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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



Hebron settlers awarded their own separate admin

Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank, home to over 215,000 Palestinians and about 700 Jewish settlers. The settlers are now to be directly governed by Israel’s Civil Administration (COGAT, a unit of the IDF) dividing the city into two. Apartheid say James Zogby and MEMO.

Hebron, epitome of the Occupation

As one witness says here, Hebron has every device and method invented for controlling Palestinian movement – all for the protection of 86 Jewish families. The ratio of soldiers to settlers is c. 2:1 in the old city and 1:4 outside, a pointless and provocative extravagance .

UNESCO vote for Hebron decried as antisemitic

Of course Israeli spokespersons condemn a UNESCO vote that recognised Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs/al-Ibrahimi mosque as a World Heritage site deserving protection. It is situated in Hebron, the largest Palestinian city. Those who really care about the preservation of this ancient site won’t care whether it’s called Israeli or Palestinian. Those whose first concern is detecting antisemitism in the world order will care, very much. Raf Sanchez and Barak Ravid report.

Soldiers as settlers’ bodyguards

It is often not clear to young soldiers what exactly their duties are in the West Bank. According to Breaking the Silence this is not a problem where there are settlers. Their job is to protect the settlers, their property and their freedom of movement.

Issa Amro charged with ‘hurting a soldier’s dignity’

Issa Hamro has done exactly what the political doctor ordered: opposed the Israeli occupation with an absolute commitment to non-violence. No trumped up charges of terrorism can be brought against him. That doesn’t inhibit Israeli authorities from frequently arresting “the Palestinian Gandhi”. His latest trial has just opened.

Claim that Israel pays Hebron young to escalate violence

The strategy of the settlers in Hebron, apparently with state backing, is to provoke Palestinians into violence. That will get rid of them. The belief of Hebron’s mayor that Israel is paying Palestinian youth to up the violence may not be as outlandish as it sounds.

Diaspora Jews show opposing Occupation is not antisemitic

Ilana Sumka, director of the Jewish Center for Non-violence, visits Hebron, centre of extreme repression and resistance, and finds police fear arresting American Jews. This gives a privileged role to all ‘diaspora Jews’ in opposing Israeli state policies.

Make all in Hebron feel hunted

Palestinians are people like us. But, says Ben Ehrenreich, they are governed by an abnormal authority which hunts and humiliates them, kills them for no reason and wrecks and steals from their homes.

The officer who dared

On Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day (May 6th) the IDF’s deputy chief of staff, Yair Golan, did something extraordinary. He made a speech likening Israel’s current policies – and population – to the drivers and drifters of 1930s Europe’s descent into barbarism. Of course he has been cursed and condemned. But his speech,with his status, has brought heart to many.

This ‘incredibly cruel and unjust machinery’ forced on Hebron

Novelist Michael Chabon grew up in a conventional Jewish-American way, dropping money in the JNF box, working on a kibbutz. Then came the Sabra & Shatila massacre and he began to ask questions. A visit to Israel answered them.

I witness, occupied Palestine

‘Please do remember that the risk for me is less than a 1000th of what the risk for every Palestinian is on a day-to-day basis’ writes this young volunteeer with International Solidarity Movement (ISM) to friends and family back home in the UK.

Why IDF ‘neutralises’ not ‘kills’

In a clear-sighted, gently written article Sayed Kashua imagines what the soldier thinks when killing a Palestinian. Putting down a dog? Scientifically rendering him neutral? Knowing Israelis must clean up their own garbage he sees he is compelled to return to Israel from the US.

Israelis applaud, UN condemns, shoot to kill policy

Hebron and Tel Rumeida have been sliced into sections by Israeli security, designated a closed military zone with the twin aims of protecting settlers and ensuring total control by armed forces. Here, at a checkpoint, a soldier casually shoots dead a wounded Palestinian. He never imagined there would be a fuss about it.

Another casual street killing by IDF

The stabbings by Palestinians of Israelis are illegal; if they kill the person, they are murder. The stabbers and those suspected of preparing to stab, are invariably shot dead on the street. Unless the shooter is in fear of his life, these killings are also murder and illegal. Here is a video of one such murder.

Hebron villages held under military siege

Military rule has operated over the Hebron district for several months. Soldiers act with impunity; economic life is almost impossible. The death toll, and anger, rise daily. Nationally, 135 Palestinians had been shot dead by December 31st. The number has risen since then. No deaths of Jews from Palestinian stabbing have been recorded since November 23rd.

Israeli commandos burst into hospital to shoot dead a Palestinian

On Thursday November 12th a group of IDF commandos, in disguise, entered Hebron’s al-Ahli hospital. They kidnapped Azzam Shalaldeh who been shot by a settler – and shot dead his cousin Abdullah Shalaldeh who was visiting. Neither unarmed man could possibly have been imagined to be dangerous. Oxfam has led the condemnations of this extra-judicial murder.

In Hebron ‘people feel IDF will kill anyone’

A UN official visits Hebron, the current centre of the violent hostility between young Palestinians and Israeli armed forces and settlers. He reports ‘a complete generation has lost hope in peace’. More than 25 of about 75 Palestinians shot dead have come from Hebron. Palestine’s biggest city has been flooded by Israel’s soldiers, weaponry and checkpoints. The residents live in a state of fear.

Lockdown in Hebron

The violent attacks by individual Palestinians which began in Jerusalem continue, but in Hebron. By killing the attackers, armed forces create mass funerals for ‘martyrs’ which thus draw in more Palestinians.Wanting to associate himself with this resistance Pres. Abbas has moved this week’s cabinet meeting to Hebron where 25 young people so far have been shot dead.

B’Tselem on the brutal murder of Hadil al-Hashlamun in Hebron

We reported a few days ago about the brutal shooting at Checkpoint 18 in Hebron in Lest we forget the price of occupation.

B’tselem has investigated the incident and in measured, cautious language says that “the soldiers at the checkpoint acted disproportionately. They did not try to subdue al-Hashlamun and take her into custody without resorting to live fire. The claim that al-Hashlamun tried to stab soldiers, repeated by the media, cannot be reconciled with the fact that there was a metal barrier between her and the soldiers at the time of the shooting. Furthermore, the soldier who opened fire continued shooting after she had been hit in the legs and no longer posed a danger.”

We call it murder.

Lest we forget the price of occupation

An International Solidarity Movement report from Shuhada Street checkpoint 56 in Hebron.

Short and anguished. Cold-blooded murder. Impunity in action. We wait to see someone held to account, but not with bated breath…

Update: supplemented by a report by Philip Weiss, with video evidence