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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



Mass arrest of Palestinian legislators

About 40 of the 132 member Palestinian Legislative Council have recently been arrested by the IOF and put into administrative detention – a military, not judicial, process. As they are not charged, the assumption is the detainees are thought to have links to any of the organisations which Israel has dubbed illegal. Britain’s FCO did not answer Lady Tonge’s question about this but did repeat its judgement that Israel makes ‘excessive’ use of this extra-judicial process.

Sharp rise in Palestinan women prisoners

The sharp rise in the number of Palestinian women prisoners since October 2015 may be the best measure of the engagement of women in the public realm. A new generation has been charged with Facebook incitements, protecting terrorists or carrying a knife. Prison accommodation for women is particularly cramped and squalid, the women subject to strip searches and threats of sexual violence. Needless to say the military courts and prison service are breaking multiple laws, and conventions on the treatment of prisoners.

Peaceful protest, violent repression

Ever since the Israeli state began constructing the enormous separation wall acrss the West Bank, in the name of security but ‘happening’ to annex large amounts of Palestinian land and separate farmers from their land, there have been protests in which articulate defenders of international human rights law have taken part. The response has been summary arrest, often under military regulations. Addameer report.

Locking up Palestine’s peaceful leaders

The arrest of human rights lawyer Anas Barghouti gives the lie to Israel’s claim that its draconian policing of Palestinians is essential for their security. Rather it speaks of their terror that non-violent Palestinian intellectuals might become leaders in Palestinian society and thus undercut the shrill defence of the IOF’s military control. Amnesty International takes up the case of Israel’s ‘harassment’ of human rights activists.

After the ‘Great Palestinian Prison Hunger Strike’

The end of the hunger strike is only the beginning: of holding Israeli authorities to the conditions on which prisoners agreed to end the strike; the possible beginning of humane standards for prisoners in Israeli gaols; the start of family visits; the beginning of the end for administrative detention. Richard Falk, Stephen Lendman and Palestinian Centre for Human Rights greet the next stage with scepticism and expectation. Haaretz begins to write of ‘national liberation struggle’ and ‘political prisoners’.

On International Women’s Day, seven women political prisoners at heart of protest

Addameer, the Palestinian prisoners’ rights group, has issued a call on International Women’s Day (March 8th) for the release of all Palestinian women being held in administrative detention. One of them is Hana Al-Shalabi, now on the 21st day of her hunger strike. Two reports from Electronic Intifada including the Addameer statement, a Ma’an report on IWD in Gaza and MEMO from Qalandia checkpoint. Plus first film in Arab world on sexual violence against women and girls