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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



Crash! I’m devoted to Israel and to modernity

Seth Anziska, in this talk to the Wexler Institute, wrestles with his commitment to the Jewish tribe and Israel and to modern liberal values, in particular the rights of Palestinians.

Amira Hass: face the facts Yehoshua

Writer AB Yehoshua, a long-term critic of the Occupation, argues that granting Israeli residency status to Palestinians in Area C would give them access to many rights until 2 states can be achieved. Amira Hass challenges his argument saying all it does is create yet another division amongst Palestinians – and many of his facts are wrong.

It’s OK to be anti-Israel

And to support BDS, which will make Israel a better place for everyone. Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace, sees JVP’S principle task of working with others to change the US attitude to Israel. In the process, JVP has created a new model for Jewish communal life.

Unless US/EU force Israel to be accountable no peace in sight

Regardless of how much land it seizes, how many Palestinians it imprisons, settlements it builds, international laws it breaks – there are no costs for Israel, hence its drift towards extremism. Whatever Palestinians do to assert and protect themselves, Israel will punish them and tensions will rise. This, says Ghassan Khatib, is inevitable. Only outside pressure might have an effect.

Skewering Palestinians with ‘Jewish state’ demand – an OCD

During decades of talks about talks between Palestinian and Israeli representatives, the Israelis had not demanded recognition as a ‘Jewish state’. Palestinian negotiators stated their recognition of the state of Israel at Oslo – so what’s new? The demand diverts attention from the key issues of borders, refugees and a Palestinian state; it invites international acceptance of racial discrimination inside Israel – who cares as long as Jewishness is hegemonic? It might scupper the Kerry talks. At the same time, evidence inexorably emerged that the Israeli state was created by extreme, illegal violence.

Israelis can’t see, and don’t want, a way to live with Arabs

A poll commissioned by Ha’aretz makes grim reading for anyone favouring a one-state solution. The hostility of the growing proportion of religious and right-wing Jews to acknowledging any rights for Palestinians in land controlled by Israel leaves only the secular Jews consistently standing out against apartheid practices.

Germans, Brits, Americans press Israel not to pass law on NGO foreign funding

Diaspora Jews and many others show concern for the future of Israel by giving money to NGOs. Some of these support Palestinian rights and peace groups – one of the few means by which Palestinians in particular can be effective in Israel. The proposal to outlaw such funding has caused sharp protest inside Israel and from donors

Diaspora Jews’ support for Palestinian rights: public meeting

Richard Kuper, former chair of JfJfP discusses the phenomenon of diaspora Jewish criticism of Israel’s policies towards Palstinians with David Landy, author of Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights, Zed Books at SOAS, London on 25 October 2011. (See article by David Landy on his book at