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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



“Men give themselves the right to treat women as their own property.”

Women are more restricted, made more fearful by the Occupation. Not controversial. Women also have to face violence, legal discrimination and disregard for their fate as victims of traditional brotherhoods. More and more women’s groups are being created to challenge these practices.

When killing young women is in order

The ‘right’ to kill young women seems to be most common in cousin societies – where the young are expected to marry first cousins. Breaking this tradition may be good for the health but bad for the guardians of the tradition – cousins, brothers, uncles, fathers. The oxymoron, honour killing, is a gift to all hostile to Palestine and Muslims, who should, friend Richard Silverstein included, listen to Palestinian women’s protests.

Third shameful sister-killing this year in oPt

Once again, a Palestinian has stabbed his sister to death as a punishment for his loss of control over her. This has been strongly condemned by the Gaza-based PCHR which, once again, calls on the PA to change the law so that the murder of a family member (usually a woman) is no longer excused. Data on these violent acts to conserve the status of a family/appropriate a woman’s sexual power are not reliable enough to establish trends over time.

Uses and abuses of violence against women

honor diaries islamophobia

Richard Silverstein accuses the Clarion Project of making a film in ‘honour’ killings simply as a platform for their Islamophobia. (Studies of these murders of women link them to particular family forms and places, not religion.) But Palestinian / Arab women themselves are trying to make themselves heard about ‘honour’ killings and sexual abuse. We hear them in the posting below.

Steep rise in ‘honour killings’ as brothers assert their power

It is not the honour of a family that is hurt when a daughter or sister favours a man they have not chosen; it is the pride and the authority of fathers, brothers and the cousins who have first rights. To maintain these the men kill thousands of Palestinian women every year – the rate is fast increasing. Neither Hamas nor the PA show any signs of acting against these crimes – but women are protesting more loudly and boldly.

How can Israel’s colonial justice help Arab women?

No-one disputes the fact of Palestinian women being killed in the name of ‘family honour’ and few dispute that there is nothing honourable about such violence. But there are disagreements about how much women need protection and, where they do, who best provides it. The Israeli justice system, say the feminist writers, treats Palestinians as backward and merely empowers male elders.

Official inertia over shameful killings of Palestinian women

The brutal attacks on women for going against the wishes of male relatives – known euphemistically as ‘honour punishments’ – are known amongst most societies in W. Asia, from Palestine to India (and in the UK – see footnote). The peculiarly cruel murder of Aya Baradiya in 2010 sparked outrage among Palestinians and a promise by President Abbas to change the law. This has yet to happen.