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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



Israel guilty of serious breach of academic freedom


The Israeli government thinks nothing of interfering blatantly in the academic life of Palestinian universities. Denial of entry to international academics, professionals and activists intending to visit Palestine, is now routine. Renowned UK academic, Dr Adam Hanieh of SOAS is the latest victim.

American anthropologists vote to boycott Israel

The American Anthropological Association voted last week to boycott Israeli academic institutions by a very large majority. The AAA does have a group dedicated to BDS but perhaps the strength of the vote is due to the work of anthropologists on the relation of people to power, to scarcity, to family ties – which are so often disrupted amongst Palestinians.

‘Third Narrative’ is same old story on academic boycott

A new group calling itself The Third Narrative has been created for American academics who class themselves as pro-Israel and pro-Palestine. Jerry Haber questions whether it can strike out a new path given its absolute opposition to academic boycotts of Israel and its exclusive membership of ‘Liberal Zionists’.

Zionism is nationalism – why pick it out?

It is a testament to the growth of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign (BDS) that – if we leave aside the claim that it is by nature antisemitic – the arguments about the aims of the campaign have become more precise. Here we post a critique by Ran Greenstein and speeches by 2 JfJfP signatories for and against academic boycott. Jonathan Rosenhead checks off the objections, Bob Fine introduces nationalism into the mix.

Arms and academia – the case for boycott


Boycotting Israel’s agricultural products hurts Israel’s reputation . Comprising less than 3% of Israel’s GDP , the impact on the economy is another matter. By value, Israel’s largest export is cut diamonds, followed by pharmaceuticals. But rapidly climbing the ranks are military products, especially UAVs. Israeli academic bodies actively seek links with foreign technological institutions – with invariable links to their defence industry.

Can BDS be compatible with academic freedom?

This posting centres on academic freedom and its limits – limits that are chosen (by some supporters of BDS) or enforced (for Palestinians). The national council of the American Studies Association has voted for boycott of Israel – which has to go out to the membership for endorsement. Judith Butler still believes that academic freedom is the prior good but welcomes the sudden opening of a public debate.

Should intellectual products be exempt from boycott?

Are intellectual products different from other products exchanged in the international market? Should national academic associations, such as the AAUP, take a position on which countries should be subject to boycott and on what criteria? Which is more likely to persuade Israelis to end the occupation – reading intellectuals’ arguments, or being immured in their desert fortress? The US Journal of Academic Freedom devotes an issue to these questions, plus notice of the Beyond the Stalemate conference, London October 13th.

University of Johannesburg to boycott Ben Gurion University


The University of Johannesburg took the momentous decision last week to break off institutional relations with Ben Gurion University. We posted materials on the debate around this issue last October. In this posting there is a news report on the decision and immediate reactions to it, John Strawson’s Engage posting critical of the decision; and Ran Greenstein’s reflective analysis of some issues around the academic boycott, sparked off by this recent decision.

Support the Israeli call for a boycott of Ariel College in the heart of the West Bank

155 Israeli academics have taken the brave step of saying that, as Ariel is an illegal settlement whose existence contravenes international law and the Geneva Convention, the university college there should be boycotted. JfJfP has long supported a boycott of the occupation and this call falls squarely within the parameters of boycotts we support. We urge you to email messages of solidarity to the organisers who are being subjected to very hostile pressure.

The academic boycott debate revisited once again


In a posting ‘The academic boycott of Israel revisited’ a fortnight ago, we carried part of a renewed debate on the topic, with a contribution by Ran Greenstein and a response by Robert Fine. Since then there have been many rejoinders and responses. A lot of the discussion and disagreement does not concern the academic boycott issue narrowly conceived but ranges widely, over the nature of Zionism as a national movement, the question of the nakba and the issue of ‘ethnic cleansing’, the extent to which Israel is being singled out, the nature of a ‘Jewish’ state, and much else besides. None of these issues in new but the Fine-Greenstein exchange casts fresh light on them and approaches them in challenging and respectful ways. We reproduce that debate in its entirety and provide links to the other contributions…

More on the academic boycott


In a posting The academic boycott of Israel revisited on our website last week, we carried part of a renewed debate on the topic, with a contribution by Ran Greenstein and a response by Robert Fine. Links to the wider debate were given. Ran Greenstein has now responded to Robert Fine but the Engage website, which carried his original piece, has to date failed to publish this further contribution. He has approached us and we are happy to carry his new piece.
Update: the piece has now also appeared on the Engage website.

The academic boycott of Israel revisited


A return to the discussion of the merits or not of an academic boycott of Israel, occasioned by the University of Johannesburg’s ruling body discussing a proposal from the boycott campaign that it should sever its research links with Ben Gurion University. Two contributions to the debate, by Ran Greenstein and Robert Fine, are particularly clear and level-headed and respectful of each other’s arguments. They are reproduced here, together with links to other relevant materials.

Shaw-Geras debate

Norman Geras continues the extended debate between Martin Shaw and David Hirsh The practice of discrimination Norman Geras, Normblog, 19 Sep 2008 (1) If some people are picked out for specially favourable or specially unfavourable treatment relative to the norm, that’s discrimination; and discrimination is wrong. Yes? No. It depends. To be able to tell […]

Shaw-Hirsh debate

Antisemitism and the Boycott: An Exchange between Martin Shaw and David Hirsh. The original Hirsh article to which Martin is responding is no longer findable on the web, but the responses and rejoinders don’t seem to require it… But if anyone can locate it, send us an url and we’ll add it in to the […]