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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



Big powers unite against Hamas and Qatar

Saudi Arabia, home of the most illiberal policies, is leading the drive to isolate Hamas (not known for its liberal policies either). Abbas follows in the Saudis’ wake; his aim is to bring Hamas under his control which would please Israel. None of these bodies has a strategy for breaking the Israeli siege. Tareq G. Baconi thinks they want the siege to continue until Hamas is broken.

Despite UN+ deal, siege on Gaza tightens

The Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM) was brokered between the UN, PNA and Israel. In a bitter irony it has allowed Israel to declare more materials as having ‘dual use’ and so prevents its transport into Gaza. Palestine Monitor on a report from Oxfam.

The illegal closure of Gaza


An up-to-date legal statement from Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights elaborates and corroborates the case put forward by Gisha (Legal Center for Freedom of Movement) in 2008 that “The closure of Gaza is neither a siege, nor a blockade, nor an economic sanction – it is an illegal act of collective punishment and stands in violation of both international and Israeli law”.

Collective punishment of Gaza

Collective punishment is illegal. It is being visited on Gaza with the failure of the promises to rebuild the shattered economy and infrastructure, with thousands still homeless. A few charities struggle to help. Mohammed Omer appeals to Pres. Obama to intervene. Help means confronting Israel to lift the siege and to Hamas to stop the needed building materials being diverted to building military tunnels.

Hebron villages held under military siege

Military rule has operated over the Hebron district for several months. Soldiers act with impunity; economic life is almost impossible. The death toll, and anger, rise daily. Nationally, 135 Palestinians had been shot dead by December 31st. The number has risen since then. No deaths of Jews from Palestinian stabbing have been recorded since November 23rd.

Am I not human too?

A young woman from Gaza does everything expected of her to be a good citizen — she votes, she is highly educated, she stands up for her nation. She finds her vote makes her a terrorist, her education cannot find her a job or water and power for her home and, though having committed no crime, is forced to live in wretchedness because ‘an occupying nation came from nowhere to claim exclusive ownership of my land on which an endless chain of my ancestors lived’.

Gaza and its siege economy

Gaza has been kept under siege since 2007. Its coastal waters are constantly patrolled by the Israeli navy and its land borders are marked by a high, continuous barrier. All the crossing points with Egypt and Israel are closed all or some of the time. Gisha (the NGO for free movement) gives a crisp account of the resulting lacks and poverty in the strip.

Unlike Israel, Egypt understands that security means granting Hamas status as a partner.

Israel’s strategy of isolating Gaza in order to undermine Hamas has not worked. Rival terrorist groups have sprung up threatening the security of Egypt as well as Israel. While the leaders of Hamas and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood have recognised the need for anti-terrorist co-operation, Israel’s leaders have yet to recognise the new situation. In Ha’aretz, Zvi Bar’el lays out the need to free Gaza from the siege.

The mood in Gaza is that Hamas is morphing into second PA

Although the peg of this story is Nakba day, it is in fact about the co-operation on the ground between Hamas and Israeli government officials. As a tax-gathering government, Hamas’ interest lies in stability and forcing the jihadists into Sinai in the judgment of Avi Issacharoff, Haaretz.

London May 14: Demonstrate against siege of Gaza


JfJfP is supporting a major demonstration on Saturday to ‘End the Siege in Gaza’ and ‘Free Palestine’ called by Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stop the War Coalition, British Muslim Initiative, CND, Palestinian Forum in Britain Join us under our banner