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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



Why Israelis insult foreign critics

Because, say the ‘literary power couple’ Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon who edited Kingdom of Olives and Ash, so many want the occupation to remain their dirty little secret.

Soldiers as settlers’ bodyguards

It is often not clear to young soldiers what exactly their duties are in the West Bank. According to Breaking the Silence this is not a problem where there are settlers. Their job is to protect the settlers, their property and their freedom of movement.

Israelis may not question Occupation

NGOs are the most articulate critics of Israel’s occupation. In response the government last year tried to limit their effectiveness with its ‘transparency’ (anti-NGO) bill. Only senior officers in the security services enjoy free speech. John Reed tells it how it is.

NGOs the only opposition in Israel

NGOs are the effective opposition in Israel. Breaking the Silence is the best known of them because they expose the core of Israel, its military, and because they are so often denounced as traitors. Report from The Independent.

German minister asking awkward questions unwelcome in Israel

For decades German Ministers (from W. Germany only until 1990) have trodden with guilt, shame and financial generosity towards Israel. No longer. Foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel was rebuffed by the Israeli PM because he wanted to meet with human rights NGOs and later said (inaccurately) that Social Democrats and Jews were the first victims of Nazi rule.

To outlaw NGOs, Bibi snubs strongest ally

Netanyahu has chosen to cancel a visit from his strongest European ally – Germany- in order to make a point – that Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem are not legitimate Israeli organisations. Sigmar Gabriel doesn’t seem bothered.

Now Bibi tries to shape policy of UK’s FCO

Forget all those briefings about Bibi being on a UK/USA tour to drum up support for his anti-Iran position. We learn his real mission is to press foreign leaders to support him in his desire to crush the human rights NGOs, especially Breaking the Silence, on his list of enemies of the state.

Role of IDF: make its presence felt by Palestinians

Controlling what is not theirs has gone to the heads of Israeli politicians. Last year PM Cameron submissively instructed local councils not to support BDS. Now we learn from Yehuda Shaul that Bibi’s UK mission was not, as the media had it, all about Iran. He found time to ask her to prohibit British agencies from funding Breaking the Silence [no gov’t donations since 2013] and other troublesome NGOs. Here, BTS reveals how the IDF controls Hebron.

Silence the evidence of war crimes

Israel’s state prosecutor has taken Breaking the Silence, the organisation of former soldiers who cannot rest until they tell what they have seen and heard, has prosecuted BtS and an Israeli court has ruled BtS must name its informants. Under what law? Is this court abandoning law at the government’s whistle? Reports from BtS and two others.

Passover – remembering small enslaved nations


At our table a small selection of items: warm greetings from JfJfP to signatories, friends and supporters; messages from Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human RIghts and Freedom Seder and links to other sites; a truncated article dissing the myth that matzah is eaten at passover to remind us that in the flight from Egypt there was no time to let the dough rise. Wrong.

Using lies and spies to break Breaking the Silence

The most hated NGO in Israel is Breaking the Silence. Denunciation by Likud ministers is not working. Spies from the mysterious group Ad Kan have failed to find any evidence of malfeasance. The attacks probably reinforce the spirit of BtS.

Onslaught on Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence collects and gathers testimony from soldiers about what they do and what orders they are given. They are admired for their courage – outside Israel. Inside, NGO Ad Kan, TV and Ministers shout a chorus of condemnation about spying, sabotage, treachery…

Soldiers’ evidence must remain Israel’s secret

Rather than accepting NGOs as an essential part of democratic life the Israeli right sees them as foreign agents, treacherous and subversive and none more so than Breaking the Silence which exposes what ‘the most moral army in the world’ does: use any means to crush the resistance of Palestinians.

Silencing the silence breakers


The efforts of Breaking the Silence to bring to public notice the testimonies of soldiers about their actual experience – especially breaking the laws of engagement – have led to a welter of denunciation and their being banned from talking to serving soldiers and schools.

The occupation has made brutes of us

The headline comes from a 2011 blog by David Shulman which was surprisingly difficult to find – the NY Review of Books seems to have expunged all trace of it. Perhaps it doesn’t fit with its current position, the promotion of Palestinian pacifism – all to the good if it is accompanied by a collective campaign of civil resistance. David Shulman talks with Sari Nusseibeh who reviews Breaking the Silence’s book, about non-violent resistance and David Shulman contributes the final piece, the elusive ‘And no-one wants to know’.

The evidence, for those with courage to listen

A book of soldiers’ testimonies, published in 2010 in Hebrew as ‘Occupation of the Territories: Israeli Soldier Testimonies 2000-2010’ has been reissued in English as ‘Our Harsh Logic’. Its theme – its punching point – is that the Israelis who send them to fight Palestinians refuse to know what this entails for Palestinians or for the Israeli soldiers. They have broken the silence – but not unblocked the ears. The fact that the first reviewer, a Palestinian, had not heard of Breaking the Silence says something profound about the gulf of knowledge even between Israeli and Palestinian progressives.

Israeli state musters forces to crush Breaking the Silence

It’s not news that the Israeli state and its adherents have no respect for freedom of expression. The reputation of the state is paramount. But given the role of the IDF as the totem of Israeli morality and security-need, nothing does more harm to that than the critical commentary from ex-soldiers in Breaking the Silence. It must be silenced. Foreign support is seen as its weakest link. (Foreign does not include American).

Israeli embassies on seek and destroy mission

Breaking the Silence is touring an exhibition of photos and testimonies from Operation Protective Edge (the 2014 war). Wherever it has been booked the Israeli embassy tries to get it cancelled. So far, failure in Zurich, Switzerland and success Cologne, Germany. One silence ensured, one silence broken.

‘Shooting and crying’

Rela Mazali and Ghada Ageel respond to the wide coverage given to the recent record of testimonies by Breaking the Silence. They question the ‘privileged status’ given to this report when multiple testimonies by Palestinians are so often ignored. Their valid and important critique, however, does not acknowledge the importance of the soldiers’ revelations of what orders they were given.

More on Breaking the Silence


David Shulman, a prominent Ta’ayush activist often working in the South Hebron area, reviews the recent Breaking the Silence publication. He says of the testimonies collected here: “To read them is to see the profound moral corruption of the occupation in all its starkness.”