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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

Comments in 2012 and 2011




Making sense of Shavuot

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Why I’m Skipping Shavuot, Rabbi Laura Baum, Huffington Post, 25.05.12


I’m a rabbi. But I won’t be observing the Shavuot holiday this weekend. Not because I don’t have the time. It’s because the traditional message of Shavuot doesn’t speak to me.

My non-observance of Shavuot makes me like the majority of Jews. Many don’t even know what Shavuot is. If you fall into that category, here’s the primer on one foot: tradition says Shavuot commemorates the day that God gave the Torah to the Israelites at Mount Sinai.

As a proud Jew who does not believe that God gave the Torah to the Israelites, the holiday doesn’t do much for me. It may sound like I don’t care about Torah. Far from it. I believe Torah is one of the most important reasons to care about Judaism.

But I don’t look at the Torah as a description of actual events. The Torah is not a history book or science text and should not be read like one.


Today Ruth Would be Considered an Infiltrator and Forbidden from Gleaning, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Rabbis for Human Rights, May 2012

Shavuot Thoughts for 5772 on Acting with the Solidarity of Ruth and Naomi, and Looking for Boaz [Excerpts from longer meditation on Shavuot]


Shavuot: from slavery to inclusion, Rene Cassin, 25.05.12

Shavuot not only marks the giving of the Torah to the Israelites at Mount Sinai, but also draws to our attention human rights issues such as the plight of refugees in foreign lands. Never has this message been so timely in light of the disturbing riots that have taken place in Israel against African refugees.

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