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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

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Deadly pollution in Gaza sea

Gaza’s greatest asset – the clear blue Mediterranean sea with its brilliant sun – has become a death trap. Lacking fuel and spare parts for the sewage system the sea is now heavily polluted. It is killing children in particular. Death and sickness could be avoided by the import of fuel and spare parts.

Jewish Home – just drop the Gaza siege

It is obvious to everyone says Shlomi Eldar: ‘The siege on the Gaza Strip has been a colossal failure. The time has come to own up to the mistake that has caused enormous loss of life as well as great damage to Israel’s international image.’

Isil takes aim at Hamas

IN its now familiar flamboyant style Isil has declared it will ‘uproot’ the unIslamic tyrants of Gaza, i.e. Hamas, and has bombed several of their cars. The result is likely to be increased political intolerance in the Strip

Multiple efforts to get Hamas-Israel talks

Zvi Barel picks up whispers of indirect Hamas/Israel talks being effected by a variety of intermediaries. The most that can be hoped for is a longer ceasefire and an easing of the siege Israel enforces on Gaza. However, Palestinians’ access to the outside world via air or sea ports is not on the cards. Israeli claims they have left Gaza and exert no control over the Strip are obvious lies.

Israel’s foreign ministry: there is no siege of Gaza

This is one of the more brazen bits of hasbara yet produced by the Israeli state. There is no blockade. Goods move freely in and out of the Gaza strip. What’s the problem? In the post below, Gisha responds, and here an uncommitted journalist from Vox-com looks at limits on freedom of movement and trade in Gaza.

What would you do? Start by treating Palestinians as humans

Daniel Levy, policy adviser and diplomat, answers Israel’s belligerent question – what would you – by saying self-defence does not include the right to kill civilians and upbraids Israelis for pushing Palestinians into a corner, for offering nothing but more occupation in return for their own demands for ‘security’.

Israel and Egypt join in squeezing life out of Gaza

For a brief moment it seemed as though Egypt’s civilian government could broker a truce between Israel and Gaza – no more rockets from Gaza or bombs from Israel, free access to their sea by Gaza’s fishermen, regular movement in and out of Gaza of products and people. With the return of a military government to Egypt that hope is now lost. How do the Quartet and governments of Israel, Egypt, the EU, the USA expect the people to live?

End the siege of Gaza: Demo on Saturday

Demonstration this Saturday, 24 November, demanding an end to the siege of Gaza. Assemble 12 noon at Downing Street. Organised by Palestine Solidarity Campaign with support fom JfJfP and many others.

Qatari visit to Gaza prompts re-assessment of Israel’s blockade

The visit by the emir of Qatar to Gaza last week had great significance. By ignoring the West’s mantra of ‘support the PA, isolate Hamas’ Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (founder-owner of Al Jazeera) both forced a re-examination of the siege policy and showed himself to be a serious new player in the region. Reports from Washington Post and Guardian.

Swedish ship sets sail to break Gaza blockade

A ship has set sail from Sweden after months of work on the Estelle by the people of Umeå in northern Sweden. They hope to pick up other ships on the way and breach the blockade of Gaza to deliver goods which Palestinians have requested. Its exact wherabouts are unknown. News reports from Reuters and Jpost (1 & 2) followed by several posts from those involved. Follow on Twitter @ShiptoGazaSE

How Israel put Palestinian leadership into a deep freeze

1st, Ramzy Baroud says the claim that the freezing of Gaza is a response to Hamas -who took control of Gaza in 2007 – is belied by historical evidence. 2nd, from the 2004 archives, a long interview with Dov Weisglass, Ariel Sharon’s fixer, on how Israel put relations with Palestinians into ‘formaldehyde’, making them of no account. 7 months later, Israel withdrew from Gaza, 8 months after that Sharon fell into a deep coma.

Turkish court indicts IDF Generals for Mavi Marmara killings

In an historic and popular, if symbolic, act, a Turkish court has indicted four Israeli military commanders for the killing of nine people on the Mavi Marmara in 2010. It is rare for anyone in power in Israel to be held to account for any illegal act they commit. Arutz Sheva (1) and Israel Matzav (3) are bewildered by such defence of ‘terrorists’, Haaretz (2) is measured, Sarah Colbourne of PSC was there (4).

Claims that now Gaza siege will – or should – be lifted

A Hamas claim that Gaza siege will be lifted as part of prisoner swap deal is not confirmed – is in fact denied by most as highly improbable – but the release of Shalit has intensified the demand that it must be. Three news reports from Haaretz, Ma’an News and Xinhua news agency and statement from PSC