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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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Posts

Israel cries ‘havoc’ and lets slip the dogs of hate and lies

Operation brother’s keeper: In pursuit of its attempt to destroy Hamas – for which the lost boys are an excuse – the IDF makes military preparations for further strikes into Gaza, the Israeli press whips up hatred with false use of photos, Hamas and Fatah are pulling apart and Israeli youth spew calls for murder on Facebook. It is all extremely ugly.

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Israelis kidnap an entire people and cannot hear their cry

This is a rupture in the normalcy of Israeli society. It can be used, says an angry Avraham Burg, to see the true nature of things from the specious and hollow words of its leaders to the reality of seizing control of an entire nation – and acting as though they they cannot be seen or heard, talked about or talked with, by us.

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Violence is the only language Israel understands (in public)

The disappearance of three Israeli boys has produced almost universal shock – presumably the aim if it was an act of kidnap. On Netanyahu’s side there are calls for revenge, punishment and the once-and-for-all destruction of Hamas (and thus the Palestinian Unity Gov’t) – Richard SIlverstein predicts an attack on Gaza; on his critics’ side there are sad and angry comments about what does Bibi expect when he will not dignify Palestinians with serious talks, let alone the right to live freely.

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Keep on keeping on

The tradition of Jewish involvement in progressive movements may seem to have withered as more Jewish groups settle into the establishment; Jewish campaigns against Israel’s occupation and siege of Gaza can paralyse other Jews with uncertainty. But here we have a rabbis’ letter urging us all to stay true to the Make Poverty History ambitions while Michele Hanson and chums can’t abandon a life of protest – even if online like this website – is the only feasible option.

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Bringing in the religious right

The headline refers to Israel’s religious right, the subject of Ofer Zalzberg’s article though it could be applied to all religious dogmatics including Muslim ones, also excluded from any peace talks. Those involved in the peace-making business for the last decades have excluded the religious as too irrational or extreme to join in. Given their domestic sway, this may be a grave strategic error (if excluding of all women).

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Abandoning politics for the mantra of ‘return’

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In a thoughtful and admiring review of Diana Allan’s account of Palestinian life in Shatila refugee camp, Max Ijl recounts how the struggle for power lines has replaced the struggle for political power under the shelter of the rhetoric of return.

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Murders at the Jewish museum: leap before you learn

We know who was shot dead in the Jewish museum in Brussels on Saturday, May 24th. We know the killer was one man wearing a baseball cap. In the blurry video he appears to be of white, European origin. Although antisemitism seems the obvious motive, nothing is actually known. Which hasn’t deterred confident condemnations of Muslims and European antisemitism. The news has hardly featured in the US where there was another college shooting at the same time, six dead. Or it could be an offshoot of right-wing xenophobia in the Euroelections.

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Naming Israeli rule: Occupartheid?

A word has been coined to step forward from the arguments about whether the governance of the Palestinians is apartheid, S. Africa-style, colonialism, European-style or occupation, war-time style. An editorial in the Abu Dhabi-owned The National calls it Occupartheid to name the unique means of dispossessing Palestinians.

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Israeli PMs always have the last laugh

This might be self-hating- or self-loving-Jew corner. Like Groucho Marx, Bibi does not want to talk with anyone who wants to talk with him, eg anyone from the PNA or John Kerry’s team. He definitely does not want to be in the club which takes negotiating with Palestinians seriously. He wants to have the last laugh. B.Michael makes the link.

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Love and anger about Israel: a conflict in books

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This is a posting about, and reflecting, the serious concern in JfJfP for arguments in books about human relationships with the idea and reality of Israel. Details of the London launch of Norman Finkelstein’s new book and/or reviews of this and of Ari Shavit, the book he is attacking, by signatories Deborah Maccoby and Avi Shlaim.

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Liberal zionists clutching at straws

Jonathan Freedland is well-known and admired in the UK left for his sharp commentary on all matters except Israel says Ben White in a sharp critique . Freedland likens the Jews settling in Israel as ‘the right of the drowning man’. The drowning have no ‘rights’, only needs which others may – or may not – be obligated to respond to. Plus some powerful photos from UNWRA archive.

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Everywhere, Jewish right wing grows more militant and intolerant

The odd thing is that the very organisations that claim to speak for all Jews and eschew politics are the ones which practice a politics of pro-zionist uniformity and exclusion of all critics. As can be seen here in the pompously-named and structured Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. Their decision to exclude JStreet has earned them near-uniform criticism and is seen as a sign of the times.

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No place for a reasonable discussion about Israel in Washington

There has been more reaction in the US to John Kerry’s use of the word ‘apartheid’, and his apology for that use, than there has been to the failure of the peace talks. Josh Rogin says he was ‘damn right’ to have taped the speech. John Cassidy (Kerry was wrong), and Ben White (he was right to defy the thought police), comment.

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Call it ‘occupation’ – it annihilates more than apartheid did

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Two writers from +972, one from Haaretz take up the debate on whether ‘apartheid’ is the correct name for Israel’s form of rule over non-Jews. In Israel, the separation is less absolute than it was in S.Africa; in the oPt the Palestinians are wholly alien, never to have their national political identity put into effect. Even colonialism – in which the ruled were thought to be in training for nationhood – is too kind a word. And occupation, as has been ruled, is assumed to be temporary. Lost for words?

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Israel has inflicted ‘very deep wounds’ on US

There are many small reasons why the peace talks initiated by the Obama administration and conducted by John Kerry failed. But there is one big reason: the Israeli government did not engage. If it can continue to deny all political rights to Palestinians, it will. As the blame game/accountancy continues, the PA turns to the international arena.

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Israel’s scandalous treatment of African Asylum seekers

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The latest development in the story of Israel’s scandalous treatment of African Asylum seekers was revealed last week. After denying to even examine most of the refugees’ asylum claims, deporting, and imprisoning those who stayed, Israeli authorities are now coercing them to sign on to so-called “voluntary” return as part of Israel’s arms and trade deals with several sub-Saharan African nations.
Transcript of a Real News programme with Lia Tarachansky

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The aftermath of the peace talks

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Further comments and reflection on the end of the peace talks: PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Saeb Erekat’s statement on the end of the nine months negotiations period; Faysal Mikdadi’s moving reflections “Betrayal Tinged with Greed and Stupidity”; a Ha’aretz piece “Kerry: Israel risks turning into an ‘apartheid state’”; and Richard Silverstein’s “Kerry Says the ‘A-word’ and Abbas says the ‘H-Word’”

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BDS: moderate and reasonable

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The Magnes Zionist blog is written by Jeremiah (Jerry) Haber, an orthodox Jewish studies and philosophy professor, who divides his time between Israel and the US. Coinciding with the collapse the peace talks he asks the unaskable question: “What if the Global BDS Movement Were to Achieve Its Goals?” He is not fazed by his answer – even from a Zionist point of view – finding its aims to be both much more moderate and more moral than the status quo within 1967 Israel…

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No BDS, No violence. Are you saying they must remain on their knees for eternity?

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One of Palestin’e most incisive political thinkers, Rashid Khalidi, talks to Philip Weiss of what options the Palestinians now have. He is less hopeful of NVDA (see posting above), has no hopes of the USA but does believe that institutions like the EU and ICC will have an open door for Palestinians to walk through – if they get on their feet.

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The power of naming

The one who bestows names on people, property, land, processes is the one with the power. So Israel renames the western part of Palestine as ‘Judea and Samaria’, bureaucrats rename the quest for peace as the work of finding a ‘political settlement’ and Putin renames the Ukraine as ‘Russia’. Uri Avnery on the seized power of naming.

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