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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



EU parliament ignores advice and votes for muddled definition of antisemitism

Last month, the EU parliament voted, 479:101 , to accept the now notorious definition of antisemitism by the IHRA. A QC’S opinion found it not fit for purpose; Jewish groups wrote to the parliament urging them not to support the motion. All were ignored. Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi reports

EU parliament president breaks ranks on labelling settlement foods


Martin Schulz, the German social democrat who is president of the EU parliament, has upset MEPs by speaking out against the EU policy of demanding place-of-origin labels on Israeli food-stuffs. He has done so in the name of West Bank Palestinians though he says the only reason Germany exists is to ensure the existence of Israel.

Bibi says MEPs resemble Nazis in resolution on peace process

The resolution passed by the EU parliament is standard and anodyne and is primarily about the role the EU should play in the MEPP. All references to the EU policy of labels to distinguish products from Israel proper and occupied territories have been removed. The Israeli gov’t attacked any mention of labels as like the Nazi era – a sure sign of having no argument whether used by the right or the left.

EU MEPs call for end of special trade association with Israel

The preferential EU Israel Association Agreement has been controversial since it was signed in 1995. There has been a variety of protests since against treating Israel as a European country and the only colonial power with which the EU has a formal trade agreement. Now 63 MEPs have called for the agreement to be ended, or at least for ‘restrictive measures’ to be imposed, as the EU was quick to do with Russia.

EU parliament votes for principle of Palestinian statehood

The gulf between the people’s representatives and their governments widens further as the EU Parliament in Strasbourg voted 498:88 to recognise the principle of Palestinian statehood – to be made a reality by diplomatic negotiation. The swath of parliamentary votes represents impatience not just with Netanyahu but also with EU governments.