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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



US leaves MidEast to itself – or to China

Robert Springborg details the ‘end of empire’, withdrawal of American power – hard and soft – from the MidEast and asks whether suzerainty will pass to Russia or China, or to a chaos of local actors.

Trump welcomed as not-Obama

Resentment in all MidEast states at Obama’s pressure on them to change has created a warm welcome for Trump. They are banking on the likelihood that things will go on as usual. Anshel Pfeffer on Trump’s advantages and NY Times.

Weak and fearful Arab leaders have little say in Gaza conflict

Although Israel presents itself as alone amidst hostile and belligerent neighbours, the truth is very different. Arab countries are divided politically and economically, with poor governance; none wants to alienate the powerful US and the wealthy oil kingdoms will not risk disturbing the complacency of their subjects. Only Qatar and non-Arab Turkey could be found to speak for Hamas at John Kerry’s Paris meeting.

Yom Kippur war led to crushing military burden and role

In this week of anniversaries, Amos Harel looks at the impact of the Yom Kippur war (1973) in which Syrian and Egyptian forces launched a surprise attack on Israel making considerable early gains. The shock of this possible defeat (the war was ended by UN intervention) has skewed Israeli thinking since. In particular, no-one seems to have learned the lesson of the importance of diplomatic initiatives.

EU, a great pretence of doing something

In a report for the European Council of Foreign Relations (not a EU body) former diplomat Nick Witney writes with unusual lucidity and honesty about the EU’s cowardice on Israel/Palestine. The EU wants to be a player, but only through its diplomats who can only see their role as ‘mediators’ in an essentially unequal power conflict. Comment on report by Sam Bahour is second.

Uproar as Israeli ambassadors applaud criticism of settlements policy

UPDATE: At a meeting of 160 Israeli ambassadors Ron Prosor asks a critical question about plans for E1, to applause from the other ambassadors. Security chief Amidror tells them to leave the service if they are critical. 2) Shimon Peres tells a gathering of diplomats that Israeli leaders should follow the diplomatic approach of ‘moderate dialogue’ – with President Abbas (Abu Mazen).

Libyan rebels offer ‘ties’ with Israel if win


The Arab Spring is shifting all the pieces on the Middle East board. Anissa Haddadi asks what’s in a rapprochement with Israel for Libyan rebels?