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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



This week’s


This week, 9th-15th October 2017, there has been one dominant event affecting all Palestinians and those who care about them: the long-heralded rapprochement – reconciliation as it’s called – between Hamas and Gaza. Despite many such beginnings, all petering out, this one got to the public signing of the accord. President Sisi has a big […]

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A woman on the margins


It was news to me, postings editor, that JfJfP was set up by feminists but when you think how many Jewish women were at the forefront of women’s liberation and how many women maintained the links made then it’s not surprising. Miki David, founding signatory, describes how JfJfP became a home for her. To have read the unedited interview you would have needed a map and a history book so widely did her family move about, encompassing many violent events.

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Signed, sealed but can it be delivered?

Long anticipated – but never with complete confidence, a reconciliation agreement was signed on Oct. 12th. What the substance of this will be we don’t know – other than Hamas is refusing to give up its weapons and al-Sisi won’t want to have invested so much in a failure. The current mood is buoyant, especially in Gaza.

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The iterations of the “Balfour Declaration”

The exhibit presented here was part of Judy Price’s show, Still, an exhibition of work she had made around Palestine over the last 10 years. It was shown at the Mosaic Rooms earlier this year.

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84 words that killed Palestinian aspiration

What did Weizmann offer the British in 1917 in return for their ‘favour’ towards a Jewish home in Palestine? After the 1947-8 war the commitment ‘nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities’ was dead. Ramzy Baroud says the Declaration was ‘equivalent to a decree calling for the annihilation of the Palestinian people’ and yet they survive.

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May sees no principle at stake in Balfour ‘celebration’

Machiavellian May knows where the power is and is magnetically drawn to it. Forget the actual Foreign Office concern about Arabs in Palestine. Her concern is the British role in creating powerful Israel as the national home of Jews.

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Don’t blame Balfour. It was the wily wizard

This is the report of a 1931 meeting on Palestine and Jews organised by the English Zionist Federation. Lloyd George is the main speaker. It reveals a lot about how the British government regarded its duty (to Arabs and Jews), how Palestine was presented (a wasteland due to Ottoman neglect) and how Zionism was understood (the ideology of ‘the only race to have made a success of Canaan in the last 3000 years’.

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I took part in a cruel occupation

When doing her military service Frima (Merphie) Bubis realised that she was enforcing a cruel occupation. She uses the story of Jonah’s role in getting the people of Nineveh to repent as an allegory of the need to face up to wrong-doing and for Israeli Jews to repent .

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Lies, lies, lies

Jamie Stern-Weiner stays on his feet to document the hurricane of hysteria about left-wing antisemitism at the Labour conference which is blowing away much of the British press. The accusers never check their facts. JSW does the ‘laborious’ work of checking his.

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The plot to infiltrate UK: exposé not antisemitic

In a 70 page document Ofcom, the press regulator, dismissed all complaints that the Al Jazeera series The Lobby was unfair, invasive of privacy or antisemitic. Articles from Al Jazeera and UK Press Gazette.

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Destroying shelters at Succot

The origin of the three Abrahamic religions is in the hard lives of the desert dwellers. The gulf between those times and ours is immeasurable yet all cling to their festivals of survival against the odds, none more so than Succot. +972 points out the irony of commemorating the lack of shelter for Jews while Israel continues to demolish, ruthlessly, the shelters of Palestinians.

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Fight to entrench right to boycott

Many states in the USA boycott any company which supports boycotting Israeli and/or settlement products. The ACLU is taking up the case of a teacher excluded from a training course because she refused to certify that she does not participate in a boycott of Israel.

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Chemical bond of Trump and Bibi repels many

Trump came to power on a raft of promises which he has been unable to keep – like moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. The US’s liberal Jews are dismayed that Bibi so quickly embraced the President despite his antisemitic, anti-immigrant following. But the Israeli right is getting testy about the delay in moving the embassy.

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Hamas pushes Abbas out in the cold

Since Hamas was created 30 years ago it has been treated as a pariah state-let by most other states. Yet now, writes Jonathan Cook, as it pushes for reconciliation as a way out of its isolation, Hamas seems a better voice for Palestine than the enfeebled and itself isolated Fatah under the Abbas leadership.

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Hebron settlers awarded their own separate admin

Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank, home to over 215,000 Palestinians and about 700 Jewish settlers. The settlers are now to be directly governed by Israel’s Civil Administration (COGAT, a unit of the IDF) dividing the city into two. Apartheid say James Zogby and MEMO.

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NIBS-Balfour, Britain’s broken promise

Plus IJV film on Balfour legacy, Women Wage Peace march, Fathom special issue on Balfour, Updates on Hamas Fatah reconciliation talks, National march November 4th

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This week’s


In this first week of October, 2nd-8th, 2017, olive farmers check when they think the fruit will be ready to harvest, and how much labour this will demand. Olives, or olive oil, are not the primary product in the oPt – productivity is limited by lack of fertilizer (mainly nitrogen) and water, both of which […]

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Providing a protective presence


There are many organisations which train foreigners to visit Palestinian communities, to observe and listen and bear witness once home. The EAPPI is one of the best known and Sue Beardon, JfJfP signatory, was one of their volunteers. Now she helps administer the programme.

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Imagining a shared society

Ron Gerlitz imagines a Fabian transformation – that is, a series of small but incremental changes which will gradually make the two peoples of Israel Palestine equal – a process which has already begun though many won’t admit it.

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The international volunteer olive tree brigade

Israeli police ignore the attacks made by settlers on Palestinian olive trees, digging up new saplings, chopping down mature trees. But with the increase in volunteers for the harvest, and help from the PLO and the UK’s FCO, attacks have gone down, this no thanks to Israel’s forces of law and order.

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