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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



NGOs: human rights help save human lives

‘Attacks against civilians undermine every moral, legal and human standard’ says B’Tselem in a sharp attack on the knife stabbings of Israeli civilians. Singly and jointly the NGOs active in Israel and the oPt condemn all killings and the shoot-to-kill practice adopted by Israeli border police and endorsed by politicians.

American and Israeli Jews who silently fund terrorists

This is a case of putting their money where their mouth isn’t. Honenu is one of many pro-settler, anti-Arab groups functioning in Israel. It is largely dependent on the tax-exempt funds given by Americans who are happy to believe that Honenu is a welfare / civil rights group rather than a racist pro-settlement group which protects and defends Israel’s right-wing nationalist terrorists. The spread and survival of many nationalist settlements has long depended on such deceptive donations.

The NGO that supports right-wing violence

The burning of the Dawabasheh family has galvanised Israeli journalists to look into the network of groups which generate or support anti-Palestinian and anti-gay terrorism. One such group is the NGO Honenu which provides various services to such criminals. Oddly it does not appear on the lists of bad NGOs published by NGO Monitor.

Protests mount for hunger-striking prisoners

Palestinians imprisoned without charge or trial (administrative detention) have again launched a hunger strike, eliciting mass protests in support and a letter to the EU’s Catherine Ashton asking for intervention against this illegal practice. At the same time, protests against the Wall have again broken out in the Hebron area.

Brussels NGO outlawed by Israel as Hamas mouthpiece

It seems that anything other than treating Gaza, the place, its people, its government, as an irredeemable pariah is regarded by Israel’s defence elite as the soft face of terrorism. Thus the Council for European Palestinian Relations, a non-secretive NGO with the aim of organizing visits to the oPt by European policy-makers, has been ‘outlawed’ by Israel’s defence minister making its funds liable to seizure and officers liable to arrest in Israel.

The foreign interests paying to skew Israel’s agenda

The Alternative Information Centre’s regular bulletin, The Economy of the Occupation, has devoted an issue to a thorough, and invaluable, investigation of the right-wing NGOs which operate in Israel: who they are, what they do who funds them. Unsurprisingly, the donors are largely wealthy American individuals and bodies, both Jewish and Christian. The Israeli government increasingly relies on them to sell Israel’s case – hasbara. Given the results, one might wonder if they’re getting enough bang for their bucks. (Foreign income for human rights NGOs is far smaller.)

NGO Monitor remains silent on where its funds come from

Gerald Steinberg, vigorous persecutor of pro-Palestinian NGOs, who lost the case he brought to the European Court of Justice on transparency funding for such NGOs, remains tight-lipped on where he is finding the funds for his legal costs. Ali Abuminah reports.

European court throws out claim of secret funding of pro-Palestinian NGOs

Regular readers will be aware of the efforts of Gerald Steinberg, NGO Monitor, to prevent any EU funding going to NGOs which support any Palestinian rights and to (mis)represent his organisation as a neutral auditor of NGO funding. He has pursued his campaign all the way to the European Court of Justice. And lost. We expect transparency in his payment of the costs.

EU’s role in sustaining illegal settlements

22 NGOs, Christian and secular, have taken up what EU institutions have flunked: a campaign to press the EC and EU members to practise their policies on the illegality of Israel’s settlements and what they produce. CAABU media release plus excerpt from the report Trading Away Peace.

To engage with the other does not mean to submit

In 2001, Yossi Alpher and Ghassan Khatib came together to create bitter lemons, a publishing venture to present in the same space the voices of Israelis and Palestinians. It depended on EU funding, hard work and goodwill. Now one of those publications – the online magazine – is to cease. Israeli intransigence has been met with Palestinian withdrawal from joint enterprise. EU funders are stuck in the mould of restarting the ‘peace process’. Rosemary Hollis (1) analyses the reasons put forward by editors Yossi Alpher and Ghassan Khatib (2).

Swelling disquiet of Americans about racism in Israel

The mainstream of American liberal opinion was long reluctant to accept that Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands, its military rule there and its treatment of its Arab citizens did not allow it to be cherished as the ‘only democracy in the Middle East’. Now that has changed and one publication after another is issuing its discovery of the inequality at the heart of Israel. Here it’s progressive magazine American Prospect.

As a colonial state, Israel has never been a democracy

In this radio interview with ‘self-loathing Jew’ Joshua Holland, ‘anti-Semite’ Max Blumenthal explains with great economy and clarity why the batch of new laws in Israel is anti-democratic. Not really new as from the start Israel has been ‘a settler, colonial state that privileges the Jewish majority’, created through violence over the Palestinians

Opposition to settlements prompts new British group for Peace Now

New group ‘Brits for Peace Now’ says it believes settlements are ‘fundamental’ as a block to peace and a 2-state solution. Unlike JfJfP which is confined to Jewish signatories in order to make the point that Jews are opposed to the occupation and the Israeli government does not speak for all Jews, Brits for Peace Now will be open to all. Whether (2nd item) they really want to realise Herzl’s vision of Israel as a European nation and outpost of German Kultur is another matter.

Laws in Knesset like those from Apartheid S.Africa – former ambassador

Israel’s former ambassador to S.Africa recalls its laws designed to disable civil society, destroy community organizations and stamp out human rights. But, unlike the ‘strikingly similar’ laws being proposed in Israel, at least there was due process in the apartheid state.

Israel’s democracy being destroyed from the inside

The trickle of publications about actions by Israeli institutions which undermine the democracy of ‘the Middle East’s only democracy’ has become a torrent. Veteran critic Uri Avnery explains why the alarm is now truly well-founded

Two new bills to cut foreign funding of NGO work

A renewed effort by right-wing MKs to limit the role of NGOs in Israeli society by cutting funds from foreign donors has led to a sharp protest by 18 of the NGOs which keep Israeli society dynamic. They ask the international community to join their protest

Knesset moves again to outlaw Left activity

The Israeli Knesset, the “worst for democracy in the history of Israel”, is expected to to pass a bill making it a felony to support a boycott of settlement products . NGOs are covered by the bill, jeopardising their tax status.

Catastrophic crisis in Gaza medical care

Hospitals in Gaza are running out of medical stock, creating a ‘near catastrophe’ in care. Human rights groups urged to act, the Israeli blockade and the continuing stand-off between Hamas and Fatah are blamed

Days of rage – Palestine next time


Palestinian civil society groups are preparing for a day of mass sit-ins on 15 March, to protest the widening split between Palestinian political and resistance factions as Israel’s illegal occupation grinds on. The Electronic Intifada reports.

Monitoring the monitor…


NGO monitor has been the scourge of human-rights NGOs in Israel, accusing them indiscriminately of being anti-Israel, antisemitic, in the forefront of the campaign to delegitimise Israel and much else beside. It’s role in encouraging the Knesset to go the assault against these NGOs is also clear.
But who or what is NGO Monitor? The New Israel Fund poses some pertinent questions. Its posting is undated, and Yossi Alpher’s article was published in December 2009. But nothing has changed since; and the pernicious interventions of NGO Monitor need to be seen for what they are – an attempt to delegitimise criticism of Israel as such.