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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



Third intifada, women join in

Analysts have stopped arguing over whether this is the Third Intifada. There is no mass movement but many young Palestinians are ready to use violence in the name of liberation, and they have been joined by many women.

End of the great IDF love affair

From the start Israel has been a highly militarised society. The IDF represented the new society’s indomitability. It was the ideal of Israel. This isn’t the first posting to look at the politicians’ growing disregard for military judgment. Ben Caspit pushes the break-down of the relationship as far as he can.

Ramping up security will not stop the violence

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I am the messenger says Ban Ki-Moon bringing you, Israel and you, Palestinians, a warning: continued occupation, continued violence lead only to ‘a corrosion of the moral foundation of Israeli and Palestinian societies, ever more inured to the pain of the other’.

Knesset suspends Balad MKs for ‘unethical’ action

Do Israel’s MKs represent those who elect them – or the State of Israel? Balad MKs have met with the families of ten Palestinians shot dead for stabbing, or trying to stab, an Israeli soldier. They are negotiating to get the corpses returned. The denunciations of their action have been many and harsh.

An intifada the IDF can’t defeat

Efraim Sneh is the first Israeli to suggest that the relentless individual knife and car attacks on Israelis cannot be stopped by any military action. This is the first time the IDF has been unable to protect Israel. The only answer is to cede to Palestinians the 22% of territory they say is acceptable.

Police with guns take over from youth with knives

The PNA’s cautious approach to policing young Palestinians may have prevented the knife intifada prompting into mass protest. But it has put severe strain on the loyalty of PNA police officers, at least two of whom have joined in – but with guns.

Military bulwark against far-right wish to crush ‘inciters’

Jewish Home et al are baying for more Palestinian blood (every stabber has been shot dead) and more restrictions. COGAT, which administers the oPt, counsels against tighter controls. That would cause more aggravation while maintaining current movements in and out of Israel for work is stabilising.

The victims of the current conflict

The current bloodshed in Palestine-Israel is peculiarly personal, usually initiated by a single young Palestinian who is immediately shot dead by anonymous Israeli armed forces. Here are the latest lists from PCHR and the Jewish Virtual Library. By December 22nd, the names of 19 Israeli and 121 Palestinian people who had been stabbed/shot had been recorded.

Most Palestinians support ‘knife intifada’

The Occupation is, literally, intolerable. Young Palestinians in particular cannot bear it but it is clear from this new poll that it is unbearable to Palestinans as a whole. Although one third are against the knife stabbings they are not against less violent forms of resistance. So far, that’s not on offer.

On message: ‘whenever the army says something, just oppose it’

Israeli governments have always held military leaders close, endeavoured to give them what they want and been deferential to military judgments. No more. Netanyahu has been advised often to ease the restrictions on Gaza in particular and Palestinians in general. His response? They are old fuddy duddies and he knows Palestinians must forever be ruled by the sword even if he has to get a new sword.

Palestinian leaders should quell intifada to get Israeli concessions

The US consultancy group Stratfor here gives its analysis of the cause and effects of the ‘knife intifada’. They accept that it is in part a product of the complete absence of hope in any peace talks but suggest, as IDF leaders already have, that Israel could afford to make concessions – if asked nicely.

No agreed Israeli plan for Palestinian unrest

Amos Harel, Haaretz military correspondent, reports that military intelligence thinks Palestinian unrest in the West Bank is escalating and that increasing the controls, which already Palestinians find humiliating and time-wasting, will only add to the tension. The government is ignoring military advice, and the far-right want an absolute security clamp-down.

The man who knows all about incitement

‘Netanyahu evidently expects Israelis, and the world, to believe that if websites were posting cat videos, the Palestinians would cease their agitation and submit quietly to occupation’ writes Shlomo Ben-Ami, former Israeli foreign minister. Perhaps the PM believes in ‘incitement’ because he is such an assiduous practitioner himself.

Israeli firms sack Arab workers, punishment for ‘knife intifada’

The International Business Times talks to several Palestinian workers who have been summarily sacked from their jobs with Israeli firms. It seems less a collective punishment – settlements couldn’t survive without Palestinian workers – than an issue of Israelis being immobilised by suspicion.

Glorification of killing

In a sort of guerrilla warfare, Israeli soldiers shoot dead any Palestinian whom they think looks suspicious, and the small number of Palestinian fighters stab, or car-ram any Israeli Jews they can. Killers on both sides are glorified – the ‘terminator’ of the IDF – and the Palestinian ‘martyrs’, for the stabbers invariably die.

Israeli forces have ripped up the rule book

There’s a free-for-all of unlawful killings in Israel and the oPt. Young Palestinian men and women (not many) take out knives and stab Israeli civilians and soldiers where they can. Israeli police and soldiers fire to kill, often with no evidence that the person presents a danger. Strongly-worded statement from Amnesty and report from Ma’an news.

UN: mutual fear will lead to catastrophe

The flurry of international intervention in Israel/Palestine continues with Pres. Abbas’s demand for UN protection and the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights predicting that current relations between the two peoples is leading to disaster.

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.

The stabbings are grotesque – as are the conditions Palestinians are expected to endure

Bernard Avishai from the Hebrew University finds the knife stabbings horrible but, unlike other commentators, he has empathy for the Palestinians who are enmeshed in despair, with their lives clipped short on every side.

Internationals pile in to stop MidEast violence

The ‘security’ situation in Palestine/Israel has been kicked into a crisis by the ‘knife intifada’. All international agencies fear a new MidEast crisis. Significantly, they have not blamed Palestinians for this latest emergency. “Security measures can be counterproductive if they are applied without special efforts to defuse situations before people lose their lives. If the use of force is not properly calibrated, it may breed the very frustrations and anxieties, from which violence tends to erupt” said the UN.