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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



Suspicions about Israeli closure of Al Aqsa complex

The decision by Israel’s security cabinet to close the Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount complex as a reprisal for the shooting dead of two Israeli officers by three Palestinians seems short-sighted. The offence caused to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by this and by the installation of metal detectors at their holy sites seems an inflammatory collective punishment.

Home demolitions are organized state violence

Israeli security forces demolish a Palestinian family’s home in a-Tur, April 24, 2013. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)

Over the last decade, Israel has demolished over 1,100 Palestinian homes in the West Bank, leaving more than 5,199 people homeless, including at least 2,602 minors. The extensive demolitions are part of a broader Israeli policy of forced transfer. Here is the speech given by Hagai El-Ad, executive director of B’Tselem, at a conference on home demolitions held at the Knesset on 27 July 2016.

Few blame Yatta youth but many fear IDF retribution

The first step in what many Palestinians fear will be Israeli retribution for the Tel Aviv killings has been a 3-day lock-down of all Palestinians. Collective punishment is prohibited by the Hague Regulations and 3rd and 4th Geneva Conventions.

Military commanders given power to close Palestinian villages

In a further entrenchment of martial law in the West Bank, IDF military commanders have been given the power to close down (lock in) any Palestinian village they deem shelters a security risk.

Collective punishment by IDF and settlers

First there was the settlement ,Kedumim, built on their land, then the wall, cutting the small town of Kafr Qaddum off from its neighbours; then the IDF cut their water supply then settlers damaged their transmission tower cutting off their electricity supply. As Kafr Qaddum is one of those Palestinian towns which has sustained a defiant protest for 13 years about the loss of its land it is hard to read these attacks as anything but collective punishment – the smallest babe and frailest old person need water and electricity – for the defiance of the young people.

Three Israeli boys found dead

The dreaded known has occurred: for the friends and parents, the bodies of three dead boys have been found near Hebron. It appears they were shot immediately after their seizure. For the Palestinians, Israel’s security junta is planning its response. There have been many warnings about collective punishment.

Blame Hamas, blame the PA, punish all prisoners

What began, we are told, as an incisive, intelligence-led operation to find three missing Israeli teenagers has become an indiscriminate, blunt act of punishment of all Palestinians – including prisoners and the new Palestinian Unity Government. Kidnap, if it is, is obviously illegal. So is collective punishment.

Collective punishment of Gazan civilians continues


Amira Hass writes: “When an American senator discovered Israel bans importing pasta into the Gaza Strip, a storm broke out. And ever since, senior Israeli defense officials have included noodles on their list of permitted products. And calves, how did we forget them? … But notebooks, textbooks, pens and pencils – whose lack is felt by Gaza’s children due to the Israeli ban on letting “luxuries” into the Strip – have no well-fed public relations agents like pasta and calves did…