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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



McCarthyite group hides its funds in Shining City

Im Tirtzu is the Israeli group whose MO is the denunciation of leftist persons and groups for their foreign funding. It refuses to say where its funds come from. Digging by Uri Blau reveals large donations from American groups, many of them Netanyahu-backers, especially the secretive ‘Shining City’.

Right wing gangs up to silence resisters

The paranoid character of Israel’s dominant culture has been apparent since Netanyahu first labelled immigrants as ‘infiltrators’. David Shulman finds it in the actual attempt of the right, and state, to infiltrate any group opposed to the division of the country into loyal Jews and enemies.

Israeli Right targets left-wing NGOs

A new bill compelling Israelis to wear badges if they represent an NGO and Israeli NGOs to make public any funding from foreign public sources has passed most stages on the way to becoming law. It was devised by the Israeli cabinet as a means of demonstrating that concern about Palestinians and human rights are foreign infiltrations. The right-wing is richly funded by private foreign bodies and individuals. Fear that Israeli democracy will be severely wounded spreads across much of the political spectrum.

Silencing the silence breakers


The efforts of Breaking the Silence to bring to public notice the testimonies of soldiers about their actual experience – especially breaking the laws of engagement – have led to a welter of denunciation and their being banned from talking to serving soldiers and schools.

Human rights activists in Israel are ‘foreign agents’

NGOs have long been the only effective critics of Israel government policy. Thus for NGO Monitor and, here, Im Tirzu, they are destructive ‘foreign agents’. B’Tselem, Hamoked, Breaking the Silence are amongst the agents which must be silenced. But as Im Tirzu’s aim is to ‘promote Zionist values’ they may succeed in their isolationism, depending on their contacts and propaganda skills.

Young Palestinians fight for equal right to higher education

Israel and its institutions are heavily militarised. Israel and its institutions discriminate in favour of Jews. The result is that Israeli Palestinians receive a poorer education from the start and, if they get to university, face further obstacles in the entwinement of universities with the state priorities of militarisation and Zionist hasbara. Young Palestinians are challenging this with the first of a series of reports by Academic Watch.

Drive to eradicate dissent threatens Ben Gurion University

A multi-post on the threat to the department of politics at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, reflecting the seriousness of the move to eradicate a rare critical voice in Israeli academia and the extent of disturbance this threat has caused among those who prize academic freedom and are alarmed at the power far-right groups can exert in Israeli institutions. Petition, protest letters, news in chronological order

Job of Israeli supporter of Shalabi under threat

Accused by the McCarthyite Im Tirzu group of being an enemy of the state, Dr. Anat Matar is now to be investigated by Tel Aviv university, where she is a senior lecturer in the philosophy department. She took part in a demonstration of solidarity with Hana Shalabi (see post below).