THE ISSUES WE ADDRESS

Displacement of Palestinians

Following the 1967 war, Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza. Although under international law it is illegal to construct permanent settlements on occupied land there are now some 500.000 Israeli citizens living in a series of large expanding settlements with full military protection; this  includes the notorious Separation Wall (see map - Map of Pre-1967 borders & OPT )

Theft of land and water

Palestinian land has been seized, its owners evicted, and houses demolished to make room for these settlements and the roads that serve them. Farmers have been separated from their land and water, their ancient olive trees uprooted. Whole Bedouin villages have been (and are being) razed to the ground, their populations displaced. 

Human rights violations

Palestinians are denied their basic human rights. The Separation Wall and the maze of checkpoints surrounding them drastically impede the movement of people and goods; it limits people’s employment prospects and their access to health and education. Palestinians are denied any semblance of normal daily life. They are denied the right to a future.

Gaza Blockade

Gaza has been under siege since 1996.  1.6 million people  are locked into a small strip of land the size of  the Isle of Wight. The flow of goods and materials permitted entry by Israel and Egypt, falls far short of what is needed to re-build the houses, public buildings, hospitals and  livelihood that were destroyed in the bombardment of 2008/9. Gazans have no representation in ‘peace talks’. They are not consulted regarding any political agreement that may be imposed upon them.

Erosion of democracy in Israel

Israel’s Palestinian citizens, some 20% of its population, are treated as second class citizens with the ever-present threat of further displacement and expulsion. Their Jewish fellow citizens are not immune, however. Any political action or even discussion or criticism of their government’s actions in relation to Palestinians is increasingly de-legitimated and criminalised.  Today in Israel, to denounce criminal acts against Palestinians can be itself considered a crime.

EU and UK complicity

UK and EU government and businesses are often complicit in the situation. The sale of arms and materials used for violent repression continues. UK and EU companies with very high profiles, such as BT, have contracts with companies located in the illegal settlements. UK companies still source products, such as cosmetics, from the settlements although this is illegal under international law.

WHAT  WE DO

Lobbying

Political activities to put pressure on those who can prevent injustice both in Israel and the Occupied Territories: e.g., lobbying MPs, MEPs, and initiating and participating in public campaigns.

Boycott

Discourage organisations from carrying out business in the occupied territories; involvement in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS).

Awareness raising

Cultural activities, talks, and public demonstrations to raise our own and others’ awareness of what is happening in Palestine and Israel. Support Palestinian enterprises and economy , for example by buying Zaytoun olive oil.

Dialogue and debate

Organise events  and public meetings to encourage open debate, dialogue and discussion in a manner that recognises and respects differences.

Networking

Links and exchanges with groups in Palestine, Israel,  UK, EU and USA, including Israeli groups that are active in contesting the actions of the current Israeli government.

Visits and exchanges

We encourage and support visits, friendship links with individuals and organisations in the Occupied Territories and Israel. We support the “refuseniks” – Israelis who refuse military service in an unjust cause.

We believe that a durable peace between Israel and Palestine cancome when each side recognises the rights of the other.Palestinians must bein determining their future ifthey are to be able tolive peaceably side-by-side with Israelis. The exact form that any agreement will take - whether in one state or two - is for those who must live under this agreement to determine together

Our aim is Justice for Palestinians.

About the group

JfP was formed in January 2009 during Israel’s attacks on Gaza. We are based in Leamington Spa, but members come from various parts of the West Midlands. The group was founded by some local members of Jews for Justice for Palestinians http://jfjfp.com/ It now includes both Jews and non-Jews, and welcomes anyone who support the broad aims of the group. We hold meetings once a month which includes a discussion on an agreed topic, as well as decisions about group activities and organisation. Funding for our activities come from annual subscriptions and occasional fund raising.

House demolition, East Jerusalem 2008

“We'll make a pastrami sandwich of them, ... we'll insert a strip of Jewish settlements in between the Palestinians, and then another strip of Jewish settlements right across the West Bank, so that in 25 years' time, neither the United Nations nor the United States, nobody, will be able to tear it apart”

Ariel Sharon, speaking in 1973