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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



How the JNF goes about getting land

The Jewish National Fund, est. 1901 to ‘reclaim’ land in Palestine for Jewish immigrants is a non-profit company. As a large landholder it in fact acts as an arm of the Israeli state funded by overseas Jews. Here, Peace Now is highly critical of its methods of acquiring land. Peace Now

Using religion to make political gains

In Al Jazeera, Harry Hagopian reminds us of the history of Israeli incursions on the Noble Sanctuary and the now-withered panArab defence of the site. Plus Bibi blames Al Jazeera for incitement.

The impending humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza

MAP – Medical Aid to Palestinians – publishes an urgent demand for action to end the disastrous collective punishment of people in Gaza. A petition to sign

Needed – bodies to enforce universal rights

Avi Shlaim agrees – the 2-state solution is dead. Palestinians remain in the same abject position. Their rights must be realised and Shlaim pins his hopes on BDS and civil society to make this happen.

Historic olive grove sentenced to death

The ancient olive groves of Cremisan, a Christian community, have been severed from their owners by the wall. Now what were reputed to be Palestine’s best olives, and their owners, are being left to wither on the vine.

Right-wing MKs move to annex West Bank suburb as part of Israel

Ma’ale Adumim, the highly disputed settlement in a large suburb of Jerusalem, was designed to be part of Israel in 2009. This would stop Palestinians claiming Jerusalem as their capital. Now its Israeli citizens are demanding that Israel formally annex it and this week MKs are presenting a bill to make this law.

Labour must not use smears to close down debate

The international discussion that must be had on Israel and its borders and the future of the Palestinians cannot be avoided by banning it as antisemitic or ‘delegitimising Israel’ says MP Richard Burden. Israel exists. It’s not going away, but as a normal nation-state it has to behave like one, define its borders and stop breaking international law.

Settlers demand apartheid road network

Ma’an reports that a group of settlers is demanding that Palestinians be banned from ‘settlers” roads, presumably forcing Palestinians in the oPt to use what are in effect dirt tracks – or not travel at all. Because of the knife attacks, more and more measures are being taken to wall Palestinians in.

The slow stranglehold of Israeli bureaucracy

Usually the shorthand for the Palestinian/Israeli relationship is ‘conflict’, colonialism or, in the case of Gaza, war or onslaught. All denote hot violence. But, argues Teju Cole, the expropriation of Palestinians is done through a massive, quasi-legal bureaucracy in which both old homes and new homes are ruled impermissible and permits are required for any movement.

Likud allies welcome making an apartheid state out of Israel and oPt

I want the majority of the land with the minimum of Palestinians on it says Danny Danon. Government policies are moving in the right direction – but not fast or completely enough. With the failure of the peace-talks, the brakes are off. It’s straight out of the South African playbook

Palestinians left on the fringe at most party conferences

Israel/ Palestine featured in the speeches of Ed Miliband (1 and 2) Douglas Alexander (3) Richard Burnside MP(4) John McCarthy (5) at Labour conference or fringe debates and but only at MAP/NS fringe meetings for the Conservatives (6) and Lib Dems (7).