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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



If he moves, lock him up

Yes, the Israeli state recognises the rule of law – and so invents a swath of ‘laws’ (military orders) to make any form of political expression by young Palestinians illegal. Addameer details these breaches of international law.

Amona settlers agree to move – to another illegal outpost

The outpost of Amona, near the Ofra settlement, is testing to the limit the willingness of the Israeli government to abide by its own rules. The Supreme Court ordered the demolition of this particularly aggressive outpost in 2014. It’s still there. The settlers see themselves as the vanguard for the Greater Israel – no place for Palestinians, or the rule of law.

Religious extremism is the new normal

If Israel had an equitable judicial system its prisons would have filled up with the young men of the extreme right. They feel no loyalty to the Israeli state, they terrorise Palestinians, they incite each other to more violence. Instead the prisons are full of Palestinians held without charge or trial. The US remains silent in face of the massive miscarriage of justice which is the judicial system.

Anti-boycott ruling opens all Israel to boycott

The Supreme Court ruling that Israel’s anti-boycott law applied to the oPt, not just those living in Israel proper has, effectively obliterated the Green Line demarcating Palestinian land. As such BDS supporters will have no reason to confine their efforts to Israeli products from the oPt. Plus Gideon Levy assails the failure of Israel’s courts to uphold human rights and the rule of law.

Respect for rule of law proclaimed as settlers leave Migron

Following a supreme court ruling last August that the illegal outpost of Migron be evacuated, the settlers began leaving this week in apparently peaceful respect for the rule of law. In one tiny place. That was before the price-tag attack on a Christian monastery – see post below. Reports from +972 and Al Jazeera

How land theft has become the ‘norm’ in Israel

The details of land transactions are complex but the reality is simple: claiming land for Israeli settlement or archaeological excavation proceeds without hindrance. What would be illegal in most countries has become ‘normative’ behaviour in Israel writes Akiva Elder

Israel on road to abandoning rule of law

Neve Gordon, former director of Physicians for Human Rights, argues that the boycott act is a turning point in the drive to crush Israeli human rights groups and, after the High Court of Justice has ruled it unconstitutional, to cripple the court

Matan Cohen legal appeal – £5,000 needed

MC eye (hosp)

Refusenik and activist Matan Cohen, who almost lost an eye after being shot in the face by a tear gas canister had his case dismissed by an Israeli judge – who further imposed a £13,000 fine for bringing a “frivolous” lawsuit. Matan needs to raise a £5,000 deposit in order to lodge an appeal against the ruling.

Israeli courts coming under increasing political pressure


Jonathan Cook argues that Israels’ courts are being increasingly ignored by the government and that the rule of law is being called into question. He reports: “Israel’s liberal Haaretz newspaper went further, warning recently that, in ‘slandering the judiciary’, government officials had provoked a crisis that could ‘lead to the destruction of Israeli democracy’.”