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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



There REALLY is no peace process left

Might there “be a change of paradigm, a shift away from the two-state ideal to a civil rights struggle inside the single-state reality that exists on the ground” asks Jonathan Freedland in this pessimistic assessment. For there is no longer serious pressure for a peace agreement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – whether from within Israel, the Occupied Territories, or from the international community. It is, he says a “longest-running of dramas [a] story that refuses to have a happy ending. It remains a tragedy without end.”

The abandoned masses

Palestinian nationalism was a popular force which tied people and leaders together. That bond is broken in the West Bank and Gaza. With no political leadership there or, says Noam Sheizaf, in Israel, the region is ‘a pressure cooker’ of conflicting aims.

IDF pioneers total destruction tactic

The rubble from smashed up towns looks identical. It is the hallmark of the IDF, its power to turn a place of life and structures into death and wreckage. The mechanized assault on Jenin in 2002, the first of its kind, is revisited by Ilan Pappé.

Israel’s borders up for grabs

The first grabber is Naftali Bennett and the horde of settlers. They want to annex the West Bank making sure Israeli rule has no limit. Palestinians want, says Jonathan Cook, a liberation that will determine borders. Trump’s nonchalance has created a more fluid and dangerous landscape.

GOP no longer regards Israel as ‘occupier’

Shockingly, the Republican party (Grand Old Party- GOP) no longer sees Israel as an occupier or settlements on Palestinian land as illegal. Mitchell Plitnick says don’t despair – Trump is a wild card and a more pragmatic Left could shift the shape of things to come.

Abu Mazen – a good man in an impossible situation

When the loudest voices are of young Palestinians disparaging their president, Uri Avnery offers some rare praise for Abu Mazen. In the impossible situation he was put into he has managed to protect Palestinans and keep the peace. Few leaders could have done that.

Last of the possible partners

President Abbas is due to retire – no date given – and it is very unlikely that anyone as willing as he has been to negotiate with Israel will succeed him. Threatened by Hamas as well as Israel the PLO might only have paramilitary and intelligence forces to offer suggest Uri Savir.

PA’s work as Israel’s security officer to end

For once, the PA – in the form of President Abbas at the UNGA – and Hamas are of one mind: the Oslo accords have done nothing for Palestinian statehood and so the PA will cease acting as Israel’s security officer in the West Bank.

How Palestine had to make itself a security state

Palestine has now become a security state, argues this analysis from al-shabaka. The proportion of people employed in security is extremely high – and producing a security apparatus has been an Israeli demand in all negotiations. ‘Self-determination for the Palestinians went from being a right to a privilege that the PA had to demonstrate it deserved’ – by enforcing law and order.

Why the Palestinians don’t rebel


Predicting, threatening, waiting for a third intifada has been a motif in the analysis of Palestinian politics since the settlements became Israel’s primary project. Now Jamil Hilal gives his reasons why he thinks it can’t and won’t happen.

Only route to change – force Israel to change

And that is the one thing that no outside negotiator or lobbyist has been willing to do. Indeed, what they have in common, whether they are a Kerry, the EU or JStreet, is a refusal to support Palestinian resistance or rethink 2-states based on human rights law. Mitchell Plitnick suggests six points for a new 2-state plan.

How brave peace-makers became ‘criminals’

Uri Avnery looks back on the Oslo accords and what was achieved – not least Arafat’s recognition of Israel and his letting-go of most of the Palestinians’ claim to once Palestinian land. For from celebrating the size of this achievement for Israel – with scant reward for Palestine – the Israeli right is busy rewriting history – including omitting the critical fact of Israel reneging on its recent promised prisoner release.

Palestine’s sacrificial peace

In a long strategic look at Palestinians’ relations with their leaders, the UN, Israel, foreign governments, Richard Falk proposes that inter-governmental diplomacy is not a pathway to a just peace but a sinkhole for Palestinian rights not least because of Israel’s continuous inflation of its ‘security’ needs. If the Palestinians are to gain their independence they must continue with their ‘war’ for recognition and to gain control of the narrative.

‘The death of Rabin was the death of liberal Israel’

Yitzhak Rabin, twice Israeli Prime Minister, former IDF Chief of Staff, did not have a reputation as a diplomat or peace-maker, nor even a liberal (except in the Israeli sense that he was not religious). However as a pragmatist he did play a leading role in the Oslo peace accords – for which he was assassinated 18 years ago this week. As Faisal al Yafai reports, he is now mourned as the final liberal, and peace-hope, of Israel.

Breaking the Palestinian people into little bits

In this article for Al Ahram, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti analyses how and why ‘Oslo’ delivered gains to Israel and crushing losses to the Palestinians – in part because of the lack of strategic thinking by the Palestinians involved. “The peace process became an activity aimed to lead the Palestinians into a void where they would roam endlessly in the wilderness of Israeli procrastination” Plus his lecture to an Independent Jewish Voices meeting,

A defeated and self-serving leadership

In a sharp and angry analysis Ramzy Baroud recounts the ways in which Israel tried to create tame Palestinian leaders followed by the Oslo accords which created and entrenched cleaves amongst Palestinians and invented the office of PA President now held by a man who has no qualities of political leadership.

Oslo was a process to manage the conflict in interest of US and Israel – jettison it.

Professor Rashid Khalid is not afraid of making enemies – which is fortunate as he has a lot, especially in the US. In this wide ranging interview he speaks sharply of the Palestinians, Saudis, Qataris, the vast settlement-industrial complex and his old friend Obama. And why a peace process based on Begin’s idea of autonomy can’t work. Recorded 18 months ago, it is remarkably fresh – except that then he only fears a civil war in Syria might begin.

The Oslo grip: only revolt against their elite can revive Palestinians’ vigour

The Oslo accords entrenched the occupation, established an international complacency about 2-state negotiations, and created a new Palestinian elite whose status depends on the false independence of the Palestinian Authority. In his class analysis of the Oslo agreement, Adam Hanieh argues that only if the Palestinians continue to challenge their supine governing class can they regain the vigour of an independence movement.

Group of elders urges EU to ditch Oslo and start afresh

The European Eminent Persons Group – a network of elder statesmen – has sent a forthright letter to Lady Aston urging her, and the EU, to acknowledge that the Oslo process is dead, the US can’t broker peace and the EU should take the lead by recognising that Israel is an occupying power which western policy is entrenching.

The idea that two peoples who hate each other can live in one state is absurd

There have always been idealists who believe one democratic state for Israel/Palestine is the only hope – and fanatics who want one state in order to annihilate the other. Here Uri Avnery argues why, for him, the 2-state solution is the only realistic hope. Second, Haidar Eid argues that settlements and lack of negotiations have persuaded more Palestinian intellectuals and activists to consider the one-state route.