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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 international volunteer olive tree brigade

Israeli police ignore the attacks made by settlers on Palestinian olive trees, digging up new saplings, chopping down mature trees. But with the increase in volunteers for the harvest, and help from the PLO and the UK’s FCO, attacks have gone down, this no thanks to Israel’s forces of law and order.

Unlawful and reckless killing by UK’s friend

In the smokescreen of IDF propaganda, the IDF insists on its careful and professional targeting of enemy terrorists. Such as six-year old children. The credulous believe the Israeli message. Here the lawyers take them to task and press the UK FCO to stand for the law and accountability as it does in other countries.

Tourism to Israel drops for 2nd year

Tourist visits to Israel have fallen for the second year running. The contribution of tourism to Israel’s GDP was once over 10% but has now fallen by over third to 7.2%. The FCO doesn’t say ‘don’t go’ but does advise a state of perpetual vigilance.

Two dead boys – power of the camera

The killing of two Palestinian boys near Ofer prison (where most Palestinian prisoners are held) on Nakba day, May 15, has created unusual publicity: it was filmed and the video has been widely circulated. Perhaps a 2nd reason is that, following the failure of peace talks, more people are willing to note the violent injustice of IDF rule. Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights press the FCO to speak.

Speak loudly and carry no stick

Here are statements and reports that have come from the FCO this year on the issue of Palestine/Israel. Denunciations of settlement building are frequent, displeasure at killing Palestinians occasional, warm support for steadfast Palestinian women is strong, proposals for change, nil. The mantra that peace will only come through negotiations is meaningless. See Arthur Goodman below. (NB Haaretz malware warning)

FCO has ‘unrealistic belief in the power of persuasion’


On April 9th, Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee announced it was holding an enquiry into the human rights work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). It invited submissions and, on behalf of JfJfP Arthur Goodman submitted a report, It emphasises the human rights which Israel abrogates, argues that the ‘even-handed’ approach of the FCO covers up the reality of Israel’s occupation and power (including its use of violence) and proposes stronger measures to be taken.

The view of Israel/Palestine from the British foreign office

As a country of concern for human rights abuses, the FCO issues regular updates on the situation in Israel/the oPt. Its one positive note is on human rights inside Israel – except for the displacement of Bedouin. Its concerns elsewhere are familiar- demolition of Palestinian homes, refusal of permits for building, administrative detention. Respect for human rights and the behaviour of security forces by both Hamas and the PA are criticised.

UN: all settlers must leave West Bank or face International Criminal Court

The long tolerance extended to Israel by the UN, despite that member state’s flouting of its conventions, ended this week. The Universal Periodic Review was detailed, and clear: the settlers must leave the West Bank, private firms should not operate in settlements, Palestinians have a right to self-determination and human rights which Israeli policies obstruct. Plus Britain’s FCO adds its own voices of ‘concern’.

Who cooked up Livni’s keep-out-of-jail card?

Not content with changing the law under which citizens could get warrants for the arrest of suspected war criminals the British government also awarded Tzipi Livni instant above-the-law Special Mission status. Lawyers who presented the case to the DPP charge both the DPP and FCO for unaccountable blocking of due process. (1 and 2) BICOM was happy to report that Foreign Secretary WIlliam Hague then reaffirmed the strength of UK-Israel relations (3).

Foreign Office steps in to declare Tzipi Livni on ‘special mission’ in London

Britain’s Foreign Office has stepped in at the last moment, to declare Kadima leader Tzipi Livni is on a ‘special mission’ to London and immune from prosecution (1). Ms Livni, a former member of Mossad, has been accused of war crimes for her hard-line role in Operation Cast Lead. Palestine Solidarity Campaign leads protest at her visit and another act supporting Netanyahu’s government by the UK coalition (2 and 3). 4) Richard Irvine on the change in UK law on war criminals. (see also