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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



Dispute over antisemitism goes mainstream

The IHRA definition of antisemitism, and its controversial link to Israel in its examples of the prejudice, has achieved an unexpected success.The backlash against the blithe acceptance of the definition and examples by many official bodies has pushed the question to the top of several agendas including the Labour conference’s next week.

New Jewish voice for Labour

The gulf between the party group, Jewish Labour Movement, and many of Labour’s Jewish members and supporters became very wide as the JLM made itself the chief architect of the campaign alleging widespread antisemitism amongst Corbyn supporters. An alternative group, Jewish Voice for Labour, has been set up and will launch at the next party conference.

Labour right pursues its political cleansing

Does the Labour right believe masses turned out for Jeremy Corbyn and joined the Labour party because they longed to belong to an antisemitic party? From its nest inside the JLM the Right-wing prefers to use its feeble energy to pursue its old grudges against Chakrabarti, Livingstone, Jackie Walker and sundry others who, by not signing up to the IHRA, are de facto antisemitic. JfJfP signatory Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi makes the points.

Alleging antisemitism is Labour right’s ‘defining narrative now’

The cheapest and simplest way of felling enemies is to claim they are antisemitic. People who know little of Israel or Palestine but do know they abhor the Labour left are grateful to have been fed this line of attack against Corbyn et al. Al Jazeera and Mondoweiss.

Juggernaut narrative of Labour antisemitism

What plot is resolved by the sudden arrival of the deus ex machina of Labour antisemitism and why have so many been enthused by it? Jonathan Rosenhead, who was at the same training session as Jackie Walker, gives us a history of Jewish organisation in the Labour Party, and today’s coalition of forces which have created this moral panic.

Jews for Jackie

It is extremely sad to see that Momentum has succumbed to the right-wing charge of Labour antisemitism and ditched Jackie Walker, a JfJfP signatory, as Vice-Chair of Momentum. Her knowledge of the African ‘holocaust’ is an asset to any group concerned with genocide; her question about the definition of antisemitism is timely. Momentum leaders are clods for failing to value her and to inform themselves about the debate on antisemitism.

Can’t get Corbyn, let’s get Walker

Jonathan Cook, writing in support of Jacky Walker, comes into confrontation with the revived Jewish Labour Movement. Cook’s criticism of their anti-Corbyn and anti-Walker stance is, according to JLM, ‘antisemitic’. No wonder Ms Walker finds this term confusing.

Labour Right insists party is antisemitic

And then, in the case of Mike Katz, deplore the fact that British Jews see the party as antisemitic and don’t want to join. The evidence produced is all to do with Israel and nothing to do with hostility to Jews.

Jewish Labour Movement woken by Israel’s kiss

A former officer at the Israeli embassy in London, Ella Rose, has been appointed as the new director of the Jewish Labour Movement. From Asa Winstanley’s account it seems as though the embassy sees the once defunct JLM as its anti-BDS weapon of choice.

Jews and Blacks in US split over Palestine

As it says in another post this week, the long tradition of Jews and Black people jointly fighting racism and for civil rights has broken. The Jewish Establishment sees Palestine as an antisemitic entity; Blacks see Palestinians as comrades in oppression. Both assume the terms genocide and zionism have only one clear meaning.

Hail Chakrabarti, Boo Corbyn

Shami Chakrabarti’s inqury into Labour antisemitism has met with almost universal acclaim. Her (unexpected) stress on civil discourse – rather than allocating blame – has been welcomed. But the tenor of her report is not infectious as this selection of reactions shows: the snarling attacks on Corbyn, who is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t, continue and those who abhor this feel they must defend him, regardless.

Antisemitism is not the issue

This is a position paper from Free Speech on Israel aimed at the labour movement. It states that charges of Labour antisemitism were a disguise for hostility to Palestinian rights and hostility to Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.