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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



Blood trounces law in ruling who’s a citizen

These articles make clear something remarkable: whatever rules there are for defining who’s a citizen of Israel, what counts is conforming to the old European Ashkenazi (converts and Ethiopians are not ‘real’ Jews) tradition of inheriting Jewishness from a mother. So citizenship, like Jewishness, is defined by a unique tradition of exclusion. Palestinian Israelis are urged to act.

First civics lesson : be a Jew

Education minister Naftali Bennett commissioned a group of people to write a new civics textbook. After seeing how their work had been changed, three of them insisted their names as authors be removed. The new textbook defines their country as first and foremost Jewish. Democracy is an optional add-on.

Court rules no such thing as Israeli nationality

Israel is a state with no national citizens. Rather that state encompasses residents whose status and rights are measured according to ethnic group, religion, national origin. For over five years, Uzzi Ornan and his ‘I am an Israeli group’ have been pressing for Israelis to be legally acknowledged as Israeli citizens. This month Israel’s supreme court ruled that Israeli nationality would threaten the Jewish nature of the state.

How the Bedouin obstruct Israel’s ‘no Arabs’ goal

The Prawer/Begin plan to drive the Bedouin out of ‘unrecognised’ villages into permitted centres is a poor reward for these Israeli citizens. Bedouin, like the Druze, were regarded as loyal to the new state (at least, those staying in Palestine had no loyalty to any other state). No wonder treating them as subject to separate laws causes such disquiet even among loyal supporters of Israel.

Jerusalemites, caught between the rock of Israeli rule and the PA’s hard place

There is no doubting the increase in applications for Israeli citizenship by Arabs living in Jerusalem. The question is why. Here Yehudit Oppenheimer (1st) of Ir Amim argues that it is a survival strategy while Khaled Abu Toameh, 2nd, suggests Israeli citizenship confers more rights than the impotent PA is able to provide.

Is granting citizenship to Palestinians in Jerusalem a Pyrrhic victory for Israel?

A quiet trend of Palestinians in East Jerusalem applying for, and getting, Israeli citizenship has been noted by Riman Barakat. Such Palestinians hope to achieve protection from harassment and sudden loss of home or job. There are several gains for Israel – in its reputation, in lessening Palestinian dissent and dividing Palestinians by status. But if these new citizens use their civic rights, the sums may be different.

Vanunu asks to leave Israel and renounce his citizenship


Mordechai Vanunu, a nuclear technician, was forcibly taken to Israel by Mossad in 1986 after he revealed to the Sunday Times Israel’s nuclear weapons programme. Now that the Knesset has passed a law stipulating citizenship will be revoked from any Israeli found guilty of treason, he publishes his letter asking that he be free to leave Israel and his citizenship

Israeli identity

The rabbis in Israel have stirred up a hornets’ nest and the question of what it is to be Israeli is firmly on the agenda. Israeli society is rapidly closing in on itself and voices that anywhere else in liberal democracies would be mainstream are becoming more an more dissident in Israel. But the naked malice and racism of the recent 300 rabbis’ statement has encouraged many to speak out and reflect, particularly in the pages of Ha’aretz and we reproduce four recent discussion pieces on the interrelated themes of what it is to be a Jew, and Israeli, a citizen and indeed a mensch…

The Israeli Law of Return


An extended debate on the right of return, sparked off by Ran Greenstein’s critique of the Israeli Law of return of 1950 as discriminatory, and labeling Israeli scholars who defended it (like Gavison and Yacobson among others) as ‘pseudo-liberal’. A long virtual debate among Greenstein, Gavison and Yacobson ensued.

Max Blumenthal visits Al-Arakib


A disturbing follow-up to our earlier reports on the new war against the Bedouin in the Negev, highlighting the use of high school student volunteers in what Arab Negev News publisher Ata Abu Madyam called ‘a summer camp of destruction’. Max Blumenthal writes: “The spectacle of Israeli youth helping destroy al-Arakib helps explain why 56% of Jewish Israeli high school students do not believe Arabs should be allowed to serve in the Knesset – why the next generation wants apartheid…”

Displacing people to plant trees – to ensure Jewish control


Gadi Algazi writes: What are the Bedouin accused of? How did their very existence become a “real threat”? The Negev, says Netanyahu, might become a “region without a Jewish majority.” This is truly a good one: you can move from region to the next throughout the country and discover that in a particular area within Israel, there isn’t a Jewish majority, for example between Kafr Qara’ and Umm al-Fahem, or between Sakhnin and ‘Arabe. Well, then don’t we have to do something against this threat? Yes, of course, and so we do! […]

Uri Avnery on the “Israeli nation”


The Israeli Interior Ministry recognizes 126 nations, but not the Israeli nation. An Israeli citizen can be registered as belonging to the Assyrian, the Tatar or the Circassian nation. But the Israeli nation? Sorry, no such thing […]”

An Urgent Message from the New Israel Fund


The New Israel fund responds vigorously to the attack made on it ads in the Israeli press a few days ago (see The group behind these attacks turns out to be “funded by the same abundant money that flows to extremist settlers’ organizations, including a sizable contribution from John Hagee’s “Christians United for Israel” […]

The New Converts


Anshel Pfeffer, Haaretz correspondent shows how the definition of who is a Jew is being bent in order to “improve” the Jewish demography of Eretz Yisrael. The same Interior Minister Eli Yishai, who refuses to allow the ‘guest workers’ and their children to stay in Israel is encouraging non-Jewish Ethiopians and Indians to convert and emigrate […]