European Jews for a Just Peace

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European Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP) was a federation of Jewish groups in ten European countries aimed at bringing about peace in the Middle East and ensuring respect for the human rights of the Palestinian people. One of the claims of EJJP is Israel's immediate withdrawal from the occupied territories.[1]

"Amsterdam Declaration"[edit]

The organisation was founded in Amsterdam in September 2002. Its principles are contained in its "Amsterdam Declaration" of 2002, amended in 2004. These are:[2]

  • the condemnation of all violence against civilians in the conflict, no matter by whom it is carried out
  • the recognition of Israel's 1967 'green line' borders
  • commitment to the Palestinians' right to a state in the territories currently occupied by Israel in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza
  • the recognition of the right of both states to have Jerusalem as their capital
  • calling on Israel to acknowledge its part in the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem and its obligation to negotiate a just, fair and practical resolution of the issue.

At its 2007 Convention held in Berlin to coincide with the G8 meeting it adopted a statement entitled "Before it is too late! EJJP calls for a bold European initiative for a just peace in the Middle East".[citation needed]

Member organizations[edit]

Boats for Gaza[edit]

In September 2010, EJJP organized a Gaza-bound aid boat, the "Jewish Boat to Gaza", carrying nine Jewish activists. It was intercepted by the Israel Defense Forces and led to the port of Ashdod.[3]

The EJJP chairperson, Dror Feiler, an Israel-born Swedish national, was again aboard the French Dignité-Al Karama ship in the 2011 flotilla for Gaza.[4]

Reactions[edit]

In an opinion article published in The Guardian in February 2009, Antony Lerman, the former (2006-2009) director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research considers that Jewish peace groups like European Jews for a Just Peace and Independent Jewish Voices in Canada and Australia "may have a moderating influence on Israel" as "Israel is heavily dependent on what Jews think".[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anglicans Vote to Divest From Concerns in Israel-Occupied Areas". New York Times. 2006-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Declaration of Amsterdam". European Jews for a Just Peace. www.ejjp.org. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Israel commandos 'peacefully' board Jewish Gaza-bound aid boat". Haaretz. 2010-09-28. 
  4. ^ Hass, Amira (17 July 2011). "Gaza-bound ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists sets sail from Greece". Haaretz. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Lerman, Antony (6 February 2009). "Rise of the moderates". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 July 2011.