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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



Palestinian women rise up

Muslim women protest in front of the Lion

Religious Palestinian women are taking in active role in the protests at the Temple Mount, shattering stereotypes of Muslim women as docile and subservient. In the struggle of the Palestinian religious factions against Israel, the place of women has been missing from the battle. As opposed to Fatah and the left-wing factions, in which women often take an active role, religious Palestinian women are often left behind the scenes. The events of the last few weeks teach us, however, that the struggle over al-Aqsa is an exception.

Palestinian women praised but restricted

Once a year, on March 8th, Palestinian women are ritually praised as steadfast. Statistics show that more girls than boys stay in secondary education but have far lower rates of employment. The PA is lacklustre in passing women-friendly laws. Women’s freedom to travel is curtailed by Israel and Palestinian conservatism. Amina Hass plus.

Don’t stereotype Palestinian women

Hanan Zoabi is the first Palestinian woman to be elected to the Knesset, in 2009 for Balad, later the Joint List. She is seen as exceptional. But that’s because the west holds to fixed images of Arab women – passive, absorbed in family life, down-trodden. No, she tells Harriet Sherwood, her independence and political courage are not unusual – she’s part of the consensus.

Sexist violence in enforcing occupation

Palestinian women are notoriously more vulnerable to domestic violence than Israeli women. Further, the fear felt by women when the IDF invades their homes, the threats of rape of Palestinian women by Jewish men on social media, the display of Palestinian women as helpless and available … The American NWSA takes up the issue.

The young are coming out of a romantic notion of a national movement

“The intifada continues because we stopped listening to the president a long time ago” says one young woman. What is happening on the streets of towns and cities where Palestinians and Israelis move has defied all the security strategies of Abbas and Netanyahu leaving them helpless and easy prey to their rivals and critics.

Speak loudly and carry no stick

Here are statements and reports that have come from the FCO this year on the issue of Palestine/Israel. Denunciations of settlement building are frequent, displeasure at killing Palestinians occasional, warm support for steadfast Palestinian women is strong, proposals for change, nil. The mantra that peace will only come through negotiations is meaningless. See Arthur Goodman below. (NB Haaretz malware warning)

Uses and abuses of violence against women

honor diaries islamophobia

Richard Silverstein accuses the Clarion Project of making a film in ‘honour’ killings simply as a platform for their Islamophobia. (Studies of these murders of women link them to particular family forms and places, not religion.) But Palestinian / Arab women themselves are trying to make themselves heard about ‘honour’ killings and sexual abuse. We hear them in the posting below.

Mothers without services

Health, hygiene, homes, children’s education, marriage choice, — these are all services or rights without which it is very hard to be a home-based woman. Many Palestinian women have to find a way to make families and keep them well without the entitlements on which women elsewhere rely. WCLAC documents the difficulties and the costs to women’s health.