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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



Bedouin strike over home demolitions

There are seven places in which Israel’s Bedouin population may establish communities. These are the townships built to rehouse them from Galilee, the Negev and the Jordan Valley where their existing dwellings are being demolished – because, of course, they don’t have planning permission which is also why they don’t have access to water and electricity services. They are calling strikes in protest at the demolitions.

Bedouin treated as terrorists

PM Netanyahu has come up with a new euphemism – parity of demolitions. One Jewish settlement, Amona, has been moved to a new spot. The Bedouin village Umm-al-Hiran is being demolished to be replaced with a Jewish settlement. And the killing of an Israeli policeman seems to have been an accident – the shooting of the driver, a Palestinian, was deliberate.

Solidarity gets stay of execution on Bedouin village

The Bedouin are one of the indigenous people of Israel, living either in the Negev or in Galilee. They are Israeli citizens. This does not inhibit the Israeli state from trying to cram them all into one all-Bedouin town, freeing up the land they live on for more Israeli (Jewish) towns. Um al-Hiran is again the target for evacuation. Many organisations have protested against this high-handed policy of displacement.

Move away – we’re crushing your house

Different agencies of the Israeli state use home demolition to achieve what they want: punish ‘terrorists'; punish house-builders for lacking planning permission (which it’s impossible to get); freeing land for settlers – forcing Bedouin to move to designated towns where they are also easier to control. Ben White on this last.

Attack on EU for building ‘Palestinian settlements’

The EU has been funding the construction of simple modular homes for Bedouin in the Jordan Valley for some time. The Israeli state has been knocking them down for just as long. Regavim, the right-wing body which has appointed itself the guardian of all land in ‘Greater Israel’, has sharpened its attack on ‘EU-funded Palestinian settlements’ but not improved the quality of its arguments.

An urgent appeal from Jewish Voice for Peace


14 February 2016 Two villages are at immediate risk of being destroyed, and we need your help. Can you send an urgent message to Netanyahu? Send an urgent message to Netanyahu: stop the demolition of Um al-Hiran and Atir!   Last week we received an urgent request from The Jewish Coalition for the Bedouin of […]

NGOs get temporary halt to village demolition

The Israeli state – civil and military – have declared a large chunk of the southern West Bank to be a military firing zone – so all people (mostly Bedouin) must leave. To make the point the IDF have begun destroying their homes. At the last minute the High Court has ordered a halt to the destruction. It’s temporary.

All (almost) Arab Israelis are loyal to their state

Israel’s Palestinian citizens are largely Bedouin – as are most of the knife-attackers. Here Joint List MK Zouheir Bahloul talks to Al Monitor about this troubled political identity – which drew him from sports broadcasting into the Knesset.

Joint List draw Israelis out of their villages

There is something Biblical about the decision of Joint List leaders to walk the land from enclaves of excluded Bedouin in the south to a razed Palestinian village on the border with Lebanon. They are followed by a motley crowd of Arab Muslims, Christians and Druze and a handful of Jews. At the moment, new MK Ayman Odeh needs to be seen reclaiming land for Palestinians. He will find it hard to fulfil all the hopes that have been placed on him.

Destroying Bedouin habitat

Israel’s Nature and Parks authority have demolished small shelters, donated by the EU, for the Bedouin living in Issiwaya near Jerusalem. The aim is obvious – to clear all Bedouin out of the area so that Jewish settlements can be built there. It remains to be seen what the EU will do about this.

‘Jerusalem Gate’ built and bulldozed nine times – so far

The Jerusalem Gate peace camp, to protest the forced removal of Bedouin from their land, is one tent near Jerusalem. So far it has been knocked down nine times. Five activists have been arrested – and two of them are still being held. A British volunteer describes brutal treatment by the police.

Send an urgent message to Netanyahu: stop the demolition of Um al-Hiran and Atir!


Send an urgent message to Netanyahu: stop the demolition of Um al-Hiran and Atir!

Pro-Bedouin peace camp destroyed again

The popular resistance committees organised a new peace camp near Abu Dis to protect, and protest about, the local Bedouin who have been told they will be moved by force to al-Eizariyya and Nuway’imah by the Jordan valley. The IDF have so far knocked the camp down four times and confiscated property.

Foul racism endemic to ‘Jewish state’

Richard Silverstein notices that the police, who had been asked not to come near the funeral of Bedouin youth Sami Al Jaar, disrupted the funeral – killing Sami Ziadna – in order to silence Public Enemy Number 1 Raed Salah, who was delivering the eulogy. No communal Palestinian event is free from Israeli state disruption.

Mass protest at police killing of Bedouin

Sami Al Jaar was shot dead by police during a raid on Rahat; Sami Ziadna was either shot dead or died of a heart attack when police turned up at Al Jaar’s funeral, despite requests for them to stay away. Israeli Palestinians have begun a general strike. Reports from +972 (photographic) and The National.

EU draws its red lines on Israeli expansion

EU member states have drawn up a document defining their ‘red lines’ before upcoming discussions with Israeli diplomats. Haaretz has obtained a copy of the document which identifies the population transfers and new settlements which present a “focused and increasing threat to the possibility of the two-state solution.” Barak Ravid reports.

Bedouin to challenge legal doctrine used to dispossess them

Most Bedouin tribes who used to live in the Negev were expelled by the IDF in 1948; most set up scattered encampments in the Jordan valley – from which Israeli civil authorities have tried to shift them for years, backed up by bulldozers. A legal challenge by some Bedouin reached the Supreme Court this week. What happened is largely told through ICAHD’s Facebook page, with a story from Amira Hass. Plus petition to stop the eviction of the villagers from Al Arakib.

Shoot, smash and grab – clearing Jordan valley of Arabs

Israel’s deadly combination of settlers and security forces have a huge arsenal of means to get Palestinians out of the Jordan valley: destroying all donor-funded amenities, closing off areas as firing zones, demolishing anything Palestinians build. Amira Hass reports.

Bedouin claims to land ownership stand up to test of history

Before Israel, Palestine was part of the Ottoman empire, then the League of Nations gave Britain a mandate to govern the territory from the Mediterranean to Iraq (north) Saudi Arabia (south). Both Ottoman and British officials recorded land ownership claims in order to raise taxes and prevent land disputes. These show that the Negev, far from being an empty desert, had many Bedouin villages in which people owned land and engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. Can this Israeli myth hit the dust before the Bedouin are forcibly moved to a ‘town’?

Begin-Prawer plan for Bedouin defeated

Mass opposition to the Begin-Prawer plan for the forcible resettling of Bedouin has led to its being, at the least, postponed and rethought. As the government’s spin on the plan became increasingly frantic – Bedouin leaders supported it… in the Bedouins’ best interest… opposition just foreign rabble-rousers … Begin himself delivered the coup de grace: he had never consulted the Bedouin on the plan and they had never agreed to it.