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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



No refugee return – ever

Avigdor Lieberman tells the Herzliya conference that no Palestinian refugee will ever be allowed to return to family land or home. The bombastic defence minister is in no position to make that promise. The right of return is fundamental to Palestinian political culture and has a role in his PM’s effort to forge an anti-Iran alliance with the Gulf states- none of which accepts refugees.

The Palestinian Refugees – 69 years and counting…

Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network, chose to mark Nakba Day by publishing a compilation of recent articles, looking at the unique difficulties of Palestinian refugees displaced across the Middle East – from becoming refugees a second or third time due to the ongoing Syrian civil war to over-researching camps “famous” for tragedy while under-researching other refugee situations and exile communities.

Palestinian refugees as pariahs

There is a long period of time in which Jews were often refugees. That became an integral element of Jewish tradition and in these days of upheaval Jews have often been at the forefront of welcoming refugees. EXCEPT – hundred of thousands of Palestinians languish in refugee camps, mainly in Jordan and Lebanon. Who cares? Robert Cohen argues that this deficit is because we’re trapped in our loyalty to Israel which makes it impossible to accept our complicity in the creation of the Palestinian refugee tragedy and makes us refuse to offer those refugees any safe place of refuge.

A Jew and his wife go to Israel

This is the diary Lady Antonia Fraser kept when she went to Israel with her lover, Harold Pinter, in May 1978, published in the Observer last Sunday. The visit made them both intensely aware of being and not being a Jew.

Decrepit leaders in decaying camps

It is thought there are about 4.5 million Palestinian refugees (original refugees plus descendants) living in camps in Jordan and Lebanon. (Most of the sizeable refugee populations in Iraq and Syria have made their way to safer camps.) Although the refugee issue is no longer top of the agenda, it is still a salient issue says the ICG in a new report. And first the separate, calcified camp leadership must be removed and refugees brought into the Palestinian national community.

Facing up to Palestinians’ demand to return

Uri Avnery, Irgun member turned peace activist debates with old friend Salman Abu Sitta, Palestinian refugee become successful businessman. While Uri sees no choice in fighting for the land in 1947-48 he asks – why could the refugees not return? Palestinian Salman is relentless: we were dispossessed – this is the one cause that matters and on which all else will be judged.

Asking Palestinian refugees what they actually want

Palestinian refugees are always on the list of matters to be resolved with Israel – for whose leaders they are a faceless, threatening mass. But what are the various options for refugees – scattered through Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Gaza? Paula Schmitt sets off to find out. Their degree of unhappiness and deprivation depends on where they are. The tired view that they have no home and no-one represents them is universal.

Right of return must also be choice to return

The Palestinian right of return is an absolute slogan for most Palestinians and Israelis – an idealised dream for one and an image of terrifying loss and revenge for the other. Behind the absolutes, Zochrot and academics have been exploring what it might mean in practice.To begin with, suggests Danny Rabinowitz, it should be the freedom to return – implying choice – rather than right.

Palestinians divided over Syria but unite against western intervention

For decades Syria has been a refuge for Palestinans, hosting the Hamas leaders and housing several hundred thousand in camps supported by UNWRA. But since Hamas abandoned Syria and President Assad in 2012 and successive regime attacks on Yarmouk refugee camp, Palestinians tend to have sided with the Syrian rebels in the name of pan-Arab liberation. Now the threat of western intervention has silenced the Palestinian critics of Assad.

The rejected: Syrian war forces Palestinians into overcrowded camps

While there has been a noisy campaign to abolish UNRWA, the agency which cares for 1948 Palestinian refugees, the number of such refugees has shot up because their once place of safety, Syria, has forced them to abandon what little they had and look for refuge in Lebanon. Jordan is accepting no more refugees. Israel, by definition, accepts no Palestinian refugees.

UN to blame for keeping Palestinians as refugees

Einat Wilf (2) is a sophisticated and combative MK; as a Harvard graduate, with further degrees from French and British universities, she talks the talk. But listen carefully, and the talk is always that on every issue the Arabs are wrong – which goes down well (1). They are most wrong on refugees on which the ‘self-serving’ UNRWA supports them. But in actuality an interview with Hazem Jamjoum on a visit to South Africa reveals how realistic Palestinians are about right of return. (3)

Palestinian refugee problem solved at a vote

Republican Senator Mark Kirk is, with other right-wing Americans, an enemy of the UN Relief and Works Agency(responsible for the welfare of Palestinian refugees). His amendment, passed by the Senate, demands that those in receipt of UNWRA aid be categorised by length of lineage to residence in Palestine. The result is likely to be a rhetoric denying the number of refugees and the size of UNWRA’s budget.

Simha Flapan, Birth of Israel – Myths and realities

Published by Pantheon Books 1987 Let us look briefly at these myths-and the realities: Myth One Zionist acceptance of the United Nations Partition Resolution of November 29, 1947, was a far-reaching compromise by which the Jewish community abandoned the concept of a Jewish state in the whole of Palestine and recognized the right of the […]