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The BEDOUIN

We have posted more than 30 articles on The Bedouin of the Naqab/Negev over the last three years

See the JfJfP briefing note on Bedouin Palestinians of the Naqab and download our 2013 leaflet on the Prawer plan
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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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Tanks- fall out! Special Ops – forward!

“it is abundantly clear, including to IDF generals, that Israel is not facing an existential threat at this time” writes Ben Caspit. So clear that they have reconfigured their armed forces and order of battle. Today the army relies on a large infantry (for policing the oPt ) and elite units for special ops. Its intel work is up to scratch; its understanding of Palestinian aspirations remains at zero.

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Palestinian Christians struggle for freedom in ‘holy land’

Easter – which this year happens to have coincided with Passover – has traditionally been a time to focus on the state of Christian worship in its birthplace, Palestine. Despite the marriage of convenience between the right-wing forces among American evangelical protestants and Israeli Jews, Palestinian Christians (of the foreign, i.e. indigenous sort) share the persecution that Israelis and fundamentalist Islamists show their enemies, not the comradeship of shared religion or nationality.

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Where have Palestine’s organic intellectuals gone?

elias khoury

Tamed by neoliberalism, every one. An organic intellectual in Marxist Antonio Gramsci’s work is the person who thinks politically, strategically about whatever work she/he is doing, whether a factory worker or a professor. Once, says Faris Giacaman, Palestinians in academia did this. But the end of class-struggle revolutionary politics has ended that role.

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Just because it’s ‘post-’ it doesn’t mean it’s not political

Anthony Alessandrini of Jadaliyya responds to Faris Giacaman’s article (above) with an argument that political engagement and thought is still present in the work of Palestinian intellectuals and artists. Unlike their forebears, they have to take on not just overt colonial oppression but the complex issue of the subjugating force of national liberation elites. They are also part of a tradition which includes formally Jewish and Christian analysts of post-colonialism.

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Christians blocked, bullied and blasted away from holy sites at Easter

What is the collective noun for Palestinians? Terrorist threat. As thousands tried to make their way to Christian churches in Jerusalem in particular, they found their way barred by police. Foreign pilgrims were caught up in what looked like a ‘kettling’ operation. But so normal is this impediment to free movement that when the UN’s special envoy found himself blocked, the police dismissed his complaint as a ‘micro-incident. They do not not know what normal freedom is.

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Israeli gag orders bind US journalists – their choice

Here are two shocking stories combined in one. Shin Bet arrests an Arab Israeli journalist who visits Lebanon;. It then imposes a gagging order which Israeli – and some US – media obey. Richard Silverstein broke the story-and order (it does not apply to non-Israelis) – to bring the story to a wider public. For some reason, Ali Abuminah, a brave, antiracist and sophisticated journalist, has been unable in his account to acknowledge this though he has not been known as a supporter of the No Normalisation campaign.

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How brave peace-makers became ‘criminals’

Uri Avnery looks back on the Oslo accords and what was achieved – not least Arafat’s recognition of Israel and his letting-go of most of the Palestinians’ claim to once Palestinian land. For from celebrating the size of this achievement for Israel – with scant reward for Palestine – the Israeli right is busy rewriting history – including omitting the critical fact of Israel reneging on its recent promised prisoner release.

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Jew versus Jew on Israeli slavery

Palestinians are not commodities to be bought and sold on the market, whose bodies and labour power are the possession of the owners. But, like slaves, they are born in dishonour, do not possess the civil rights through which they can defend themselves and have no free movement; like the Americans, the ‘white’ population of Jews is itself bitterly split on the issue of the freedom of the oppressed people. A powerful essay from Eva Illouz which, like Faysal Mikdadi, responds to the film 12 Years a Slave.

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Dreams of exile

In his dreams Faysal Mikdadi, exiled from his Palestinian homeland since 1948, remembers running freely beside the Mediterranean sea. Cruelly awake, he marvels at how politicians – Miliband, Netanyahu, Arab and Palestinian leaders – can carry on as though a whole people has not been displaced and lost all they had. Will we weep for them one day as now we weep for the slaves of yesteryear?

