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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



Law, roads, housing, buses are all separate; it’s called apartheid

Mehdi Hasan in The Intercept presents testimony from Israelis from Ben Gurion to today, and from international observers, that Israel fulfils all the criteria of being an apartheid state. This is because, by keeping Palestinians impoverished and stateless and expanding settlements, Israeli Jews and Palestinians are increasingly in the same space.

No defence for this robbery

Jewish Home wants a law that will declare Palestinian property part of Israel. This Legalisation Bill is opposed by many Likud members including former Justice minister Dan Meridor who warns it will be evidence for any judgment at the ICC and two Israeli lawyers give the legal case against the bill.

Mass knee-capping of Palestinian youth

This article by Akiva Eldar and report from Badil tell us that the IDF, under Lieberman’s orders, are engaging in an orgy of destruction and arrest of young Palestinian men in refugee camps. The favourite tactic seems to be crippling them by shooting them in the leg. These tactics says BADIL are a crime under international law.

Law better than war for Israel and Palestine

Luis Moreno Ocampo completed his term as first Chief Prosecutor for the ICC in 2012. He is one of the few people who has a true knowledge of global trends, shown in his interview with The Media Line. It is centred on his view of how Israel and Palestine can both change with the ICC’s recognition of Palestine’s statehood.

The criminal charge sheet against Israel

“Badil shows the desperate need for intervention by the ICC on the grounds that Israel’s internal investigative processes are structurally inept at delivering genuine accountability or justice.”

Bensouda says will not be swayed on Israeli war crimes


Israel’s actions in Operation Protective Edge is the first subject in the inbox of Fatou Bensouda, the new Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court. In this interview she steadfastly refuses to make any generalisations about Israel or Palestine but will look only at specific acts by specific people.

That’s Chutzpah: Attack First, Kill First and Claim Self-Defence

James Marc Leas introduces some facts into Israel’s claim that it is always the victim of Hamas attacks and so has no case to answer for war crimes. This analysis refutes the claims of Netanyahu and the HLMG (posting below). And what of the mighty rocket-downing iron dome system?

If it’s ‘terrorist’ it’s not Israeli policy

PM Netanyahu was quick to condemn the burning of the Dawabasheh family as ‘terrorist’. Amongst the many reasons for his response was the desire to separate this one incident from the overall crime of the Occupation. The PA is marshalling its evidence for the ICC.

‘Reasonable belief’ war crimes committed on Mavi Marmara

Ali Abuminah was the first to report the decision by the ICC that an investigation into the killing of nine Turkish activists should be launched. This is a more detailed account of the legal implications.

ICC orders review of decision not to act on Mavi Marmara

For once: Israeli commandos who boarded the Mavi Marmara as it sailed to Gaza and shot dead 9 Turkish volunteers on board are to be referred to the ICC by the Comoros islands union where the ship was registered. Also Spanish activists who were on board are pressing their government to make a referral to the ICC. This is happening now because a panel of judges has ruled the court’s chief prosecutor made serious errors in deciding not to take up the case.

Few Palestinian voices in reports

Throughout the extensive media coverage of the UN report on Gaza 2014 there have been few Palestinian voices, few opinions sought either from officials or civilians. Reports here from the three Arab publications which covered it, Ma’an news, Al Jazeera and Al Monitor. The single point they make is that the report increases the likelihood of Palestine taking Israel to the ICC.

Fall-out on who’s responsible for war crimes

The Israeli establishment knows that UN enquiries are going to find Israel responsible for breaching laws of war. Amir Oren asks who, and what branch of the establishment, might be accused. Previous history shows that everyone except the Prime Minister might be found culpable. The Netanyahus are working hard to ensure this doesn’t change.

If not now, when?

Mahmoud Abbas has chosen now to write a succinct Op-Ed on why now is the time. For Palestinians it’s now because of the referral to the International Criminal Court. By enclosing the Palestinian demand for statehood tightly within a framework of international law he hopes, at the least, to wrong-foot those who oppose the demand. Gershon Baskin comments on Abbas’ argument. He believes that disputed issues can be resolved, if the negotiations are conducted in secret.

Palestinian lawfare

Doubt meets the PA’s accession to the International Criminal Court. What can they actually do with this new legal power, when and how? Will they, Fatah or Hamas be open to charges by Israel? No-one knows until any process begins. But it gives Palestinians status and hope. The Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights said “Why were there three wars against Gaza in less than six years? It is simply because Israel is not accountable. This might act as a deterrent.”

Making Israel answerable for war crimes

On April 1st, the PA formally joined the International Criminal Court. It says this is a milestone on its path to statehood and also a means of making Israel accountable for its war crimes (not just in Gaza, but also its policies of apartheid and settlements). Israel has already stopped handing over due tax revenue and threatens further retribution.

Bibi’s hard right tack won him the election and lost him the world

When these three experts on the MidEast say ‘few on the global stage believe Netanyahu is committed to trying to find a way to end Israel’s occupation of the Palestinians’ that is an overstatement. Does anyone? They warn the PA about expecting too much from the ICC but their admonition is directed first at Netanyahu for his intransigence and thus opening Israel to a revived delegitimisation campaign.

An end to the charade called PA

Only the Palestinian people, who are politically impotent, have a profound interest in ending the rift between Fatah and Hamas. To the Israelis in particular, and most other actors, the rift is a Godsend. As long as Fatah and Hamas are at war, they need do nothing. Here Daoud Kuttab gives his usual intelligent strategic ideas of the way forward for the PA. In the same issue of Al Monitor is an account of the bitter rivalry with Hamas, where the military wing has gained the upper hand. The Ramallah leaders are not the innocent victim of this – if they had authorised elections, movement might have taken place.

Reckless call to the right

Since last December Israel has not handed over the tax revenues it collects for the PA. Forcing the PA into insolvency is a punishment for joining the International Criminal Court. PM Netanyahu fears he’ll look soft to the right wing if he authorises the fiscal transfer. John Kerry and IDF strategists have warned that the collapse of the PA is in no-one’s interest.

PNA sidesteps the US, US moves to block them

The direct approaches to the UN and ICC by the PNA follow the failed efforts of John Kerry (which he blamed on Israel) to restart negotiations. Now with Congress dominated by Republicans, the US has returned to blocking and threatening Palestinians.

Israelis should learn the rules of the ICC

PM Netanyahu has decided that the best response to the decision by the ICC to open a ‘preliminary inquiry’ into Israel is to use all means to delegitimise the court to boost his standing before the election (also post below). Any next step by the ICC will make either the USA and allies, or Arab states angry.