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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



The stuff on Israel which Americans may not see

Telling the truth may be a defence against a libel action; it is no defence against the multi-headed hydra which is the American lobby in the USA. Forget the rational argument of free speech; think the religiosity of blasphemy. In an excerpt from his chapter in ‘Israel and Palestine : alternative perspectives on statehood’ Richard Silverstein tracks how the Israel lobby demonises Palestinians and does all it can to prevent any less than adoring picture of Israel being made public.

BBC sweeps aside complaint of misleading interview about Rachel Corrie

Martha Kearney is one of the BBC’s most experienced presenters. Yet when interviewing Mark Regev in 2012 about Rachel Corrie’s death she treated him as an authority on the Israeli/Palestinia conflict. Both of them elided IDF and civilian deaths, IDF and the non-violent International Solidarity Movement. The BBC told complainers that factual errors did not mislead about the ‘overall situation’. As the overall situation is the occupation, this was the most misleading judgment of all.

We all remember Rachel Corrie, except for the driver who killed her and the soldiers who watched

Just over 10 years ago, on March 16 2003, a young woman from Olympia, Washington state, was crushed to death by an armoured Caterpillar bulldozer driven by a soldier who was trying to demolish the home of Palestinian Samir Nasralla. Rachel was working with International Solidarity Movement, using non-violent action to protect Palestinians’ homes. She is remembered with deep respect by many Palestinians and her parents have established the Rachel Corrie foundation to commemorate and continue her work.

Media verdicts on Corrie verdict

If there is a simple division on the verdict on the case brought by Rachel Corrie’s parents it is this: 1) Israel, and the IDF particularly, are above the law; 2) Pro-Palestinians exploited a naive young American for their own nefarious ends. Unable to come down on either of these sides, most US and Israel media have published no opinion. Remarkably, the story was the lead item on BBC radio on Tuesday. 15 items to choose from.

Judge rules Rachel Corrie, friend of terrorists, responsible for her own death

Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an armoured IDF bulldozer in March 2003. She was a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) trying to prevent the army from destroying Palestinian homes. Nine years later, a Haifa court judge has ruled that she had put herself in danger and was assisting unlawful combatants and so on both counts the IDF bore no responsibility for killing her. Her parents say they will appeal.

What US aid to Israel buys and why that never changes

Clive Hambidge of Facilitate Global looks at the huge sums of money American tax-payers give to Israel’s miltary, and at the many American laws and stipulations which that giving contravene. Do they know? Do they care?.