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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



Bibi hangs on with no authority

These comments on the Israeli election are based on exit polls as final results are not yet in; all agree on one thing – Netanyahu may lead the party with the most Knesset seats, but Likud’s loss of seats to centrist and leftist parties deprives him of a clear mandate to govern (1-3). The Palestinian turn-out appears to have been higher than expected with votes split between 4 different parties.

Can Palestinians save Israel from its march into apartheid?

In our last pre-election posting we offer a selection of comments on how social democrats are too weak and divided to prevent a victory for the ultra-right. All the articles suggest neither Israelis nor Palestinians have embraced active political participation; there is not an article outside Israel which views more years of a Netanyahu government with anything other than dismay.

Don’t despair; Israel does have a living opposition

There is no party political force which can prevent Israel’s getting its most authoritarian regime ever after next week’s election. You are, says Larry Derfner, for the Occupation and every war Israel starts, or against them. Only those who are against constitute an opposition -it’s vital to know it does exist (1) . Don Futterman thinks there’s some hope in the centre-left. (2).

Fear drives Israel further and further to the right

From the early optimism and secular liberalism (albeit racially-exclusive) of Israel in which left-wing parties got the majority of votes the same country now has a solidly right-wing majority. In a pre-election article Harriet Sherwood asks Israeli voters to account for the shift. She finds the predominant feeling is a defensive fear which makes voting for the left like “committing suicide”.

Why Jewish Home is making a splash – although Bibi is home and dry

Unlike everyone else, Mitchell Plitnick does find some energy in the Israeli election in the form of Naftali Bennett, zionist millionaire, although Bennett’s ‘Israeli Stability Inititative’ sums up in name the theme of the election. The fresh voice of Jewish Home (HaBayit HaYehudi) suggests annexing Area C is feasible, will safeguard Israel’s water supply and cement Israel’s stability. It is currently 3rd in the polls. 2nd, Gil Troy on Bibi as the ‘status quo king’. UPDATE Jonathan Freedland on the shock to the diaspora of the ultra-ultra-right-wing move, 3).

Polls find no sign of life in Israeli politics

Countless polls, countless results, same contradiction: Voters want vigorous economic life and peace with Palestinians. They will vote for parties and leaders who offer neither, speak of neither. Why? Adam Keller, 1) and Uri Avnery 2) offer their interpretations of a country so paralysed by the thought of disturbing its peace (sic) that preserving the status quo is the only option. Only outside action can effect change.

Israeli women go their own way – rightwards

In most western countries, the postwar axiom of women being more conservative than men has been overthrown by more women than men rejecting right-wing parties. In Israel the reverse tendency has shown up in pre-election polls. Research suggests that women are more oriented towards economic issues but, says Naomi Chazan, Israel’s political gender gap is little understood.

Nobody wins the Israeli electoral game

Seasoned observer Uri Avnery notes that polls show a majority of Israelis choose ‘Nobody’ as the preferred candidate for most roles; still, an election will take place on January 22, so what coalition of what parties will produce what results? Play the game.

Israel’s ‘deep change’ to the right

The worst expectations of Noam Sheizaf are being proved correct by recent polls for the election for the 120 Knesset seats on January 22 2013. The drift of Israeli voters to the right has become a tide for the right and far-right. Steadfast voices for the ending of the Occupation and for Palestinian rights have been all but drowned out.
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‘Zoabi has faced repellent, racist, masculine statements’ – Adalah

As we said last week, it is expected that Israel’s Supreme Court will overturn the election committee’s ban on Ms Zoabi standing in the January Knesset election. The CEC’s decision, and the support it has received inside Israel, reveals racist, misogynist and deeply parochial attitudes towards political democracy. JfJfP condemns this latest act of discrimination.