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2016:

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

2015:

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

2014:

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

2013:

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

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Passover – remembering small enslaved nations

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At our table a small selection of items: warm greetings from JfJfP to signatories, friends and supporters; messages from Breaking the Silence, Rabbis for Human RIghts and Freedom Seder and links to other sites; a truncated article dissing the myth that matzah is eaten at passover to remind us that in the flight from Egypt there was no time to let the dough rise. Wrong.

Deafened by his splatter-gun attack on ‘the left’

One-time leftie Alan Johnson, now at BICOM, fired loudly in the general direction of the left, critics of Israel, those wanting to destroy Israel, supporters of BDS, antisemites and anti-Zionists – indistinguishable it seems to him and the Jewish Chronicle which published it. Richard Kuper wrote a calm piece in response – which the JC has refused to publish – eventually saying that was for lack of space. Richard tells the tale of those who can’t hear what critics are saying for their own noisy attacks.

Loss, memory, utopia: the refugee experience

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Jennifer Langer visits Palestine – and despite the knowledge that led her to become a JfJfP signatory, felt estranged as a Jew and ‘profoundly uncomfortable bearing witness to the oppression and dystopian existence inflicted on the Palestinians. ‘

Antisemitism and criticism of Israel not the same thing

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In a submission last month to the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, JfJfP’s executive committee carefully distinguishes between antisemitism – which has deep roots in Europe and is rising – and criticism of Israeli policies. which is necessary and commonplace in Israel itself.

British Zionists left on right-wing margin

Zionism was once a lively, argumentative movement in Britain but over the years it has morphed, under Zionist Federation leadership, into a hardline, exclusionary body whose only function is to demand uncritical support for Israel. Antony Lerman traces its decline into irrelevance for most British Jews.

FCO has ‘unrealistic belief in the power of persuasion’

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On April 9th, Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee announced it was holding an enquiry into the human rights work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). It invited submissions and, on behalf of JfJfP Arthur Goodman submitted a report, It emphasises the human rights which Israel abrogates, argues that the ‘even-handed’ approach of the FCO covers up the reality of Israel’s occupation and power (including its use of violence) and proposes stronger measures to be taken.

Gaza overwhelmed / UPDATE 4, 2014

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So terrible is the situation in Gaza – no fuel, scant drinking water, thousands flooded out of their homes, economy shattered by the collusive blockages of Israel and Egypt, that JfJfP is appealing for emergency aid. The plight of the people of Gaza has been ignored by the media and is unknown to most people. 29 MPs (Commons and Lords) have published a letter demanding an end to the Gaza siege. Plus what you can do including Saturday January 18th Protest Vigil: Cast Lead 5 Years On. Latest update- Israeli and Egyptian barriers.

Behind the scenes of the EC Guidelines

As we know, so shocked was the Israeli government at the EC guidelines forbidding EU funds and financial instruments being given to Israeli entities in the oPt that it demanded an inquiry. These Guidelines are the single most important step the EU has taken against the economic and political viability of the Occupation. We post four letters sent by JfJFP’s campaigning diplomat Arthur Goodman and by the EJJP to EC and American diplomats urging them to understand, take seriously and enforce those Guidelines.

Don’t blame Hamas for starting it: JfJfP to William Hague

On behalf of JfJfP Diana Neslen and Arthur Goodman write to Foreign Secretary William Hague objecting to his assertion that Hamas bears the main responsibility for the current crisis and citing the many Israeli assaults on Palestinian life and the truce potential preceding the barrage on Gaza.

JfJfP slandered in Jewish Chronicle

We include this story only for its last line. Here Joy Wolfe, ‘media response activist’ and chairman of Israel advocates StandWith Us, claims that ‘Jews for Justice for Palestinians were on hand to gloat’ at the acquittal of a student of the charge of biting a pro-Israeli campaigner.Vivien Lichtenstein wrote to the Jewish Chronicle to point out that JfJfP had no presence at the court hearing. We hope that Ms Wolfe, who spots antisemites all over the place, is spared any more horrible hallucinations of JfJfP popping up in strange places and gloating at her.

Tell Gaza, tell Israel, Operation Cast Lead is not forgotten

Join the demonstration on 27 December to call for an end to Israel’s siege of Gaza, let the people of Gaza know they are not forgotten, and remind the world of the deadly Operation Cast Lead which began on this date 3 years ago. JfJfP, PSC, CND and British Muslim Initiative are among the organizations calling for thedemonstration.

Diversity of Jewish opposition to Israel a ‘success story’

The drive for solidarity with Paletinians has created many Jewish solidarity groups, like JfJfP. David Landy, former chair of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign explores what solidarity demands and how this affects the political identity of Diaspora Jews

Israeli land agency bulldozes Bedouin village in Negev again and again

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Bedouin villagers have documented claims to land in the Negev – which the Israel Land Administration wants for a forest and so repeatedly destroys their village. Amnesty International is running a campaign to help the Bedouin which JfJfP fully supports. Go to Amnesty’s web-page to find out how you can add your support

JfJfP welcomes unity agreement

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Statement from JfJfP welcomes unity agreement as essential step towards Palestinian self-determination and deplores Netanyahu’s response

A Jewish Boat to Gaza

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Co-ordinated by JfJfP, European, UK and US Jewish groups are uniting in another effort to demonstrate that Israel’s blockade of Gaza is ineffectual in preserving Israeli security and a blunt instrument of collective punishment on the people of Gaza. We need to raise more funds to buy, outfit and stock the ship – please consider making a donation, however small (or large).

Clare Short on JfJfP from ICAHD-UK AGM

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Clare Short spoke at the recent Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-UK annual general meeting, where she said (among other things): “The Muslim communities feel very upset and angry about this.  And when we work in solidarity, they’re not isolated, and there isn’t that division in our society.  When we had the demonstrations during the attack […]

Ivor Dembina (& JfJfP) give Parliament its first standup gig

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Update: JfJfP signatory Ivor Dembina will perform his terrific one man show “This is Not a Subject for Comedy” in Parliament next Monday. Arranged by JfJfP, you can read all about the gestation of the show and the importance of Jewish comedy in the Guardian’s G2 – and now in the Independent and the Jewish Telegraph.

Villages group – open meeting in London on 19th November

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Hamed Qawasmeh, Palestinian humanitarian worker, Hebron, and Erella Dunayevsky from Kibbutz Shoval dialogue facilitator and activist in the Villages Project, South Hebron hills, will be talking at the Mongague Centre on 19th November on “Working Together for Justice and Peace”…

Actions called for

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8 November 2009: This link [http://jfjfp.com/?p=7185] will take you to a number of solidarity actions we would like you to consider taking:

1. November is the month to lobby your MP and prospective parliamentary candidates
A how-to guide
Current EDMs

2. Support:
* Berlanty Azzam – a Palestinian student deported from West Bank
* The new wave of School-leaver Refuseniks

Curiouser and curiouser…

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On page 30 of its print edition, the JC (7 August) reported on its poll the previous week

WE ASKED:

Are Jews for Justice for Palestinians a threat to Israel?

YOU SAID:

61% Yes 39% no

On its website you will find the figures almost, but not quite, reversed!