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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



Cyber censorship is illegal says Adalah

Palestinian access to communications has expanded hugely since the advent of the 3G network and cheap smart phones. The result has been a flurry of arrests by Israeli police, for ‘incitement’, and Palestinian police, for ‘disturbing social harmony’. These are all illegal denials of free speech says NGO Adalah.

Fire crisis blamed on Palestinians

Fires have been burning across Israel for the last few days. Vegetation has been destroyed, buildings evacuated, Palestinian arsonists suspected – and accused by Netanyahu. 4 Palestinians have been arrested. Social media – forums for our worst selves – rejoiced at this punishment for Israel and were made much of by Israeli media. Seven countries have provided assistance.

The man who knows all about incitement

‘Netanyahu evidently expects Israelis, and the world, to believe that if websites were posting cat videos, the Palestinians would cease their agitation and submit quietly to occupation’ writes Shlomo Ben-Ami, former Israeli foreign minister. Perhaps the PM believes in ‘incitement’ because he is such an assiduous practitioner himself.

Shoot the Facebook messager

If there is evidence, rather than supposition, that a few Palestinians stab people because of incitement on Facebook the government did not put it forward before embarking on a new bill against incitement. And 20,000 Israelis have joined a class action against Facebook for allowing terrorist incitement. Anything rather than believe that those they rule hate them for their rule – and what would they think if a class action were brought for the many anti-Muslim and anti-Arab pages on social media?

Abbas’ agenda is entirely personal, entirely elitist and entirely corrupt

More evidence that younger Palestinians in the West Bank, expressing themselves via social media, are entirely alienated from the corrupt croneyism of Pres. Abbas and his Fatah faction. His attempts to revive Fatah’s relevance may be too late.

Social media, IDF’s new must-have skill

The military in most modern societies is a class apart except for families and those living near barracks. In Israel, with compulsory military service for most, and its first task – controlling Palestinians – being ever more unpopular, steps must be taken to integrate militarism into everyday life. The IDF hope active use of social media is their way to do this.

Fear and hatred of Arabs now Israel’s popular culture

If smooth-talking government ministers are careful to translate their thoughts into a diplomatic discourse about ‘security’ and ‘delegitimisation’, Israeli youth have no such inhibitions. RIchard SIlverstein picks up some of the crude racism on social media. Some Palestinians are fighting back.

British student deported from Ben Gurion – Israel threatened by his tweeting

Student Gary Spedding and member of N. Ireland’s Alliance party (NB to Shin Bet – the party that opposes all terrorism and believes in a society where everyone is safe) was held on arrival, body-searched, deported from Israel as a security threat. His planned 2-month visit was to discuss the N.Ireland experience of overcoming extremism and healing sectarian divisions. Next time Gary, tweet about how brilliantly the IDF uses force to terrorise Palestinians – triumphal entry assured.

Besotted with violence and dope: Israel’s soldiers

Using soldiers’ own Tweets and Instagram photographic pages, Ali Abuminah collects disturbing evidence of IDF soldiers exalting in violence, in killing Arabs, in taking aim at children, in getting out of their heads on marijuana. These are the men who enforce the occupation. The soldiers have deleted these pages. So far there has been no report that they have been reprimanded let alone excluded as unsuitable for Israel’s army.

Tweets and silences of propaganda war

Omar Rahman is very disappointed at the lack of coverage by Ha’aretz of the airstrikes on Gaza (though see our posting of Ha’aretz editorial, post below); Noam Sheizaf reports on the IDF’s energetic use of the new social media to convey its version of its role. Both from +972.