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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



Labour panic in hunt for antisemites

The absurdity of Labour HQ expelling a born-in-Israel Jewish socialist for antisemitism defies reason – unless your reason is to keep on side with the USA/Israel and treat Palestine as a pariah state. Moshé Machover is a JfJfP signatory.

Dispute over antisemitism goes mainstream

The IHRA definition of antisemitism, and its controversial link to Israel in its examples of the prejudice, has achieved an unexpected success.The backlash against the blithe acceptance of the definition and examples by many official bodies has pushed the question to the top of several agendas including the Labour conference’s next week.

Jewish Socialists’ Group speaks out on the IHRA definition of antisemitism

The Jewish Socialists’ Group joins those who have spoken out against “the IHRA’s politically skewed definition/ statement on antisemitism”. It offers instead “a simpler, clearer and more accurate definition” which local authorities and others, pressurised to adopt the IHRA definition, can use in their fight against antisemitism and other forms of racism.

Labour right pursues its political cleansing

Does the Labour right believe masses turned out for Jeremy Corbyn and joined the Labour party because they longed to belong to an antisemitic party? From its nest inside the JLM the Right-wing prefers to use its feeble energy to pursue its old grudges against Chakrabarti, Livingstone, Jackie Walker and sundry others who, by not signing up to the IHRA, are de facto antisemitic. JfJfP signatory Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi makes the points.

EU parliament ignores advice and votes for muddled definition of antisemitism

Last month, the EU parliament voted, 479:101 , to accept the now notorious definition of antisemitism by the IHRA. A QC’S opinion found it not fit for purpose; Jewish groups wrote to the parliament urging them not to support the motion. All were ignored. Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi reports

Edging towards censorship

The definition of antisemitism which Mrs. May so eagerly and single-handedly adopted not only has no legal weight writes law professor Stephen Sedley but is also vague – allowing a wide scope of speech to be classified as antisemitic. It deals only with words not acts, and is contrary to existing laws about free speech.

Abuse of the term ‘antisemitism’

When PM May decided to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism as hers she kept private why she chose this one, or why she chose any one at all. Retired judge Stephen Sedley says why the definition fails on all counts.

IHRA definition of antisemitism not fit for purpose

The definition of antisemitism chosen by PM May, written by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, has no legal weight and is too confused to be a clear guide says QC Hugh Tomlinson, commissioned by 4 organisations including JfJfP. Here is his fine forensic Opinion in full.

Universities censor free speech on Israel

This is another disturbing report, Manchester Uni this time, on the bureaucratic measures being taken to prevent students saying a critical word about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. None of the measures (Prevent and IHRA) has been subject to any parliamentary debate.

May sets up attack on free speech

The British PM doesn’t appear to have strong views on anything. She adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism without, it seems, any discussion. The line in the guide to the definition that states that it is antisemitic to deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination or claim that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour is obviously not OK with many British voters. Or did she hope for what is happening – a clamp-down on support for Palestinians? Over 140 academics sign a letter of protest.

Mrs May’s IHRA used to silence critics of Israel

As was feared, Mrs May’s adoption of the IHRA definition of and guidelines on antisemitism as government policy is being used to silence pro-Palestinian activists. The government’s Prevent policy (against extremism) is being used for the same purpose. Several universities have already banned pro-Palestinian speakers and events. Defend free speech!

London Assembly votes for IHRA antisemitism definition

The IHRA definition of antisemitism is good. The IHRA guidelines, using examples, is unacceptable. Andrew Dismore, London Assembly Labour member for Hendon – which has the 2nd highest proportion of Jews among all London constituencies, persuades the London Assembly to accept the IHRA definition of antisemitism – which is fine – and the guidelines – which are not.

The Zionist drive for separation

The separation of people into discrete groups does not happen naturally in today’s world. It is done by the state using force and an immense bureaucracy. This is apartheid. Mike Cushman argues that the Israeli state is clearly enforcing rigid separations between Arab Palestinians and Israeli Jews. But he would be guilty of antisemitism under the IHRA ‘examples’ e.g. by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour.

Holocaust has single message – never again for Jews

It was hoped that out of the horror and tragedy of the Holocaust would come a determination that never again would a policy of genocide be conceived and carried out. All humanity has failed in this. The obstacle, illustrated by the IHRA’s ‘instructive ‘examples’ is the idea that, says David Rosenberg, this means ‘never again must Jews be at risk of genocide’. As for others, such as Palestinians, – that’s someone else’s problem.

PM backs new definition of antisemitism

For some reason PM Theresa May is going all out with pledges to combat antisemitism (not a big problem in Britain unlike anti-Muslim hatred, on which she is silent). She has chosen to back a NEW definition of antisemitism – who needs it? – which is largely anodyne but includes, as antisemitic, saying bringing Israel into existence was ‘a racist endeavour’. You may not agree – but it’s an argument which should not be censored.

International Holocaust Remembrance Association

On 26th May 2016 the International Holocaust Remembrance Association (IHRA) adopted  a working definition of antisemitism based on, and very close in its wording to, that published in 2005 as the EUMC Working Definition of Antisemitism. Here is a link to the IHRA document downloaded via