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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



Small war at SF university

This article from Mondoweiss by Palestinian-American Saliem Shehadeh recounts the efforts of the San Francisco branch of Hillel to get the only American branch of the General Union of Palestinian Students sentenced for antisemitism. Pro-Israel students have every right to promote their cause – and reciprocal sectarianism is on display here – but not by using the law to protect students from alleged antisemitism. An epitome of the conflict.

J-street students protest at power of rich rightwingers in Hillel

The student body in J Street (pro-peace pro-Israel) has rebelled against the role of rich right-wing donors in the Jewish campus organisation, Hillel. This is the second rebellion against Hillel following the creation of Open Hillel as a body where students could discuss BDS and Palestinians.

Know someone who is pro-Palestinian? Secretly, instantly report the scoundrel.

American Jewish students are not robust. A mere whisper of sympathy for Palestinians gives them a fit of the vapours. What to do? With this great new app from the Wiesenthal Center and Hillel (don’t confuse with Open Hillel) you can instantly inform these wise authorities on the clear and present danger, at which point they will…Add it to their file on growing antisemitism round the world?

Declaration of independence by young American Jews

It’s been coming for a long time. Now it’s being organized. Young Jews, who want to be free to discuss Palestine or BDS have broken away from Hillel, the traditional organisation for Jewish students, and held their first ‘open Hillel’ conference. As this event received extensive coverage for its significance, several of the comments/reports are posted here.

American Jewish students start own, open movement

For decades, an increasingly stuffy Jewish leadership has drawn the lines around its laager. Outside are any who question Israeli policies, support Palestinian independence and BDS. The radical and the young in the largest Jewish populations outside Israel are going on their own path.

Israel lobby hard at work to destroy free speech in US campuses

Students for Justice in Palestine are springing up in many American universities. They put on demonstrations of the Wall and military checkpoints, and join the movement for BDS. Enraged, the Jewish establishment is doing what it can to shut down or silence these activists. A handful of billionaires and the Israeli government fund re-education projects, professional advocates and legal cases – with little return on their investment.

Another US campus rejection of establishment zionism

The Jewish establishment in the US (as in the UK) is largely zionist, seeing support for Israel as an expansionary Jewish state as being a criterion for admission to any proper Jewish group. This grip on academic life in particular is being rejected, here by the Hillel (Jewish student) group at Swarthmore college who have voted to include non-zionist members and speakers and, in the posting below, by the national council of the American Studies Association.