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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



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.

Those who need there to be antisemitism

…Just make it up. Jamie Stern-Weiner gives a cool account of the growing gulf between actual student life (no case to answer) and the frothing denunciations of left-wing antisemitism, the Labour right’s most indispensable weapon against Corbyn/the left. Jamie is a JfJfP signatory.

The fake ‘facts’ of the Labour right wing

David Planck applies his usual forensic precision to what Al Jazeera revealed about the machinations to subvert British politics by political officers at the Israeli embassy and what this revealed about the disingenuous and malicious claims about antisemitism in the Labour Party. To these accusers supporting Palestinian rights, as Corbyn does, is a form of antisemitism.

Labour’s long march through Zionism

In a fascinating, if long, essay John Newsinger traces the Labour party’s efforts to identify the right principle towards the fast changes in the status of Jews. For most of its history Labour put the principle of protecting the British empire above all others, including the saving of Jewish life through the pogrom and holocaust years.

Riding the Labour antisemitism bandwagon

How disappointing that the CST, which once enjoyed a high reputation for its methodology in monitoring antisemitism has, through its blogger Dave Rich, produced a book which abandons methodology for prejudice and anecdote. Mark Elf reviews it.

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.

The Jews who need an antisemitic threat

What passes as antisemitism in the UK today has no connection to antisemitism up to 1945 – a sustained dispossession, humiliation, exclusion and finally mass murder of Jews. Now, for the desperate, it seems to mean any support for anything Palestinian or any impolite comment about anything at all to a Jewish person.

Revenge for not finding something that wasn’t there

Some one started a rumour that there was a great treasure to be found if Labour looked for it. This treasure was evidence that antisemitism in the Labour Party was rampant. Anyone who had spotted it was invited to send the evidence, pinpointing its whereabouts, to Sami Chakrabarti who had been commissioned to inquire into the allegation. To the tremendous disappointment of some, no such evidence could be found. Why not? Well obviously because the search was not thorough enough. Should Chakrabarti have resorted to the rack to extract confessions? A letter from over 100 Jews protesting at the attacks on the searchers for coming up empty-handed.

JfJfP submission to Labour inquiry into party antisemitism


This is JfJfP’s submission to the inquiry headed by Shami Chakrabarti into allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party. It is clear, precise and based on factual evidence and specified political principles.

Labour’s power-hungry creeps create so much harm

In two articles Jonathan Cook lays into the nameless, faceless Labour critics of Corbyn. They want a return of Blairite hegemony. They can’t get it. The members won’t vote for that – unless they believe their choice is an antisemite. Antisemitism seems the most damaging charge against the Left. Right-wing Labour critics, most of whom have never been known for any concern about antisemitism, have pushed and pushed the charge, hoping to destroy Corbyn and the small body of Muslim MPs. Where’s the Labour fight-back? Welcome Sadiq Khan.

Q: Why doesn’t Israel become the 51st state?

A: Because then, it would only have two senators. Jamie Stern-Weiner checks with Prof Finkelstein whether what we at this website have been saying for a week – that Naz Shah reposted the ‘antisemitic’ map from his website – is true. Unequivocally yes. And only the humourless don’t see it’s a joke. Those who have drummed up the Labour antisemitism crisis, and all those who have fallen into step are, QED, humourless as well as cynical. In a rich interview, he defends Naz Shah describes his direct family experience of the Holocaust and deplores any cynical misuse of that.

Shut up Ken, you don’t know what you’re talking about

‘I’ve never read such a gigantic load of rubbish about the Labour party’ storms Michele Hanson (JfJfP signatory). It’s formed a great cloud blotting out what it is important to see and act on. Which is not ‘silly Ken’.

From elected Jewish leader to antisemitism in 1 year?

Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland writes a long piece proving (to himself at least) that Labour has become antisemitic (overnight). He provides no evidence for such a strong charge, just a couple of anecdotes. Readers write in in protest to Indie as well.