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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



From terrorist to statesman

Israel’s spokesmen are doing what they can to get Marwan Barghouti, leader of the current prisoners’ hunger strike’ branded indelibly as a murderous terrorist. The S. African government did the same with Nelson Mandela points out Peter Beinart. In both cases, the prisoners remain the leaders.

Prisoners – the true reps of Palestinians

The sick joke that is the Israeli judicial system has led to the most popular protest ever: a general strike throughout the West Bank in support of prisoners and a hunger strike inside the prisons with Christian, Moslem and secular support. The demands are for basic rights : for family visits and medical care, and the end of ‘administrative detention’ – prison with no judicial process. They’re not going to give up. Ideas on how to give support.

NYT caves in to Israeli pressure

There is hypocrisy and dissemblance in the decision of the NYT to recant for publishing an article by Marwan Barghouti without saying he was in prison on ‘five counts of murder and membership in a terrorist organization’. Barghouti has not been accused of murdering anyone though he may have been complicit in the violence of the 2nd intifada. The NYT has unapologetically published articles by known Israeli killers.

All drawn in by hunger strike

There hasn’t yet been an article to repost on what makes this hunger strike different but prisoners and supporters have an air of confidence: they can’t lose. Either they get concessions or they die. Either way the Israeli state loses. Some witty, grave and number-crunching pieces.

Our hunger spreads our message

Israel has made Marwan Barghouti an iconic and exemplary figure amongst Palestinians. He was a leader in the first intifada (for which he was imprisoned after his ‘show trial’) and has constantly urged non-violent resistance. His intelligence and integrity have won him many admirers. He tells us here why he and thousands of Palestinian prisoners have embarked on a hunger strike.

Only one face on the wall

With walls in every direction Palestinians have plenty of space for practising graffiti and portrait skills. Marwan Barghouti, serving five life sentences in Israeli gaols, is everywhere as a symbol of resistance and unity. He has just produced a new plan for fundamentally changing Palestine’s relations with Israel. Oslo isn’t working.

Free Barghouti – or let PNA fall apart

The question – who will succeed Mahmoud Abbas as Palestinian President- has long been high on the agenda with no clearer resolution as time passes. As no arrangement seems to have been made, chaos may follow, unless Marwan Barghouti is released.

Marwan Barghouti calls for armed resistance

The imprisoned, unofficial leader of Palestinian resistance, Marwan Barghouti, has crossed a line in his rhetoric of struggle. In an apparent response to the spontaneous violence in Jerusalem, he has put his name to the use of the gun.

Support for Abbas dwindles due to lack of fight – and elections

At first, Mahmoud Abbas’ priority of reaching a peace deal with Israel was impressive. Everything was sacrificed to that aim including a referral to the ICC and even elections that would have brought in more belligerent politicians. Israel shunned this opportunity- and now support for the PA president is too low for him to effect anything.

Freeing Marwan Barghouti test of Israeli seriousness

Marwan Barghouti, informal leader of two intifadas, was abducted by Israeli security men in 2002, and imprisoned in 2004 on charges of terrorism. Since then his popularity has grown and he has become the outstanding symbol of Palestinian political prisoners and of potential Palestinian unity founded on resistance. An international campaign for his release was launched last October and on this anniversary of his arrest many voices say that releasing him would be the most potent sign Israel could make of its serious intent in peace talks.

Mandela went from leading armed struggle to finding a partner for peace

Lev Ginsburg cuts through the syrupy eulogies to Nelson Mandela to remind us that he gained his authority by initiating and leading an armed struggle: “terrorism”. There are a few candidates to be Palestinian leader- but would he find a partner for peace equivalent to FW de Klerk who could persuade his ‘own’ people to let go of their privileges?

Palestine and Syria – may they fall apart

In a interview with Ceasefire magazine, Noam Chomsky talks of the few choices the Palestinians have been left with and the pleasure in Israel that Syrians are destroying their own country.

Denial and solidarity meet hunger strike prisoners

Imagine a blank space at the top of this post for coverage by western media of the mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners – see Richard Falk below. Yet only western intervention will affect the judicial regime. While students hold a sympathy hunger strike at the Oberlin liberal arts college, Ohio (1) an Israeli court rejects an appeal by 2 prisoners near death (2); Marwan Barghouti and Salam Fayyad state support from those they speak for (3 and 4).

Barghouti put in solitary confinement for calling for third intifada

Last week Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti issued a call from his prison cell for Palestinians to stop all co-operation with the Israeli government and pursue a strategy of popular uprising instead. In response, the Israeli authorities have put him in solitary confinement and forbidden all visitors

Marwan Barghouti calls for Palestinian unity in a third intifada

Marwan Barghouti, in prison since 2002 for terrorist offences after what was widely regarded as a show trial, has issued a call for a mass popular uprising and an end to all co-operation with Israel. As the most popular unofficial leader, he may provide the political programme for Palestinian resistance suggests Uri Avnery.

‘Palestine’s Mandela’ spends his prison time reading, writing, thinking

Marwan Barghouti, the popular Palestinian leader, has been in prison since 2002 for his alleged role in the second intifada. It is widely assumed that he was not freed in the prisoner swap because the official Palestinian leadership regard him as a threat to their authority. Joseph Dana describes this complex man who has supported non-violent and violent resistance but always ia commitment to intellectual work

Baseless beliefs blind Israeli regime to strength of those they conquer

Acting on an ‘Orientalist’ ideology about the apolitical passivity of Arabs, Israeli governments and the IDF have continually been tripped up — by the resistance they encounter, unwittingly create and over-react to, writes Yitzhak Laor