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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



EU funding for Israeli military

Before two preposterous leaders, Pres. Trump and N. Korea’s ‘Supreme Leader’ Kim Jong-un began their bluster war, the prevailing mode of 21st century war was what Jeff Halper called ‘pacification’ – military plus to keep a people passive without annihilating them. This they sold to other governments with restive populations, tried and tested on the Palestinians. So the discovery that Elbit systems, nominally a private company, has been handsomely rewarded by the EU through its 2020 Horizon programme is not surprising. We know this thanks to a few diligent MEPs, not one of them British.

How Israel gets round all EU rules – and the EC lets it

The Israeli government is crying ‘boycott, antisemitism, nazis’ – because they are asked, as is every country, to label their goods with the place of origin. But it is true that the EC has double standards – there are many things Israel is allowed to do (make undeclared nuclear weapons, not recognise Palestine though Palestine has to recognise Israel… ) Would Israel be happy to have the same standards that are applied to, say Russia, or the oPt?

The good, the bad and the ugly-minded

‘We did it through diplomacy’ said John Kerry to Congress in an appeal for their support for the Iran deal. There is significant opposition to the deal in Israel and the US – but how can they oppose it? Why, by calling Lady Ashton ‘ugly ‘ – nuff said. In the US, war-weariness has muted opposition to the negotiations. In Israel, the EU is the convenient bad entity forcing Netanyahu to acknowledge settlements in order to be eligible for Horizon 2020 grants – a programme for which Lady Ashton is also a lead negotiator.

EU – Israel standoff on EC guidelines

The jewel in the crown of the grants in the EC’s gift is the technological Horizon 2020 programme from which Israel desperately wants to benefit. After behind-the-scenes negotiations it emerged this week that the EC is standing firm on the conditions Israel must meet to be eligible – explicitly stating that no entity may be in the occupied territories. While Israel’s hardliners want to walk away from the EU rather than compromise, some are still looking for wiggle room.

US led the way in banning science grants for Israel’s outlawed bodies

Since 1972, the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation has ruled that Israeli entities in land occupied since 1967 are not eligible for grants. So why the shock about the EC decision and pressure from Kerry to withhold the application of the Guidelines? Because Israel has always been treated as a quasi-European country with special privileges. If it’s cast out of Europe, what then? The US will not take it in.

Contempt for humanities a ‘catastrophe’ for Israel

Literature and history have been dropped as compulsory subjects for the Israeli matriculation exam – just the latest in the state’s disregard for the value of knowledge of the humanities says Professor Naomi Chazan. She warns that this Israeli withdrawal from the universal corpus of humanistic knowledge, coupled with its probable exclusion from Horizon 2020, will be disastrous for the country’s intellectual and ethical life.

Israel’s reputation for innovation at stake in EU’s Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s programme for innovative research and development – it has social as well as technological goals. Israel is the only non-European country invited to participate – considerable funds are involved. It is possibly Israel’s primary loss from the hardening of the EC guidelines on withdrawing funding from projects implicated in the oPt. Israel is presenting its problem as its own refusal to co-operate.