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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



Only Joint List broke deep gloom of election result


In Jenin when the Israeli election results were announced, Naomi Wayne did not share the indifference displayed by many of her Palestinan friends. Even if Likud’s win ‘only’ means more of the same, that can only mean freedom and living space for Palestinians will be further squeezed. But it will be seen by the right to give them licence to speed up their exclusion of Palestinians from living space and human rights. There was, though, the success of the Joint List to bring a little light in the gloom.

When will Bibi atone for his insult to Arab voters?

Despite Netanyahu’s hysteria-inducing message (Arabs are coming out in droves) it is estimated that 3-5% of Arab Israelis voted for Likud as usual because they have some personal link to the party though the large majority voted for Joint List. But all Arab-Israelis agree that there is deep inequality between their and Jews’ living conditions. They expect the PM to show his remorse or good will by actions to reduce the disparity.

Bibi says there will never be a Palestinian state. EVERYthing he says is a lie

Israeli analyst Shir Hever has no doubt that Netanyahu intends to run a racist, colonial regime. He thinks he will do so in a stable coalition with right-wing religious parties. That would leave Zionist Camp, not Joint List, heading the opposition. That removes the more liberal fig-leaf – and also the incentive to launch an another war on Gaza.

How could the media have been so blind?

The stunning mismatch between pollster and media predictions are explained in different way here: the last minute switch of opinion as voters scampered for safety with Likud; voters lying; polling errors magnified by Israel’s complex electoral system; commentator bias, out of touch with the hinterland and seeing what they wanted to see.

Time Americans stopped defending Israeli leaders

American Jewish organisations have constitutions committing them to opposing racism. American Jewish organisations responded to Netanyahu’s openly racist election campaign – by sending him their warm congratulations as a great leader. Some mistake surely? Jewish Forward calls out the hypocrites.

Israel chooses path to dystopia

Veteran peace activist Gershon Baskin is aghast at the election result and what the dumping of the two-state solution will mean for both Israelis and Palestinians. He thinks the only option left will be for everyone-but-Israel to support universal democracy throughout a single territory.

An election that shunned reality

Open Democracy discusses the Israeli election result with Amira Hass and Dr. Jamal Zahalka, MK and member of the Joint List. Amongst their points – most Israelis find the Occupation is a good thing for them, that the result was a product of popular racism and that the Joint List stood for a truly progressive position.

If after six years of sowing hatred and despair this is the nation’s choice then it is very ill indeed

Gideon Levy despairs of the Israeli people.

Despair is not an option

Everybody, including the pollsters, got it wrong (a lot of people must have lied about their voting intentions). Israeli voters on the whole share Netanyahu’s views on Iran and on Palestine. They are, in short, more right-wing and responsive to racist rhetoric than those longing for a change of government in Israel wanted to believe.