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Did you know?



Settlements Generate Virtually No Economic Activity
"A recent Israeli government report estimated there are…$250 million in annual exports — [only] 0.55 percent of the national total — from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, territories the international community generally considers illegally occupied."
Jodi Rodoren cited by Richard Silverstein, 22 Jan 2014

Daily acts of violence committed by Jewish Israeli citizens against West Bank Palestinians
"These incidents — now particularly heightened during the olive harvest season — are not the aberration from the norm, but a regular feature of life in the occupied West Bank. In 2012, over 7,500 Palestinian olive trees were destroyed. In the 5-year period between 2007 and 2011, there was a 315 percent increase in settler violence."
Mairav Zonszein, Israel Must Stop Settler Violence, 8 November 2013
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Police impunity
After their own investigations establishing a prima facie violation, Btselem has lodged over 280 complaints of alleged police violence in the oPt since the start of the second Intifada: "we are aware of only 12 indictments" Btselem April 2013
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Runners in the first ever Bethlehem Marathon were forced to run two laps of the same course on Sunday 21 April 2013, as Palestinians were unable to find a single stretch of free land that is 26 miles long in Area A, where the PA has both security and civil authority. See Marathon report
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30th March, land day.
On 30 March 1976, thousands of Palestinians living as a minority in Israel mounted a general strike and organised protests against Israeli government plans to expropriate almost 15,000 acres of Palestinian land in the Galilee.The Israeli government, led by prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and defence minister Shimon Peres, sent in the army to break up the general strike. The Israeli army killed six unarmed Palestinians, wounded hundreds and arrested hundreds more, including political activists. All were citizens of Israel.
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* Out of 103 investigations opened in 2012 into alleged offences committed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied territories, not a single indictment served to date
Yesh Din, 3 Feb 2013
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* In total, out of an area of 1.6 million dunams in the Jordan Valley, Israel has seized 1.25 million − some 77.5 percent − where Palestinians are forbidden to enter.
Haaretz editorial, 4 Feb 2013
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Names of Palestinians killed by IDF in Operation Protective Edge; updated

The names of Palestinians killed by the IDF in Operation Protective Edge, revised and updated . The number of dead Palestinians stood at 1032 at 9pm Sunday evening. A growing number of the dead have not been identified. 43 Israeli soldiers have been killed in the ground incursion into Gaza.

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The absurd mediators

So Israelis and Palestinians can’t talk to each other? So bring on the mediators – and what a hopeless crew says Uri Avnery, despairingly. What can Ban Ki-moon or Tony Blair or Fattah al-Sisi do but say emollient words to the watching media? They have no power, or will, to bring a permanent end to the fighting.

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This pointless, unnecessary war

David Morrison, a very scientific polemicist against the delusions and deceptions that lead to war, on why Israel’s military offensives have been pointless and unnecessary and Noam Sheizaf, more succinctly, on the alternatives Israel did have to this war. Both arguments depend on Israel recognizing Hamas, compromising with it, and honouring its side of the bargain – which so far it has never done.

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Same right to self-defence? Bring on the Palestinian F16s

Israel’s rhetorical justification for the bombardment of Gaza is that it has the same right to self-defence as anyone else. That means, says Jerry Haber, the same right as Palestinians. So Palestinians too have the right to use the weaponry that the IDF uses against them – the tanks, the F16 bombers, the army, the power to expel…

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How to criticise Israeli policies

An anonymous blog, written in 2011 or 2012, titled This is not Jewish has been trending – often retweeted – on Twitter this week reports a BBC department. It is not known whether that indicates anxiety or confidence about criticising Israeli policies. One of Germany’s best-known experts on antisemitism says panic about antisemitism should not be confused with any actual increase in its incidence.

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Jews for Justice for Palestinians: Now on Twitter

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Thanks to a couple of new volunteers joining our social media “peace room” we are launching a Twitter feed today to please follow, retweet, talk about it loudly at social events, and whatever trendy new social media verbs currently apply! https://twitter.com/J_F_J_F_P

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In Memoriam

Mohammad Al A3raj

It’s one thing to count the corpses – some of whom it has still been impossible to identify. It is another to treat each of those individuals, with their unique characters and web of relationships, with dignity and respect. Humanise Palestine is asserting this duty by publishing the information it can gather on those who have been killed by Israeli security forces in the name of an impersonal war on terror.

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IDF bombs fourth UNRWA school shelter

The IDF has bombed 4 UNRWA schools – opened as shelters for displaced Palestinians – this week saying they shelter Hamas munitions – which sometimes they do. They also shelter thousands of people. On Thursday, the airstrike on a school in Beit Hanoun killed at least 17 people. The IDF is ‘investigating’.

