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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



Peace activist unites Israel and the PA (they both want him in gaol)

Isso Amro, an internationally acclaimed nonviolent activist in Hebron who has written for the Forward, has been arrested by Israel numerous times. He is currently awaiting trial before an Israeli military court on charges that Amnesty International calls “baseless and politically motivated.” But on Sunday, Amro was detained not by Israeli troops but by Palestinian ones. When it comes to subjugating Palestinians, argues Peter Beinart, Israeli-Palestinian cooperation is alive and well.

Is non-violence a new, hopeful model?

Palestine Monitor interviews Mustafa Barghouti about the peaceful mass protest outside Al Aqsa. He disagrees with those who saw it as a wholly religious initiative as secular people were alongside the religious – achieving a unique unity. He believes it lifted the dead feelings of depression and hopelessness, that it worked and hopes it will spread as the mode of resistance. It depends on the party factions….

Issa Amro charged with ‘hurting a soldier’s dignity’

Issa Hamro has done exactly what the political doctor ordered: opposed the Israeli occupation with an absolute commitment to non-violence. No trumped up charges of terrorism can be brought against him. That doesn’t inhibit Israeli authorities from frequently arresting “the Palestinian Gandhi”. His latest trial has just opened.

Law better than war for Israel and Palestine

Luis Moreno Ocampo completed his term as first Chief Prosecutor for the ICC in 2012. He is one of the few people who has a true knowledge of global trends, shown in his interview with The Media Line. It is centred on his view of how Israel and Palestine can both change with the ICC’s recognition of Palestine’s statehood.

Resolute non-violence

Youth Against Settlements is a very unsettling group for those who need Palestinians to be violent terrorists. The group has grown from seven to over 50 in a few years and drew a rally of 25,000 to protest against the assault on Gaza – all from a premise of not using violence. That is despite the fact that the Jewish settlers, often violent, are subject to civilian law while the Palestinians, however peaceful, are governed by martial law.

Flotilla powered by hope

Several ships have gathered at Messina, Sicily, preparing to sail to Gaza. The purpose is to bring hope to the people of Gaza that they can be reached, they have not been forgotten. All activists have done training in non-violence should they be attacked by the IDF.

UK can and should recognise Palestine

The UK’s former Consul-General in Jerusalem, Sir Vincent Fean, argues here that, though there is little to be done to improve Palestinian-Israeli relations, the little Britain could do is recognise Palestine as a state. Amongst other gains, this would confirm the Palestinian non-violent path and have an impact in the EU.

The movie that shows that non-violence is not an option for Palestinians

A documentary film about the village of Bil’in, long famed for its determination to use only non-violent resistance in its determination to preserve itself — undivided by the Israeli Wall — as a Palestinian village shocks even the knowledgeable journalist Gideon Levy. The IDF’s violence is forced on the villagers. Perhaps the film might even alert Israelis to what is being done in their name, however much they prefer not to know.

Other people’s struggle; being of use or abusing Palestinians’ right to act

Here are two thoughtful pieces on ‘solidarity’ work with Palestinian struggle. For Linah Alsaafin, the pressure for Palestinians to engage only in non-violent action is unacceptable. For Richard Falk, Palestinians’ right to choose their forms of resistance is beyond question, but solidarity activists also have to choose how to assail the oppressor from bearing witness to exposing western hypocrisy about violence.

Palestinians to seek moral majority at Security Council November 11

The UN Security Council is expected to vote on 11 November whether to recognize Palestine as a member state, 1st, 2nd article. 3rd, in interview on Jordanian TV President Abbas assesses all he achieved by non-violent means – apart from the still-elusive national independence

Each Israeli action creates support for BDS – a strategy, not a goal

Nadia Hihab is co-director of Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network and is on the advisory board of US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. The BDS campaign, initiated and led by Palestinian civil society, is the best alternative to ‘a sterile, U.S.-Israeli led process’ and a means for Palestinians to work together. All can support it, she argues, as a means to Palestinian self-determination

How we might act in September

Tamar Fleishman, a member of Machsomwatch which checks the checkpoints, looks ahead to September and back to one remarkable display of non-violent solidarity to imagine how Palestinians might act at the time of the UN vote on recognising Palestine as a state