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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



Israel and USA walk out of UNESCO – but not hand-in-hand

Few are surprised that Pres. Trump has elected to take the USA out of UNESCO. It can take care of its own world heritage sites, like removing statues of General Lee. PM Netanyahu’s decision is no surprise either – he’s been railing against UNESCO for years. For both men UNESCO’s treatment of Palestine as a country with a heritage is out of order.

Don’t say ‘Palestine’ – it’s an antisemitic word

UNESCO has awarded World Heritage status to the Cave of the Patriarchs/Al-Ibrahimi mosque in the geographic entity called Palestine. A furious Netanyahu resorts to magical thinking to demonstrate why UNESCO is wrong and the ancient site belongs to Jews – those who live in Israel anyway.

UNESCO vote for Hebron decried as antisemitic

Of course Israeli spokespersons condemn a UNESCO vote that recognised Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs/al-Ibrahimi mosque as a World Heritage site deserving protection. It is situated in Hebron, the largest Palestinian city. Those who really care about the preservation of this ancient site won’t care whether it’s called Israeli or Palestinian. Those whose first concern is detecting antisemitism in the world order will care, very much. Raf Sanchez and Barak Ravid report.

Preserving memories of life before Nakba

Most of the evidence of Palestinian village life in Israel has been eradicated. This was Palestinian history. One village only remains as it was – Lifta. There is an active campaign to preserve the stone houses and site but Palestinians fear it will be appropriated by Israel if UNESCO lists it.

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 recognises PA as state in charge of Bethlehem’s ancient sites

UNESCO’s World Heritage committee has agreed to accept the PA’s request for the Church of the Nativity and Pilgrimage Route in Bethlehem to be accepted, as an emergency, onto the list of sites in danger. This will facilitate rapid restoration work. The PA’s bid was opposed by Israel and the USA, whose spokesman misrepresented the judgment of an expert committee (link to this in post). Haaretz and NY Times.

Heritage status of oldest Christian church falls foul of Mid-East conflict

Archaeology in the Holy Land has long been a hot conflict. Now the PA has put in a bid to UNESCO for the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, to be in need of emergency conservation.The report by advisory body ICOMOS rejects the urgency but fully accepts the unique importance of the Church – but deplores the overcrowding around it. Excerpts from its report; accounts by AFP and JPost seem to be about something else.

Gaza’s hidden treasures – which Israel doesn’t want you to know about

For the best of this item, click on the link in the posting to see the marvellour photos taken by writer Eve Bartlett of the beautiful mosaics, buildings and artefacts in Gaza which have survived Israel’s bombing and blockade and UNESCO’s indifference. The Pharaohs, Canaanites, Philistines, Crusaders, Mamluks, Romans and Greeks have all left their mark – despite Israeli attempts to wipe this from history

Netanyahu earns universal disdain for illegal building speed-up

If Netanyahu was planning to add weight to the Palestinians’ demand for independence he has succeeded with his announcement that building in settlements will be speeded up. US criticism of this spiteful response to Palestine joining UNESCO sits oddly with its own funding decision (this page) The PCHR calls on international bodies to enforce the Geneva Conventions forbididing collective punishments

UNESCO welcomes Palestine, US punishes UNESCO


The members of UNESCO voted to admit Palestine on Monday October 31 leading to the US deciding not to make its $60million contribution, 1st. (A clause in the 1990 Appropriations Act forbids giving money to any UN body which accords member status to the PLO, 2nd). All see it as a sign of things to come