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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



Birth of a second Jewish nation

Had Elor Azaria been Ashkenazi, quite different inferences would have been drawn from his killing of an Arab. It would have been said that the 0ccupation had brutalised an upstanding fellow. Instead his act is seen as a product of the uncultivated, Arab-hating Mizrahi. Uri Avnery says there are several Jewish nations living inside Israel’s borders, connected only by a mutual, unacknowledged hatred.

The Azaria show trial

The trial of Elor Azaria, with its damning evidence and then lenient sentence, was a show trial to rebut the claim that a culture of impunity envelops the killing of Palestinians. The extreme reaction of many Israelis shows what a powerful symbol the baby-faced soldier has become.

Azaria is the only indicted killer out of 100s

The rift in Israeli society about the trial of Elor Azaria spreads. If it had been up to the civil state, he would never have been prosecuted (he was within the military system of justice). Voices of Palestinians asking – why just this one soldier – are rising. Amnesty condemns the normal impunity of soldiers who carry out extra-judicial killings.

Settler death threats to user of camera

Emad Abu Shamsiyah is the Palestinian from Hebron who used a camera provided by Human Rights Defenders to film the shooting dead of Abed al-Fattah al-Sharif in Hebron, leading to the verdict against shooter Elor Azaria. Since then Shamsiyah has been the target of countless death threats from Israeli settlers for his use of that most potent defence against naked oppression – the camera.

Far-right turns against military

Elor Azaria, the baby-faced soldier who killed a wounded Palestinian lying on the ground has been convicted of manslaughter. The judge was withering about his defence. The far-right has rallied to his cause adding the military and the courts to its list of enemies.

The outsider in charge of defence

The IDF prides itself on its values which it sees as representing all that’s best in Israel. Hence its decision to prosecute Elor Azaria (see posting below). The Minister of Defence knows nothing about the military, or defence, but he’s a bombastic defender of Azaria. Can this conflict be managed or will it further the political-military difference?

Wrong people put on trial for killing Palestinians

The trial for manslaughter of Elor Azaria, the army medic who shot dead an unarmed and supine Palestine, continues in a Jaffa court. The trial is not, for the public, about what Azaria is guilty of, if anything. It is what rules, if any, IDF commanders are following in response to the ‘knife intifada’. Extrajudicial killings seem to be the answer. But they are not on trial.

Israeli patriotism put on trial with Azaria

The trial of Elor Azaria (see posting for info) has swamped the immature IDF medic with its import. It’s pushed the rift between the IDF and politicians to a dangerous distance. It’s created a public celebration of Arab-murder. It’s created a competition about who is the most patriotic.

‘This terrorist is alive and he needs to die’

The trial of Elor Azaria for killing Abdel Fattah al-Sharif (the murder charge brought by the army then reduced to manslaughter after popular protest) again shows the gulf between IDF officers and the right wing of Israeli politics.

The officer who dared

On Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day (May 6th) the IDF’s deputy chief of staff, Yair Golan, did something extraordinary. He made a speech likening Israel’s current policies – and population – to the drivers and drifters of 1930s Europe’s descent into barbarism. Of course he has been cursed and condemned. But his speech,with his status, has brought heart to many.

A threatening crowd gathers


A rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square for Sgt. Elor Azaria, the soldier who killed Abed al-Fatah al-Sharif with a gunshot to the head attracted a mass of the angry and disaffected who have in common an admiration for the IDF, a hatred of the left and media, and distrust of the Ashkenazi elite. It’s a toxic mix.