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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



Lutherans vote to divest from firms profiting from occupation

The old non-conformist Protestant churches have two things in common: they have money to invest and they have a high moral bar on where that money goes. This week it was the US’s Lutherans who voted to screen all their investments to ensure none was going into propping up the Occupation and thus abusing human rights.

Church pushed to place itself within BDS movement

The Episcopal church in the USA (nearest relative, the Church of England) has been asked by its new group, the Episcopal Committee for Justice in Israel and Palestine, to adopt a policy of divestment from ‘companies that profit from Israel’s illegal occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands’. This is premised on the fact that Netanyahu has rejected the two-state solution and thus there is a new political landscape. There are several background documents here and a message from Bishop Tutu.

Ending the Zionist interlude in US Judaism

Or rather, the particular form of Zionism that faithfully followed US foreign policy from the 1960s was an aberration for progressive Jews in the US argue two writers from JVP; now the young generation can’t accept that their politics makes an exception of Israel.

Tutu urges Presbyterians to name Israel an apartheid state

The extraordinary Desmond Tutu has developed an understanding of forgiveness which is vigorous, liberating, and founded on the idea of justice. Naming Israel an apartheid state and divesting from its machines of oppression are thus steps towards his Christian idea of what liberation, forgiveness and reconciliation mean.

Aim at the settlements, not Israel

‘The greatest challenge facing the Palestinian national movement is how to bring home the reality of the conflict to Israel’s mainstream majority that lives far from the occupied territories’ says Hussein Ibish. The solidarity movement must make the point that it’s settlements which are illegal, not Israel itself. Otherwise, BDS gives ammunition to the horde crying ‘delegitimisation’ and ‘why pick on Israel’, adding to Israeli closed minds.

Checking investment in occupation

Obama said ‘put yourself in their shoes.’ Outside a dining hall in Vermont students had to wait in lengthy queues to get in as a political theatre group enacted military checkpoints. Their point was – the college must divest from the occupation. Across the world at the literary festival ‘Palfest’, Gillian Slovo and fellow writers experience the real thing, a time-wasting humiliation designed to say: don’t come here again.

Students’ senate votes to divest from companies that aid occupation

The student governing body at the University of California, Berkeley voted – after an emotional all-night debate – that its own body, ASUC, and the university should divest from three companies whose services support the Israeli occupation. It can be vetoed by the ASUC president, though that can be overruled by a two thirds vote of the senate.

Caterpillar withholds delivery of bulldozers to the Israeli military


Jewish Voice for Peace writes: “The Israeli press is reporting that Caterpillar is withholding the delivery of tens of D9 bulldozers—valued at $50 million—to the Israeli military.(1) These are weaponized bulldozers that are used to illegally destroy homes and orchards of Palestinian families. And they are the very same bulldozers as the one that killed a 23-year-old American peace activist named Rachel Corrie seven years ago when she tried to protect the home of the Nasrallah family in Gaza…”