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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




Israel expels African refugees to death and torture

When the weakest and poorest people, those in most need of protection, are driven out of the refuge of Israel to face the new hells of Libyan torture or Rwandan camps then basic humanitarianism has been sacrificed to ethnic purity.

BOG-OFF Africans

And in this amazing new trade deal, sign of the famous Israeli innovation or perhaps that should read militarism + racism + people trafficking, the Israeli government is now offering to supply weapons to African countries which will relieve them of the Africans who have ‘infiltrated’ Israel and caused the Jewish state such discomfort. Natasha Roth and Ynet report on the Take One Get One Free variant of Buy One Get One Free.

Israel’s African ‘infiltrators’: leave in six weeks or go to prison

The hardline minister of the interior, Eli Yishai, has given Sudanese immigrants (who cannot get legal Israeli status) until October 15 to leave Israel. If they don’t, they will be transported to the vast new detention centre the government is building in the Negev before expulsion. This is to “to preserve the Jewish and Zionist character of the state for our children”. An estimated 60,000 East Africans live in Israel.

Israeli state wants school segregation for children of ‘infiltrators’ aka Africans

Eilat, a tourist city in southern Israel, has refused to enroll immigrants’ children in its schools since 2008. It has sent them to segregated schools outside the city. This year the Be’er Sheva District court ordered the city to admit the children of African immigrants. The council appealed to the Supreme Court and the national education ministry has taken up the appeal on the grounds that integration harms other children. Two reports from Ha’aretz.

Forced expulsions of Africans from ‘white man’s country’

Israel’s Ministry of the Interior, which controls visits to the oPt and Israeli citizenship, has embarked on the mass round-up and expulsion of Africans (‘infiltrators’) from Israel. According to Eli Yishai, Interior Minister, Israel is ‘for the white man’. As we have remarked before, such racism seems to draw little opprobrium in Israel, despite Arab citizens and neighbours

Israeli mayors to be fined if employ immigrants, er, infiltrators

Arutz Sheva, a right-wing (‘religious zionist’) media outlet popular amongst settlers, about one sixth of whom are the non-infiltrating sort of immigrant, viz American, reports on the latest anti-immigrant outburst; CNN’s Frida Ghitis is taken aback by Israeli racism.

Making sense of Shavuot

Shavuot, from Saturday evening to Monday evening, May 26-28, celebrates the ‘giving of the Torah’, and readings from the book of Ruth are customary. This is potentially a rich field for thinking about the energy of ‘the stranger’ , of women’s friendship, the duty of the powerful to protect and the value of literacy and fables. Here are some responses.