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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



An imperialist genocidal disaster


The French-British secret 1916 pact, nominally the Sykes-Picot agreement, cut up the MidEast into domains of direct rule and ‘influence’ by the two powers. Thus was a disaster created which has destroyed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Arab people. John Hilary asks us to remember.

Palestine is not going away – get over it

Nowhere in the world do maps play a more important part than in Palestine / Israel. Israelis blithely produce maps in which Palestinian territory has been disappeared; Palestinians produce maps showing the shrinking and fragmentation of what was once theirs. And it is important to the Palestinian cause that they produce maps showing what was once all Palestinian land. It marks their existence. Jerry Haber questions the disquiet about this. Do the critics think Palestinians are going to evaporate?

Why we draw the line

To adapt the words of the Johnny Cash song, ‘Because you’re mine, we draw the line’; that is, like many younger free-thinking Jews, the Sign on the Green Line campaigners argue that showing the Green Line demarcating the Palestinian West Bank makes Israel politically and morally more defensible – as well as hauling the British Jewish establishment out of the dishonesty of pretending so such line exists.

We don’t need to show title deeds – just the maps

We don’t need to argue about Balfour or show title deeds to prove we exist. We simply need to show the historical maps of Palestine says historian Salman Abu Sitta, who has made this his life’s work. He has had no help or interest from the Palestinian leadership, about which he is scathing. “In the absence of true representation of Palestinians, the Israeli regime has gone wild. It removed every mask from its face. It became openly racist”.

Expanding Israel in maps

Despite innumerable diplomatic and political reproaches and votes of censure from EU, UN and even US bodies, Israeli encroachment on, and seizure of, Palestinian land has been continuous since 1967 with two breaks: the withdrawal from Gaza, 2005, and the Oslo Accords which made the small enclaves of Areas A and B off-limits to Israelis.

The Eastern Palestinian Archipelago


Source: Imaginary map produced by Julien Bousac from documents provided by OCHA and B’Tselem.

Apologies for the poor quality of the reproduction.

BUT it is an inspired representation.

For the record: according to the French key, the dark green areas are ones of partial Palestinian autonomy, the light green total auttonomy, hatched green areas are natural reeserves, orange areas are urban zones, and blue are Israeli settlements (the French word ‘colonie’ says it so much better!).

The Conflict In Maps


Many thanks to our friends at ICAHD for these fascinating and enlightening maps which really throw light on the details of the infrastructure of the occupation.