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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



Thuggish choke on Palestinian media freedom

COGAT, the governing force in the oPt does not have a delicate mode. When it wants to stop Palestinians making things public its forces ransack offices, smash machinery, confiscate equipment and arrest people for incitement viz telling it how it is.

Fatah, Hamas go for total knowledge control

Two highly reputable NGOs, Amnesty International and Addameer, have produced reports which voice anger and dismay at the inability of the Palestinian Authority in general and Pres Abbas in particular to accept any criticism in any form. Abbas whizzed through a new law against electronic crimes, meaning disturbing ‘national unity or social peace’ on Facebook or websites. That seems to have everything covered.

Operation target journalists

If truth is the first casualty of war then those who record the truth embody the first casualty. Palestinians have learned that their best weapons of defence are sight and sound recorders. Here The Media Line casts a jaundiced eye over the denial of free speech throughout the MidEast.

No freedom of speech in the oPt

People living in the oPt – occupied Palestinian territory – are starved of information by both the Palestinian and Israeli authorities. Both fear that free reporting would damage their authority. Hamas, the PNA and Israel all enforce restrictions which Israel, at least, would not dare enforce on its home ground.

Journalists more dangerous than terrorists

The success of BDS has largely been due, says Dr Daud Abdullah, to the collaboration of citizen journalists and media networks in the occupied territories. Hence Israeli repression putting it between Uganda and Gabon in the RSF’s 2016 press freedom ranking. With 19 Palestinian journalists under arrest claims of a free press are untrue.

Foreign press accuse police of violent attacks

This consists of a series of statements issued by the Foreign Press Association – a body set up to help foreign journalists working in Israel – in the last year. Increasingly, they report violent assaults by the border police. They have also been summonsed to the Knesset to answer charges of bias against Israel. Will this lead to self-censorship?

Marching in the wrong name

The mass ‘Je suis Charlie’ demonstration, asserting the right to free expression, however offensive, betrays an awful lack of critical thought. No-one believes anyone has the right to publish or say in public anything they please. Britain has laws prohibiting blasphemy, ‘glorification’ of terrorism and incitement to racial hatred and sporadic campaigns against the Sun’s Page 3. The purpose of the march was to demonstrate the superiority of European over ‘Islamic’, albeit in its Islamist form, culture.

Secret police hold Palestinian journalist in secret

Palestinian activist-journalist Majd Kayyal

As Richard Silverstein notes, ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ has been holding a young Israeli journalist since April 12, initially in secret – a gagging order was imposed on the press and denied access to lawyers. The gagging order is lifted but he is still confined in a cell with no bed or window. His supposed crime? He travelled to Lebanon, and he’s an Arab/Palestinian citizen.

Hamas closure media outlets sparks defence of press freedom

Hamas has again tried to shut up journalists in Gaza, this time by closing the offices of several news outlets including Ma’an and al-Arabiya. The news they object to is anything which ‘weakens the resistance’ – this time news of contacts between Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and people in Gaza and with Israeli sources of information. Their action has prompted protests from Palestinian journalists and human rights groups.

Truth as the first casualty

Whether the remark ‘truth is the first casualty of war’ is attributed to 5th C Aeschylus, 20th C Senator Hiram W Johnson or anyone else, the 2013 Press Freedom Index, confirms the axiom, especially if dictatorship is counted as war against the people. Because of conflict, neither Palestine nor Israel scores well, but whereas Israel has dropped 20 places, Palestine, rarely among Arab countries, has risen 7 places.

Risks of getting the news for Palestinian journalists

There can be no good government without good questions being asked, and relayed, about what is going on. There is no shortage of curious and courageous Palestinian journalists; but security authorities in Israel, the PA and Hamas are too likely to see them as traitors, enemy agents – or unwelcome truth-tellers. These are just a selection of the very many items available.

Violations of press freedom by Israeli and Palestinian authorities in OPT

This posting on violation of press freedom In Israel and the occupied territories is an adjunct to the posting below on freedom of speech in Turkey and Israel. It includes a link to the 2011-12 Press Freedom Index and some interesting/disturbing comments on th effects of popular uprisings.

Can the ugly settlers be cut cleanly out of Israel’s body?

The refusal by American author Paul Auster to visit Turkey because it lacked free speech, in contrast to Israel, has created a bloggers’ flurry. At heart is how one regards the occupation: an aberration which could be put right by serious negotiations, something that begun in 1967 since when it has been damaging Palestinians and Israeli politics or that ‘the Occupation IS Israel’ and has been since its foundation.