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2016:

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

2015:

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

2014:

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

2013:

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

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Right to move freely is honoured

Gisha is one of Israel’s many excellent NGOs, primary agencies of democracy and human rights. Gisha focuses on free movement, the most important freedom denied to Palestinians. It has been nominated for a Dutch human rights award and makes its case for your vote here.

Choking Gaza in the name of ‘security’

Gisha, the NGO concerned with freedom of movement, produced this report 2 months ago. It records a recent unexplained clamp-down on Palestinians wanting to leave Gaza through the Erez crossing. While economic policy must be for freedom of movement of students, business people and goods, so-called security policy is for the complete immobilisation of Palestinians.

Stop there! You have no right to move

Depriving Palestinians of the freedom to move within their territory of the West Bank is one of Israel’s chief measures of controlling and demeaning Palestinians. B’Tselem reports on the roadblocks that keep Palestinians hemmed in and the effects of this collective punishment.

Israel drops its mask – BDS grows

The heart of Israeli state bureaucratic control is the prevention of movement. With movement there are exchanges of information, emotion, publicity, plans. Omar Barghouti is well-known outside Acre, his home town, as co-founder and speaker on BDS. Now the bureaucracy which has swelled as its managers seek to control all movement has denied him a travel permit. It’s a form of house arrest but Glenn Greenwald managed to reach him for an extensive interview.

Run for freedom

For the fourth year running, thousands of people took part in the Palestine marathon, starting from Bethlehem. All names had to be submitted to COGAT and the 103 applicants from Gaza were barred because their application arrived ‘late’. Israeli bureaucracy installs as many blocks to freedom as do its barriers and checkpoints.

Mammoth bureaucracy that defines Palestinian life

The life of Palestinians in the occupied territories is minutely regulated by a huge bureaucracy of permits which they have to acquire for every movement. Where there is a mammoth bureaucracy there is corruption. Dr. Yael Berda explains how it works.

Humiliation by checkpoint

Every infringement of the freedom of Palestinians is enforced by Israeli agencies in the name of security. Israeli security. A party of visitors from American universities sees instead policies to humiliate Palestinians and force them into the slow restricted lanes which an apartheid state demands. Freedom of movement is a universal right.

You have to be blind not to see apartheid in West Bank

Philip Weiss films the ‘staggering’ West Bank apartheid of roads and land visible from the back of a cab. This is a blatant denial of Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State’. He refers to a B’Tselem report, updated last month, on how freedom of movement for Palestinians is restricted.

Only in Israel…

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Jack Khoury reports: Israeli officials on Tuesday canceled a ceremony planned to honor the Palestinian firemen who assisted in battling the Carmel fire last week, after a number of crew members were refused permits to cross the border…

In praise of Gisha

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Richard Silverstein looks at the role Gisha has played in exposing Israeli motivation for the siege of Gaza – and at the strange symbiotic relationship of Hamas and those who govern Israel today.

Life under occupation – 9

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Amira Hass writes: “Behind a modest desk with a view of Beit Jala sits a nameless Shin Bet security service officer who is very pleased with himself. He has just saved the Jewish people in Israel from yet another grave security risk by preventing a 47-year-old woman, for five weeks now, from going abroad for urgent medical tests…”

Life under occupation – 5

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“Three times a week, Noor H. from the West Bank goes for dialysis at an East Jerusalem hospital. Chronically ill and barely able to walk, she has to cross an Israeli checkpoint on foot. Most of the time she is meticulously searched. No one from her family can accompany her…”

Because they’re Palestinian…

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Two ordinary stories that bring home the bitter realities of occupation: 1. The Palestinian Minister of Prisoners, Issa Qaraqe, was refused entry to Israel on Tuesday and was stripped of his VIP card allowing him to pass unhindered through checkpoints, in direct contravention of the Oslo accords. Why? Because the soldiers can do it and no one in authority cares. And 2. Hamed and Ahad Jeredath are from the village of Sa’ir near Hebron. Israeli soldiers entered their home and arrested them, tied their hands behind their backs with plastic handcuffs and blindfolded them. They then beat them and tortured them. Why? Because the soldiers can do so with impunity, and because there is “a desire to improve the statistical results in a new [computer] program”….

So the blockade has been eased?

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The Israeli state informed the Supreme Court that even under its “new” Gaza policy, there would not be an easing of restrictions on the passage of people to and from Gaza and that Israel will continue to permit travel only in “humanitarian and exceptional” cases, mainly relating to medical needs…

Israel’s West Bank deportation rules

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Order 1650 presents a blank check for the military to use to deport or forcibly transfer from the west bank anyone they see fit, in accordance with changing policies and political situations. Hamoked – Centre for the Defence of the Individual has discovered that nearly 35,000 individuals must be viewed as being at high risk for such forcible transfer…

Mordechai Vanunu hounded – again

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On 11 May the nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu was sentenced to a further three months in prison, to start on 23 May…

Call for an end to West Bank deportation policy

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We, the undersigned, express our opposition to Israel’s policy of unlawful transfer and deportation from the West Bank, which has escalated in the form of the Order regarding Prevention of Infiltration (Amendment No. 2) (No. 1650) (“Order 1650”) … Already, some of these people are limiting their own movement for fear of being arrested and removed from their homes […]

Paul Martin on being held in a Gazan gaol

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Earlier this year, British journalist Paul Martin was held for 26 days in a Gaza gaol – for having appeared as a witness in a court case. He speaks movingly of his experiences …

World Bank report on Checkpoints and Barriers: Gender dimensions of economic collapse

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Over time the apparatus of Israeli control has become more sophisticated and effective in its ability to interfere in and affect every aspect of Palestinian life, including job opportunities, work, and earnings. A new World Bank report “Checkpoints and Barriers: Searching for Livelihoods in the West Bank and Gaza. Gender Dimensions of Economic Collapse” February 2010, examines these developments […]

How Israel acts in bad faith

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A Haaretz probe reveals that while the number of checkpoints with a consistent Israel Defense Forces presence has indeed dropped, the army has been positioning more roadblocks with only sporadic supervision on an operational basis. This phenomenon is true not only along the Green Line, but also near major cities in the northern West Bank – including Ramallah, Nablus and Tul Karm.