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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, 25-31 January 2010 – a summary of recent postings

jfjfpIf you only look at thing this week, let it be the testimony of Israeli women soldiers who have “broken their silence”. The relentless chronicling of the petty, vindictive, unjustifiable assaults the army perpetrates as a matter of routine, designed to hurt and to humiliate, is almost unbearable to read. See the report at

But inevitably there is much else besides.

The case to resist any restriction on the implementation of universal jurisdiction is well made in a Human Rights Watch open letter to Gordon Brown. Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi, one of the most vocal critics of government policy in the occupied territories, evoked praise from most of his fellow Knesset members for his speech on Holocaust memorial day. A new e-publication on the JNF brings together a lot of useful and interesting material on its ongoing role in Palestinian dispossession.

Jeremiah Haber has – cautiously – raised hopes of a rebirth of the Zionist left, as many prominent Israelis join the protest against the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrar.

Howard Zinn,veteran civil rights campaigner and loyal supporter of Jewish Voice for Peace, has died at the age of 87. So too has Janina Bauman, holocaust survivor, activist and writer, and JfJfP supporter.

As for “the peace process”… Ha’aretz shows Israel acting in bad faith, promising to dismantle checkpoints, which it does, only to replace them with even more roadblocks elsewhere; Eyad el Sarraj in “Gaza’s Agony” reflects on the failure of US policy in the Middle East; Amira Hass shows how the west colludes with Israel as it “continues to spit in the face of friendly countries” [this time cancelling the work visas of international NGO employees], “and those countries continue to admire the falling raindrops”; Stephen M Walt (co-author of Mearsheimer/Walt “The Israel Lobby”) feels that it’s time for Mideast special envoy George Mitchell, to resign. Why? “Because he is wasting his time…he was hired under false pretences…”

Israel’s response to the Goldstone Report remains to refuse an independent enquiry as yet another government report says there is nothing to report about – to Ha’aretz’s chagrin.

And a parliamentary debate about the labelling of settlement goods enabled Phyllis Starkey MP to demonstrate the multiple ways in which Israel evades the regulations.

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