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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



A Zionist on why he detests Netanyahu


Leon Wieseltier, cultural critic, has a great intellectual reputation. He is baffled by why former friend Michael Oren (once Israel’s ambassador to the US) expects all Jews to do things in a distinctly Jewish way and why all who disagree with him must be antisemitic.

NY Senate plans how to punish academic supporters of boycott

Those who complacently assumed eternal and unstinting support for the Israeli state, whatever it does, cannot have been more shocked if the sky had fallen in. After the withdrawal of one attempt to impose state sanctions on American academics who supported the boycott of Israeli institutions, another is being prepared for the NY senate. Meanwhile, former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren has described the President of the ASA as ‘antisemitic’ – an accusation that would be libellous had not such as Oren drained the term of all meaning.

Claims for supremacy of Iron Dome ‘illusory’

The Iron Dome interceptor system, developed by Rafael together with Israel’s Ministry of Defence, has had the best PR any innovation in warfare could have had. It’s proof of Israel’s claimed unique talent for innovation. Its advocates claim it is so effective that it has changed the game, especially in relation to Iran. Now three different weapons experts have all reached the same conclusion: the heavily susbsidised system is nothing like as effective as it’s cracked up to be. Will American tax-payers want their money back?

Gay rights: pride or propaganda?

Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the US, gave a keynote address to to the Annual Equality Forum in Philadelphia, May 3rd-6th. Should the freedom for gays in Tel Aviv be celebrated as, at least, a pocket of liberality in Israel? Or shunned because Israel’s elite use it to represent all Israel as free and open, in contrast to homophobic Palestinians. And isn’t an ‘Equality Forum’ about equality for all? +972 debate.

Israel lobby organizes to stop American free speech about Christians

Christians are perhaps the most beleagured group in Israel, squeezed geographically, politically, economically. A US TV show on Christians in Israel (Arab residents, not the tourists) so alarmed the Israeli goverment that it instigated a concerted effort to block the programme. After all, their popular (as opposed to elite) support in the US largely depends on evangelical Christians who might not like what they heard. Huffington Post and Ben White report, M.J Rosenberg comments plus Rowan Williams’ 2011 appeal for Christians in Israel/Palestine.

Ambassador offers shaky facts and shoddy sources to show Israel as ‘a tiny America’

Noam Sheizaf analyses a Foreign Policy article by Israel’s US Ambassador “which intends to portray Israel as a tiny America, a bastion of civil rights in a hostile and strange environment”. It’s a sort of stump speech which Michael Oren, a former academic, uses to delight elite audiences across the USA.

Ambassador to US tells Israel Action Network what they all want to believe

Michael Oren cheers removal of Mavi Marmara from flotilla as too large to stop ‘with technical means’, denies any lack of medicines or food in Gaza, relies on San Remo defence and sees Israel as besieged by belligerent Muslims and ‘de-legitimisers’