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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



Status quo is least worst option for Israel

In contrast to the Shin Bet views [posting below] in this interview Noam Sheizaf says ‘in terms of rational choice, of what costs us more, and what gives us more benefit, there is no doubt that maintaining the status quo is the best solution from the Israeli perspective.’

One state is formula for status quo

M.J. Rosenberg is an any-stater – any state that produces a just peace is OK. But he’s not swept up in the new enthusiasm – or desperation – for a one-state solution. simply because he is sure it will never happen. So it is a recipe for no change. So that leaves the 2-state solution to be pursued.

Quest for monolithic Israel has created schism and despair

Professor Naomi Chazan contemplates the jittery, unhappy mood in Israel on the eve of Yom Kippur (25-26 September) and chastises the leaders for putting a drive to preserve the status quo with Palestinians and for Jewish uniformity before any ethical concerns.

UK ambassador says facts on the ground are driving British public away from Israel

Last week, Matthew Gould, Britain’s ambassador to Israel told the country’s Channel 10 TV station that middle-of-the road British public opinion was shifting away from support for Israel because of what it read and heard about settlements, the occupation and the siege of Gaza. Ha’aretz reports.

Settlers’ leader applauds inertia on removing them

Dani Dayan, chairman of the council for West Bank settlements, claims in an op-ed piece in the NY Times that Israel’s seizure of the West Bank was morally necessary as a defence against Arab aggression (!) and the settlers will expand their control (2nd). Lara Friedman, (1st) disputes his argument and conclusion as immoral and wrong; lastly, Richard Falk asks whether his realpolitik is not to be admired.

J14 2: Justice and housing for all (Jews, on Palestinian land)

Contrary to Uri Avnery’s optimism about the summer protest 2012, the targets (oligarchs) and demands (housing and welfare rights) are, says Noa Shaindlinger, quite compatible with the colonising state – and by not challenging it, the protesters collude with it. See ‘Here’s hoping social justice protesters will get into politics’ 6 posts below

Israel has nothing to lose from the status quo – so make it lose

As a longtime opponent of the Occupation Noam Sheizaf has considered many options – all of which fail against the Israeli government’s realistic investment in the status quo. Only pressure brought directly to bear against the status quo and the happy propaganda about how well it works (for Israeli Jews) will make a difference