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2016:

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

2015:

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

2014:

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

2013:

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

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Bedouin strike over home demolitions

There are seven places in which Israel’s Bedouin population may establish communities. These are the townships built to rehouse them from Galilee, the Negev and the Jordan Valley where their existing dwellings are being demolished – because, of course, they don’t have planning permission which is also why they don’t have access to water and electricity services. They are calling strikes in protest at the demolitions.

Israel ramps up house demolitions as an instrument of expropriation

The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) reports that Israel is demolishing Palestinian homes and livelihoods at an increasing – and alarming – rate. This destruction is explicitly linked to the advancement of new settlements, many of which are illegal under Israeli as well as International law.

This is as good a moment as any to consider supporting ICAHD in resisting these developments!

Home demolitions are organized state violence

Israeli security forces demolish a Palestinian family’s home in a-Tur, April 24, 2013. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)

Over the last decade, Israel has demolished over 1,100 Palestinian homes in the West Bank, leaving more than 5,199 people homeless, including at least 2,602 minors. The extensive demolitions are part of a broader Israeli policy of forced transfer. Here is the speech given by Hagai El-Ad, executive director of B’Tselem, at a conference on home demolitions held at the Knesset on 27 July 2016.

An urgent appeal from Jewish Voice for Peace

14 February 2016 Two villages are at immediate risk of being destroyed, and we need your help. Can you send an urgent message to Netanyahu? Send an urgent message to Netanyahu: stop the demolition of Um al-Hiran and Atir!   Last week we received an urgent request from The Jewish Coalition for the Bedouin of […]

House Demolitions as Punishment

B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories – reports on recent house demolitions carried out by Israeli occupation forces, with Israeli High Court approval – a collective punishment in clear breach of international law.

Send an urgent message to Netanyahu: stop the demolition of Um al-Hiran and Atir!

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Send an urgent message to Netanyahu: stop the demolition of Um al-Hiran and Atir!

Bombing houses in order to kill occupant is illegal

There is a circumstance where it is deemed legitimate to bomb a residential home in a military conflict: when it yields a distinct military advantage to the attacker. B’Tselem has examined 70 cases of house destruction and concluded that most were targeted in order to punish an occupant. This means the IDF regards destroying an operative’s family as a legitimate military action (explaining the very high civilian death toll). It clearly is not.

NGOs campaign against house demolitions

Building new homes for Israeli Jews, knocking down existing homes of Palestinians (including Israeli Bedouin) constitutes Israel’s violent drive to control all land in Palestine/Israel, preferably confining Palestinians to refugee camps. Here, 36 charities and aid groups sign a statement calling for an immediate end to the demolitions. ICAHD and the ECCP issue a more political statement on demolitions, the EU and international law.

Meretz City Councillor interrogated about rebuilding demolished house

Meir Margalit is an elected member of the Jerusalem City Council, standing for the left-wing Meretz party. He has a long record of defending human rights and promoting Israeli-Palestinian dialogue. Recently he, like many activists, helped to rebuild a demolished Palestinian home – and was pulled in for questioning about this action. He speaks for himself 2), a petition to support him 3). Find about Meretz UK, 4)

Court rules for Palestinians, Israeli smash and grab goes on

A Jerusalem court last Thursday ruled against the claim by Elad, a settler organisation, that Palestinian homes in E. Jerusalem belonged to them. Besides this small victory, property seizures and demolitions continue to make space for, amongst othr things, car parking and a new Israeli National Security College

We say apartheid, you say hafrada

The Cape Town sitting of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine concluded that ‘Israel subjects Palestinians to an institutionalised regime of domination’ (1). (2) Jeff Halper provided the tribunal with a sober account of the buildings pulled down and put up by the Israeli state. enacting its official policy of hafrada, or separation or apartheid (2)

A new Defence for Children International-Palestine report

A new DCI-Palestine report “Voices from East Jerusalem: The Situation facing Palestinian Children”, sheds light on the day-to-day hardships faced by those living under prolonged military occupation. It paints a disturbing picture of the realities of house demolitions, settler violence and violence against children during arrest and detention.

The thriving vineyards of the settlements, the wasteland of Palestinian homes

Tent city summer was also the summer of demolitions of Palestinian homes and amenities especially in the Jordan valley, long coveted by Israelis for its water and fertility. ICAHD counts the cost for Palestinans who have lost homes, land and water to the settlements’ grab for resources

The assault on Sheikh Jarrar

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Author Mike Marqusee writes of a recent visit to East Jerusalem and Sheikh Jarrar. He says of Jerusalem: “The city is a metaphor, an object of longing, a place from which we are all exiled, a better world to which we all aspire. In some parts of the tradition Jerusalem is an ideal of social justice. The literalism of Zionism, and of many pro-Zionist Christians, is very much a modern, reductive twist. At Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan and elsewhere, it is thin cover for a naked land grab.”

Ian McEwan to accept Israel book award but criticise occupation

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Novelist Ian McEwan is in Israel to receive the Jerusalem prize for literature despite a strong campaign calling on him to refuse to go. Here he defends his decision while taking part in the weekly protest in Sheikh Jarrar and saying he intends to “make my own thoughts clear” when accepting the prize from Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat…

Life under occupation – 18: update from East Jerusalem

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The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spells out the humann cost of evictions and house demolitions in East Jerusalem…

Maisa Al Kurd and Hawla Hanoun: two women of Sheikh Jarrah

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Hannah Brooks, currently living in Ramallah, interviews women from two families affected by the Sheikh Jarrah evictions.

Palestinian homes demolished – but this time by Hamas

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After forcing people from their homes, Hamas demolish up to 40 dwellings in Rafah built “without the correct permits”.

Acri takes the principle of housing demolitions in East Jerusalem to the Israel courts

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From Melanie Takefman, International Communication and Development Coordinator, Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI): I am writing to inform you that ACRI, Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights, and an East Jerusalem resident last week filed a petition against the principle of house demolitions in East Jerusalem , the first of its kind, to […]

Icahd – Statistics on House Demolitions (1967-2009)

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The Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions estimates that some 24,145 Palestinian homes have been demolished in the Occupied Territories since 1967, based on information gleaned from the Israeli Ministry of Interior, the Jerusalem Municipality, the Civil Administration, OCHA and other UN sources, Palestinian & Israeli human rights groups, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, our field […]