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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



American presidents? They’re all the same.

An opinion poll just carried out amongst Palestinians shows the usual Palestinian/Israeli gulf. The gut Palestinian feeling that American presidents are all the same may be true – the settlements continue. The fact that they attribute this to ‘the Jewish lobby’ is a problem. What of the military industrial complex, US strategic interests in the MidEast, the cheerleading for Israel role of right-wing Christians. Jews may be pre-eminent in some areas, finance or media ownership, but most American capital is owned and controlled by white Americans of Christian heritage.

No-choice settlement workers

The argument most often put forward by owners of settlement businesses is that the first to suffer would be Palestinians who provide them with their labour force. But the paucity of work in the oPt leaves them with little option.

Name and shame the settlement investors

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Israel pays a very high price for its settlements in money and, most of all, in reputation. So though the money may lure companies beyond the Green Line the loss of reputation is often not worth it. Dimi Reider comments on Occupation Inc.

What is it about ‘label’ they don’t understand?

The accurate labelling of place of origin of goods for sale has long been an EU rule. Israel’s attempt to pass off goods produced in settlements – illegal by all standards – as made in Israel is a scam. Many in Israel and the US Congress regard this application of law as an antisemitic boycott of all Israeli products. Read the label!

Get your business out of the oPt says Human Rights Watch


A report from Human Rights Watch [see posting below] directly accuses firms which operate in settlements of perpetuating and profiting from the illegal occupation. Many responses. Those from Salon and Christian Science Monitor posted here.

Israel’s pro-settler policy backfires


Whether or not the resolution by the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council has an effect will largely depend on whether European consumers choose to shun those labelled ‘made in the oPt’. Israeli ministers as usual reacted hysterically citing European persecution of Jews as the cause of the resolution.

Label – or boycott

The policy of the EU to distinguish between products from Israel-proper and products from the Palestinian territories is chugging its inexorable way through all EU bodies . Here is the resolution passed by the Foreign Affairs Council on January 18th defining policy towards Israel/Palestine. It includes a clause on the need for Israel to distinguish between its own and illegal-settlement produce – and for both sides to be serious about 2-states.

What hope for the Joint List?

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In 2015, Israel ushered in the most right-wing government in its history. But the same election produced another notable outcome: for the first time, Arab parties joined in a bloc with the sole Jewish-Arab party, Hadash, to form the Joint List, with 13 seats in the current Knesset, making it the third largest party and second largest in the opposition.

Ayman Odeh, Chair of the Hadash party and head of the Joint List, is interviewed on a wide range of issues by Mitchell Plitnick.

Congress passes laws to counteract US settlements policy

Lara Friedman’s piece for American for Peace Now might read like a text for policy wonks. It’s important. She noticed that Congress – both houses – had passed, without fanfare, various bits of legislation that prohibits ANY restrictions on trade. This means that government policy on not recognising settlements as part of Israel is effectively undermined. AIPAC is named as the initiator of the legislation. We have added some notes to make it a little clearer.

Settlers demand apartheid road network

Ma’an reports that a group of settlers is demanding that Palestinians be banned from ‘settlers” roads, presumably forcing Palestinians in the oPt to use what are in effect dirt tracks – or not travel at all. Because of the knife attacks, more and more measures are being taken to wall Palestinians in.

Israel to ban entry to all boycott supporters

Israel’s 2011 law against all who call for boycott against Israel, its institutions or ‘an area under its control’ is likely to be brought into force now that the EC has published its guidelines on importing settlement goods. This will mean the security services compiling a list of all those persons who have been associated with a call for the boycott of anything from Israel or the oPt.

Progressive Even on Palestine

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It used to be said of Jews that they were PEP – Progressive Except on Palestine. The recent poll by Ipsos Mori on British Jews and Israel shows a significant shift; they are very disturbed about Israel’s policies towards Palestinians, especially the building of settlements in the oPt. They see this as an incongruity in a country for which they otherwise feel pride and loyalty.

Cries of ‘antisemitism’ and ‘boycott’ at EC demand for labels

Were it not for the blind hatred of the Israel’s PM claim that a Palestinian nationalist had incited the Nazis to genocide, we might think the Israelis protesting about settlement labelling were being disingenuous. Surely they have got the point that the long-presaged EC guidelines on labelling are in line with the long-held EU ruling that the settlements are illegal. Yet with the honourable exception of Barak Ravid, most Israeli journalists don’t have a clue how the EU works or what its decision-making bodies are. They don’t grasp that the EC is not picking on Israel alone as a country ‘in conflict’. It is responding to the fact that Israel is its one trading partner to keep another country under occupation. So Israelis carry on convincing themselves that all things European are inherently antisemitic.

Israel plays a false waiting game

An influential article in Foreign Affairs by Nathan Sachs argues that Netanyahu does have a strategy – it is to wait for an opportune moment for peace moves. Lara Friedman of Americans for Peace Now disagrees: Israeli politicians are not waiting but actively building blocks to prevent the possibility of peace with Palestinians.

Child breadwinners – the ones settlements like to employ

Child labour is common across Asia as it was in Britain until the raising of the school-leaving age. Settlements are different only in that if the settlers had stayed in Israel proper they would not be allowed to use child labour or the range of dangerous pesticides and sexual assault the Palestinian workers are exposed to. Reports from Human Rights Watch and DCI-P.

Teaching hatred on the West Bank


We often hear Palestinian textbooks being accused of teaching hatred. As we reported back in 2013 in Israeli textbooks also obliterate ‘the other’, Israeli textbooks can be pretty shabby. Now, from the Yesha Council comes Occupation Shmuccupation a pure “hasbara booklet for kids” designed to incite hatred, not just of “Arabs” but of Israeli “left-wing organisations” as well.

Story by Ben Norton on Mondoweiss.

British tax payers’ money is funding the illegal settlements


UK registered charity, Toremet, is run by Jonny Cline who previously stood on Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home list in Israel’s 2013 municipal elections. A study by Ben White reveals that Toremet is acting as a conduit for donations to Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Since settlements are illegal under international law, Chris Doyle, Director of Caabu (Council for Arab-British Understanding), said “charities have a duty not to assist in the violation of such laws”, and urged the Charity Commission to “take immediate action.”

Collective punishment by IDF and settlers

First there was the settlement ,Kedumim, built on their land, then the wall, cutting the small town of Kafr Qaddum off from its neighbours; then the IDF cut their water supply then settlers damaged their transmission tower cutting off their electricity supply. As Kafr Qaddum is one of those Palestinian towns which has sustained a defiant protest for 13 years about the loss of its land it is hard to read these attacks as anything but collective punishment – the smallest babe and frailest old person need water and electricity – for the defiance of the young people.

Be careful what you wish for

Palestinian commentator Daoud Kuttab on recent developments in Israel/Palestine.

While many Palestinians are giving up on a two-state solution because of Israeli intransigence, so too are many Israelis pushing to annex the West Bank, an idea that is now entering mainstream Israeli politics. It won’t of course be a one-state, secular democratic annexation…

Orange breaks its dangerous liaison with Israel

Stephane Richard, CEO of telecoms giant Orange is on damage-limitation duty after he said that the firm is pulling out of Israel (via franchise company Partner which operates in settlements). His decision was immediately interpreted as political – causing dismay, anger, embarrassment. Richard insists it was a business decision and that Orange is in Israel to stay. It’s the common interpretation that BDS had claimed another scalp that is interesting.