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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




G4S jettisons Israel

Profits at G4S have been dropping – the firm is over-extended with muddled management. It first warned in 2013 that it was cutting back operations in Israel. Now it has announced its complete withdrawal from its security operations there. The BDS movement may not have caused the decision – but it was ‘reputationally damaging’ and created more disruption than the contract was worth.

UN body ends contract with G4S

The Jordan branch of the UN’s Human Rights Commission has ended all links with G4S the British-Dutch security firm which has contracts for transporting and guarding Palestinian prisoners in Israel. An earlier complaint by Lawyers for Palestinian Human RIghts, that G4S was denying prisoners their rights, was rejected but the NCP (the government body responsible for contract companies) found that G4S used companies that did abuse human rights.

G4S told to act on protecting human rights

You wouldn’t know it from the coverage in the UK business press, but the National Contact Point for the OECD (a government agency) has judged that G4S has severely restricted freedom of movement through checkpoints and prison services run by its Israeli companies and thus violated humans rights law. The NCP was responding to a complaint from Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights.

What would most hurt Israel is the suspension of tariff concessions

Arthur Goodman, JfJfP’s diplomatic liaison officer, grew up as a conventional, Israel right-Arabs wrong, Jew. Then came the startling and courageous rebellion of the 1st intifada and the re-telling of Israel’s story by Israel’s new historians. After that, it was JfJfP and his work as an incessant campaigning diplomat in the EU and parliament.

OECD’s body in UK to examine G4S role in oPt

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights have used existing laws and agencies to trigger an investigation into the role of G4S in policing Palestinians. Many European bodies have ruled that Israeli rule breaches human rights laws. It needs outside bodies to compel them to act on their good intentions.

G4S’s disregard for law bites back

G4S, headquartered in London and the world’s largest security company, is putting on a brave face about 3 news items this week. 1) three of its employees will be prosecuted for the manslaughter of asylum-seeker Jimmy Mubenga. 2) the company has not put in a tender for the renewal of its contract with the BBC. Popular protest at the possibility of the contract going to this tarnished firm has been running for a year. 3) its profits have dropped.

Forecast that OECD will investigate G4S for breaking law

Label something a ‘security’ issue and immediately the ‘suspects’ lose rights and dignity and the agency dealing with it – whether state (IDF, IPS) or private (eg G4S) – acts beyond the scrutiny of prisoner advocates and family. The Independent reports that the OECD might investigate the actions of G4S as the agent for Israeli security. Meanwhile, G4S’s management of Britain’s low-cost Oakwood warehouse prison is under question.

Hard questions about where to take the BDS movement

From the few reports available the Palestinian BDS conference held at Bethlehem university on June 8th was a packed and lively affair. It had successes to celebrate (Veolia, G4S), arguments to press – controversially, against ‘normalisation’ and dropping the term ‘occupation’ in favour of ‘apartheid’ – and strategic decisions to be made. How far BDS can be made THE national resistance campaign of Palestinians is also on the table.

G4S does the bidding of another illegal practice

Prison practices which are judged illegal are those which deprive a prisoner of his or her basic humanity; removing them far from everyone they know, subjecting them to torture or solitary confinement, holding them without charge, legal representation or trial, refusal to provide medical treatment… G4S has not been accused of all these wrong practices – but enough of them to merit inquiries into their ethical and legal standing.

Profits and reputation fall for G4S who grew rich by imprisoning people

Spare a moment’s pity for the mega-corporations, like G4S, which enjoyed such a bonanza with the privatisation of once-basic state services. Their profits are not within their own control. At a whim of a government, or a miscalculation by their CEO, they can lose those profits and their reputation. Such is the fate of G4S whose profits and reputation have slumped, not least because of their willingness to serve the Israeli occupation’s treatment (illegal) of Palestinians taken prisoner. (Not an issue in their hasty new ethical policy). Join the protest at this year’s AGM on June 6th, London.

Protests force G4S to give up West Bank contracts

Protests against one of the world’s biggest companies, G4S, which provides Israel with paramilitary and prison services, has forced the company to give up its contracts in the occupied territories. The cost to its reputation – it was voted the world’s third worst company last January – is not worth it.

Why G4S should win the award for world’s worst company

Who does more damage to human rights, Goldman Sachs, Shell or G4S? John Grayson and Adri Nieuwhof throw their weight behind G4S, a company which ‘privatises warfare, benefits from the occupation of Palestinian lands, enables the detention of Palestinian children – and seven more reasons . Look left to Action Alert for more information on the Public Eye vote.

Curse of the occupiers strikes G4S

As the investors in G4S (and (Veolia) might say – forget the politics, look at the prices, which in the case of the shares of both companies have been dropping, as have their reputations. The favourite of privatisers, G4S has gobbled up every state contract it could get – and in the case of policing the Olympics, has been unable to deliver. Financial, news and Birmingham police reports, plus letter fro, G4S campaigners.

G4S boasts of doing great business in Middle East

G4S and Israel seem made for each other, having in common a paramount concern with security. More surprising might be the contracts the company is winning in Arab countries, despite the official position of many on the oPt. Rather, says Al Akhbar, it is Europeans who are leading moves to question and boycott the company. JfJfP is at the forefront of the campaign to stop G4S winning contracts in the UK.

Protests at G4S, profiting from policing people, from Palestinians to Olympics

G4S is the 2nd largest private employer in the world, making its money from public sectors contracting out ‘security’ operations – such as the Olympics this summer. Services to Israeli settlements are one its most profitable and controversial operations. JfJfP actively supports the campaign to stop UK state agencies giving contracts to G4S.

Security company’s loss of EU contract shows penalty of servicing occupation

UPDATED The security company G4S has provided security services for the EU (Commission in Brussels and Parliament) and for illegal settlements, military checkpoints and the incarceration of political prisoners in Israel. Now the European Parliament has decided to cancel their contract, a decision applauded by JfJfP which, with others, has campaigned against the role of this multinational company in securing the occupation.

Boycotting the occupation bites again


G4S in Denmark, via its Israeli company Hashmira, supplies baggage scanning equipment and body scanners at major checkpoints on the West Bank. No more. A response to public pressure, following on the work of the Coalition of Women for Peace, and its monitoring project “Who Profits?”, for exposing the realities.