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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



The pariah and the exile

oD. Stefano Bellin’s essay in the oD series begins with philosopher and musician Edward Said and ends with philosopher and musician Theodor Adorno. The musical structure of counterpoint is key to Bellin’s analysis of the Israel / Palestine conflict with its mutual responses, repetitions and definitions. There is a discord between being a pariah and an exile and in the contrast between Jews as cosmopolitan intellectuals and today’s turn rightward and inward.

Najla Said on not fitting into the Middle East

The daughter of Edward and Mariam Said grew up in New York doing American things while her family talked Palestinian politics. Now an adult writer and performer she talks about why theatre, therapy and telling her story have given her a way of connecting to her Palestinian-Lebanese heritage.. She hopes her memoir and her one-woman show ‘Palestine’ bring out the importance of personal stories for those who fear politics.

Musical bridges across Palestinian diaspora

Eighty young Palestinians from across the world have been coming together once or twice a year to form the Palestine Youth Orchestra – one of the many creations of the Edward Said National Conservatory. . After 10 days of intensive rehearsal with a professional conductor – most recently Britain’s Sian Edwards – they go on tour. Their playing counters the isolation and the scattering of Palestinians at home and abroad.

The idea that two peoples who hate each other can live in one state is absurd

There have always been idealists who believe one democratic state for Israel/Palestine is the only hope – and fanatics who want one state in order to annihilate the other. Here Uri Avnery argues why, for him, the 2-state solution is the only realistic hope. Second, Haidar Eid argues that settlements and lack of negotiations have persuaded more Palestinian intellectuals and activists to consider the one-state route.

Come on, don’t procrastinate! Remembering Edward Said

Edward Said, born in Jerusalem in 1935, Palestinians’ “most powerful political voice” and ‘”the great intellectual of the twentieth century”‘ died on September 25th, 2003. Anthony Alessandrini takes this anniversary to examine the actions and rigorous ideas of this great Palestinian-American, especially on the necessary transformation from national to political consciousness in colonised countries

Edward Said’s lost essay on Jerusalem


The renowned Palestinian intellectual Eward Said (1932-2003) first delivered this paper in London in 1995. It is a passionate account of Jerusalem’s actual history of many faiths and cultures and deplores the failure of Palestinian leaders to provide their own history and vision of the city. Now reprinted by Jerusalem Quarterly