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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



Make the connections


JfJfP Exec has issued a statement deploring “all use of children and young people as political pawns and bargaining chips in international disputes. We condemn the kidnapping of the Israeli Jewish teenagers Gilad Shaarh, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah. But we also condemn the Israeli government’s exploitation of their disappearance in order to impose an illegal collective punishment on the Palestinian people and to attack Hamas and attempt to wreck the new Palestinian unity government.” Israel’s use of ‘administrative detention’ also amounts to the routine kidnapping of hundreds of Palestinians, adults and children.

The big search

On Thursday 12th June, 3 boys from a yeshiva in a West Bank settlement disappeared when they were hitchhiking home, assumed abducted following a phone call from one of the boys (treated at the time as a hoax). Since then, this has been, in essence, the only subject of news and comment in Israeli and, to a lesser extent, Palestinian media. As has been pointed out, the abduction of young men is a routine practice by Israeli security. It’s called ‘administrative detention’, the cause of the current hunger strike in Israeli prisons. What news outlet broadcasts its outrage at such kidnappings or the need for such desperate protests? The profound media distortions compound the injustice. As B’Tselem and JfJfP state, the abduction of any person is an absolute violation of their human rights; it seems more grievous when those abducted are more frail through age (as here) or sex or health or disability, than usual. The search for the boys has been added to a planned extirpation of Hamas from the West Bank. This posting provides an index, by category, to the many postings this week on these issues.

Israeli security likely to know 3 Israeli boys are dead: Palestinian-busting goes on regardless

Long before the 3 Israeli boys disappeared the security junta planned to eliminate Hamas from the West Bank and thus destroy the Palestinian Unity government. They renamed the plan Operation Brother’s Keeper, with the add-on aim of finding the missing Israeli boys – whom, says Richard Silverstein, they already know to be dead.

Israelis kidnap an entire people and cannot hear their cry

This is a rupture in the normalcy of Israeli society. It can be used, says an angry Avraham Burg, to see the true nature of things from the specious and hollow words of its leaders to the reality of seizing control of an entire nation – and acting as though they they cannot be seen or heard, talked about or talked with, by us.

Hamas unlikely to be the abductors

Gershon Baskin, the man who negotiated the release of Gilad Schalit argues that Hamas are unlikely abductors not least because they are focussed on the twin tasks of governing Gaza and making the PUG work. All the more reason for Israel to try to destroy it – especially as the settlers have to be appeased if Netanyahu is to survive.

Blame Hamas, blame the PA, punish all prisoners

What began, we are told, as an incisive, intelligence-led operation to find three missing Israeli teenagers has become an indiscriminate, blunt act of punishment of all Palestinians – including prisoners and the new Palestinian Unity Government. Kidnap, if it is, is obviously illegal. So is collective punishment.

Violence is the only language Israel understands (in public)

The disappearance of three Israeli boys has produced almost universal shock – presumably the aim if it was an act of kidnap. On Netanyahu’s side there are calls for revenge, punishment and the once-and-for-all destruction of Hamas (and thus the Palestinian Unity Gov’t) – Richard SIlverstein predicts an attack on Gaza; on his critics’ side there are sad and angry comments about what does Bibi expect when he will not dignify Palestinians with serious talks, let alone the right to live freely.

Massive police operation centres on Hebron

checkpoint hebron 15.6.14

The disappearance of three Israeli teenagers from a yeshiva near Nof Ayalon has sparked a highly dangerous situation in the West Bank. Israeli police and army and Palestinian police are acting on Shin Bet’s information that the boys have been kidnapped by Hamas. So far, 80 Palestinian youth have been arrested. The live blog from Haaretz will be updated as will news from Ma’an.