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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



Secret war against BDS supporters

This well-researched article by Uri Blau depicts a key Israeli ministry on a war footing. The dept. of strategic affairs does not brief politicians to answer Israel’s critics. Instead it compiles lists of all in and outside Israel of BDS supporters and tarnishes their image. Omar Barghouti is the first victim of this secret but bellicose effort.

Omar Barghouti is like every other Israeli

That is, he avoids paying all the income tax he is liable for. Richard Silverstein notes the glee this brings Barghouti’s enemies and that ‘every wealthy Israeli, and I mean virtually every one, has a tax avoidance strategy’.

Israel drops its mask – BDS grows

The heart of Israeli state bureaucratic control is the prevention of movement. With movement there are exchanges of information, emotion, publicity, plans. Omar Barghouti is well-known outside Acre, his home town, as co-founder and speaker on BDS. Now the bureaucracy which has swelled as its managers seek to control all movement has denied him a travel permit. It’s a form of house arrest but Glenn Greenwald managed to reach him for an extensive interview.

Action against Israel’s oppression goes mainstream

“Why should Israel, a nuclear power with a strong economy, feel so vulnerable to a nonviolent human rights movement?” asks Omar Barghouti, one of the best-known spokesmen for the BDS campaign. The movement has reached a tipping point; more and more diaspora Jews support it as do intellectuals and trade unions, firms and pension funds which observe basic ethical criteria. And the fact that the NY Times, with its large Jewish readership, should give Barghouti a prominent Op-Ed position, marks the status the movement has now achieved.

Should intellectual products be exempt from boycott?

Are intellectual products different from other products exchanged in the international market? Should national academic associations, such as the AAUP, take a position on which countries should be subject to boycott and on what criteria? Which is more likely to persuade Israelis to end the occupation – reading intellectuals’ arguments, or being immured in their desert fortress? The US Journal of Academic Freedom devotes an issue to these questions, plus notice of the Beyond the Stalemate conference, London October 13th.