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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




Labour’s conference debate on antisemitism

Labour’s internal discussion on antisemitism will become an open debate next week at the party conference. Here is a clarification from JVL and Shami Chakrabarti of what a constitutional amendment should say – and what leave out, viz. any criterion of motive or belief.

How can a Select Committee publish such tosh?

David Plank is a respected former local government chief executive and parliamentary adviser on social services. He has chosen to subject the Home Affairs SC report on antisemitism to his usual rigorous reading – and is shocked by the utter sloppiness of the committee which doesn’t even define its remit or the subject it’s supposed to be investigating. It brings parliamentary standards into disrepute.

Chuck facts, go with the flow

As a founding member of JfJfP Richard Kuper draws on his personal experience and his extensive knowledge of Israel to analyse the Home Affairs report on antisemitism which floats on a raft of fixed assumptions that Labour antisemitism is a fact for which no further evidence is needed.

Jewish establishment ignores racist harms done to non-Jews

Mike Cushman in the FSoI blog writes a sharp critique of those who used Chakrabarti’s report and the launch event merely to attack Jeremy Corbyn. They ignored her evidence on a wider racism because, of course, only Jews have ever suffered.

Revenge for not finding something that wasn’t there

Some one started a rumour that there was a great treasure to be found if Labour looked for it. This treasure was evidence that antisemitism in the Labour Party was rampant. Anyone who had spotted it was invited to send the evidence, pinpointing its whereabouts, to Sami Chakrabarti who had been commissioned to inquire into the allegation. To the tremendous disappointment of some, no such evidence could be found. Why not? Well obviously because the search was not thorough enough. Should Chakrabarti have resorted to the rack to extract confessions? A letter from over 100 Jews protesting at the attacks on the searchers for coming up empty-handed.

Calm report launched into stormy waters

Since the first accusations of antisemitism in the Labour party to this week’s party internecine wars British poiitics has been vituperative, vengeful and solipsistic. Dropping into this dangerous storm, Chakrabarti’s report is a halcyon of calm suggestion about mutual courtesy. Keith Kahn-Harris has some quibbles – he wishes she would have teased some clarity into the definitions of Zionism and antisemitsm. Can Labour party members follow her lead in listening and responding civilly to each other?

Jeremy Corbyn wholeheartedly welcomes the Chakrabati report

Jeremy Corbyn welcomes the Chakrabarti report. Here is his speech in full.

Also included: a Free Speech on Israel press release welcoming the report.

Keith Kahn-Harris: submission to Chakrabarti and post-report comment

Dr Kahn-Harris has a long commitment, as both researcher and activist, to understanding and ameliorating intra-Jewish conflict over the issues of Israel and antisemitism. He is the author, with Ben Gidley, of Judaism: All That Matters, Turbulent Times: The Jewish Community Today. He made a personal submission to the Chakrabarti inquiry which we are pleased to publish here.

In it Kahn-Harris draws attention to the profound disagreement among Jews over what constitutes antisemitism, aiming to put their various claims and counter-claims in context and to suggest ways in which the Labour Party might develop an effective response to antisemitism without exacerbating or exploiting Jewish differences on the subject.

Antisemitism is not the issue

This is a position paper from Free Speech on Israel aimed at the labour movement. It states that charges of Labour antisemitism were a disguise for hostility to Palestinian rights and hostility to Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

We need ‘robust civility’ in Israel debate

Here is a clear and well-informed document from the new group Free Speech on Israel for Labour’s inquiry into antisemitism in the party. It brings clarity while the accusers have largely sown confusion, rigour where accusers have honoured ‘taking offence’.