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What would you do? Start by treating Palestinians as humans

Daniel Levy, policy adviser and diplomat, answers Israel’s belligerent question – what would you – by saying self-defence does not include the right to kill civilians and upbraids Israelis for pushing Palestinians into a corner, for offering nothing but more occupation in return for their own demands for ‘security’.

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Jewish and British love of Israel begins in 1967

A new report from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research examines how safe and how fearful of antisemitism British Jews feel. It identifies the conundrum of Jewish organisations/funders paying a lot of attention to antisemitism when British Jews have never felt as confident as they do today. Fears and antisemitic incidents rise when Israel exercises military power, especially now Palestinians are a ’cause celebre’. It dates the importance of Israel to Jews, and British people, to its perceived role in 1967.

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Erdogan tries to find a role in fixing a ceasefire

Hamas is not totally isolated. It has a strong supporter in the Turkish government which wants to broker a ceasefire accepting some of Hamas’ conditions. But no-one is taking any notice of PM Erdogan whose moves are attributed more to his bitter rivalry with President Al-Sisi than concern for Palestinians.

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Praying for both sides is a moral cop-out

Robert Cohen appreciates the readiness of Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner to acknowledge that Jews come in many political varieties in a discussion on Radio 4′s Today programme. But showing empathy for both sides is not enough; treating ‘both sides’ as equally deserving becomes an act of political cowardice, out of step with the prophetic tradition.

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Right-wing nationalists attack in Haifa

This is another account of how terrifying the right-wing mob has become in Israel, baying for the blood of ‘traitors’ and Arabs and doing their best to provoke a scrum. Police offer the left-wing protesters perfunctory or no protection. This time in Haifa, described by Rann Bar-On, on July 19th.

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Failure to protect civilians may be war crime

The UN Human Rights Council has held an emergency session on the situation in Gaza. Addressing the meeting in Geneva the High Commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, warned that the failure to protect civilians from airstrikes could make Israel liable to war crimes charges. She said the blockade should be lifted and condemned Hamas for its indiscriminate attacks.

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These attacks aim to terrorise, wound the soul and the body of the people

The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journals has published a letter from 23 scientists and medical doctors, mostly from Italy, expressing their horror and dismay at the destruction Israel is inflicting on people, homes, land and infrastructure in Gaza. Plus open letters from Gaza civil society leaders, from the International Board on Books for Young people and from over 1240 intellectuals round the world.

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Zionist Federation fails to draw many to pro-Israel rally

The rally called by the Zionist Federation in support of Israel and its offensive against Gaza pulled in at best one tenth of those who marched the day before in protest at Israel’s actions. Oddly, Guardian columnist Owen Jones chides supporters of Palestinian rights for not comprehending how the corruption of occupation in Israelis is fused with the trauma of being Jewish. Feeling traumatised does not seem to have inhibited most Jews either in Israel or elsewhere from rallying against, or for, Israel’s punishment of Gaza. Philip Kleinfeld marches with one and visits the other.

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Double standard on use of force

The people of Gaza surely have the right to use makeshift projectiles to end a merciless seven-year-long blockade or to end Israel’s criminal bombardment of Gaza’s civilian population writes Norman FInkelstein in a critique of the failure of Human Rights Watch to designate Israel’s bombardment a war crime.

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Knock knock. Who’s there? The IDF

‘IDF who? ‘ ‘I defy you to stay in your home as we are going to blow it to smithereens. No time? Well have a good day, er, death.’

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Why British Jews rally against Gaza attack

Link to Israeli channel TLV1 report on the Free Gaza Free Palestine demonstration in London, July 2014. Reporter Amy Racs was most interested in the Jewish groups taking part and interviewed two of our signatories on why they were there: clear reasons given including being Jewish doesn’t mean supporting Israel, arms trade, settlements and an Israeli life being worth more than a Palestinian one.

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Charities say more children killed than fighters

After two days of intensive shelling in the Gaza strip the number of Palestinians killed has exceeded 550 persons. Charities War Child and Defence for Children International say more children than fighters have been killed. Israel’s war aims seems to have broadened from destroying tunnels to destroying members of Hamas.

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Hamas as leader of Palestinians

Everything that’s wrong with Hamas – sectarian, sexist, antisemitic, autocratic, militaristic – is known and endlessly repeated. Yet despite, or probably because of, the Israeli bombardment many Palestinians see them as the best leaders of resistance to the occupation – something which the PA has signally failed to provide.

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