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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



Israel and USA walk out of UNESCO – but not hand-in-hand

Few are surprised that Pres. Trump has elected to take the USA out of UNESCO. It can take care of its own world heritage sites, like removing statues of General Lee. PM Netanyahu’s decision is no surprise either – he’s been railing against UNESCO for years. For both men UNESCO’s treatment of Palestine as a country with a heritage is out of order.

PA ends security pact with Israel

Since 1995, as part of the Oslo agreements, the Palestinian Authority has provided the political policing of the West Bank working with the IDF’s admin unit, COGAT. Since the Al-Aqsa gates debacle, the PA has become more outspoken and has announced it is ending its work with COGAT which aims to “consolidate the colonial system through illegal settlements.”

Is non-violence a new, hopeful model?

Palestine Monitor interviews Mustafa Barghouti about the peaceful mass protest outside Al Aqsa. He disagrees with those who saw it as a wholly religious initiative as secular people were alongside the religious – achieving a unique unity. He believes it lifted the dead feelings of depression and hopelessness, that it worked and hopes it will spread as the mode of resistance. It depends on the party factions….

The women defenders of Al-Aqsa

Photos of the successful, peaceful protest at the establishment of security gates outside the Lion’s gate to the Al Aqsa mosque featured many men as did interviews. In everyday life, the principal defenders of the mosque are women members of the Islamic movement. We had to look to older articles to find the reports.

The religious govern Al-Aqsa crisis

The civil disobedience of Jerusalemites outside Haram Al-Sharif attracted mass support because if was free of the usual factionalism of political leadership and was instead a peaceful protest led by people with religious authority says Ahmad Melhem.

Cracks in the security apparatus

“The Palestinians joined together and forgot about their differences and that’s how we won.” No-one disagrees with that – but total security can only be achieved by a country like N. Korea whose broken citizenry are the secret agents. In the last fortnight, Israel’s police had no means of crushing mass prayer as a form of civil disobedience

‘Is this a state or a security company?’

Whichever it is it seems chaotic. Yossie Verter shows that in the process of deciding to instal the metal-detector gates to Haram al-Sharif, and then to de-instal them, Netanyahu and most of his security cabinet have not been in control. They seem feeble and frightened at having lost the plot.

Victory for non-violent protest

The conservative JPost called it unique. The more pro-Palestinian +972 asked how the world missed a week of Palestinian civil disobedience. Answer – this key aspect was either not reported or did not excite comment despite breaking the usual linkage of Palestinians and violence.

Israelis will not turn on U-turn Bibi

A large majority of Israeli Jews think PM Netanyahu was wrong to have given in to pressure – Palestinian and international – to remove the metal detectors outside the gate to Al Aqsa mosque. He will not suffer. G-d forbid the Left might claim a victory.

Using religion to make political gains

In Al Jazeera, Harry Hagopian reminds us of the history of Israeli incursions on the Noble Sanctuary and the now-withered panArab defence of the site. Plus Bibi blames Al Jazeera for incitement.

Opposition unites on Al Aqsa

The Israeli government, taking for granted Palestinian disunity and random opposition, assumed it had a chance to chase Palestinians away from Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif. Instead their actions produced a rare unity between Fatah and Hamas and a number of NGOs in an angry opposition to their attempts at control. The climbdown of the Security Cabinet may be too little too late.

Fight to the death for control over sacred site

Dan Cohen, in Electronic Intifada, runs though the Israelis who see ‘Temple Mount’ as the acme of their identity. The discourse is rarely conducted in the language of democratic politics – equality, justice – and rarely of religion. It is a language of the tribal right to control.

Shin Bet warns, Cabinet ignores

Israel’s Security Cabinet met on Thursday to decide whether or not to remove the metal detectors from the entrance to the holy compound. Shin Bet advised they should be removed. But Bibi was more worried about what his hard-right rivals would say than by what Palestinians would do.