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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



Palestinian women rise up

Muslim women protest in front of the Lion

Religious Palestinian women are taking in active role in the protests at the Temple Mount, shattering stereotypes of Muslim women as docile and subservient. In the struggle of the Palestinian religious factions against Israel, the place of women has been missing from the battle. As opposed to Fatah and the left-wing factions, in which women often take an active role, religious Palestinian women are often left behind the scenes. The events of the last few weeks teach us, however, that the struggle over al-Aqsa is an exception.

Displays of defiance at Al Aqsa

It is highly probable that most Palestinians-Muslim, Christian, unbeliever-were shocked and angry at the abuse of the Noble Sanctuary by 3 Arab-Israeli gunmen as a place from which to kill two police officers. The Security Cabinet decided they are complicit in the murder and so had to be punished by denying them access to the mosque and installing metal detector checkpoints. This has been met with communal defiance throughout the oPt. To punish all Palestinians for the sins of 3 is to defy common sense and the biblical law of retaliation – an eye for an eye…

Suspicions about Israeli closure of Al Aqsa complex

The decision by Israel’s security cabinet to close the Haram Al-Sharif/Temple Mount complex as a reprisal for the shooting dead of two Israeli officers by three Palestinians seems short-sighted. The offence caused to hundreds of thousands of Palestinians by this and by the installation of metal detectors at their holy sites seems an inflammatory collective punishment.

Breaking taboos at the holy sanctuary

In these two pieces from Haaretz Gideon Levy says there has been a taboo against noting that the killers of two Israeli police officers were Druze and Amos Harel notes that the taboo against violence in the holy compound has been broken.

Closing Al Aqsa a ‘collective punishment’

Media in Palestine and Israel treated the gun attack by three Palestinians killing two Israeli policemen at the Al Aqsa compound as being different from the usual routine of attack and retaliation. It breached the sanctity accorded to the compound by Jews and Muslims. The thousands who usually attend Friday prayers there were angry that they were being punished for no fault of theirs and that police arrested the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, breaching his authority.

Political heritage of holy sites

Notionally Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif is sacred to the three Abrahamic religions. Christians don’t much care. For Israelis and Palestinians the site is a symbol of the power of possession. The UNESCO report does not comment on any of this – it merely deals with the Israeli responsibility for the upkeep of the site. It is this demotion to a caretaker role which is so angering Israelis.

UNESCO unites Israelis in fury

Angry Israelis – most of whom have not read the UNESCO resolution which is included here – seem to have invented a new form of antisemitism – not mentioning Jews at all. It is UNESCO’s job to protect important cultural sites. It says that Israel, as the occupying power, has failed to do this. It was once only religious fanatics who laid claim to Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif. Now it is the whole political elite.

Right-wing dream for ‘Temple Mount’ meets rock of reality

It is clear why Haram Al-Sharif / Temple Mount has become the epitome of Palestinian /Israeli conflict. Its principal building, the Dome on the Rock, was completed as a Muslim holy shrine at the end of the 7th century CE and the area protected by Israeli authorities until a Likud leader entered it in 2000 on the basis that Jews, though not Israelis, were there first. Now Jewish zealots are insisting on praying there screwing tensions ever higher. Many warn of this dangerous path.

Zionists throw themselves onto the messianic wagon

In the second of his two articles, Tomas Persico’s examines the adoption by secular Zionists of ancient messianic myths . Drawing on the insights of Scholem and Jung he warns of the dangers to the political project of a Zionist state in harnessing and trying to realise those myths.

Apocalypse now!

In this alarming article, Tomer Persico examines the remaking of Zionism as an aggressively nationalist and religious movement. Those involved appear to be gripped by an hysterical desire to ignore state rulings and pragmatism and pursue redemption through, amongst other things, building a Third Temple on Haram al-Sharif.

Right wing pushes to get ‘Muslim rabble’ off Temple Mount

Netanyahu cannot keep the peace on Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif. Until recently, Israelis pressing for the ‘right’ to pray on the site could be isolated as right-wing fanatics. As in other things, that right wing is now working for overall dominance of Israeli society in which Jews and Muslims are set for a final show-down.

Plan for Israeli tourist centre in E. Jerusalem slammed for ‘lethal potential’

temple mount from south

The plan to build a 7-storey visitors’ centre in Silwan just below the Temple Mount, first passed 2 years ago, has been formally approved by Jerusalem city council. It has been pushed ahead by groups bent on getting Jewish control of the area and angrily condemned by Israeli archaeologists and those opposed to Judaisation of E. Jerusalem.

Best of friends pledge disagreement

Angela Merkel on one of her frequent visits to Israel arrived this time with almost her entire government – to a backdrop of rioting in Jerusalem and aircraft roaring overhead on their way to bomb Syria. She pledged Germany’s everlasting friendship with Israel and its security needs – and her everlasting opposition to the Israeli government’s continuous expansion into Palestinian living space.

Target Al Aqsa: settler incursions into Muslim shrine

There has been a mosque on Temple Mount since the eighth century. It is the third holiest centre in Islam, as well as having religious significance for Jews and Christians. For the last month it has been under attack by Jewish zealots who claim the right to pray and practise Jewish rituals there – endorsed last week by a Jerusalem magistrate. Calls are growing for an Arab summit to protect the Muslim site.