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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



BDS supporters banned from Israel

These articles only make sense if you know that Israeli ministers project onto BDS supporters a desire to destroy Israel. The first is straight out of the apocalyptic anti-BDS unit (shame on JPost for publishing it), the second is JPost’s more factual report.

UN warns firms not to trade with settlements

The UN Human Rights Commission is upping its opposition to Israeli settlements from polite letters to compiling a blacklist of all the companies which do business with producers in settlements. Barak Ravid points out how this will work.

Paying for a pedal-wash

For the first time in its 100-year history the Giro d’Italia will start outside Europe – and Israel is the lucky beneficiary thanks largely to one man – the hyper-rich Israeli Sylvan Adams who wants to showcase ‘normal’ Israel. Threats of boycott are massing.

From Occupation to Apartheid in 6 years

In this interview the former Special Rapporteur for Palestine Richard Falk is asked about his time in the post, what changed, what were the highs (getting injustice documented) and lows (the campaign of personal defamation against him).

Against Aipac’s attempt to criminalise campaigning for Palestinian rights

In the US a draconian bill, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, is before Congress. It threatens individuals and businesses who actively participate in boycott campaigns in support of Palestinian rights conducted by international governmental organisations with up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine. Roger Waters of Pink Floyd argues strongly against it in the pages of the New York Times.

What made me a hardline Zionist

Gary C. Gambill, a specialist in Arab affairs says that he turned from supporting Palestinians into being an active Zionist because of the habit of ‘militant anti-zionists’ and leftists of loading onto Israel or the US all power and responsibility for the unmet needs of all Arabs.

Angela Davis makes the Palestinian struggle hers

Angela Davis, activist and intellectual bubbles with thoughts about black radicalism. She sees many likenesses between Israel’s land-grabbing suppression of Palestinians and how a racist bunch of land-grabbers came to rule the United States.

Ban boycotts, ban free speech

Trade figures show that the BDS is having an imperceptible effect on the Israeli economy. So why are Israel, many American states, and, here, the US Congress taking such effortful risks to try to outlaw the practice and proposals of boycott while the same people support a harsh boycott of Russia?

American states mobilise for Israel

So far, 21 of the 50 states of America have passed laws which prohibit any unit of the state from doing business with any body which supports BDS. The purpose is primarily rhetorical but the laws could be used to crush support or propaganda for any form of BDS.

It’s mad to pretend the Occupation does Israel no harm

The Israel that is suffering hits to its reputation by the BDS movement is not the essentially European Israel of innovative start-ups and technological co-operation which PM Netanyahu works so hard to market to the rest of the world. Akiva Eldar says his gov’t is deluded if it thinks the occupation does no harm to Israel.

‘Consciousness terrorism’ – the BDS movement

Israel’s ministry of strategic affairs regards BDS as a form of terrorism. Thus they must fight a war against it. The unit in charge is called Hama’aracha (the battle) and has been allotted a large budget for the purpose. The fully-staffed unit will use every weapon available. Ynet magazine.

Hypochondriacal Israel

Remarkably for an American newspaper the LA Times posts an editorial calling the ban on visits by all supporters of BDS ‘disappointing’ . As Netanyahu et al have blasted nearly all criticisms as causing damage and hurt to the country, a growing number of Jews are no longer heeding their cry of pain.

Judge upholds right of pension funds to be ethical

Israel’s anti-BDS minister Gilad Erdan met Communities secretary Sajid Javid in September 2016. Shortly after, David’s department issued ‘guidance’ that pro-BDS decisions by local government were not ‘appropriate’. A judge has now ruled that he was overstepping his brief.

Weakened Palestine and Israeli overreach

Two Al Shabaka writers trace the history of the Palestinian cause from 1967 to today. Its peak was in 1974 when Arafat addressed the UN, the PLO was internationally recognised as the leader of the cause and the cause was led by a united leadership. Over 40 years later it seems much weaker with a divided leadership and no strategy for Palestinian liberation . Yet – popular support for Palestinian rights has never been higher and excess power has gone to Israel’s head, cocooning Israelis in delusions of eternal triumph.

Another PSC member denied entry to Israel

Kamel Hawwash, professor of civil engineering at Birmingham university, is a member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. On his most recent trip to visit his and his wife’s families he was interrogated and strip-searched. After this intended humiliation he was denied entry.

BDS grows in tangent with the far right

Support for right-wing politicians is growing in Israel, the USA and Europe. Omar Barghouti has felt the repression first-hand and says the BDS movement is growing in response. Interview and article.

The duty of non-recognition

Russia annexed Crimea in February 2014. Less than a month later the US imposed sanctions on Russia and the EU banned trade under its ‘non-recognition’ duty. The EU does not recognise Israel’s settlements but has not enforced sanctions. A compelling legal argument from Tom Moerenhout.

Include the Zionists

For many radicals involved in the BDS movement Zionism is an anathema, nothing short of Jewish racism. Think again says Ahmed Rizk. There are Zionists who are highly critical of Israel and their presence would add weight and counter the antisemitism that lurks in the movement.

The apartheid genie is out of the bottle

As governmental efforts to crush BDS movements intensify the question is why? Jonathan Cook says Israel, and the governments of its allies, all fear the label ‘apartheid’ will stick.

Laws, censorship, travel bans, intimidation fail to quell BDS

Ramzy Baroud describes the frantic activity of various bodies to crush BDS. All they do is big up the movement. And why are so many august bodies so desperate to protect Israel?