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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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The week in brief

jfjfpGaza still dominated the news this week, as indeed it should have. This time Egypt drew most of the flack, failing to live up to its promise to allow the Gaza Freedom Marchers and the Viva Palestina convoy in to take their supplies and support to the people trapped in Gaza. In the end some marchers were allowed in, some goods reached their destination. Uri Avnery’s article “The Iron Wall” is the best account of the pressures on Egypt. His conclusion: “As an Israeli, I protest against the Israeli blockade. If I were an Egyptian, I would protest against the Egyptian blockade. As a citizen of this planet, I protest against both.”

A sober, biting piece on the anniversary of the war on Gaza by Israeli lawyer activist Michael Sfard  is introduced by the Magnes Zionist in similar vein. Larry Derner too, was cutting about Israel, in the pages of the Jerusalem Post: “The question we have to ask ourselves is this: If anybody treated us like we’re treating the people in Gaza, what would we do? We don’t want to go there, do we?” The Hebrew University and Haifa University both banned meetings to commemorate one year after the war (the former describing the proposed meeting as ‘incitement against Israel’).

Among other topics dealt with this week, Akiva Eldar writes of settlements ‘experiencing a building boom’; Mohamed Altawil gives a moving account of growing up in Gaza and working as a trauma therapist; Alexander Yacobson refloats the idea of  settlers who are interested in staying in “Judea and Samaria” being allowed to do so, as citizens of Palestine; and senior Israeli voices in the military are suddenly taking the possibility of prosecution before the International Criminal Court seriously.

Financial appeal of the moment is for the Refuseniks – not just the new Shministim (high school leaver refuseniks)  but also Combatants for Peace, New Profile, Yesh Gvul, and Courage to Refuse – who all need financial help.

And Sociologist Keith Kahn-Harris writes in the pages of the Jewish Chronicle: “Rather than constantly seeking to present a united front that does not exist, the Board [of Deputies of British Jews] should transform itself into a space within which the full range of opinions about Israel can be heard and properly debated, rather than quashed…”

These and more in the selection of articles below…

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