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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




Orthodox Church sells its land cheap to settlers

For a long time it was a mystery. The Greek Orthodox Church, largest Christian Denomination and second-largest real estate owner in Israel, has been selling its land. Why and to whom? Sue Surkes finds the answers – debt and to the aggressive Jerusalem-for-the-Jews group Ateret Cohanim. The church’s congregation is Palestinian. They feel angry and betrayed.

Palestinians can keep home – their children may not visit

The family home of the Sub Labans has been claimed by the far-right settlers’ group Ateret Cohanim on the disputed grounds of non-continuous occupation. The Supreme Court has ruled that the parents can stay – but not their children who will also not be allowed to inherit the 3-generation tenancy.

Eviction of families who, under Israeli law, are not there

Thousands of Palestinians have been evicted from their homes in Jerusalem under Israel’s 1950 Absentee Property Law – which happily defines ‘absent’ in a fantastical way. Someone who was a Jordanian citizen, or away on the day in 1947 when Israel accepted the UN partition plan, for instance, is defined as an absentee. And any Palestinians who do not have formal deeds of ownership to their home are of course absentees. Hence the magical ability to evict a family who isn’t there in order for settlers, who are, to claim the house.

The Dispossessors

There are precedents for a dominant group taking possession of the desired property of a defeated people – the Yankees in the south after the American civil war, the original carpet-baggers, the Poles losing no time in taking over Jewish property. But in both those episodes, there was no rule of law. The Jews taking possession of Palestinian property in Jerusalem are in theory governed by the rule of law. In practice, they are led by far-right groups and aided by the police.