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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



IDF kidnaps 13 women from boat to Gaza

Ma’an follows up the fate of the 13 women whose boat to Gaza – the fourth attempt to reach Gaza by sea since 2010. Eleven of them are in Givon prison, Ramla. The location of the other two has not yet been identified.

South Africa issues arrest warrants against IDF officers

The government of South Africa has joined those of Spain and Turkey in issuing arrest warrants against military commanders and, in the latter two, politicians deemed responsible for the deaths of ten Turkish activists on the Mavi Marmara, lead ship in the flotilla to Gaza, on May 31, 2010.

‘Reasonable belief’ war crimes committed on Mavi Marmara

Ali Abuminah was the first to report the decision by the ICC that an investigation into the killing of nine Turkish activists should be launched. This is a more detailed account of the legal implications.

ICC orders review of decision not to act on Mavi Marmara

For once: Israeli commandos who boarded the Mavi Marmara as it sailed to Gaza and shot dead 9 Turkish volunteers on board are to be referred to the ICC by the Comoros islands union where the ship was registered. Also Spanish activists who were on board are pressing their government to make a referral to the ICC. This is happening now because a panel of judges has ruled the court’s chief prosecutor made serious errors in deciding not to take up the case.

Former ally Turkey blasts Israel for genocidal intention

Protesters burn Israeli flag outside consulate (Photo: AP)

Before the raid on the Mavi Marmara by the IDF (nine people killed) Turkey and Israel had cordial relations, with Turkey being a favourite tourist destination for Israelis. Since then, PM Erdogan has been establishing himself as a defender of moderate Islam in the Middle East. Anti-Israeli, pro-Palestinian feeling is still strong in Turkey, which tips over into antisemitism in some quarters. Can Erdogan keep the lid on it, or is he – or the Israeli press – stoking it?

Turkey presses for international arrest warrants on Mavi Marmara

mavi marmara istanbul

A Turkish court has ordered the arrest of four former Israeli military chiefs over the deadly 2010 assault on the Mavi Marmara. The families of those killed by the IDF on board the ship are demanding action although the Turkish and Israeli governments are formally seeking to normalise diplomatic relations.

Jewish man barred entry to Israel as political activist

Dror Feiler was once an Israeli citizen and his ailing 90-year-old mother still is. He has taken Swedish citizenship but is still Jewish. He is also a political activist having taken part in two ship-borne attempts to reach Gaza, on the Mavi Marmara and Estelle. For these reasons he has been banned from entering Israel – although Israel’s claim to be the home for all Jews does not specify they must be politically compliant.

Former Israeli navy commander panics at routine UK border questions

According to some Israeli newspapers, former Israei navy commander Eli Marom – in charge during Operation Cast Lead and the attack on the Mavi Marmara – was detained at Heathrow for interrogation; they imply this was related to possible charges of war crimes. Maron phoned the justice ministry in Israel for help.The more level-headed Anshel Pfeffer suggests that Maron was merely subject to the same questions as any other foreign entrant to the UK.

IDF killed nine, looted $millions. One soldier punished.

The assault on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ship carrying passengers and aid to Gaza, in which the IDF killed nine people and got off scot-free remains an infamous incident, combining illegal and needless violence with total impunity for the aggressors. While on board the IDF looted possessions worth $millions. For which one soldier has been selected to take the punishment– 200 days in prison. Richard SIlverstein’s concluding remarks apply to many of our posts, such as the one below this.

Hands across the gas-field

Moves to patch up the ruptured relationship between the Turkish and Israeli governments have been going on for some time. They quickened with Avigdor Lieberman’s absence from office and were formally mended during Obama’s visit. At stake for Israel is its need for Turkey to provide it with access to the EU’s market for gas. There were also hopes of stopping the token Istanbul trial of the IDF commanders of the attack on the flotilla to Gaza. Right-wingers are furious about the apology.

At last minute Bibi bows to Obama and says sorry for Mavi Marmara

From a trailer at Ben Gurion airport and a mobile phone, President Obama effected an unheralded reconciliation between the Turkish and Israeli governments, who had not been on speaking terms since the lethal IDF raid on the Turkish boat Mavi Marmara in 2010. Given the importance of Turkey’s status with Mediterranean Muslim governments, the renewed contact confers benefits on the Israeli and American governments; PM Erdogan clarified his hostile remarks on zionism a few days earlier so restoring his status with western governments.

