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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




Hebron settlers awarded their own separate admin

Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank, home to over 215,000 Palestinians and about 700 Jewish settlers. The settlers are now to be directly governed by Israel’s Civil Administration (COGAT, a unit of the IDF) dividing the city into two. Apartheid say James Zogby and MEMO.

PA ends security pact with Israel

Since 1995, as part of the Oslo agreements, the Palestinian Authority has provided the political policing of the West Bank working with the IDF’s admin unit, COGAT. Since the Al-Aqsa gates debacle, the PA has become more outspoken and has announced it is ending its work with COGAT which aims to “consolidate the colonial system through illegal settlements.”

Israel plans largest seizure of Palestinian land since 2014

jericho view

Israel is seizing a large chunk of the West Bank and declaring it to be Israeli state land. It will probably be used for more settlements, as land taken ostensibly for military use is then built on for settlers. Many, including the UN and USA have condemned this land grab. But so what?

Military bulwark against far-right wish to crush ‘inciters’

Jewish Home et al are baying for more Palestinian blood (every stabber has been shot dead) and more restrictions. COGAT, which administers the oPt, counsels against tighter controls. That would cause more aggravation while maintaining current movements in and out of Israel for work is stabilising.

Jim Crow laws that govern Palestinian life

The infamous Jim Crow laws that governed the lives of black people – and enforced the removal of their civil rights – were statutes and practices enforced locally in the southern states of the USA before the federal voting and civil rights laws of the 1960s. Such regulations are enforced arbitrarily over the movement of Palestinians by local authorities in Israel and agencies – but most of them don’t know what they are or why they are there.

Lives in waiting

The more bureaucratic rules a regime imposes to restrict life the more bureaucrats it has to employ to enforce the rules and process the people. Too expensive? Make the people wait. Tamar Fleishman records a particularly shocking day at Qalandiya checkpoint when 20 people, from infants to the elderly, who had been in West Bank hospitals, were kept waiting all day to get the permits which would allow them to go home to Gaza.