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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



Bibi fights corruption charges with alarms about Hamas, Hezbollah

Israel’s prime minister has just discovered that the country is facing new and terrible threats from Hamas and Hezbollah. What’s his evidence? Intuition, confidence in Pres. Trump’s backing and his sense that now is the time to play the security card which has served him so well before. Uri Savir looks at the players on the board.

Hamas agrees to hold elections and talks

Palestine cannot hope for independence as long as its people and leaders are divided. So the fact that a weakened Hamas has agreed to a general election and unity talks with Fatah has been welcomed – cautiously, as reconciliation initiatives have been taken many times.

Why are those lying bastards lying to you?

Last month Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar gave a media briefing about his political plans, but he might as well have not been there himself. The Israeli media were not interested. Like their audience they knew he must be a terrorist and didn’t want to have to think. Ronit Marzan decodes for those who do.

UN head – something can be done about Gaza

On his first visit to Gaza UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres promised funds for reconstruction and said the UN was doing all possible to support President Abbas’s efforts to create conditions for a unified leadership. This would be the first step to transforming Gaza.

Hamas in urgent need of new patron

Hostile neighbours can only punish Hamas by punishing the people in Gaza. Israel, the PA and Egypt all know this. So many in Gaza look to Mohammed Dahlan, billionaire challenger to Abbas, to ease their situation.

‘Gaza’s future has never looked bleaker’

The small but wealthy state of Qatar was long a major benefactor to the Palestinians of the Gaza strip. For the moment that largesse has ended with the Saudi-led Gulf states claiming the Qatar’s money actually went to the Hamas military. Al-Shabaka Policy Analysts Haidar Eid and Ayah Abubasheer, both based in Gaza, assess what’s next for Gaza.

Big powers unite against Hamas and Qatar

Saudi Arabia, home of the most illiberal policies, is leading the drive to isolate Hamas (not known for its liberal policies either). Abbas follows in the Saudis’ wake; his aim is to bring Hamas under his control which would please Israel. None of these bodies has a strategy for breaking the Israeli siege. Tareq G. Baconi thinks they want the siege to continue until Hamas is broken.

Saudi hypocrisy on armed groups

Qatar and Qatari diplomats have been expelled from all Saudi-led bodies on the grounds of supporting terrorism. The supporters and financiers of armed groups wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq are those same Gulf states. Al Monitor garners opinions.

We need to talk to Hamas

Guardian reporter Sara Helms deplores the fact that the west is only too happy to leave the people of Gaza inside their prison. Hamas’s election of a new leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, as well as its new policy document provides an opening for a new initiative – but the British government shows no sign of being willing or able to think outside its self-imposed box.

Palestinian authorities clamp down on free speech

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The Palestinian authorities in the West Bank and Gaza are arresting, abusing, and criminally charging journalists and activists who express peaceful criticism of the authorities. The crackdown directly violates obligations that Palestine recently assumed in ratifying international treaties protecting free speech.

Free Barghouti – or let PNA fall apart

The question – who will succeed Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian President- has long been high on the agenda with no clearer resolution as time passes. As no arrangement seems to have been made, chaos may follow, unless Marwan Barghouti is released.

It’s all down to Hamas

The purpose of this article by Jonathan Schanzer for the right-wing Foundation for Defense of Democracies is to show that the failure to reach an agreement on a Palestinian state is entirely due to Hamas. The reason for posting it here is to ensure we know the range of views on why the conflict seems to have no end.

Israel’s defence policy stuck in outdated groove

From a platform at the national security conference far-right minister Naftali Bennett attacked the Netanyahu-Ya’alon couple who dominate the cabinet and security policy – which in his view is lodged in the past and cannot deal with new threats.

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

Forget Palestine, focus on ISIL

Netanyahu’s messages about ISIL are confused. One day he says Hamas, fighting for national independence, and ISIL, fighting for national independence to be submerged in an international caliphate, are indistinguishable. On another he hopes that a focus on ISIL will bring a new alliance between Israel and Sunni states (against Iran) – overlooking the fact that this is dependent on his making an acceptable deal with Palestinians. Analysis by Gershom Gorenberg.

Hamas wants calm and prosperity says IDF General

Again, a senior officer in the IDF, Major-General Sami Turgeman of Southern Command, ignores the political rhetoric about the evil of Hamas to assert that Hamas, like Israel, wants calm, growth, prosperity – and that it’s better for Hamas to govern Gaza than either the IDF or ISIL.

Hamas loses youth support

Enough is enough. There were significant protests by young people against the rule of Hamas in Gaza this week. The police responded with violence – which, by historical criteria, is unlikely to silence the anger. There is too little information to say more but the fact of popular anger against conditions in Gaza, and that the young blame Hamas, is worthy of note.

Military wing gains supremacy in Gaza

The unforeseen consequence of attacks on Gaza, last summer’s in particular, is that they enabled Hamas’ military wing , and its priorities (building new tunnels) , to become dominant. If the first casualty is the Hamas political leadership the second is the homeless of Gaza.

Tinsel Town babble

This summer round-robin sent to a hastily-assembled Hollywood tribe – subject, ‘Is the Gaza war really over’- would be comical were it not for the serious intent of the sender, the pro-Israeli Hollywood media mogul Ryan Kavanaugh. His argument rests wholly on how horrible Hamas is. His point is?

Blackmail, bombing, arrests – nothing gives Israel its victory

David Shulman looks at five accounts of Gaza based on factual testimony and history. In contrast, Israelis live in a largely mythic world, a simplified version of the Iliad in which Israelis are innocent victims of dark, irrational forces, heroic death in war always makes sense, and violent coercion is the option of necessity and of choice.