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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, 18-24 January – a summary of recent postings

jfjfpA mixed bag of a week with little good news…

Postings include a number on the increasingly repressive and reactionary atmosphere in Israel and among the settlers. For instance, Daniel Estrin reports on the fundamentalists of Yitzhar and the unwillingness of more mainstream religious bodies to condemn their out-and-out racism. The Sheikh Jarrar protests in east Jerusalem are attracting large number of Israelis – but the police continue their illegal arrest of demonstrators. Jared Malsin of Maan News Agency was deported, as feared. NGOs operating in the occupied territories are finding it increasingly difficult to get work permits for foreign workers.

And Joel Beinen writes about the longest continuous nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history (uniting villagers from all political factions, along with Israeli and international activists), against the encroachments of Israel’s separation barrier – and the repression it is subjected to.

A new report on the status of higher education staff in Israel and Palestine has appeared – in the same week as Barak moved to recognise the settler college at Ariel as a fully-fledged university within the Israeli Higher Education system.

Seth Freedman and others draw attention to Israel’s double standards over Haiti: “for all that Israel’s sterling work overseas deserves to be praised, it highlights the lack of compassion shown by the country’s leaders to those suffering on its own doorstep.”

Some of the big questions are tackled: by Diane Mason/Lawrence of Cyberia who questions the role of the Wall in stopping suicide bombings; by Tony Klug who asks if Israeli policies are entrenching anti-Semitism worldwide (and in an associated paper looks at the folly of attacking Iran); by Meron Bevenisti, a former deputy mayor of Jerusalem, who looks again at what he calls ‘the inevitable bi-national regime’; and by Jerome Slater who puts Moshe Halbertal’s widely-cited critique of the Goldstone Report under the microscope.

Plus: Rabbi Brian’s report of two visits to Hebron; Uri Avnery on the corrosion of Israeli politics; Mike Marqusee’s “If I am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew” now out in paperback; and two reports highlighting the health effects of the Gaza blockade…

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