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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



Why do you always single out Israel?

Noah Myln writes: “I do not single out Israel any more than the rest of the American Jewish community. But because I do so in a radically different way – holding the Jewish state to the standards of universal human rights rather than defending its repeated, grievous errors – I stand out as obsessed…”

Singling out Israel – the arguments revisited


Stephen Shalom challenges the accusation that Israel is unfairly singled out for criticism, that double standards are applied. Here he counters the arguments suggesting that Israel is held to higher standards than other countries; that Israel’s attempts to make peace are overlooked; that the United Nations singles Israel out while overlooking far more egregious behaviour; and many related arguments…

Adam Keller confronts the ‘singling out Israel’ argument


Adam Keller, Gush Shalom activist and editor of The Other Israel, asks if Israel is being singled out by international civil society. His answer is yes – but that is a singling out which is easy to justify…

Why this obsession with Israel and the Palestinians?


Robert Fowke asks: “So why do I, so far away and so much a product of my own country, take such an interest in the Israel-Palestine conflict? Where does my disproportionate interest come from, considering that other conflicts around the world are equal or worse in their unpleasantness?…”

Singling Out Israel for Moral Opprobrium


Jeremiah Haber writes (or rather wrote as this is an older archive piece but not the less interesting for that) on 3 September 3, 2007

I am a tribalist at heart. I really care about my tribe, or, I should say, the various tribes of which I am a member. I care about them in ways that I don’t care about other tribes. Kant forgive me, but it’s true – there are other tribes that I really couldn’t care less about. When I sense that I am becoming heartless and apathetic to the sufferings of others unconnected to my tribe, I try to work on my “human” side, or my “living being” side, or my “creaturely” side – in order to make a new tribe in which I am a member with whatever Other has a claim on me. But, usually, it’s only about me and my tribes. […]

Shaw-Geras debate

Norman Geras continues the extended debate between Martin Shaw and David Hirsh The practice of discrimination Norman Geras, Normblog, 19 Sep 2008 (1) If some people are picked out for specially favourable or specially unfavourable treatment relative to the norm, that’s discrimination; and discrimination is wrong. Yes? No. It depends. To be able to tell […]

Shaw-Hirsh debate

Antisemitism and the Boycott: An Exchange between Martin Shaw and David Hirsh. The original Hirsh article to which Martin is responding is no longer findable on the web, but the responses and rejoinders don’t seem to require it… But if anyone can locate it, send us an url and we’ll add it in to the […]

Singling out Israel an exchange of views: Norman Geras, Eve Garrard, Richard Kuper, Jan 2006

Singling out Israel  Eve Garrard, 13 Jan 2006 Across at Engage, David Hirsh takes issue with a piece by Richard Kuper which argues that it’s justifiable to single Israel out for specially hostile treatment. [The piece, published in Red Pepper, is no longer available on that website; but its core arguments are reprised here.] (There […]

Singling Out Israel?

JfJfP mailout, 2nd March 2005   This piece, by Mitchell Plitnick, was first published over a year ago by Jewish Voice for Peace on 15 January 2004. But the issues it deals with recur constantly and you might find it of interest.   The Executive Commission of the European Union recently conducted an opinion poll […]