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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



Shameless lies by US Zionists

This is an extraordinary story by Tom Pessah in +972 in which, in order to demonise Palestinians – who wanted to celebrate their culture in a Californian town – Zionists and know-nothings simply make things up. You couldn’t make it up.

All Jews are…

Up to the 1970s the idea of American Jews as progressive on civil rights was dominant – making black critics of Israel seem antisemitic. This article from The Forward makes it clear that the movement for black rights had people who used a standard leftist critique of Jews becoming ‘white’ and joining the establishment and those who used an antisemitic one of Jews controlling all financial transactions. The desire to put all Jews in one category seems itself racist.

A Right Royall Mess

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The Royall Report, into alleged antisemitism at the Oxford University Labour Club earlier this year, was submitted to the Labour party in May. A brief summary was published but never the full report. That has finally been leaked to the Jewish Chronicle which does its best to inflame the situation, trumpeting that ‘Baroness Royall report reveals Oxford Labour students engaged in antisemitism’. It doesn’t. Here, JfJfP founder signatory Naomi Wayne offers an immediate response explaining why she finds the report a very odd and a very deficient document.

When Israel is God all heretics must be banished

‘Knowledge of Jewish culture and traditions has been replaced in this country by a cheap form of religion which I call pro-Israelism’ writes Richard Silverstein in sorrow and in anger. It prompts one Jewish ‘leader’ to whip people into line with tales of rampant antisemitism.

Hail Chakrabarti, Boo Corbyn

Shami Chakrabarti’s inqury into Labour antisemitism has met with almost universal acclaim. Her (unexpected) stress on civil discourse – rather than allocating blame – has been welcomed. But the tenor of her report is not infectious as this selection of reactions shows: the snarling attacks on Corbyn, who is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t, continue and those who abhor this feel they must defend him, regardless.

Jeremy Corbyn wholeheartedly welcomes the Chakrabati report

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Jeremy Corbyn welcomes the Chakrabarti report. Here is his speech in full.

Also included: a Free Speech on Israel press release welcoming the report.

Keith Kahn-Harris: submission to Chakrabarti and post-report comment


Dr Kahn-Harris has a long commitment, as both researcher and activist, to understanding and ameliorating intra-Jewish conflict over the issues of Israel and antisemitism. He is the author, with Ben Gidley, of Judaism: All That Matters, Turbulent Times: The Jewish Community Today. He made a personal submission to the Chakrabarti inquiry which we are pleased to publish here.

In it Kahn-Harris draws attention to the profound disagreement among Jews over what constitutes antisemitism, aiming to put their various claims and counter-claims in context and to suggest ways in which the Labour Party might develop an effective response to antisemitism without exacerbating or exploiting Jewish differences on the subject.

Antisemitism is not the issue

This is a position paper from Free Speech on Israel aimed at the labour movement. It states that charges of Labour antisemitism were a disguise for hostility to Palestinian rights and hostility to Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

Select Committee prostrates itself before the BoD

Jonathan Rosenhead, JfJfP signatory, presents us with a grim picture of the Home Affairs Select Committee’s session on antisemitism – ill-informed, ill-equipped and over-deferential.

We need ‘robust civility’ in Israel debate

Here is a clear and well-informed document from the new group Free Speech on Israel for Labour’s inquiry into antisemitism in the party. It brings clarity while the accusers have largely sown confusion, rigour where accusers have honoured ‘taking offence’.

Students who can’t keep a civil tongue on Israel-Palestine

This headline does not reflect the tone of Asa Winstanley’s probe into the OULS row about antisemitism. It does pick up on the tone of the accusations flying about in which support for Palestine has become another word for antisemitism. The row does no favour to Palestinians or Israelis.

When ‘Zionism’ was made a Judaic religious belief

Ramzy Baroud, syndicated Palestinian journalist, founder of Palestine Chronicle and vocal critic of Jew-hatred chooses the row over Corbyn and antisemitism as the subject of his latest column. He looks at the uses and abuses of antisemitism and, in particular how the secular idea of Zionism was kidnapped and incorporated into Jewish religiosity.

Labour must not use smears to close down debate

The international discussion that must be had on Israel and its borders and the future of the Palestinians cannot be avoided by banning it as antisemitic or ‘delegitimising Israel’ says MP Richard Burden. Israel exists. It’s not going away, but as a normal nation-state it has to behave like one, define its borders and stop breaking international law.

Jew-hatred is serious so let us be serious about the charge and the evidence

Tony Klug writes in the Jewish Chronicle: If we are to distinguish between real and fabricated or exaggerated cases, we must have regard to the evidence and be healthily suspicious of other possible reasons for levelling the claim.

The worse Israel behaves the more the charges of antisemitism are hurled

Step back from the commotion and ask, as Avi Shlaim and Gwyn Daniel do – why now? The entire western world has put all its money on the 2-state solution. But Israel won’t play. Let’s put up a smokescreen over that and run round shrieking ‘I spy antisemites.’

Jew-hatred has been a mark of Christianity throughout the ages

Christianity gave birth to Jew-hatred and nurtured it for almost 2000 years. Uri Avnery doubts whether any child told tales of Jews yelling for the death of gentle Jesus will ever be truly free of it. Yet despite the Nazi attempt to exterminate all Jews, hostility to Jews is re-emerging in various guises.

Today’s Zionism makes Israelis unsafe

If the raison d’être of the creation of Israel was to establish a safe refuge for Jews from antisemitic Europe then it’s not doing it very well says Zvi Bar’el. Under the rubric of ‘Zionism’ the Israeli state acts so aggressively to Palestinians (saying criticism is antisemitic) that it creates more and more enemies. So it’s not a safe refuge.

The anomalous Jews

Antisemitism has become highly politicised says historian Adam Sutcliffe as anger about Israel’s war with Gaza bangs against charges of left-wing antisemitism. All is confusion, starting with Jews – a race, religion or ethnicity? Jewish religion was in part incorporated into Christianity, Jews have been hated pariahs and loved – see Thatcher – by those who want what they see as ‘their’ sophisticated knowledge. It’s easier to hate Muslims, who have been far more often victims of attack than have Jews – it’s not a national crisis. A dense and intricate article from oD which also notes the sad slide of Livingstone into conspiratorial views.

Labour should hold an open inquiry into antisemitism

The Palestine-Israel conflict has inflamed passions and made many want to support the underdog Palestinians writes MidEast expert Tony Klug. We should all reflect on the critical role Britain and Europe played in instigating the conflict in the first place and all refrain from feeding the poisonous atmosphere engulfing us. Palestinians and Israeli have to live together.

Primary role of Israel supporters in Labour’s ‘antisemitism’ issue

It’s astonishing how quickly the media have assembled pieces ‘proving’ antisemitism in Labour, relying on a mix of anonymous quotes and more honest pro-Israel activists. The effect is to silence all critics of Israel. Asa Winstanley reports on the Israel links.