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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



New life for plan to rid Israel of all Arabs

JJ Goldbeg is alarmed that the incoherent thoughts of a right-winger who wants to eliminate all signs of a Palestinian community – eg annex the West Bank, force Palestinians to emigrate – should have been published in a mainstream conservative magazine.

Why Bibi needs the Hard Right

PM Netanyahu is not an ideologue. He is a politician who wants to keep the Israeli state running as smoothly as possible. . Mazal Mualem on how the Israeli PM uses the threat of the ideological right-wing to fend off Trump and uses Trump to pacify the settlers.

No defence for this robbery

Jewish Home wants a law that will declare Palestinian property part of Israel. This Legalisation Bill is opposed by many Likud members including former Justice minister Dan Meridor who warns it will be evidence for any judgment at the ICC and two Israeli lawyers give the legal case against the bill.

Israeli Right eagerly awaits the coming of Trump

Here Ben Caspit tells us the Israeli Right is jubilant that Trump will bend US policy to their desires – annexing the West Bank – but in fact such is the confusion no-one actually knows what the Mid-East policy of a president Trump will be.

Police break-up Islamic Movement conference, make arrests

First they came for the NGOs, then they came for political pressure groups… How can Israeli democracy survive without these representative and critical voices? The police are following orders from the government, pushed by coalition partner Jewish Home.

Brazil objects to settler leader as Israeli envoy

As Dani Dayan is known as ‘the most effective leader the settlers have ever had’ (NY Times) it is not surprising that Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is demurring at accepting him as Israel’s next ambassador to her country. Netanyahu wants him there either to get him out of the way or because “Israel is focused on developing trade ties with international markets in South America, with the emphasis on Brazil,” the statement said. “Brazil also has a blooming population of over 40 million Christian lovers of Israel.”

Rabbi who sees Palestinians as ‘animals’ put in charge of their lives

Try “being a Palestinian in the West Bank, where the man in charge of administering your day-to-day life doesn’t even see you as a human being”. The man with these views, Jewish Home MK Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan, has been appointed as the head of Civil Administration in the oPt. What hope for justice?

Fissile fractious coalition

Despite his large victory in the election, Netanyahu has found it hard to scramble together a new coalition. The deals he has had to make with Jewish Home consolidate its right-wing nature but bring new conflicts into government which, say some commentators, make it unstable and likely to fracture. A ‘peace process’ is ‘not even on the agenda’.

Frenzy of anti-Arab, anti-Left rhetoric whips up Israel

The current Israeli turmoil has allowed the nationalist far-right to storm into the spotlight. Hitherto ignored in Israel their rhetoric (and sometimes actions) demanding all-out war on both Palestinians and the Left has grabbed the attention of admirers and those horrified by their demagoguery, including Turkey’s Prime minister.

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.

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).