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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’s Left seen as too ‘dangerous’

In a security state all have to unite against the enemy – Palestinians in Israel’s case. Israel’s left wing is seen as sympathetic to Palestinians so is regarded as too dangerous says Mazal Mualem. It doesn’t help that that Left is seen as patronising to Likud supporters .

Zionism today is the fence encircling Israel

Noam Rotem of +972 goes through the many meanings of Zionism – a nebulous idea. But today, for Israelis, Zionism is what protects their supremacy and national identity. The Left must break with that idea.

Israel – should those on the radical left stay or leave?

Mairav Zonszein

Former Ta’ayush activist and journalist Mairav Zonszein writes about the crisis facing the Israeli left and its inability to effect change, “the increasing sense that our ideals are unwanted and that we are outnumbered”. Many are leaving: “The Israelis emigrating from the country are inadvertently part of the spirit of the boycott movement in the sense that they, too, have given up on the idea that change will come from within…” And Philip Weiss congratulates the Forward and Zonszein “for breaking a story that is in the mainstream’s lap. The New York Times or New Yorker should have done this story. They didn’t because they do not want to confront the political crisis that Israel is experiencing, before the world’s eyes…”

Israeli left crippled by hysteria

Israel’s left, feeling impotent, has talked itself into a mood of apocalyptic hysteria in which it is incapable of taking action against anything says Nissan Shor in Haaretz magazine. Perhaps they are waiting for a real apocalypse to get them going.

Yossi Sarid, a great man of the Left

The death of Yossi Sarid this month was marked by obituaries in every Israeli news publication so well-known had he become as the best-known face of the Left – principled, honest and courageous.But as a stalwart of the old Ashkenazi elite he failed to recognise the hardships of the Sephardi working class or the character of the new, more inclusive Israeli Left.

Gagging itself is choking the Left

Decades in which the status quo seemed entrenched, the left gave up, the right triumphed. Now the determined intervention of an American secretary of state has dislodged all from their set positions – that’s all it took. Here, a new challenge to the long quiescent left, and speculation on a rancorous rift between Likud and Naftali Bennett (who is visiting London this month).

If American Jews abandon Israel….

Who is going to support the minority of Israeli Jews like Akiva Eldar, who judge Israel to be ‘an occupying, belligerent and racist country’? While there have been several reports on diaspora Jews turning their backs on Israel, few journalists have found signs that many American Jews support anti-Occupation Israelis.

Jews in Israel and abroad respond to Occupation with empty words and feckless nonchalance

Antony Loewenstein, who has co-edited ‘After Zionism’ with Ahmed Moor, attacks those who mouth ‘two-state solution’ and ‘peace process’ thereby excusing themselves from the need to think or act to make a difference, in particular by supporting BDS and the proposal for one state.

Israeli Left shrinks in face of settlements challenge

The establishment of illegal settlements on the West Bank was enforced by laws discriminating between Arabs and Jews; some on the Israeli Left protested – most ‘remained passive and uncritical’. Result – a gutted Left says Raja Shehadeh .

The Israeli left…

Protest at eviction of Palestinian residents

The continuing re-emergence of the Israeli left, in this weekend’s Financial Times.