Website policy

We provide links to articles we think will be of interest to our supporters. We are sympathetic to much of the content of what we post, but not to everything. The fact that something has been linked to here does not necessarily mean that we endorse the views expressed in it.


BSST is the leading charity focusing on small-scale grass roots cross community, anti poverty and humanitarian projects in Israel/Palestine

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



Government adds to woes of asylum seekers In israel

asylum seekers

From this month African asylum seekers, motsly from Eritrea or Sudan, who work in Israel are having part of their wage income forcibly deducted by the state and placed into an account to which they have no access. It will only be returned to them when they go home….

Israeli bank, Mizrahi Tefahot, has already informed its investors that the policy will improve its liquidity and reserve ratio, because the money isn’t accessible to its owners, and the bank can use it to offset loans.

Israel’s unchosen: dirt to be swept away

This is a review of Mya Guarnieri Jaradat’s new book about the life of asylum seekers in Israel – which is grim. If a state is established to privilege just one sect, it follows that everyone else will suffer from poor, racist, treatment.

Incitements to destroy outsiders

In a country which political leaders never tire of referring to as ‘the Jewish state’, where non-Jews from abroad are classified as infiltrators and all non-Jews are seen as probable terrorists, who is surprised that a lonely and innocent Eritrean should be kicked to death, asks Mya Guarnieri of +972.

UK’s unheroic record on desperate refugees

With one gesture – not an easy one – the UK earns its medal as a generous asylum for refugees – the 1938 ‘kindertransport’ which brought 9,354 German children to the UK, many of whom ended up working as skivvies or low-paid landworkers. George Kerevan finds no change in British mean-spiritedness towards the desperate.

No safe haven in Catholic EU for Muslim asylum-seekers

As we have seen time and time again the primary target for jihadists is other Muslims. But many EU countries with a Roman Catholic heritage will only give asylum to Christians, saying either that Muslims would not fit into their country or that it is the Christians of the Middle East who are being persecuted and they are the only ones who need asylum.

Israel returns refugees to death by ISIL

It’s controversial but W.European countries, including the UK, accept asylum seekers from the militaristic regimes of Eritrea and Sudan. Not so in Israel; as Richard Silverstein reports, the Jewish state returns them to likely death at the hands of psychotic ISIL.

Israel’s scandalous treatment of African Asylum seekers


The latest development in the story of Israel’s scandalous treatment of African Asylum seekers was revealed last week. After denying to even examine most of the refugees’ asylum claims, deporting, and imprisoning those who stayed, Israeli authorities are now coercing them to sign on to so-called “voluntary” return as part of Israel’s arms and trade deals with several sub-Saharan African nations.
Transcript of a Real News programme with Lia Tarachansky

How to keep Africans out of Israel

There are about 60,000 Africans from Eritrea, Sudan and S. Sudan seeking refuge in Israel. Almost none is recognised as a refugee. Since its creation Israel has recognised fewer than 200 people as refugees. Rather than recognising refugee or asylum-seeker status, the Israeli state has secretly expelled more than 1000 Sudanese, has paid other countries to take them and imprisoned others in large detention centres. Protests are increasing.

Refugees in Israel have worst treatment in western world UPDATE

The story of a long protest march by African asylum seekers from a detention centre in the Negev to the Supreme Court in Jerusalem has got extensive news coverage – a bit of it here. Perhaps this is because it marks out Israel more sharply than any other issue from the world to which it longs to belong. By claiming its special ‘Jewish state’ status Israel exonerates itself from the normal humanitarian concerns that govern western nations on asylum seekers, despite the political problems these may cause.

Tel Aviv’s forgotten district suffers racist attack

Shapira in south Tel Aviv, has long been a dumping ground for the poor and immigrants from Africa and Asia (items 4 and 5). Last Thursday molotov cocktails were thrown at flats housing asylum seekers. They started fires but did not injure anyone (1,3). The following day, an anti-racist protest was held (2,3). All residents complain that their area has long been neglected by state bodies. Ynet and 972mag

‘An asylum seeker froze to death in a Tel Aviv park tonight’

Despite a history of (selective) immigration, Israeli state and people are baulking at having to deal with an influx of refugees, mostly from Eritrea. They are not considered asylum seekers, nor given work permits, but end up sleeping rough or huddled into the poorest parts of cities, whose residents respond with racist hostility. Two reports from 972 plus a 2009 Guardian article explaining why so many flee Eritrea

Knesset passes law to imprison illegal immigrants for 3 years

“Of all the antidemocratic laws that have descended on us of late, it is perhaps the most shameful…From now on, work seekers from Africa who enter Israel illegally can be imprisoned for three years, without the benefit of a trial and without any distinction between asylum seekers and labor migrants.” A very angry Haaretz editorial