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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



Passover has lost its meaning

Zionism set out to create a modern redemption of the Jewish People but has steadily destroyed the integrity of our Passover remembrance. Celebrating this festival of liberation is communal hypocrisy writes Robert Cohen.

Welcome the Wicked Child this Passover

Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jews from a life of slavery. Robert Cohen looks at the story of the Four Sons told at the seder. He thinks the Wicked Son asks the question which best places us in the here and now, not as a people needing liberation but people whose most pressing question is ‘why can the people we hold in subjection not be freed?’

Tell old Israel to let Palestinian people go!

What a tragic irony that the songs many Americans used to sing at seder – Go Down Moses – as a recall of the time Jews were hold as slaves by Egypt’s Pharoah has now been reclaimed by young American Jews as a demand that the Palestinian people must be let go free. Passover this year is April 4-11.

Passing over a celebration of freedom to the bitter trap of victimhood

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Passover this year is sundown April 14 – sundown April 22. Its origin is a celebration of God’s help in freeing Jews from Egyptian slavery – a founding myth of Judaism and of Jews as being ‘chosen’. Robert Cohen questions the Jewish attachment to a myth of powerlessness while exercising considerable power over Palestinians. JfJfP adds “Pesach is about liberation, both physical liberation and mental liberation, including from outdated ideas and ways of thinking. It is also not possible to be free while other people are enslaved.”

Passover – cleansed, besieged, passed over

Passover ,or Pesach, 2013 begins on the evening of March 25 and ends on the evening of April 2. Today, it celebrates the freeing of Jews from slavery – a sign of God’s favour. Robert Cohen asks, in a poem, how it is possible to celebrate when others are being crushed in the name of Jewish liberation.

Passover and Easter bring fear and un-freedom to Israel and West Bank

Jews for Justice for Palestinians wish all our signatories, supporters and readers a Happy Passover and Happy Easter – where these can be observed in peace and freedom. But in Israel and the West Bank the festivities bring new restrictions for both Muslims and Christians. News and opinion from PNN, the Washington Post and +972 . In his Easter sermon about God acting in the world the Archbishop of Canterbury urges all concerned in Israel/Palestine to make room for those who believe in a God who acts for empathy and reconciliation as well as justice

For Passover let us return to our knowledge of exile and injustice

At the Passover Seder (Friday 6th April this year) Jews commemorate the Pharoah’s decision to free them from slavery, the ‘passing over’ of their houses of the plague that killed other first-born sons and their exodus from Egypt. Here Robert Cohen urges Jews to turn from the denial of the Pharoah-like injustice which makes Palestinians feel like strangers in their own land