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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



The rot spreads

Michael Brizon, author of Haaretz Opinion pieces under his pen name B. Michael, writes that the land theft law (the “regularization” law, in Orwellian parlance) and Ayelet Shaked’s rejection of universal rights shows that the Israeli body politic has been wholly corrupted.

Ayelet Shaked – the devil you know

Zionism has many meanings from the abstract ideal to the ideology of ‘evil and dangerous impulses – part of a toxic global climate’. Gideon Levy and Ravit Hecht debate whether ‘Jews First’ is the foundation of Zionism or whether that foundation is the right to a homeland for a persecuted people.

Hunting the enemies within

Chemi Shalev raises the alarm about the incremental steps of far-right ministers (from Habayit Hayehudi) to exclude anyone to the left of them (most people) from any position of influence.

NGOs to declare themselves foreign agents

Justice minister Ayelet Shaked has wafted her ‘transparency’ bill through the Knesset. Her aim is to make the clutch of progressive NGOs bear the insignia of outsiders.

Courting conflict

Cabinet posts for two Jewish Home MKs, Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett, are causing serious concern in and outside Israel. The Supreme Court has not shone as an upholder of equal and human rights, but it has overruled some of the Knesset’s more nationalistic acts. With her new power as Justice minister, Shaked plans to change the law so that the Knesset can overturn Supreme Court judgments. That will leave Israel with no checks and balances.

Fissile fractious coalition

Despite his large victory in the election, Netanyahu has found it hard to scramble together a new coalition. The deals he has had to make with Jewish Home consolidate its right-wing nature but bring new conflicts into government which, say some commentators, make it unstable and likely to fracture. A ‘peace process’ is ‘not even on the agenda’.

Frenzy of anti-Arab, anti-Left rhetoric whips up Israel

The current Israeli turmoil has allowed the nationalist far-right to storm into the spotlight. Hitherto ignored in Israel their rhetoric (and sometimes actions) demanding all-out war on both Palestinians and the Left has grabbed the attention of admirers and those horrified by their demagoguery, including Turkey’s Prime minister.