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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



Start-up nation slithers on schmooze

This is not just a story of the downfall of one of Israel’s most powerful and wealthy tycoons. It is also an indictment of how Israeli capitalism works, creating fears that the country will not attract investors. The story is linked to the popular hostility towards Israel’s wealthy elite.

Gov’t engineers Arab housing crisis

This begins with Adalah’s new report on the acute housing crisis for Arab Israelis in response to the State Comptroller’s report on housing in the country. Within the notoriously bureaucratic system for new housing and town development, state bureaucrats deliberately allocate less space for Arab citizens and leave them out of housing programmes. Overall, the State Comptroller is scathing about the government’s neglect of housing needs, the situation which prompted the 2011 social justice protest.

We’d rather talk about cottage cheese than peace or occupation

It was noted at the time that the large J14 movement for social justice and lower prices would discuss anything – except the cost and injustice of the occupation says Jessica Apple. But a new protest is developing says Uri Baram. It is against the venomous racism spreading through Israel. It is for a different kind of Israel. 2 Haaretz articles on the state of Israel just before the invasion.

What did the Arab uprisings mean in Israel?

Israeli leaders had just one question when the popular revolt broke out in Egypt, their southern neighbour – will it damage our security? Young Israelis were inspired by the open and articulate protest of young Arabs and copied their slogans and idioms – only to be rebuffed by Egyptians who could only see their oppressive Israeli-ness. Palestinians were the first to make distinctions between uprisings although, as Lisa Goldman reports, the key distinction was that they felt part of the Arab nation, not of Israel.

Anger at the ‘deadweights’ gave Lapid his vote

Adam Keller did his civic duty by manning a polling booth, from where he observes that the social movement of 2011 was a protest at the unequal burdens Israelis carry; but while some raged at the well-connected tycoons who twist things in their favour, others focussed on the exemptions from most civic duties of the ultra-Orthodox. It was the latter group who gave Lapid his votes. Can he go beyond this grievance?

How neo-liberal policies screw the citizens of Israel (and everywhere else)

A new report from ACRI sets out the how the Israeli government set about shrinking all collective services, from health to housing, in pursuit of the neo-liberal ideals of maximum private ownership of ‘commodities’ like health care and the minimal state – always excepting the military, which in Israel’s case is peculiarly large and costly.

J14 2: Justice and housing for all (Jews, on Palestinian land)

Contrary to Uri Avnery’s optimism about the summer protest 2012, the targets (oligarchs) and demands (housing and welfare rights) are, says Noa Shaindlinger, quite compatible with the colonising state – and by not challenging it, the protesters collude with it. See ‘Here’s hoping social justice protesters will get into politics’ 6 posts below

Here’s hoping social justice protesters will get into politics

For outsiders, the obvious inequality in Israel is ethnic (Jew/Arab/African) and colonial (settler & IOF v. native Bedouin-Palestinian); inside the Israeli bubble it is class and wealth – the oligarchs and rich elite v. middle and working class Jews. Uri Avnery hopes that this summer’s social justive protest will take on the politics of these inequalities and change Israel. Plus Ha’aretz on neo-con Netanyahu’s forced budget deficit.

Wealth Israel gains by occupation: Palestine’s water, minerals, land, labour

For protesting middle-class youth priced out of the housing market, the answer lay in the high cost of the occupation, sucking state funds into the military and subsidies to settlements. This is denial, writes Noam Sheizaf; Israel profits financially from the land and resources it controls through occupation. Ami Kaufman and Emily L. Hauser join in the discussion.

Summer protest 2012: more angry, more political

When Daphni Leef pitched her tent in Rothschild Boulevard last summer, sparking the J14 protest, it was regarded with sympathy, a quixotic and girlish act of defiance. This year, on Friday, she was roughly arrested, as were over 85 more protesters the next day. The protesters are angrier, they mention the Occupation, the mainstream media turn their backs. Outsiders +972, Tikkun Daily and Maki report.

Israel locked into its stifling fears

The changes known as the Arab Spring offered Israel a unique opportunity, writes Avi Shaim, to make common cause with its neighbours to embed democracy and peaceful relations. Both the Israeli elite and the young protesters of last summer rejected the chance. Fear of not making security the paramaount policy or patriotism the paramount virtue have blocked this route to a freer, safer future

Fateful victory of nationalism over class ideals

Jadaliyya is an unusual ezine. Product of the Arab Studies Institute, Washington DC and Beirut, it promotes intellectually serious articles. This month, Stuart Sherwin connects last summer’s social protest in Israel with the early socialist Zionist ideals – and the exclusion of Palestinians from their socialist vision. The legacy of that exclusion was evident in last summer’s protest, for all its ideals of social justice

Hopes of young Israelis stifled by security blanket – and unspeakability of nakba

What did the summer’s social protest movement change? It was lauded for engaging a new generation in issues of equality and justice in Israel proper, but criticised for refusing to consider the Occupation. Avner Inbar looks back at the ‘airlessness and helplessness’ which J14 dispelled – and the oblivion that crippled it.

#Gen Rev – Tahrir Sq, Tel Aviv, Wall Street, the world

And the protesters are also crackheads, sex fiends, socialists. Chemi Shalev 1) and Ami Kaufman 2) make the links between J14 , #ows and the global day of action 3) Aly El-Raggal does not make links with other countries but the ways in which young Egyptians organised their revolution share many features with the anti-capitalist protests

‘We are doing the right thing, finally doing the right thing’

‘Every rational discussion was smothered in a melange of sentimental, patriotic, and nationalistic kitsch whipped up with self-righteousness and victimhood’ writes David Grossman, who discovers a fresh and open togetherness on the J14 march after the post-Occupation years of silent acquiescence in which one weak group after another was picked off.