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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



Flaws in laws of war

Two events made the laws of war the issue of the week. The first was the attempt by the Met police to question former justice minister Tzipi Livni while she was in London. The second is the publication of the Chilcot report. This is a package of articles on these laws, several dating from 2009 and Operation Cast Lead, the first concerted attempt to use the law against the Israeli state’s military attacks on Gaza.

Israel starts to investigate IDF conduct in Gaza

It is to the credit of the IDF that it has the office of MAG which has the power to investigate alleged war crimes. We don’t know how many complaints have been made – often by NGOs – and what proportion are being investigated. We do know from Pillar of Defence that no complaints were upheld.

Fall-out on who’s responsible for war crimes

The Israeli establishment knows that UN enquiries are going to find Israel responsible for breaching laws of war. Amir Oren asks who, and what branch of the establishment, might be accused. Previous history shows that everyone except the Prime Minister might be found culpable. The Netanyahus are working hard to ensure this doesn’t change.

UN confirms IDF breaks laws of war

Yes, Hamas was found guilty of storing ammunition in UNRWA schools, possibly firing from the schools. The PA is urged to investigate. The IDF, says the UN’s Board of Inquiry, shelled UNRWA schools where there were many hundreds of living refugees , killing 44 of them and injuring far more. If the IDF had liaised with the UN, if it really had targeted Hamas militants and ammunition dumps and so used more accurate missiles, exchanged information with UNRWA, these deaths could have been avoided. The IDF no longer takes steps to ensure civilians are not killed.

That ‘human shields’ propaganda

Hamas does not have an army (or navy or airforce). The militants in Gaza who have the skill to make or fire rockets live amongst the people of Gaza. Israeli propagandists call this ‘using Palestinians as human shields’. So that explains why the IDF has to destroy all those ‘shields’ as well as the militants ‘hidden’ behind them. Jeremy Bowen on the military action that deepens conflict.

Double standard on use of force

The people of Gaza surely have the right to use makeshift projectiles to end a merciless seven-year-long blockade or to end Israel’s criminal bombardment of Gaza’s civilian population writes Norman FInkelstein in a critique of the failure of Human Rights Watch to designate Israel’s bombardment a war crime.

Israel/Gaza, an enclave where laws of war do not reach

It is evident that both Hamas and the Israeli government breached international rules of conduct, though neither party is a signatory to these rules. But Israel’s claim of ‘self-defence’ for launching its onslaught and its excuses for civilian deaths are most questionable says an Al Jazeera Opinion. Interpretations on BBC news and by PCHR differ, though not on these two main charges.