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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



Can national liberation still be the Palestinian goal?

Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi, old hands in the peace process, say the PLO leadership is past its sell-by date – and with it, the idea of a national liberation movement. Yet Palestinian political identity is growing stronger and that will need forms of political expression.

Not a wall but a business opportunity

It is the 12th anniversary of the legal opinion from the UN’s International Court of Justice that the wall being built by Israeli agencies is illegal. This should have been enough to warn all to have nothing to with it. Instead, says the PLO, states refuse to recognise the ruling and companies compete to provide material for the wall.

Dead politics, vital culture

Palestinians have little regard for the national political leadership which operates in their name. Jamil Hilal analyses the PLO’s loss of national authority and points us to the energy of the artists and writers.

Secret PA talks offer denied

Saeb Erekat, former negotiator, now PLO secretary general denies that he proposed secret talks with Israel. But former Israeli negotiator Silvan Shalom, says the PLO proposal was rejected by Israel, in secret, so the US would blame Palestinians, not Israel, for no negotiations.

Enough of the Great Stink

No-one chooses to live in a refugee camp. Over 1.5 million Palestinians have no choice and such camps, many of them in Lebanon have been their home since 1948. Under UNRWA’s aegis, most are run – or not – by sectarian Palestinian factions. A Norwegian student finds that Burj Al-Barajne is one of the worst.

PLO: should they go or should they stay?

Al Shabaka rounds up eight Palestinian political intellectuals to debate the PLO: should Palestinians create a wholly new body better able to represent Palestinians and advance the Palestinian cause, thus countering the despair they feel? Or would losing the PLO mean losing the only body with international recognition? Can it be reformed into a leadership body without corruption? Al Shabaka starts the debate.

Abu Mazen – a good man in an impossible situation

When the loudest voices are of young Palestinians disparaging their president, Uri Avnery offers some rare praise for Abu Mazen. In the impossible situation he was put into he has managed to protect Palestinans and keep the peace. Few leaders could have done that.

All Palestinians suffer because of Fatah-Hamas rift

The Hamas/Fatah rift which is devastating the possibility of Palestinian political leadership cannot be said to be a political split. From this interview with Hanan Ashrawi, we learn it’s more to do with each group defending its own interests. She tells it like it is.

Lost leader who lied and inspired

Yasser Arafat, PLO president and Fatah leader, died 10 years ago, on November 11 2004. In this essay, Hussein Agha and Ahmad Samih Khalidi examine why such an unprepossessing man exercised an authority that has not been replicated.

Colonial regimes breed anti-colonial resistance

Let’s stop arguing about who started it and look at the context writes John Judis. That is one of colonial power and expanding Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories. Both the PLO and Hamas have been willing to negotiate a truce on condition of Israel ending its siege and occupation. But Israel is becoming more and more intransigent about its right to rule all Palestinians.

Agenda: Fatah/Hamas reconciliation, armed resistance, PLO reform

Talks are proceeding in Cairo between top representatives of Fatah and of Hamas. Some issues are straightforward – importing building materials – and some have previously brought talks to an end – how Fatah and Hamas can have a productive and co-operative co-existence . But recent agreements between the two groups and an agreement to reform the PLO suggest the auguries are better this time.

78:22 – the formula which could have resolved the tragic clash of two impotent peoples

The heritage of those in Israel/Palestine cannot be traced through time on the land; it comes direct from European antisemitism and imperialism leading to ‘this tragic historical clash’. Tony Klug pinpoints the moment in 1988 when Palestinians accepted a two-state solution and the clash could have been disarmed. Disastrously for themselves, Israelis act as though this never happened. 2nd, MJ Rosenberg has pointed out the significance of the Palestinian acceptance of 78:22. Religious readers will know the Biblical 78:22 (Psalms) cries: ‘Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:’ Perhaps ‘they’ had more sense than today’s religious zealots.

Lost life and authority of the PLO

Dr. Mohsen Salah sets out a 5-point critique of the PLO, including its lack of function and purpose and its exclusive membership. Only overcoming its sectarianism will give it new life. Posted below, a diatribe against the PA and PLO by Khalid Amayreh who, within the hate-speech, makes the same point: Islamic politics must be recognised and represented.

USA tells European governments not to support PA statehood bid

While the PLO expects the UN General Assembly to vote on Palestinian statehood on November 29 (2nd), Harriet Sherwood, Guardian, has seen a memo (‘private correspondence’ from unnamed American official) to European governments pressing them not to support any independent UN move by the PA. The US has put all its eggs in the ‘negotiate 2 states’ basket but diplomats criticise the PA for not engaging in serious diplomacy.

A revived PLO likely to embrace non-violent action and an Islamist faction

The importance of the PLO has dwindled in the last 25 years except for the members who are involved in the PA. Made up of many different groups, its dominant group, Fatah, has had a long enmity with Hamas, which is not in the PLO. Now PLO-Hamas talks and the success of non-violent actions might bring results, suggests Daoud Kuttab, reviving the PLO and the notion of one voice for the Palestinian people.

Doing, representing, belonging: dilemmas of being Palestinian

As in the post below by Ramzy Baroud, Rabab Abdulhadi is wondering about how Palestinians should organise themselves for liberation. Acting on the principle of the indivisibility of justice – meaning how Palestinian you are is not a criterion for belonging – she looks at a variety of struggles — from armed resistance through BDS to ‘stay-puts’ against eviction – all behind the leadership of a reinvigorated PLO.

Hamas leader supports two states and Arab Spring in Palestine

In a interview with AP, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (or Meshal) speaks in favour of two-state soution and the ‘tsunami’ power of non-v iolent popular protest. The interview took place in Cairo where Hamas and Fatah are having unity talks

UNESCO welcomes Palestine, US punishes UNESCO


The members of UNESCO voted to admit Palestine on Monday October 31 leading to the US deciding not to make its $60million contribution, 1st. (A clause in the 1990 Appropriations Act forbids giving money to any UN body which accords member status to the PLO, 2nd). All see it as a sign of things to come

Young Arabs change the options for Israel and Palestine

The Arab Awakening has broken all the rigidities of regimes round the southern and esstern Mediterannean. In this (abbreviated) essay, Tony Klug clesely examines the options now facing Israel and the Palestininans – including Hamas which must, he says, ‘openly purge its Covenant of its virulently anti-Semitic content’

A gamble to take one step forward, or the PA’s call to get its authority entrenched?

Graham Usher analyses the changes in the state of play which may follow from the request for statehood recognition by the UN, including a revival of mass action. Second, Omar Barghouti spells out the hostility felt by many Palestinians to what they see as the weak and appeasing role of the PA, exemplified by their desire for UN recognition and for more negotiations with Israel