre-Israel, diaspora history of standing for progress, emancipation and enlightenment (which has not survived inside Israel): Ending the Zionist interlude in US Judaism, Recover the tradition of Jews as bearers of the Enlightenment.

Meanwhile, loyalty to Israel is shrinking to a (fat) fringe of right-wing Jews and evangelical Christians finding common cause in support for Israel’s policies and hostility to all things Islamic: Zionist Federation funds anti-Islamic tour, Islamic charity returns to Gaza after audit, Evangelical Christians care more about Israel’s Jewishness than democracy.

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