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No relief for Yarmouk’s refugees

The unremitting conflict for control of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria has driven out many of its penniless Palestinian residents, the bulk of whom have been taken in by Jordan and Lebanon at huge cost to their budgets and amenities. Those left behind are subject to cynical denial of food. Many agencies and charities are trying to help them – and Syrian people themselves left devastated by the years of war.

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The vacuous pull of the Peace Process

The absence of any realistic ‘peace process’ may be a vacuum which pulls in any moving body, such as John Kerry. Or Kerry may be ‘addicted’ to the process, as Foreign Policy’s Aaron David Miller suggests. Or the Peace Process is emptied of all meaning because for Israelis the only peace is unconditional Palestinian surrender as Zeev Sternhell argues. Israeli supremacy will rule.

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Silence all Palestinian political voices

Violent resistance to Israeli oppression will always invite hostility, whatever the provocation. But Israeli security forces consistently imprison Palestinians who act through politics. The Israeli security junta will find some link between any Palestinian and a security risk – and shut them up. Ben White reports on the latest arrests.

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UN: end illegal collective punishment of Gaza

Regular readers of this website do not need to to be told of the deprivations visited on all people in the Gaza Strip by Israel Security – and the Egyptian government. On his first visit, the new head of UNWRA is shocked and says the siege must be ended. 50 UN agencies made the same call 2 years ago. An entire people is locked into an enclave without basic resources. Say ‘security’ and care dies.

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Military Man is the only hero in Israel

Israel was created, expanded and is sustained by military force. It is not democracy Israelis admire but the IDF. It is the one firm and protective father for whom Israelis yearn – and whose cruelties and errors they pretend not to notice. Yossi Sarid on Israel’s cult of the soldier-hero.

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No part of Palestine off-limits to settlers

Settlement-Expansion-East-Jerusalem

The most recent report from the Foundation for Middle East Peace is devoted to the question of Israeli settlements. As it has become clear that there is going to be no effective international action to prevent – let alone reduce – settlement building Israelis have become more aggressively confident while Palestinians consider how best to protect themselves.

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Pro-Israel? – don’t go there

hebron protest

The British Jewish group Yachad (Hebrew for ‘together’) was founded in 2011 as a pro-Israel pro-peace group. Taking people on visits to Israel has been made more difficult by the places that have to avoided, or somehow explained. Hebron’s devastated Shuhada Street is one such place – but it’s not so different from the rest of the West Bank writes Yachad founder Hannah Weisfeld.

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Plan for Israeli tourist centre in E. Jerusalem slammed for ‘lethal potential’

temple mount from south

The plan to build a 7-storey visitors’ centre in Silwan just below the Temple Mount, first passed 2 years ago, has been formally approved by Jerusalem city council. It has been pushed ahead by groups bent on getting Jewish control of the area and angrily condemned by Israeli archaeologists and those opposed to Judaisation of E. Jerusalem.

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Secret police hold Palestinian journalist in secret

Palestinian activist-journalist Majd Kayyal

As Richard Silverstein notes, ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ has been holding a young Israeli journalist since April 12, initially in secret – a gagging order was imposed on the press and denied access to lawyers. The gagging order is lifted but he is still confined in a cell with no bed or window. His supposed crime? He travelled to Lebanon, and he’s an Arab/Palestinian citizen.

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In the spotlight – Palestinian political prisoners

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If Israeli security forces hoped that imprisoning Palestinian political activists would ‘disappear’ them from public life they were wrong. The more there are, the longer they languish inside, the more who die from their treatment in prison the louder the demand that they be freed. Today, April 17th, is Palestinian Political Prisoners Day when public voices say freedom will pave the way for peace.

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Freeing Marwan Barghouti test of Israeli seriousness

Marwan Barghouti, informal leader of two intifadas, was abducted by Israeli security men in 2002, and imprisoned in 2004 on charges of terrorism. Since then his popularity has grown and he has become the outstanding symbol of Palestinian political prisoners and of potential Palestinian unity founded on resistance. An international campaign for his release was launched last October and on this anniversary of his arrest many voices say that releasing him would be the most potent sign Israel could make of its serious intent in peace talks.

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