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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



Christmas in Bethlehem

Bethlehem, believed to be the birth-place of Jesus Christ, traditionally has a magnificent Christmas tree in Manger Square, erected in mid-December and following the Gregorian calendar. Most Palestinian Christians follow the Greek Orthodox tradition and celebrate on January 7th. JfJfP wishes all a peaceful and steadfast season.

No spirit of celebration in Gaza

Few Palestinians get the Israeli permits allowing them to travel to Bethlehem at Christmas – especially those living in Gaza. Although there are few Christians in the coastal strip, Christmas festivities and decorations were widely enjoyed – but not this year after the battering from the IDF, and growing intolerance from Hamas.

Palestinian Christians rebut Israeli propaganda

Many educated Palestinians seek to escape the Israeli stranglehold through emigration. It’s obvious why. But when those Palestinians are Christians the Israeli government asserts this because of relentless persecution by Muslims. Ben White reports.

Israeli Christians awarded with honour of not being classed as Arabs

Father (-ex) Gabriel Nadaf has received more publicity in the west than has the whole of the Melkite Greek Catholic church. That is because of his one-man mission to recruit (?, he’s a spiritual minister) Palestinian Christians into the IDF. He is doing what the Israeli state wants – dividing Palestinians and making Christianity a cheerleader for ‘the Jewish state’. Jonathan Cook explores the fault-lines.

Palestinian Christians struggle for freedom in ‘holy land’

Easter – which this year happens to have coincided with Passover – has traditionally been a time to focus on the state of Christian worship in its birthplace, Palestine. Despite the marriage of convenience between the right-wing forces among American evangelical protestants and Israeli Jews, Palestinian Christians (of the foreign, i.e. indigenous sort) share the persecution that Israelis and fundamentalist Islamists show their enemies, not the comradeship of shared religion or nationality.

Christians blocked, bullied and blasted away from holy sites at Easter

What is the collective noun for Palestinians? Terrorist threat. As thousands tried to make their way to Christian churches in Jerusalem in particular, they found their way barred by police. Foreign pilgrims were caught up in what looked like a ‘kettling’ operation. But so normal is this impediment to free movement that when the UN’s special envoy found himself blocked, the police dismissed his complaint as a ‘micro-incident. They do not not know what normal freedom is.

Palestinian Christians look to liberation theology for faith and protest

Palestine has the longest history of Christianity in the world. It has survived the Crusades (Christian in name, W. European in fact), Saladin’s counter-invasion and capture of Palestine, the Ottoman empire and the creation of the excluding Jewish state of Israel. Their form of Christianity has been Roman Catholic or Greek Orthodox giving them less in common with Protestant evangelicals than with Jews. They have turned to liberation theology as the richest combination of faith and political protest.

Reasons for boycotting Israel: Catholics from southern Africa speak

Why boycott Israel? Is Madonna planning to perform in North Korea? Rihanna in Sudan, or Elton John in Iran? No. Israel is the only one of the repressive nations which claims to live by western standards of democracy and the rule of law. At least Israel’s occupation does not discriminate – Christians are as oppressed as Muslims. Southern Africa’s Catholic Weekly makes the case for boycott.

Remembering – and arming against – Nakba Day

The IDF gears up for violence on Nakba day (3), Palestinian Christians hold a peaceful commemoration (4) and PSC holds a protest outside Downing Street at which Diana Neslen of JfJfP gives a moving speech about memory and exile (1 & 2). Haaretz declares Israel should acknowledge the Nakba as part of its history (5).Tel Aviv students defy education minister to hold ceremony (6).

We Christians attest to the falsity of Ambassador Oren’s assertion

Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the US, tried to block a TV programme on Palestinian Christians, then in print and interviews he insisted that if Christians are suffering it is because of Muslim aggression. Here Philip Farah says “There is no difference at all in the degree of suffering that Palestinian Christians and Muslims are experiencing under Israel’s long military occupation. To suggest that Palestinian Christians are doing well under Israeli domination couldn’t be further from the truth.”

A cry of hope in the absence of all hope

The status of Arab Christians in Israel and their approach to how they want to live in their homeland is again at the centre of controversy. Because of the many references to their defining statement, the Kairos Palestine Document, we reproduce it in full here.