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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



Labour panic in hunt for antisemites

The absurdity of Labour HQ expelling a born-in-Israel Jewish socialist for antisemitism defies reason – unless your reason is to keep on side with the USA/Israel and treat Palestine as a pariah state. Moshé Machover is a JfJfP signatory.

What made me a hardline Zionist

Gary C. Gambill, a specialist in Arab affairs says that he turned from supporting Palestinians into being an active Zionist because of the habit of ‘militant anti-zionists’ and leftists of loading onto Israel or the US all power and responsibility for the unmet needs of all Arabs.

Ayelet Shaked – the devil you know

Zionism has many meanings from the abstract ideal to the ideology of ‘evil and dangerous impulses – part of a toxic global climate’. Gideon Levy and Ravit Hecht debate whether ‘Jews First’ is the foundation of Zionism or whether that foundation is the right to a homeland for a persecuted people.

M. le President – what of the anti-Zionist Jews?

Shlomo Sand, the Israeli historian who renounced his Jewishness, writes a letter (CounterPunch article) to President Macron who, after a promising start, said in a speech welcoming PM Netanyahu “Anti-Zionism is the reinvented form of anti-Semitism”.

Zionism as a master-race ideology

Zionism as an ideology (and not a knowing, demonic force as it is sometimes treated here) has had several meanings over time. Yakov Rabkin and Philip Weiss see Zionism and liberal values as having become inherently in conflict, with terrible consequences – including the morphing of Jewish bodies into vassals of Israel. In an added note, Haaretz publisher Amos Schocken explains what he understands by Zionism and why he shares that ideology.

Against antisemitism, against Israeli policy

This is a gem of a discussion from 2002, discovered by chance by the JfJfP postings team. The views put forward by the panellists were, at the time, fresh. Now they’re hackneyed. The terms of the debate have changed but not the sentiments – except, perhaps, for Zionism.

Yale standards corrupted by Zionism

Joel Kovel, precocious intellectual, was destined for a stellar career in medicine or psychiatry or social sciences until he fell from grace as he spoke out against imperialism. His exclusion from Yale respectability (and its rich donors) was completed by his book Overcoming Zionism.

Bill confirms Jews’ roots in Israel

The nation-state bill got a rowdy reception at its first Knesset hearing reports Ynet. Joint List and Meretz both opposed this most divisive law. Why do you need it? asked MK Ganaim. Balad MKs were escorted out having failed the PM’s test of their Zionism.

Include the Zionists

For many radicals involved in the BDS movement Zionism is an anathema, nothing short of Jewish racism. Think again says Ahmed Rizk. There are Zionists who are highly critical of Israel and their presence would add weight and counter the antisemitism that lurks in the movement.

Working with the Jewish Left for justice for all

Samah Salaime delivers an eloquent plea to the Israeli Jewish Left – we must work together but first you must jettison your Zionism and you must acknowledge our Nakba. You must give up your privileges – it’s hard, but as a feminist I know it can be done.

The danger of false history about Zionism

As we move towards the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Balfour Declaration Robert Cohen advises us to prepare. The air will be filled with inventions, the ground with unseen pits of oblivion. To begin – propaganda that Zionism is and always has been part of Jewish life is simply make-believe.

Zionism needs antisemitism

Perhaps the best thing about the Home Affairs Select Committee report on antisemitism is the debate it has provoked. Here Asa Winstanley puts forward his view of what Zionism is and argues it is the correct word for Israel’s raison d’etre.

The end of the pretence of innocence

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent actions have brought to an end 50 years of Israeli deception about the temporariness of the settlement enterprise – Yitzhak Laor, Ha’aretz

And Ban Ki-moon wades in at the UN: “Let me be absolutely clear: settlements are illegal under international law. The occupation, stifling and oppressive, must end.”

More on Israel’s civil war


“Is Israel on the verge of civil war, as a growing number of Israeli commentators suggest, with its Jewish population deeply riven over the future of the occupation?” Jonathan Cook investigates.

Binationalism is here…

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A cry of pain from Ha’aretz columnist Roger Alpher:

“I am not proud of my country, because I know the reality. It is an apartheid state, and the two-state solution is dead. Because Israel is a binational, apartheid state, everything is bad here. Most Israelis, including Shavit, don’t recognize this reality. I don’t want it either, but I recognize it.”

Israel is thriving on the occupation

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Larry Derfner weighs in against the liberal and left Zionist argument that Israel needs to end the occupation “for its own sake”. It’s doing very well thank you with it!

Call instead for ending the occupation for the Palestinians’ sake, for the sake of restoring Israel’s lost morality…

The invention of antiJewish myths

This consists of two articles from Open Democracy by two JfJfP signatories in sharp disagreement. The first by Labour History professor Mary Davis attacks what she thinks is the monolithic view of Zionism – she doesn’t name who she means. JfJfP website has consistently pointed out the lack of consensus on what Zionism and especially anti-Zionism mean. Then she suddenly launches into an attack on BDS as monolithic. Where has she been during all the arguments about boycotting only settlement products or companies which profit from the Occupation? Jonathan Rosenhead responds, equally surprised at Mary’s lack of homework before going into print.

There’s nothing Left in Zionism

Israeli politics are now ’50 shades of right wing’ says Gideon Levy. The Left’s attempt to wear Zionist clothes was doomed to fail. Today, only the radical Left speaks the truth about Israeli state power.

Does the Occupation fulfil or deny Zionism?

This is an argument taking place in, and about, Haaretz as well as the unresolvable question of what Zionism is. Rogel Alpher says Amos Schocken, Haaretz publisher, is deluded when he thinks international pressure will end the Occupation allowing the recovery of a Zionism which Schocken admires.

The myth of exile


In another tour down memory lane, we revisit the Magnes Zionist’s 2007 contribution on the forced exile of the Jews after the failure of their revolts against the Romans in 70 and 135CE.

To this day, writes Jeremiah Haber, most lay people, Jews and non-Jews, accept the myth of the exile, whereas no historian, Jew or non-Jew, takes it seriously. Drawing on the work of Prof Yisrael Yuval, Haber looks at “the disconnect between popular and scholarly belief and tr[ies] to examine the origin of the myth several centuries after the event occurred”.