Israel’s woman of courage – and keeping the truth hidden

Regular readers will be familiar with the charges against Balad MP Haneen Zoabi – that she is a traitor, terrorist, enemy of the state etc. She is also charged with ignoring bread-and-butter issues in preference for the high-profile issues of Arab/Jewish conflict. Larry Derfner, 1 and 2, goes in search of the truth. Meanwhile, Israel’s Attorney General has long known that Zoabi played no part in violence on the Mavi Marmara, but chose to say nothing (3) though his role gives him particular responsibility for questions of culpability.

Zoabi: ‘I am a democrat and they are a rabble’.

From this interview with Haneen Zoabi: On the hysterical hatred of her: “I am fighting for equality between the country’s Jewish and Arab citizens according to the letter of the law, and that infuriates many people.” Obliterating the heritage of MidEast Jews: “That is the Zionist project, which was out to create a new artificial Jew”. On Palestinians: “We are a passive society…We are among the most quiescent minorities in the world.” Read on…

Attack on flotilla unleashed by ignoring all formal procedures

Israel’s State Comptroller has produced a damning report of the decision-making that led to the lethal attack on the flotilla to Gaza in 2010. He says that all the procedures and safeguards that exist to ensure proper decision-making were ignored. It appears that the decision to attack was neither ‘efficient’ nor democratic in any terms.

Turkish court indicts IDF Generals for Mavi Marmara killings

In an historic and popular, if symbolic, act, a Turkish court has indicted four Israeli military commanders for the killing of nine people on the Mavi Marmara in 2010. It is rare for anyone in power in Israel to be held to account for any illegal act they commit. Arutz Sheva (1) and Israel Matzav (3) are bewildered by such defence of ‘terrorists’, Haaretz (2) is measured, Sarah Colbourne of PSC was there (4).

The know-nothing hear-nothing Palmer panel

Outside Israel and its circle of defenders, the Palmer report into the killing of nine Turks on the Mavi Marmara has been greeted by universal disbelief and criticism. Jeremy Salt of Bilkent University, Ankara, gives a particularly lucid account of the report’s blind spots and asssumptions

What the Palmer Panel didn’t know about the laws of sea and land

Disappointment with the Palmer report on the flotilla invasion has been intense – but, writes Richard Falk, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the OPT, one look at how the panel was constituted explains why it lacked the expertise to have found the IDF action and blockade of Gaza unlawful

Responses to Palmer report

Turkish and Israeli state responses (1st and 2nd) and a long analysis from Richard Silverstein greet the detailed 105 page report of the Palmer panel of inquiry into the ‘Flotilla incident’, when Israeli commandos stormed the flotilla to Gaza and killed 9 people on the Turkish Mavi Marmara. Freedom of navigation, Gaza’s human needs, the right of protest and Israeli excessive force and security needs are key issues

IDF boarded Mavi Marmara ‘with intention to kill’. Sorrow, not sorry, required

Despite criticism of the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara in 2010, (Aviel Magnezi) the UN commission, headed by Geoffrey Palmer, has, say Israeli media, also judged the raid itself, and Israel’s blockade of Gaza, to be legal. There is as yet no date for the publication of the report (Barak Ravid, Jonathan Lis)

Turkey publishes its report on the Mavi Marmara


Last week Turkey made public its inquiry into the attack on the Gaza flotilla that resulted in the deaths of eight Turks and one American of Turkish origin. Tiny extract from the executive summary of the report: “The bodies of the deceased were completely washed and repatriated to Turkey without any accompanying medical and autopsy reports. The Mavi Marmara itself, when returned after being held for 66 days in Ashdod, had been scrubbed down thoroughly, blood stains completely washed off, bullet holes painted over; ship records, Captain’s log, computer hardware, ship documents seized, CCTV cameras smashed, all photographic footage seized and presumably destroyed or withheld.”
Plus: Richard Silverstein comments.