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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



What the IDF uses all those $billions for

The military aid given by the USA to Israel is massive. It doesn’t all go on super F16 fighter planes. It’s paying for a hi-tech find and drill machine and an acoustic sensor. The more expensive a new ‘security’ machine, the happier the PM. In fact, as Richard Silverstein says, the claim that the new machine detected a tunnel was a lie. It was found through a method as old as time – an informant.

The underground war

The defence departments of the USA and Israel are collaborating on making a ‘secret military weapon’ that will prevent Palestinians using the tunnels that stretch along Gaza, some of them into Israel. They are a primary source of income for those who dig, repair and transport goods along them.

IDF defeated by tunnels and resistance

Paul Rogers, professor of peace studies, writes that Israel has failed in its war aims of destroying the rockets and tunnels used by paramilitary groups in Gaza. Constructed over years in part for trade with Egypt the tunnel network is far more extensive than the IDF imagined and the fighters far better disciplined and trained, hence the comparatively high IDF death rate. The IDF withdrew not because it had ‘won’ but because better counsel prevailed.

Bedouin tribes and an open Gaza hold key to Sinai peace

2nd posting this week on a fast-moving situation. President Mursi has ordered military action and closed the Rafah crossing; Israeli aircraft hover with lethal weapons. But reports here suggest an agreement with Bedouin tribes and relaxing the Gaza siege – which has created a network of tunnels and their thriving trade in everything from fuel and food to weapons – offer the only route to law and order in the Sinai.