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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



More Jews leaving than arriving in Israel

Israel’s population growth seemed assured. After taking in many Holocaust survivors (though most went to N.America) there were immigrants from war-ravaged countries, and from N. Africa. And others who believed that only in Israel could they ‘come into themselves’. But they find that Israel is not safe for Jews, is parochial and not a lively cosmopolitan country, the censorship, number of rules and military patrols make very costly Israel nothing like the welcoming home they were looking for.

Uncounted: the people who leave Israel

We post this well-researched essay by Ian Lustick on Israeli migration, especially emigration, because of the questions begged by the article above from the Jewish Virtual Library. The essential story of Israel is its god-given role as a destination for all Jews. Recently, the only large-scale immigration has been from Russia – many of them not Jewish or not recognised as Jewish. And many professionals want to make ‘yerida’, to leave Israel. What will this make of Israel, what will Israel make of this?

Why stay here when you catch a plane and start breathing?

Aliyah is a hallowed term for ‘going up’ to Israel. Yerida is the derogatory term for emigrating from Israel. Without the mass immigration from Russia and former Soviet Republics it’s hard to know which would have been larger. The cost of living, parochialism – in place of the (double-edged) virtue of cosmopolitanism – and oppression by right-wing dogma are amongst the reasons cited by Israelis, and the band Shmemel, for moving to more open societies in the USA and Europe.