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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



IDF stops human rights workers getting into Gaza

The MAG – military attorney general – responsible for investigating possible war crimes says it values input from HR groups. Such groups are not allowed into Gaza for ‘security’ reasons. Hamas does not protect HR workers in Gaza. The PNA does nothing.

IDF probing itself has never worked says NGO


The NGO B’Tselem has produced a stinging response to the IDF’s own examination of its conduct in the last assault on Gaza. It points out that this self-exoneration happens after each assault making the next one more likely.

Israel clears itself of all guilt for death and destruction in Gaza

Whatever evidence is produced – like counting the bodies of children, women, the elderly – about the indiscriminate shelling and bombing of the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014, every unit of the IDF and government insists it has examined its actions and found itself not guilty. This is about the report from the IDF’s MAG.

Exposing the Occupation for what it is

The martial law which governs Palestinian lives is ugly, violent and illegal. The IDF claims it investigates and punishes all wrongful acts and so there is no basis for a referral to the ICC. Untrue. B’Tselem hopes its ending of any role in defending Palestinians will reveal the IDF investigations for the farce they are.

Bring Israel under the rule of law

Israeli forces use excessive and intentional force without justification against Palestinian civilians in the oPt. And Israel lacks the legal mechanisms and political will to effectively investigate. That’s at the heart of this report from 3 major human rights organisations. They call for Israel to be brought, like everyone else, under the rule of international law.

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.

Bombing houses in order to kill occupant is illegal

There is a circumstance where it is deemed legitimate to bomb a residential home in a military conflict: when it yields a distinct military advantage to the attacker. B’Tselem has examined 70 cases of house destruction and concluded that most were targeted in order to punish an occupant. This means the IDF regards destroying an operative’s family as a legitimate military action (explaining the very high civilian death toll). It clearly is not.