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2016:

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

2015:

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

2014:

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

2013:

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

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Month-long lobby of MPs and candidates in November 2009

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Every November, for the past several years, there has been a lobby of Parliament in support of Palestinian self-determination. Hundreds of voters go to meet their MPs and impress upon them the popular support for the rights of the Palestinians to their own, free nation state. We have seen how this has greatly improved the willingness of MPs to sign Early Day Motions (EDMs); raise parliamentary questions; write to ministers or join something like the Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group.

We need to lobby again this year, but there is an important difference. By May 2010, there is going to be a general election. The protests against the invasion of Gaza in January showed how huge numbers of the British public feel about the issue. Now we want to make sure it is a feature of the election in every constituency.

Rather than coming down to London to see just the sitting MPs, we want you to meet with them in your constituency. And we also want you to meet with their rivals, sound them out. Make sure they understand that the way you vote will be influenced by their stance on this issue

There’s a fallacious but all too common belief that lobbying requires some special expertise. It doesn’t. True, the slogans you put on a placard or shout with others at a demonstration are not necessarily the things you would say in a meeting with an MP or minister or diplomat. But that doesn’t mean that lobby meetings cannot express very strong sentiments, it just means taking care over how they are expressed. This guide is designed to make lobbying easier for anyone interested in it. No expertise is required – you just have to care enough to make your MP listen.

It may not seem like it, but as a general rule MPs love to listen. The one thing that unites MPs from all parties is the desire to demonstrate to their constituents that they have met and listened to them. That’s just as true for candidates.

So once you have them listening, the next step, the point of lobbying, is to get MPs to act. Will they raise a Parliamentary Questions? Will they sign an Emergency Day Motion (EDM)? Or write to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on your behalf? These are tangible markers by which we can measure gains in political support for the Palestinian cause.

You are unlikely to have enough time in a single meeting to raise all the issues that you care about. You’ll make your life and the meeting go much more smoothly if you can find some time to ensure your arguments can be backed up. We’ve put together some suggestions of how to approach the meeting as well as some of the issues worth raising with MPs and candidates. We hope it is self explanatory, but you should always feel free to email us if you have specific questions.

Lobbying can take many forms – you can ask for a private meeting. You can invite them all to come to a public meeting if you feel you have the bodies to organise one. Some of you may want to seek a second meeting to see if the MP or candidate has followed up on your request to sign a petition, an EDM or written to the secretary of state or the local newspaper.

Either way, we hope that the briefings we have put together here will help you in your task. And thank you for taking part.

Click for a briefing for lobbyists on issues to raise and questions to ask.

See the “how to” guide on lobbying MPs and candidates.

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