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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



The Balfour legacy – in words

Neither Mr. Balfour, nor the Liberal government of which he was foreign secretary, had the power to re-arrange the Mid-East in the way PM Lloyd George imagined. The Balfour legacy is about the creation of Israel, the squashing of Palestinians and Britain’s delusions of grandeur.

Balfour’s legacy, in pictures

The Balfour Declaration, November 2nd 2017, is a date now lodged in Palestinian minds if not most people’s. Here we reproduce the photos of anti-Balfour protests in the major cities of the oPt and Jordan.

When rich Jews belonged and poor Jews were aliens

This is a short extract from a long essay by historian Simon Schama on Balfour and the birth of Israel, published in the FT. His father remembered the Russian pogroms, the ‘knees-up’ for Balfour and his fellow East End Jews were acutely conscious of the immanent risk of homelessness.

Balfour Day can’t be celebrated with honour

November 2nd, centenary of the Balfour Declaration, is the day when the British government smiled upon a Jewish homeland in Palestine and simultaneously handed Palestinians over to fate. This did not go well.

Balfour remains present and un-corrected

The centenary of the Balfour Declaration – November 2nd, 2017 – has galvanised acts of penance, solidarity and education across Britain writes Robert Cohen. A pilgrimage to Jerusalem organised by the Amos Trust has fascinated Arab media which call them ‘the justice pilgrims’. Walk on.

A calamitous British blunder

Ian Black does a formidable job of lucidly condensing 100 years of history into a newspaper essay. With the privilege of hindsight we can see that the Balfour declaration was one of the last loud gasps of empire. The attempt to govern Palestine, 1922-47, was “a colossal blunder” and the beginning of the end for Britain as a world power. But it’s hard for British politicians to close that chapter honourably.

May sees no principle at stake in Balfour ‘celebration’

Machiavellian May knows where the power is and is magnetically drawn to it. Forget the actual Foreign Office concern about Arabs in Palestine. Her concern is the British role in creating powerful Israel as the national home of Jews.