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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



Cyber censorship is illegal says Adalah

Palestinian access to communications has expanded hugely since the advent of the 3G network and cheap smart phones. The result has been a flurry of arrests by Israeli police, for ‘incitement’, and Palestinian police, for ‘disturbing social harmony’. These are all illegal denials of free speech says NGO Adalah.

The sins Israelis should repent

Once a common Jewish wish for the new year, inside and outside Israel, was for peace. No longer. Now peace-wishers are seen as deranged leftists. Akiva Eldar lists the five worst sins of politicians and public. Uniting the peace camps is No. 1 on his wish list.

Incitement to cast out Palestinians

Israeli police still arrest Palestinian kids throwing stones but their policing has been greatly expanded by tours of duty on Facebook. Lots more arrests for ‘incitement’. And what of all those right-wing Israelis spewing hatred of Palestinians asks Edo Konrad. Plus Al Jazeera responds to the PM’s attack.

Bow down or we’ll chuck you out – again

The hitherto little-known regional co-operation minister Tzai Hanegbi has at last claimed the limelight by posting a promise of Nakba-like revenge on the ‘religiously ignorant masses’ of Palestinians. Report in +972.

Raids on Palestinian media

In recent months, Israeli security has targeted Palestinian media alleging that a wave of unrest that swept the oPt in October 2015 was encouraged largely by “incitement” – such as news reports.

Arts minister demands art school close over student poster

Culture minister Regev is already notorious for her lack of interest in culture. All she wants is that all funded artists fulfil ‘national criteria’ which she will lay down. A student who replaced Obama’s Hope poster with an image of Netanyahu and rope (for the killing of the 2-state solution) and her art school are now under threat.

Rise in torture of imprisoned children

Two recent reports state that the number of Palestinian children being imprisoned under administrative detention orders is rising as are the children’s complaints of torture and humiliation. Posting something hostile about Israeli forces on Facebook (‘incitement’) is the new cause of arrest. How many laws and conventions are being broke here?

Palestinians, Shut Up! Israelis – let the hate speech roll

Facebook has many virtues – let your Mum know you’re OK, keep an eye on your kids, keep in touch with friends, organise a meeting..etc. Its other side is the spewing of hate and persecution of, especially, the socially weak. It’s a popular medium amongst young Palestinians, hence the charge by Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan who, contemptuously, ascribes all Palestinian resistance to the power of Facebook and it’s popular with Israelis who freely make calls for the death of Palestinians.

Quartet: Israel should implement ‘positive and significant policy shifts’ in Area C

The Quartet’s report, published this week, calls on both Israel and Palestine to end their emotive rhetoric about the other (incitement). Its sharper recommendations are aimed at Israel – obviously, as that country holds the power. It urges bi-lateral negotiations, which is Israeli policy – and an end to settlements and a significant change to its existing policies in Area C, the Palestinian land over which it has complete control.

Telling the truth incites terrorism


Netanyahu’s latest kneejerk reaction to criticism is ridiculous and desperate. The mild-mannered UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon made a straight , unexceptionable speech about the plight of young Palestinians. To the Israeli PM this constituted direct encouragement of terrorism.

The man who knows all about incitement

‘Netanyahu evidently expects Israelis, and the world, to believe that if websites were posting cat videos, the Palestinians would cease their agitation and submit quietly to occupation’ writes Shlomo Ben-Ami, former Israeli foreign minister. Perhaps the PM believes in ‘incitement’ because he is such an assiduous practitioner himself.

The stabbings are grotesque – as are the conditions Palestinians are expected to endure

Bernard Avishai from the Hebrew University finds the knife stabbings horrible but, unlike other commentators, he has empathy for the Palestinians who are enmeshed in despair, with their lives clipped short on every side.

Palestinian schools should teach forms of resistance

Amira Hass, known as an unusually courageous journalist, has had complaints about her for ‘inciting violence’ filed by the settlers’ Yesha Council and the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel. She argues that Palestinian children should learn how to resist effectively – and distinguish between civilians and the armed forces. Formally, her belief that stone-throwing is legitimate is the cause of complaint but for any Israeli to support the duty to resist is too disquieting for many.