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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



For peace-makers John Kerry says it how it is

John Kerry, outgoing Secretary of State and indefatigable worker for Palestine/Israel negotiations makes a definitive speech because he thinks that the incoming administration will be a disaster for the 2-state solution – ‘we cannot, in good conscience, do nothing, and say nothing, when we see the hope of peace slipping away.’ Full transcript.

Kerry: what blocked his efforts to start negotiations

There are two articles here about John Kerry who worked assiduously to start negotiations between Israel and Palestine. The second is a revealing speech Kerry gave about his efforts, thwarted by the Israeli government’s insistence on establishing Jewish settlements on Palestinian territory. Here he admits Israel ignored USA pressure.

Kerry asks all to calm down and watch the camera

John Kerrry, on a brief dash to Palestine-Israel, greeted King Abdullah’s suggestion of 24-hour camera surveillance of the Al-Aqsa compound warmly. It’s not clear what it would achieve. Palestinians say it does not touch the root of the problem and suspect a trap. Al Jazeera and John Reed comment.

Bibi keeps digging his own hole

Under Netanyahu, Israel launched another lethal onslaught on the people of Gaza, rejected strenuous American efforts to broker a peace deal with the PA, expanded settlements and responded to unrest with increasing violence. Kerry’s prediction that this will lead to apartheid and isolation is coming true writes Tony Karon.

Blaming Israel for MidEast violence

At a recent State department gathering, John Kerry remarked that Arab leaders had told him that the Israel-Palestine conflict was ‘a cause of recruitment [to ISIL] and of street anger and agitation’. Israeli politicians are lining up to shoot this messenger. It was classic Jew-blaming said Jewish Home’s leader – though whether he meant it was John Kerry or Arab leaders doing the blaming is not clear.

Finding the fault lines

The Guardian newspaper began the New Year with an editorial acknowledging difficulties in negotiations with Palestinian leaders but saying the obstacle to successful negotiation was Israel’s display of willingness to talk while while reusing to make any decision that will alter the status quo. Letters were published which both supported and disagreed with the editorial.

Two tough Zionists for peace with Palestinians

Both Mick Davis, multi-milionaire former CEO of Xstrata and Avigdor Lieberman have reputations for aggressive zionism – though in the case of Davis, this meant calling for open criticism of Israel if Anglo-Zionists were to have a future. Both have recently had humbling experiences – Davis losing control of X-Strata and Lieberman suspended from office while he was investigated – then cleared – of fraud charges. Time off seems to have added a sense of urgency about getting other Jews to accept the need for a peace deal with the Palestinians under Kerry’s leadership.

Team of Palestinian negotiators resigns

The resignation of the PLO negotiating team – it was first suggested two weeks ago – was presumably known by John Kerry when he told the US Senate that he doubted Israelis were serious about making peace with the Palestinians. The escalation of settlement building could hardly be a clearer statement that they are no longer even pretending to be serious (though Bibi stopped it) . Why President Abbas is trying to find a new team is another matter. Meanwhile, Netanyahu wishes they would all shut up and concentrate on isolating Iran.

Who believes Netanyahu wants to, and can, make a peace deal?

With customary style, Uri Avnery holds up Netayahu’s recent acts and words and asks if these come from a man who genuinely wants to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.Mairav Zonszein is in no doubt – the sweetener of the prisoner release is no match for the annihilating the 2-state solution through more settlements. And Robert Fisk delivers a diatribe against John Kerry ‘the thief’.

Israel losing international support, especially in UK – Hague

Foreign Secretary William Hague has repeated his criticism of settlements, this time in a speech in Jerusalem. He is more direct than his American counterparts, but talking from the same speech-sheet. What made the headlines was his warning of Israel’s loss of reputation in the UK and internationally. Israeli commentary attributes this British hostility to NGOs in the UK – or long-standing British antipathy to the very existence of Israel.