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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



Enough of the Great Stink

No-one chooses to live in a refugee camp. Over 1.5 million Palestinians have no choice and such camps, many of them in Lebanon have been their home since 1948. Under UNRWA’s aegis, most are run – or not – by sectarian Palestinian factions. A Norwegian student finds that Burj Al-Barajne is one of the worst.

Israeli airforce bombs Lebanon or Syria or Hezbollah or the clouds or Iranian arms

The reason for posting several different reports of IDF airstrikes against targets in Lebanon/Syria is that there is no consensus on what the targets were, and why. One suggestion – also made last May – is that Israel wants to find out if any force in those countries has the ability to strike back (no, it seems). Another is that Hezbollah has to be prevented from receiving modern weapons, yet it is also said that because Hezbollah is committed to keeping President Assad in power it has no capacity for opening a new front with Israel. It’s the fog of war – or stormy weather. Perhaps it’s just IDF target practice.

‘Longest military occupation in the world is entering its 46th year amidst deafening silence’

Noam Sheizaf writes a powerful indictment of the occupation under which ‘a Palestinian man my age has not been free for a single day in his life’. The Israeli occupation is unique for the extent of the control the military exercises over Palestinian lives. The status quo will not change, he concludes, unless there is international political will to change it – which means recognising the deep inequality which that control enforces.

Fault lines in the Syria crisis

Hezbollah (or Hizbullah) has added its voice to the hubbub around and about Syria stating it would come to the aid of the Syrian government in the event of any attack from outside.Based in Lebanon, the Shi’ite Hezbollah has long received support from the Shi’ite rulers of Iran and Syria (most Syrians are Sunni). The divisions intersect with military threats to and from Israel. Reports from Naharnet and the Guardian.

Abdullah Azzam Brigades claims rocket attack on Galilee

One rocket according to the Lebanese army, four according to the IDF, fired from southern Lebanon landed in western Galilee on Monday, causing no casualties. The Abdullah Azzam Brigades (al Qaida affiliate) has claimed responsibility. Neither Hezbollah nor the IDF wants an escalation

IDF plants new anti-personnel mines on Syrian border

After several attempts this year by Palestinian refugees to cross the borders of Syria and Lebanaon into Israel, the IDF has planted new mines that will kill people on foot. It is expecting similar refugee ‘invasions’ in September. Yaakov Katz reports, and we post another, earlier, article by him on IDF anti-personnel border strategy

Late blossoming of Arab Spring among Palestinians


Exiled Palestinians in border countries have renewed hope of return, whatever the interests and machinations of their host countries

Uri Avnery on the Lebanon crisis


Uri Avnery traces the history of Lebanon from C19 in order to understand the current crisis and its significance for Israel and the region. He sees it as a warning: the Christian state set up by the French insisted on the Greater Lebanon option, incorporating substantial Muslim areas within it which had no desire to be included: “The short history of Lebanon consists entirely of a struggle between the communities which were joined together against their will, like cats in a sack.” Avnery sees a clear parallel with the notion of Greater Israel.

The Domestication of Hizballah


Marlin Dick assesses “Hizballah’s Domestic Growing Pains,” now in Middle East Report Online: “The Shi’i Islamist party Hizballah continues to evolve from its origins as a guerrilla force battling the Israeli army with inspiration from the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Now well into its second term of service in the Lebanese cabinet, Hizballah is compelled by constituent pressure to focus on matters like pesticides and use of sidewalks, even as it refuses to disband its militia under arms, the Islamic Resistance. As time passes, and occasional rhetoric aside, the party behaves more and more like a Chicago political machine than a branch of the Revolutionary Guard…”

Israel opts for permanent insecurity


Paul Rogers on the growing insecurity in the Middle East and Israel’s (futile) quest for absolute security. A sobering account of current strategic thinking in Israel, in which a minority that “advocates a different path involving negotiation and compromise…is very much on the margins of public debate…”

Crisis on the northern border

A border skirmish killed an Israeli officer, two Lebanese soldiers and a local journalist a few days ago.
Gideon Levy writes bitterly of Israel’s double standards: “True, Israel maintains that the area across the fence is its territory, and UNIFIL officially confirmed that yesterday. But a fence is a fence: In Gaza it’s enough to get near the fence for us to shoot to kill. In the West Bank the fence’s route bears no resemblance to the Green Line, and still Palestinians are forbidden from crossing it. In Lebanon we made different rules: the fence is just a fence, we’re allowed to cross it and do whatever we like on the other side, sometimes in sovereign Lebanese territory. We can routinely fly in Lebanese airspace and sometimes invade as well…

And Gush Salom says:
‘It may have been
Right –
But was it