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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

Comments in 2012 and 2011



JfJfP – Exec statement on Settlement Goods


15 December 2009

JfJfP welcomes the Defra advice Labelling of produce grown in the Occupied Palestinian Territories published on 10 December 2009 on the “labelling of produce grown in the Occupied Palestinian Territories”, in particular para 4 which states: “Traders and retailers may wish to indicate whether the product originated from an Israeli settlement or from Palestinian producers. This could take the form, for example, of ‘Produce of the West Bank (Israeli settlement produce)’ or ‘Produce of the West Bank (Palestinian produce)’, as appropriate.”

We regard this labeling advice as a small but important step towards transparency. We will be urging our supporters to put pressure on supermarkets and other outlets to implement the new guidelines without delay, so that consumers can make a genuinely informed choice about the origin of their purchases.

We regret that Defra has limited its guidelines to advice only. The designation of origin “Produce of the West Bank” is ambiguous and therefore potentially misleading. It must, by law, be clarified. Voluntary guidance is insufficient in this case and we urge the Government to ensure that proper labeling is made a legal requirement.

Such a requirement should apply not just to goods grown in the Occupied Palestinian Territories but also to goods manufactured in illegal Israeli settlements or using resources expropriated from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. These are sometimes marketed in the UK and elsewhere as ‘made by’ followed by a Company name and Israeli registered address. This is as incorrect and misleading as it would be if the goods had claimed to be “Produce of Israel”.

We call on Her Majesty’s Government to clarify this matter.

We further note that para 9 of Defra’s advice states clearly: “Israeli settlements in the OPT are unlawful under international law. They contravene Article 49 (6) of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, which prohibits an occupying power from transferring its own civilian population into occupied territory.”

Given that the UK government recognizes unambiguously that the settlements are illegal, we are puzzled that it apparently remains legal for produce from them to be sold in the UK. We call on HMG to prohibit their sale; and, as long as they remain on retailers’ shelves, we renew our call for consumers to boycott them.


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