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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



UK Ad Agency forbids false claim that all Jerusalem is Israel’s

This is not the first time the Israeli Tourist Office has presented a false picture of what constitutes Israel. In the brochures, it’s God’s own land of peace and sunshine from which all Palestinians and disputes over land and borders have been airbrushed. The ASA tells them very firmly not to claim what is not theirs.

Small state stands out against Israeli spin on BDS

The American Studies Association vote to boycott Israeli institutions has had extraordinary repercussions in American politics. The most recent state assembly to present a counter-law penalising any American institution which permits boycott is Maryland. Despite heavy pressure to label BDS as racist and ‘delegitimising’ the state delegates would only support a more anodyne motion.

NY Senate plans how to punish academic supporters of boycott

Those who complacently assumed eternal and unstinting support for the Israeli state, whatever it does, cannot have been more shocked if the sky had fallen in. After the withdrawal of one attempt to impose state sanctions on American academics who supported the boycott of Israeli institutions, another is being prepared for the NY senate. Meanwhile, former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren has described the President of the ASA as ‘antisemitic’ – an accusation that would be libellous had not such as Oren drained the term of all meaning.

Hysterical responses to academic boycott

Once absolute defenders of Israel dismissed the boycott campaign as an ineffectual and trivial campaign run by upstarts. That has changed. It is now taken seriously inside and outside Israel and vociferously attacked. The tone of hysteria which Steven Salaita notes here may be because BDS opponents never deal with the substantive reasons for boycott (Israel’s exceptional colonialism and dispossession of another people) and only in ungrounded abstracts or slurs. They find the impugning of the moral stature of Israel’s academic institutions unbearable.

Don’t even THINK about BDS

Those who hate any criticism of Israel are becoming so anxious about the spread of support for BDS that some are arguing that to even talk about it is a blow against freedom. So in the name of freedom they would like to stop such discussion. This is the way that McCarthyism developed says Professor Corey Robin.

The materialist meaning of the ASA boycott

Chad Alan Goldberg, member of the AAUP, takes Judith Butler and the ASA to task for their distinction between boycotting Israeli institutions and Israeli persons. As most academics are in fact the academic proletariat, it is only a distinction that makes sense, he argues, if the persons have enough personal wealth to pay the costs of travelling to conferences and seminars abroad.

Whose academic freedom?

The hullabaloo that has followed the ASA decision to boycott relations with Israeli institutions (not individuals) suggests all academic institutions are nests of scholars freely pursuing research for the love of pure knowledge and discovery. The hypocrisy in this row is that many of those who have weighed in against ASA know perfectly well this is not true and not just in N.Korea. Of course some amazingly innovatory thinking comes from universities – so too does much restricted, dutiful plodding and threats to expel dissidents (BGU for one). But at least they get to the university.

Israel, boycott, apartheid – the argument

Four writers on Ha’aretz – Amira Hass, Chemi Shalev, Anshel Pfeffer and Henry Siegman – give their opinions on whether Israel is an ‘apartheid state’ and on whether the tactic of boycotting Israeli goods is politically justified or effective. The backdrop to the discussion is the death of Mandela and the ASA decision to boycott Israeli academic institutions which have, if nothing else, brought the argument alive in Israel.

ASA votes to boycott Israeli academic institutions by more than 2:1

After the national council of the American Studies Association voted to adopt a boycott of Israeli universities, it put their decision out to a vote of all members. In the largest response they have ever had, members voted 66:30 to endorse the decision. Their statement includes endorsements by many academics who have worked in the fields of American racism and indigenous people’s rights and it answers a number of basic questions.

Upheld – complaint about advert presenting Palestinian territories as part of Israel

On 26th November last year, large adverts from the Israeli Government Tourist Office [IGTO] appeared in several UK newspapers. It was a travel promotion which portrayed the Golan Heights and West Bank as part of Israel. Many bodies, including JfJfP, and individuals complained. The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld this principal complaint and another concerning a claim about the origin of speech. It rejected a complaint that it was not clear that the material was advertising.

Demand by UK pro-Israel lawyers’ group to prosecute Proms protesters

A ‘pro-Israel’ lawyers’ group – UK Lawyers for Israel – is trying to make its mark by demanding the prosecution of the people who disrupted the Proms concert by the Israeli Philharmonic concert in London last September. The group has also acted against the Co-op Bank and the Palestinian Authority

Israeli land agency told to stop presenting occupied territories as part of Israel

JfJfP welcomes a ruling by Britain’s advertising authority, ASA, that an ad by the Israeli land agency ILAN is ‘misleading’ and not to be repeated. The ad implied the land being offered is in Israel. In fact, it is in the illegally occupied West Bank. This follows a complaint by Michael Shanahan Previous complaints by JfJfP and PSC have won adjudications against the Israeli tourist office for similar misrepresentations.