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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



Tony Blair’s gifts

Tony Blair, re-made as an individual peace-maker, seems to be vestng his hopes on his credibility with Israeli people – who, reports The Media Line, have no belief that peace talks can succeed (at least in the way they want) and also in persuading Hamas and Fatah leaders that they can work together to put their unity agreement into practice, in good faith.

Tony Blair leads talks with Hamas

Israel continues to deny the many reports of negotiations with Hamas for a long-term truce (last year’s all-out war, the third in six years may finally have convinced the government of what security services have been saying for years: it is not possible to destroy Hamas militarily). So despite denials talks are taking place with Hamas in Doha, led by Tony Blair, trusted friend of Israel and the PA.

The emperor’s new clothes

The judgment on Tony Blair’s efficacy as Middle East peace envoy for the Quartet is virtually unanimous: he achieved nothing. His ‘strategy’ was to prompt Palestinian businessmen to make as much money as possible. He owes his new role to another millionaire, Moshe Kantor. Both men already believe that antisemitism is on the increase and that jihadism is the great threat to European peace and harmony. He’ll preach a good sermon.

Blair gets the heave-ho as Quartet envoy

Last Sunday, the FInancial Times broke the news that Tony Blair was stepping down – clear implication he was pushed down the steps – as the envoy to the Middle East. Palestinians are scornful of his efficacy and see him as pro-Israel.Which as a man who follows the money is probably true. Plus a fine article from Simon Kuper on Blair Disease – which is also about making money.

EU is home for all religions and none

A ‘tiny handful’ of terrorists has succeeded in instilling fear among Europeans, especially Jews who think they will be the first targets of antisemitic Islamists. The EU has to both protect its citizens against people who think they’re doing what God wants and to protect civil liberties for all. Reports from Brussels and the World Economic Forum.

Blair accused of employing Israeli intelligence officer

This is probably a non-story although it has been triumphantly flourished as evidence of conspiratorial dealings by the Quartet’s Envoy Tony Blair. It is centred on the six-month contract given by Tony Blair Associates to a woman who was an IDF officer for three years and worked in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office. TBA says she was employed on economic development. What the truth is, only those involved know.

Ex-Mossad chief urges Israel to initiate talks with Arab League now

Continuing a pattern of retired security chiefs urging their government to stop making excuses for inertia on Palestine, former Mossad director Meir Dagan told the presidential conference that MidEast turmoil has created the need for Arab allies and Israel should start talks on the Arab Peace Initiative. Blair says Palestinians “should have a state not as a reward but a right.”

Bibi ignores outrage at latest settlement expansion

Even the US’s UN ambassador has described Israel’s latest settlement expansion – which includes a new city in the West Bank – as ‘provocative.’ Even Tony Blair has supported the more forthright criticisms of the new encroachments on Palestinian living space. As Netanyahu has chosen Israeli expansion over negotiations, the EU, UN. Quartet and USA are left without a policy.