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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



Every Palestinian act is ‘terrorism’

Amira Hass hopes the resistance of prisoners will inspire collective action by Palestinians outside; James Zogby says Israel provokes violence by the deplorable way it treats Palestinians.

All drawn in by hunger strike

There hasn’t yet been an article to repost on what makes this hunger strike different but prisoners and supporters have an air of confidence: they can’t lose. Either they get concessions or they die. Either way the Israeli state loses. Some witty, grave and number-crunching pieces.

Our hunger spreads our message

Israel has made Marwan Barghouti an iconic and exemplary figure amongst Palestinians. He was a leader in the first intifada (for which he was imprisoned after his ‘show trial’) and has constantly urged non-violent resistance. His intelligence and integrity have won him many admirers. He tells us here why he and thousands of Palestinian prisoners have embarked on a hunger strike.

Palestinian journalist nears death on hunger strike


Like 700 other Palestinians, Mohammad Al-Qiq is being held under administrative detention – no charge, no evidence, no trial. He has been on hunger strike for three months and is on the edge of organ failure. Many bodies have taken up his case. His employer, Saudi-owned Al-Majd Television, is not known to have lifted a finger on his behalf.

Time to call it what it is: Israeli apartheid

An anguished Bradley Burston, who immigrated from LA to Israel in 1976, has finally had to recognise that the mesh of laws which the Israeli state has amassed to restrict every possible form of independent Palestinian life can only be called apartheid. Every self-respecting Jew should oppose this injustice.

Knesset approves torture of force feeding


The hunger strike is an honourable form of resistance. British feminists used it to good effect – and much suffering – in order to win the vote. Palestinian prisoners are now using the tactic. The Knesset has authorised a form of torture – force-feeding.

Make the connections


JfJfP Exec has issued a statement deploring “all use of children and young people as political pawns and bargaining chips in international disputes. We condemn the kidnapping of the Israeli Jewish teenagers Gilad Shaarh, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah. But we also condemn the Israeli government’s exploitation of their disappearance in order to impose an illegal collective punishment on the Palestinian people and to attack Hamas and attempt to wreck the new Palestinian unity government.” Israel’s use of ‘administrative detention’ also amounts to the routine kidnapping of hundreds of Palestinians, adults and children.

Action urged against force-feeding to end longest prisoners’ hunger strike: UPDATES


On the advice of Israel’s security junta – Shin Bet in this instance – Palestinian prisoners (who have refused food for over 47 days) should be force fed. They are protesting against administrative detention. Rather than introduce the rule of law the Israeli state has rushed through an act to make barbaric force-feeding ‘legal’. Addameer urges protest letters. The Israel Medical Association ‘voices its strong opposition’ to force-feeding.

Protests mount for hunger-striking prisoners

Palestinians imprisoned without charge or trial (administrative detention) have again launched a hunger strike, eliciting mass protests in support and a letter to the EU’s Catherine Ashton asking for intervention against this illegal practice. At the same time, protests against the Wall have again broken out in the Hebron area.

The fate of Samer Issawi

On 9th April 2013 political prisoner Samer Issawi, now in his eight month on hunger strike and perilously weak, issued a moving call to Israelis to visit him in hospital. Two who tried were immediately arrested. One group of Israeli authors and scholars including Amos Oz responded, not by calling for his release but for him to call off his hunger strike. Another group responded in the spirit Issawi wished for, expressing their profound solidarity with him and the cause he is willing and ready to die for.

Consul general says UK government acting on Samer Issawi and other prisoners

Samer Issawi is, as far we know, still on hunger strike while in hospital in Haifa. He has refused an offer of his freedom in exchange for exile to the Gaza Strip. He wishes to return to his home village of Issawye. There have been many warnings to the Israeli government and prison service, including from UK diplomats, that if another prisoner dies they will not to be able to control the consequences.

Outsiders must help Palestinian hunger strikers say Issawi and Abbas

Palestinian political prisoners have come to stand for all Palestinians – a life of humiliation, subject to arbitrary arrest and restrictions, Israeli indifference.. Samer Issawi, now moved to hospital, says in the Guardian that the UK bears a special responsibility for the unjust situation. Families demand the International Red Cross acts. In February, President Abbas called for ‘urgent intervention’ by the international community.

Popular protest and prisoners versus the Palestinian elite

There has long been a leadership deficit for Palestinians write Ramzy Baroud. Not because individual Palestinians are weak or corrupt but because any leadership has to compromise in order to be recognised internationally. So the gulf between that elite and the people is growing as protests such as the tent villages (other posts) and prisoner hunger strikes (1-3 here) spread. Last, JfJfP is holding a public meeting on Popular Struggle in Palestine with Saeed Amireh from Nil’in village.

Six political prisoners of PA on protest hunger strike

If the principal aim of the PA is to be Israel’s ‘partner for peace’, speaking for all Palestinians, then it follows they will crush articulate or organised dissenting voices. Chief dissenter is Hamas, many of whose members were arrested in a 2010 crackdown by the PA’s security service.. Now six of those detained – whose release was ordered by the Palestinian High Court – are on hunger strike. Occupied Palestine, PCHR and background article.

Mahmoud al-Sarsak starts to eat in exchange for early release

Mahmoud al-Sarsak’s lawyer has said the young footballer has agreed to start eating in exchange for release on 10 July 2012. He has been held without charge or trial for three years and been on hunger strike in protest for over 80 days. In the last few weeks, Eric Cantona and professional footballers had taken up his case and protested against Israel hosting a Uefa tournament next year. BBC and Ma’an news.

‘Israel can detain us in a cell, but under occupation it feels like prison anyway’

IRIN provides a usefully factual report on Israel’s prison system for Palestinians, and on the physical and political effects of the mass hunger strike. There are no political prisoners – only ‘security prisoners’. Mahmoud al-Sarsak is the only one detained as an ‘unlawful combatant’.

Keep your eyes on the ball: snatched Palestinian footballer on hunger strike

Gains of the prisoners’ hunger strike include the release of PFLP leader Saadat and others from solitary confinement – their effort has, he says, brought a new and rare unity. But footballer Mahmoud al-Sarsak is still on hunger strike (2). Richard Falk – keep your eyes on the issue (3)

BBC slammed for blanking historic hunger strike

Led by the PSC, JfJfP and others, the BBC is accused of bias for its month-long silence on the historic mass prisoner hunger strike. Rumours of a ‘Jewish conspiracy’ in the BBC are alive on the web. This is nonsense. Rather, the undoubted BBC bias is testament to a belief that Israelis are ‘like us’ (Mark Regev is Australian) while Palestinians are the violent ‘other’. Palestinian groups could do more however to cultivate relationships with foreign journalists.

After the ‘Great Palestinian Prison Hunger Strike’

The end of the hunger strike is only the beginning: of holding Israeli authorities to the conditions on which prisoners agreed to end the strike; the possible beginning of humane standards for prisoners in Israeli gaols; the start of family visits; the beginning of the end for administrative detention. Richard Falk, Stephen Lendman and Palestinian Centre for Human Rights greet the next stage with scepticism and expectation. Haaretz begins to write of ‘national liberation struggle’ and ‘political prisoners’.

Hunger strike over, many demands met

Fear the prisoners on hunger strike would start dying, sparking a third intifada, and behind-the-scenes pressure from diplomats brought the Israeli Prison Service – with, presumably, the agreement of the government– to reach an agreement with the prisoners’ representatives. Solitary confinement and the ban on family visits will be ended. (Now the strike is over, it was mentioned on the BBC news.)