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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



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.

Cynical charges of antisemitism against those who fight for justice

Despite the almost comical paucity of evidence, the notion that antisemitism is a growing problem on the Labour left is rapidly congealing into conventional wisdom writes signatory Jamie Stern-Weiner.

Students’ choice of president attacked as antisemitic

The NUS choice of a black, Muslim woman president has had the rightwing press scurrying to find bits in her past to discredit her. Saying that media is ‘Zionist-led’ is something she should have checked out – and not said. Hannah Weisfeld sticks the boot in in one of the 3 articles plus some notes on Zionism to help you decide.

Bias against Palestinians not thought worthy of study

The best hope of Zionism was that it would cause antisemitism to wither in face of the strong Jewish state. The greatest vicitims of this Zionism are the Palestinians. With the fatal conflation of opposition to Jews, to Zionism and to Israel, the demon becomes the Palestinian – and anti-Palestinianism is rife says Jerry Haber, unremarked, condoned.

Ex-BBC TV chief tells Jews not to vote for Corbyn

How did 2 or 3 remarks by Labour members become “a string of party officials and members …outed for making disparaging remarks about Jews in public statements.” There is no evidence of significant antisemitism in Labour or of Corbyn ever having uttered an antisemitic remark. This is an attack on Labour by smear, allusion and hysterical exaggeration.

False accusations of antisemitism mean we accept the real thing

Veteran socialist and Jewish campaigner for Palestinian rights Tony Greenstein has been much in the news. He has been suspended from the Labour party for antisemitism (no evidence given). It seems to be because he’s irreverential about Israel and Zionist organisations. If this is antisemitism how will Labour recognise the real thing if they stumble into it?

Focus and fire on actual antisemitism

Three very different articles on the same theme – distinguishing antisemitism from anti-Zionism. They are easily elided in the US writes Jane Eisner because for many young Jews it’s Israel, not their history in Europe or the US, which defines their Jewishness. Tony Greenstein, PSC member, writes urging the PSC to make a more public stand against the right’s use of the charge of antisemitism to bash the left. Larry Derfner tersely writes that the overlap between antisemitism and anti-Zionism is a fraction of the overlap between Zionism and Islamophobia.

Is anti-Zionism the PC form of antisemitism?

The board of Regents of the U. of California are to vote on whether anti-Zionism is a form of anti-Jewish bigotry. They are proposing a document which defines anti-Zionism. We agree with Denis MacShane on one thing – this argument is not going away.