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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



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.

Israel’s ‘deep change’ to the right

The worst expectations of Noam Sheizaf are being proved correct by recent polls for the election for the 120 Knesset seats on January 22 2013. The drift of Israeli voters to the right has become a tide for the right and far-right. Steadfast voices for the ending of the Occupation and for Palestinian rights have been all but drowned out.
120 seats jan 22

Knesset passes law to imprison illegal immigrants for 3 years

“Of all the antidemocratic laws that have descended on us of late, it is perhaps the most shameful…From now on, work seekers from Africa who enter Israel illegally can be imprisoned for three years, without the benefit of a trial and without any distinction between asylum seekers and labor migrants.” A very angry Haaretz editorial

Laws in Knesset like those from Apartheid S.Africa – former ambassador

Israel’s former ambassador to S.Africa recalls its laws designed to disable civil society, destroy community organizations and stamp out human rights. But, unlike the ‘strikingly similar’ laws being proposed in Israel, at least there was due process in the apartheid state.

Israel’s democracy being destroyed from the inside

The trickle of publications about actions by Israeli institutions which undermine the democracy of ‘the Middle East’s only democracy’ has become a torrent. Veteran critic Uri Avnery explains why the alarm is now truly well-founded

Bill will keep Palestinians ‘in cellars of military dictatorship’

The NGO-isation of political activism can cause problems, as Yitzhak Laor points out, but in Israel NGOs are the only agents which give Palestinians an effective voice – which is why Knesset members want to deprive them of funds. A statement from B’Tselem, NGO for human rights in the occupied territories, first.

Preserving Jewishness, not democracy, to define State of Israel

A bill proposing a Basic Law for Israel (1) stipulates how it should enact its essential Jewish character – because ‘there are those’ who wish to destroy this. There is only a brief statement that Israel is a democracy. A critique from ACRI, 2, points out that a democratic regime for all Israel’s citizens is incompatible with a law that enshrines the rights and customs of only one section of them..

British war regulations against (Jewish) terrorists may be made new law in Israel

The Knesset has passed the first stage of a bill bringing eemergency regulations into permanent law. State powers of detention , secret evidence, the burden of proof amongst other judicial procedures wil be changed in favour of state prosecutors and against the ‘suspect’ if the bill proceeds. Report from electronic intifada, followed by a ;position paper on the new bill from ACRI

New bill to make all in Israel subject to Judaic religious law

If a new Knesset bill defining Israel as ‘the national home of the Jewish people’ is passed, Israel’s Arab and democratic heritage would be made subservient to Judaic ‘tradition’ An editorial in Haaretz, followed by a report by Zvi Bar’el, express their dismay and anger.

‘An ongoing effort to liquidate democracy’

In one of its strongest Editorials, Haaretz warns Knesset members that a vote for the boycott bill ‘accelerates the process of transforming Israel’s legal code into a disturbingly dictatorial document’ all for the sake of protecting the illegal settlements. Below, a report of the Left’s hopes that the bill would fail. It was passed 47:38

Knesset moves again to outlaw Left activity

The Israeli Knesset, the “worst for democracy in the history of Israel”, is expected to to pass a bill making it a felony to support a boycott of settlement products . NGOs are covered by the bill, jeopardising their tax status.

Israeli Arabs fear erosion of civil rights

Arabs in Israel have enjoyed more civic rights than elsewhere in the region, though their socio-economic status has always been inferior. But now they fear new laws and state action are limiting the rights they have enjoyed

Israel’s treatment of immigrant children reveals contempt for law


The lives of immigrants and their Israeli-born children are increasingly hemmed in, or out, by administrative actions and a new Knesset law

Mutual aid between Israeli state and Ofer family under spotlight


A storm is growing about the shipping company Ofer Brothers, and associated family businesses, and mutual assistance between them and the Israeli defence and secret service establishments. A report from Haaretz is followed by a comment from Ali Abunimah