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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



Ultra-Orthodox make their new power felt

A year ago, PM Netanyahu approved the creation of a space at the Western Wall where men and women could pray equally and together. On June 25 this year he rescinded that decision, preferring to face the anger of women, especially in the US, rather than lose the Orthodox Jews who maintain his coalition. As in other religions, the rule that women must bear as many children as possible while men pursue the higher things has become sacrosanct for the orthodox.

Small Jewish sect enjoys its new power

It is fanciful to imagine that any consensus on the Western/Wailing Wall can be made between Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox and all other Jews. Netanyahu has left their power intact. He can do a deal with them but not with progressive Jews not least because they are not recognised as Jews by the Israeli Rabbinate. The ties binding Jews round the world – where the Ultra-Orthodox are a small minority – to Israel continue to fray.

Orthodox men fight all out against women praying at Western Wall

The Israeli state, in the form of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, has ruled that women should not transgress on men’s prerogative of praying at the Western Wall. A large number of women have defied this – against insults of being ‘lesbians, whores, Nazis’, and have won a ruling from a Jerusalem court that they have the right to pray. The women fear this is not enough to stop the Haredim forcing them away.

British teenagers get rough introduction to divide between Israel and diaspora

Two young British women, members of a youth organisation for Reform Judaism, are spending their gap year in Israel. They visited the Western Wall. As Progressive Jews, they wanted to take part in the Women of the Wall prayer service. They wore the prayer shawls – tallitot – they had brought from home. They were arrested by Jerusalem police. Only in Israel it seemed.

Women against the patriarchs: from victims to frontierwomen

The assertion of control over Jewish holy sites by the Ultra-Orthodox has many challengers. Women of the Wall are amongst the most active in claiming their own right to perform Jewish rituals at the Western Wall. As the haredim ‘schmooze’ with the police, the women are frequently arrested, though not charged. Anat Hofman tells +972 her story.