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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



Platitudes on Palestine

A regional, viz all-Arab, approach to the status of Palestine, has been touted by Bibi amongst others. But the failure of the Arab League last month to come up with anything decisive makes that unlikely. However, Trump’s envoy Greenblatt is winning favour with Palestinians because he thinks the ‘time is ripe for a deal’.

Arab League to ask UN to protect Palestinians

An Arab League committee is considering putting a resolution at the United Nations Security Council to protect Palestinians from settler attacks. It wants to break the routine of unpunished violence.

Behind-the-scenes campaign to protect Israel nuclear power from scrutiny

Attempts by Arab League members to persuade the International Atomic Energy Authority to call on Israel to join it, to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty and to open its nuclear facilities to inspection were rejected by a majority of IEAE members last month, for the second time. This article by Barak Ravid is posted now to accompany Mitchell Plitnick’s, above.

‘Jewish state’ demand is deviation from agreed path says Arab League

As Mahmoud Abbas points out, Israel did not demand that the governments of Jordan or Egypt recognise Israel as ‘the Jewish state’ before reaching peace agreements with them. Why demand it of the Palestinians? By suddenly making this demand, the Israeli government has, in the judgment of the Arab League, tried to foil the talks. It certaianly hasn’t won the Israelis any friends, outside AIPAC.

Israel backs strike – ICG rubbishes claims for missile strike

In a short, sharp analysis, the International Crisis Group dismisses Obama’s arguments for a military strike against Syria as specious or counter-productive. The aim, it says, must be to find a political settlement that won’t lead to acts of retribution. Israel backs Obama – but only to frighten Iran. The Arab League, including Palestine, repeated its call for the UN Security Council to act, resisting pressure from the Gulf States to back a US military strike.

He has the mandate, he has the partner, he has no will. Bibi’s choice.

For years the Israeli government successfully presented its military control over the Palestinians as being forced on them due to the lack of a ‘partner for peace.’ Since it became apparent that both Palestinians and the Arab League were willing to negotiate – and now a new poll shows Israeli people would accept the Arab Peace Initiative Netanyahu no longer bothers with excuses. He has bigger existential fights to plan.

Land swaps – deal-breaker or deal-maker

John Kerry, US Secretary of State, has been putting the work in to narrow the gulf between Palestinians and Israelis. The Arab League has agreed to support the proposal of land swaps – which was not part of the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative. While welcomed by Tzipi Livni, many Israeli commentators have rejected it as they fear it will give hope to Paestinians or threaten their security. Hamas has also said no: land swaps would ensconce some settlements. For the PA, Kerry’s biggest task is to get Israel to agree to accept the 1967 borders.

Arab Peace Initiative returns to the table

Reports on the content of talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas and PA or Israeli officials are largely speculative or pre-emptive position-taking. No formal press briefings have been given. However PA officials have discussed Kerry’s proposal of using the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative as a starting point for direct negotiations and Arab League representatives are engaged. Kerry is expected to ask Israelis to make concessions on settlement building.

Abbas and Arab League too late to protect East Jerusalem

East Jerusalem was seized by Israeli forces after the ’67 war, giving them the power to govern its inhabitants and to destroy Palestinian institutions and homes – the start of ethnic cleansing which has continued unchecked since. Now the Arab League has pledged a multi-million dollar fund to protect that Arab Muslim character. Jonathan Cook suggests it’s too late and wonders what agencies are going to decide how and where the money is to be spent.

Arab League urges its members to use UN to block Israeli expansion

Emboldened by by UNGA’s recognition of Palestine as an observer-state, the Arab Council meeting last weekend urged its members to make use of new legal and political opportunities to block further Israeli expansion and continued discrimination against Palestinians.

Flurry of diplomats in search of a truce

A useful summary by CNN of the rush of diplomatic and foreign ministry visits — including Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and the Arab League — to try to broker a peace and of the continued bombardment of Gaza in IDF efforts to kill Yehya Bayaa and other Hamas members and to destroy weapons stores.

Arabs move on, Israelis stay put


Hussein Ibish reminds us of the renewed importance of the Arab League’s 2002 commitment to establish normal relations with Israel and asks what Israel gains from ignoring it.