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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



Worshipping St. Balfour is profane

To treat the Balfour declaration as holy writ, to be honoured and unquestioned is, like PM May, to be compliant in the dispossession of the Arabs living in Palestine writes Robert Cohen. The modern trawl for Judaic vindication of Israeli domination of the land is the invention of a fake tradition.

May sets up attack on free speech

The British PM doesn’t appear to have strong views on anything. She adopted the IHRA definition of antisemitism without, it seems, any discussion. The line in the guide to the definition that states that it is antisemitic to deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination or claim that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour is obviously not OK with many British voters. Or did she hope for what is happening – a clamp-down on support for Palestinians? Over 140 academics sign a letter of protest.

Israel’s plot against UK critics

The corridors of power resound with the bangs of doors slamming and feet running as Israeli diplomats put as much distance between their London embassy and a plot revealed by Al Jazeera to bring down MPs critical of Israeli policy, beginning with May’s chum and deputy foreign minister Sir Alan Duncan. The key transcript is included in the Mail article.

Bibi dishes out the punishments

It’s not obvious that all the people now on Netanyahu’s blacklist will care about being banished to his outer office. He appears more like a child hurling everything he can reach out of his pram.

Holocaust has single message – never again for Jews

It was hoped that out of the horror and tragedy of the Holocaust would come a determination that never again would a policy of genocide be conceived and carried out. All humanity has failed in this. The obstacle, illustrated by the IHRA’s ‘instructive ‘examples’ is the idea that, says David Rosenberg, this means ‘never again must Jews be at risk of genocide’. As for others, such as Palestinians, – that’s someone else’s problem.

PM backs new definition of antisemitism

For some reason PM Theresa May is going all out with pledges to combat antisemitism (not a big problem in Britain unlike anti-Muslim hatred, on which she is silent). She has chosen to back a NEW definition of antisemitism – who needs it? – which is largely anodyne but includes, as antisemitic, saying bringing Israel into existence was ‘a racist endeavour’. You may not agree – but it’s an argument which should not be censored.

May bans Geller and Spencer

The British Home Secretary Theresa May must have been briefed on the many reports of the damage Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer cause in the name of defending civilisation against sharia law. She has barred them from entry to the UK – where they wanted to speak at an EDL rally – in the name of preserving the peace, i.e. civilisation.

The EDL invite the pair who spread hatred

The English Defence League has invited Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, who run the Stop Islamisation of America group, to speak at a rally in Woolwich in supposed tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby. These notorious hate-mongers are familiar names on this website. Lest you forget, several previous articles are reposted here.UPDATED

The UK-Israel plan to get Raed Salah banned and deported failed. Why?

Last summer the UK’s Israel/Palestinian media were filled with news of the arrest of Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of a branch of the Islamic Movement, after he arrived in London despite a banning order against him. He was freed on bail a few weeks later; in September a high court judge ruled his detention had been unlawful and awarded him damages, A letter from JfJfP played an important part. He won an appeal against the deportation order at an immigration tribunal last April. At every stage, judges ruled Mrs May had relied on flimsy evidence supplied to her by Israel, which judged Salah a terrorist and antisemite, and the CST which had, ineptly, moved into intelligence gathering at, it seems, her request. Asa Winstanley surveys the case and the value of finding and using reliable factual evidence.

Home Secretary gets her laws and agents in a muddle

In the first detailed account of the strategy which the Home Secretary brought to bear against Raed Salah, Asa Winstanley reveals that she set a number of state agencies to work to imprison him – on the grounds that he was a terrorist and had written an anti-semitic poem. In fact he was never accused of terrorism and the poem had been maliciously altered. In her mission to be seen as the protector of Britain against Islamists she has merely increased the national debt by a lot of money. See post above for government anti-terrorism policies

Raed Salah wins appeal against deportation ‘on all grounds’

Sheikh Raed Salah, invited to Britain for a speaking tour, was arrested shortly after he arrived on an order from the Home Secretary, made on secretive and highly dubious grounds. JfJfP was one of several bodies which protested at this high-handed behaviour. Now with all the information available to a court, Salah has won his appeal and the Home Secretary has been reprimanded. JfJfP welcomes the court’s decision.

How the CST got the Home Secretary’s ear

Asa Winstanley attends Salah’s appeal against his banning order, hearing that the evidence for Theresa May’s actions relied on the Community Security Trust, the CST standing for ‘the Jewish Community’ and Israel’s critics for anti-semites. 2, A letter of support for Salah to the Home Office from JfJfP gives the lie to both those assumptions. 3, Tony Greenstein, quoted at the hearing, on why he finds the CST disreputable, 4, the CST rebuts the charge that it either doctored, or passed on doctored, quotations