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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



PA ends security pact with Israel

Since 1995, as part of the Oslo agreements, the Palestinian Authority has provided the political policing of the West Bank working with the IDF’s admin unit, COGAT. Since the Al-Aqsa gates debacle, the PA has become more outspoken and has announced it is ending its work with COGAT which aims to “consolidate the colonial system through illegal settlements.”

If not now, when?

Mahmoud Abbas has chosen now to write a succinct Op-Ed on why now is the time. For Palestinians it’s now because of the referral to the International Criminal Court. By enclosing the Palestinian demand for statehood tightly within a framework of international law he hopes, at the least, to wrong-foot those who oppose the demand. Gershon Baskin comments on Abbas’ argument. He believes that disputed issues can be resolved, if the negotiations are conducted in secret.

Lost leader who lied and inspired

Yasser Arafat, PLO president and Fatah leader, died 10 years ago, on November 11 2004. In this essay, Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi examine why such an unprepossessing man exercised an authority that has not been replicated.

Palestinians need sovereignty not ‘aid’

Oslo succeeded in one thing: creating and keeping alive a set of subservient junior officers to manage Palestinian society in Israel’s interest. Money sent to the PNA, for instance, merely finances continued colonisation. OpenDemocracy article.

Expanding Israel in maps

Despite innumerable diplomatic and political reproaches and votes of censure from EU, UN and even US bodies, Israeli encroachment on, and seizure of, Palestinian land has been continuous since 1967 with two breaks: the withdrawal from Gaza, 2005, and the Oslo Accords which made the small enclaves of Areas A and B off-limits to Israelis.

How and why we came to govern Gaza

This is the 2nd part of the interview with Khaled Meshaal, Hamas leader, in which he speaks about the organisation, factional struggles, taking part in politics and the independence of local acts of resistance. It takes place 9 months before the launching of Operation Cast Lead which he clearly did not anticipate.

Israel’s victory tools: trap Palestinians in warehousing and despair

In a dense and hard-hitting interview, Jeff Halper tells Frank Barat that the Israelis, with US complicity, have confined Palestinians to the enclaves of Areas A and B. Their policy is of Judaisation and warehousing. The PA cannot lead resistance – Fayyad is happy with non-territorial free trade. The Palestine left will not even recognise or work with the non-Zionist Israeli left. An inclusive Palestinian lead is needed.

Put this creature out of our misery says PA co-creator

!n 1995 Yossi Beilin and Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) drew up the framework agreement between the PLO and Israeli government which was to lead to the establishment of two states. Here Beilin argues that it has been sabotaged by extremists on both sides and Abu Mazen should and could declare the end of the Oslo peace accord and break the deadlock by winding up the PA. Apart from +972 there has been no response in the region.

Calling Netanyahu’s bluff with ten clear questions

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to meet with Canada’s Stephen Harper on March 2nd on his way to meet President Obama. The group Canadians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East has prepared this list of ten questions that should be put to him there – or anywhere.

Settlements head proposes Israeli sovereignty – and citizenship – in 2/3 West Bank

The former head of Yesha Council – body for all settlement councils – has proposed that Israel take full control of all of Area C – where it currently exercises security powers – and makes Palestinians in the area Israeli citizens. There would be no right of return This is the fourth proposal this week for Israel to break the status quo, with, apparently, the support of some IDF personnel..

Jerusalem Post uses Norway’s tragedy to say ‘we told you so’

In a peculiarly unpleasant editorial, JPost not only blames Norway for inviting violence with its ‘dogged pursuit of peace’ – but also recruits Amartya Sen as a fellow-critic of multiculturalism. For what Sen actually believes, read the two articles that follow

Israel prefers the rule of the forces of disorder rather than that of PA police

Take an area where traditional heads of household have been dispossessed of all political and economic authority, add guns and drugs, take away any police authority and you are left with the violent chaos that is the Palestinian village in Area B