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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

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A brief history of hunger strikes

Addameer (Arabic for ‘conscience’) is a Palestinian NGO providing support and advocacy for prisoners and information to the public. Here they provide facts on hunger strikes.

Prisoners – the true reps of Palestinians

The sick joke that is the Israeli judicial system has led to the most popular protest ever: a general strike throughout the West Bank in support of prisoners and a hunger strike inside the prisons with Christian, Moslem and secular support. The demands are for basic rights : for family visits and medical care, and the end of ‘administrative detention’ – prison with no judicial process. They’re not going to give up. Ideas on how to give support.

Our unarmed resistance can defeat the bullet

Khader Adnan, now in hospital after a long hunger strike, tells Al Jazeera he refused all supplements, including salt. Politically ‘the prisoners’ movement and hunger strikes in particular are a symbol of the principle and demand for justice in Palestine.’

Prisoners swapped for land

About a quarter of all Palestinian men have spent time in Israeli prisons. To hold them in custody, the Israeli military and prison service (IPS) frequently break a number of international laws. The fear of arbitrary arrest and detention is a blight on all Palestinian society. The ‘due process’ which is a defining element of all democratic societies does not exist in the treatment of Palestinians by Israeli security forces. The Israelis know what a bargaining tool they have in their hands.

Hunger strike wins again

Israeli authorities, reportedy including PM Netanyahu, Shin Bet and the prison service, have struck a deal with the lawyers of the gravely ill Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike since August 1. The deal renews the potency of the hunger strike, not least because of the symbolic and potent role that political prisoners have amongst Palestinians.

Demand to take Israel to ICC for death of Jaradat by torture UPDATES

Tensions over political prisoners were already high because of the hunger strike of Samer Issawi and others. When the death of Arafat Jadarat in prison was announced on Saturday, anger and frustration swept across the oPt, expressed in mass rallies and attendance at Jaradat’s funeral. An autopsy found signs of torture on Jadarat’s body. The PA and Addameer demand an international inquiry; people demand Israel be taken to the ICC. .

Arafat Jaradat, imprisoned for throwing stones, dies in Israeli jail

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Israeli state and prison authorities have, so far, ridden out successive hunger strikes, in part by judicious releases and negotiations. Now two Palestinians have died within a month of each other. Arafat Jaradat died on Saturday after 6 days in prison. Ashraf Abu Thare died last month. He had been released after six and a half years in prison because his health was deteriorating and the IPS did not want him to die under their ‘care’.

International calls to save life of hunger striker Samer Issawi UPDATED

Samer Issawi, who comes from a family with a history of resistance to the Israeli occupation, was released from prison in the prisoners’ swap in October 2011 then quickly re-arrested. He is being held in administrative detention – no charge or trial. He has been on hunger strike for over 200 days and is close to death, causing wide protest.. MK Danny Danon says ‘we do not need to listen to these efforts because they are terrorists’.

No charge, no trial, no food for 4 Palestinian prisoners on protest fasts

Three Palestinian prisoners in Israeli gaols (illegally moved from the oPt) and one on a total fast in a PA gaol are near death, without ever being charged.. Samer al-Barq, Hassan Safadi and Ayman Sharawna are held by the Israeli military under administrative detention. Zakaria Zubeidi has resumed his total fast after a Palestinian court refused to free him on Monday, despite PA assurances.

Conditions do not exist for Palestinian elections

UPDATE: An influential Palestinian human rights NGO has come out with a statement that, despite its commitment to democracy, the conditions for fair and open voting do not exist for the elections called by the PA for next October. The work of drawing up an electoral registerhas been halted by Hamas as a protest against the recent violence and arrests by PA security forces. PCHR, Reuters and Ma’an.

Prisoners from Gaza still denied family visits; hunger strikes continue

Last May, the Israeli Prison Service agreed to, amongst other thngs, allow the resumption of visits by families from Gaza to relatives imprisoned in Israel. B’Tselem’s attempts to unravel IPS thinking belong in a Kafka novel. Electronic Intifada on the situation today – where revenge and collective punishment are the terms used by those involved.

Warnings of third intifada as anger about hunger strike reaches breaking point

From a slow beginning, support for the hunger strikers has grown to become, at this moment, the emblematic struggle against injustice; the injustice of mass administrative detention, the injustice of the Supreme’s Court rejection of two prisoners’ appeal, the injustice of a system, in which 1/5th of all Palestinians have served prison sentences. Many are warning that the situation is now at breaking point.

April 17th – Palestinian political prisoners’ day

Inspired by the hunger strike of Khader Adnan, Palestinians and supporters have made Israeli treatment of political prisoners a paramount campaign. April 17th has been declared Palestinian Political Prisoners’ Day – an event supported by JfJfP. Posted here, some of the actions, supporters and fact sheets launched for this day.