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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



Entire Bedouin village in E1 to be demolished

This demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village near Jerusalem, is absolute and without excuse. It’s simply in the way of what the Israeli state plans for the E1 area – a contiguous bloc of settlements which would divide the northern and southern West Bank and smother any hopes of a viable Palestinian state.

EU/US urge peaceful protest but not a tweet when police break it up

Since they set up the E1 camp again, called Younes’ Grandchildren, young Palestinians have been tweeting their progress. We pick them up shortly after midnight on Sunday and shortly after President Obama has boarded his plane to fly home. By the time day dawns, the arrests by the police are well under way. First, a news report from Al Jazeera.

Open your eyes Obama and see the protests

Palestinians may expect little of President Obama’s visit – but hot spots of energetic protest are flaring up in the West Bank and Gaza urging the President to stop supporting Israel’s war crimes and to stop following AIPAC policy. The IDF stayed its hand while the Americans were around, but moved in to dismantle the latest camp as soon as they had left.

Bibi ignores outrage at latest settlement expansion

Even the US’s UN ambassador has described Israel’s latest settlement expansion – which includes a new city in the West Bank – as ‘provocative.’ Even Tony Blair has supported the more forthright criticisms of the new encroachments on Palestinian living space. As Netanyahu has chosen Israeli expansion over negotiations, the EU, UN. Quartet and USA are left without a policy.

US policy on Israel – hand over the money, don’t ask questions

Using Netanyahu’s statement of building new settlements in E1 and elsewhere as a benchmark, MJ Rosenberg takes the silence of Congress, Jewish leadership and the Obama administration as damning evidence. If they actually cared about Israel and MidEast peace they would have spoken. They don’t.

Pro-Israel Jews cry out at Netanyahu’s blow to peace hopes

J Street (USA) and Yachad (UK) are representative of Jewish people who insist on their loyalty to Israel – while finding ways to make critical comments in line with their views on peace. That loyalty has been severely tested by Netanyahu’s post-UNGA announcement of new settlements as shown by these responses.

E1 plan to cut East Jerusalem from West Bank

E1 sounds so simple and impersonal. But under cover of the revenge attack, Netanyahu is driving through the long-planned joining of the Ma’ale Adumim settlement to Jerusalem via a Jews’-only urban development in E1. Bedouin will be displaced and a contiguous Palestine flamboyantly broken in half. B’Tselem reports. Plus maps and analysis from +972.

Israel’s friends find no defence for revenge by settlement

Nobody gains by Netanyahu’s post-UNGA decision to order new settlements including in E. Jerusalem and the E1 area. He has horrified and embarrassed his allies by this naked statement that, says a Ha’aretz editorial, settlements are indeed an act of punishment. 2, maps from Ir Amin, + note on revenge in laws of war.