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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



A new form of politics – no factions

Daoud Kuttab dubs it a new movement. Dr Inas Abbad asks ‘How can we use this new model of Palestinian struggle more widely and achieve other victories against the occupation?’ She has joined the peaceful mass prayer protest and she and Kuttab love its spontaneity and that of those who bring food and water.

‘The real bosses are the Palestinians of Jerusalem’

These are three articles from Nir Hasson, Haaretz’s man on the spot. He sees that the nonviolent protest by Jerusalem Palestinians has held the Israeli state at bay not least because the decision, by police and government, to use violence to control protests at Israeli state interference in Palestinian worship at the Al Aqsa mosque seems likely to engender nothing but more violence.

Displays of defiance at Al Aqsa

It is highly probable that most Palestinians-Muslim, Christian, unbeliever-were shocked and angry at the abuse of the Noble Sanctuary by 3 Arab-Israeli gunmen as a place from which to kill two police officers. The Security Cabinet decided they are complicit in the murder and so had to be punished by denying them access to the mosque and installing metal detector checkpoints. This has been met with communal defiance throughout the oPt. To punish all Palestinians for the sins of 3 is to defy common sense and the biblical law of retaliation – an eye for an eye…

Suspicions about Israeli closure of Al Aqsa complex

The decision by Israel’s security cabinet to close the Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount complex as a reprisal for the shooting dead of two Israeli officers by three Palestinians seems short-sighted. The offence caused to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by this and by the installation of metal detectors at their holy sites seems an inflammatory collective punishment.

Breaking taboos at the holy sanctuary

In these two pieces from Haaretz Gideon Levy says there has been a taboo against noting that the killers of two Israeli police officers were Druze and Amos Harel notes that the taboo against violence in the holy compound has been broken.

Closing Al Aqsa a ‘collective punishment’

Media in Palestine and Israel treated the gun attack by three Palestinians killing two Israeli policemen at the Al Aqsa compound as being different from the usual routine of attack and retaliation. It breached the sanctity accorded to the compound by Jews and Muslims. The thousands who usually attend Friday prayers there were angry that they were being punished for no fault of theirs and that police arrested the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, breaching his authority.

Political heritage of holy sites

Notionally Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif is sacred to the three Abrahamic religions. Christians don’t much care. For Israelis and Palestinians the site is a symbol of the power of possession. The UNESCO report does not comment on any of this – it merely deals with the Israeli responsibility for the upkeep of the site. It is this demotion to a caretaker role which is so angering Israelis.

UNESCO unites Israelis in fury

Angry Israelis – most of whom have not read the UNESCO resolution which is included here – seem to have invented a new form of antisemitism – not mentioning Jews at all. It is UNESCO’s job to protect important cultural sites. It says that Israel, as the occupying power, has failed to do this. It was once only religious fanatics who laid claim to Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif. Now it is the whole political elite.

Playing with fire at Al Aqsa

The mosque on Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount is not just a mosque. It is the most symbolic mosque in Israel/ Palestine. Under the guardianship of a Jordanian agency, Muslims have permission to worship there. Jews do not – but right-wingers try. The fanatically religious disdain man-made law. Many fear what will happen including Daoud Kuttab.

‘Jewish zealotry unleashed on the world’

Richard Silverstein on how messianic Jews’ dream of rebuilding the Temple on the Al Aqsa compound will have catastrophic results. One of the 3rd Temple zealots is now deputy defence minister – Eli Dahan, working with unsavoury allies.

War against ISIS legitimises any act Israel wishes to take

The headline comes from Ilan Pappe who writes the 2nd article here on the banning of Raed Salah’s branch of the Islamic movement. ‘We will still be very close to the final stages of the settler colonial project of zionising Palestine and destroying Palestinian life in it’ he concludes. First, Jonathan Cook give us the most detailed analysis yet of Salah’s strategy and popular success.

Holy cow!

Throughout human history crazy cults have flourished, and died. The apocalypse hasn’t come, they run out of money and backers. But as the Temple Institute, dedicated to dreams of building the Third Temple, is backed by wealthy Christian Zionists the cult can go on for eternity, on its way commissioning the creation of a red heifer which will restore Jewish control over Al Aqsa. Jonathan Cook takes the threat seriously.

Internationals pile in to stop MidEast violence

The ‘security’ situation in Palestine/Israel has been kicked into a crisis by the ‘knife intifada’. All international agencies fear a new MidEast crisis. Significantly, they have not blamed Palestinians for this latest emergency. “Security measures can be counterproductive if they are applied without special efforts to defuse situations before people lose their lives. If the use of force is not properly calibrated, it may breed the very frustrations and anxieties, from which violence tends to erupt” said the UN.

Muslim Council of Elders and Jordan call on Israel to respect Haram Al Sharif

Jordan is the formal custodian of Haram Al Sharif / Temple Mount which houses the Al Aqsa mosque . It is totemic to Palestians both for religious reasons and because it is the one spot in Israel which is officially theirs. Thus it has also become totemic to settlers and the right-wing who want to flout the custodial agreement. Jewish incursions into the site have been the cause of frequent protests here from the peace-seeking Jordanian government and new Muslim Council of Elders.

Violence mounts in West Bank

The assassination of two ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem by a Palestinian predicting a third intifada made headline news last week. The killing of three young Palestinians in separate incidents made no news at all. The first was rare, the second commonplace. No effort has been made by the Israeli government to reduce the anger about Jewish incursions on Haram Al-Sharif / Temple Mount.

Stop police violations of Muslim holy site warn Arab leaders

AS Israeli police fail to stop settlers entering Haram Al-Sharif and themselves enter the mosque in pursuit of Palestinian youth, Arab leaders urge them to step back and the UN to step in to prevent escalation of violence.

Right-wing dream for ‘Temple Mount’ meets rock of reality

It is clear why Haram Al-Sharif / Temple Mount has become the epitome of Palestinian /Israeli conflict. Its principal building, the Dome on the Rock, was completed as a Muslim holy shrine at the end of the 7th century CE and the area protected by Israeli authorities until a Likud leader entered it in 2000 on the basis that Jews, though not Israelis, were there first. Now Jewish zealots are insisting on praying there screwing tensions ever higher. Many warn of this dangerous path.

Apocalypse now!

In this alarming article, Tomer Persico examines the remaking of Zionism as an aggressively nationalist and religious movement. Those involved appear to be gripped by an hysterical desire to ignore state rulings and pragmatism and pursue redemption through, amongst other things, building a Third Temple on Haram al-Sharif.

Civil war: the car’s the weapon

The Israeli breach of the long-standing code that Jews do not venture on Haram al-Sharif / Temple Mount has been the trigger for more violent, if unorganised, attacks by individual Palestinians on Israeli Jews. The weapon they have is the car. This at a time when E. Jerusalem has become effectually ungovernable by Israeli forces.

Israel and ISIS, joint catalysts for Arab anger

Israeli attention has been fixed on the court-room revelations of corruption in recordings made by Ehud Olmert’s secretary. Riveting as this is about the ruling plutocracy, Israel cannot continue ignoring the threat posed by ISIS says Uri Avnery. Their idea of a restored caliphate gives energy to the impotent and impoverished Arabs throughout the region.