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JfJfP comments


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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JfJfP statement on BDS



JfJfP executive committee
December 23, 2015

Jews for Justice for Palestinians is a voluntary network of Jews in Britain supporting the struggle for Palestinian rights.

We are committed to the principles of human rights, justice and equality. We oppose all those Israeli policies and actions that undermine the livelihoods, and human, civil and political rights of the Palestinian people both in the Occupied Territories (namely the areas outside the ‘Green Line’ which are controlled by Israel: the West Bank including East Jerusalem, Gaza and the Golan Heights) and within Israel itself.

JfJfP campaigns in three ways: working within the Jewish community; developing solidarity actions with and alongside other groups; and engaging with British, EU, US and international officials and elected representatives.

JfJfP regards its Jewish identity as central to its campaigning. We celebrate the humanitarian values of Judaism, and see the Israeli state’s many abuses of human rights as a profound assault on these values. JfJfP is proud to promote its boycott, divestment and sanctions policy as a peaceful, effective and, above all, ethical set of tools for campaigning against Israel’s oppressive policies and actions.

JfJfP’s boycott policy is not targeted at Israel per se and in no way delegitimises Israel. It is aimed at institutions and organisations, both Israeli and from other countries, which implement, are implicated in or collaborate with this oppression. We call our policy ‘smart boycotting’ and it comprises the following elements:

1. Building our boycott, divestment and sanctions work specifically on the Occupation and  Israeli policies that undermine the livelihoods, human and civil rights of the Palestinian people, and

2. Selecting our campaigns on a case-by-case basis

3. Using our campaigning to target identifiable institutions and organisations, or parts of institutions or organisations

4. Identifying and agreeing desired outcomes from such campaigns

5. Retaining the flexibility to identify changes in the way Israel operates its Occupation policy, and the impact it has on civil society within Israel and being ready to respond with new targeted boycott campaigns that address these changes.

JfJfP’s campaigning has, for many years, concentrated on commercial organisations which profit directly from the Occupation (e.g. boycotting growers of settlement-produced food products being sold in British supermarkets; supporting divestment from companies that operate in settlements or sell equipment that is used in the occupation, in particular, building and security companies, and companies that make arms sales to Israel; opposing trade fairs where Israeli settlement property is marketed). We also support suspension of preferential treatment for Israel under the EU -Israel Association Agreement until Israel respects the human rights provisions in the agreement.

We have taken part in the campaigning against Ahava, G4S, Elbit Weapons Systems and Motorola, and have been prominent in lobbying in Brussels regarding the EU-Israel Association Agreement.

JfJfP acknowledges how, after nearly half a century, the Occupation has become intertwined with Israel’s social and political fabric. We take into account the effect of Israel’s policy of ‘normalising’ and incorporating the Occupation, and its direct impact on many aspects of civil society within Israel itself. Consequently, our campaigning around boycott, divestment and sanctions has extended beyond commercial organisations to include many other Israeli institutions which may not be straightforwardly commercial, or even commercial at all, but are intimately associated with settlement development and legitimation.

Examples include:

• Israeli arts institutions that perform in the settlements or at military posts providing settlement security or serving checkpoints (e.g. Israel Philharmonic, Habima Theatre)

• Israeli university departments funded by and/or collaborating with weapons manufacturers

• The Israeli Medical Association which has explicitly denied the well documented evidence of Israeli doctors covering up the abuse of Palestinian prisoners, including children

• Sports organisations which discriminate against Palestinians

In Summary

JfJfP’s ‘smart’ boycott policy can be applied to any institution, organisation or part of institution or organisation, that is implicated in the Occupation or otherwise undermines Palestinian human rights.

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