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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



This is a war crime Prime Minister

The treatment of Bedouin tribes, residents of Palestine long before Jews arrived, is legally and morally indefensible. Israeli governments invent post-facto laws declaring Bedouin don’t have the ‘necessary permits’ to live where they have always lived. A letter from B’Tselem clearly sets out where the state is acting illegally or in bad faith.

Mammoth bureaucracy that defines Palestinian life

The life of Palestinians in the occupied territories is minutely regulated by a huge bureaucracy of permits which they have to acquire for every movement. Where there is a mammoth bureaucracy there is corruption. Dr. Yael Berda explains how it works.

All Palestinians are criminals until they get the right permits

Apartheid has become the preferred term for some critics of Israel as the best label for Israeli/Palestinian relations. Irene Calis disagrees. Whereas white South Africans needed, and still need, black people as cheap labour, Zionist containment of Palestinians is merely an unfortunate by-product of creating a Jews-only state.

Christians welcome for Easter in Jerusalem – as long as not Palestinian

The legend of Palm Sunday is that Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey – signifier of peace as opposed to the horse, and in apparent fulfilment of the prophecy of Zechariah (9:9) – where he was welcomed by the people laying palm branches on the road before him. While foreign visitors are also welcomed to Jerusalem at Easter, Palestinian Christians are largely unable to get the permits they need from the civil administration that controls their movements.

Chained by paper

The massively labour-intensive, inefficient and unjust system of keeping Palestinians captive in designated zones and routes in poor, overcrowded housing and beyond the reach of basic services is largely accomplished through paper; documents, ID cards, permits… backed up by military force. In their new book, Nadia Abu-Zahra and Adah Kay (JfJfP signatory) describe how this keeps Palestinians, with nationality denied, unfree.

A vast and clumsy bureaucracy to control Palestinian movement

The attempts of Israeli state officials to control the movement of Palestinians have generated a huge and inefficient bureaucracy in which the clerk controls the Arabs but no-one is in charge of what the clerks do, how or why. Ha’aretz interviews the author of a new book on how it works – or doesn’t.