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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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Posts

The Zionist Hysteria over Iran

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Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not my cup of tea, to say the least. I look at him and see an Iranian version of one of our Shas politicians, and I don’t like them, or their political-religious fundamentalism either. His human rights record isn’t great; he is a lousy president; the Iranian people would do well to get rid of him.

So I am not going to defend him or make apologies for him – even though he has never threatened to destroy Israelis, and, needless to say, he has never threatened to wipe Israel off the map.

Israel-Palestine is already a de facto single state

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Tony Lerman writes in Comment is Free, 2 April 2009

The control Israel exerts on Gaza and the West Bank suggests time is running out for proponents of a two-state solution

Critics of the one-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict see it, at best, as utopian and unachievable, and at worst, as the dismantling of Israel, the denial of the right of Jewish self-determination and the ultimate expression of the new antisemitism… There’s something surreal about all of this, about both the fulminations of the critics and the theoretical scenarios of the advocates. And that’s because we’re already there: one state exists.

Israeli Press Contacts

A list of Israeli Press Contacts for ‘Letters to the Editor’

Israeli government officials to protest to

A useful list of useful email, phone, fax nos and addresses compiled by New Profile, April 2009

UK economic links with Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory

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A research paper prepared for the Sir Joseph Hotung Programme for Law, Human Rights and Peace Building in the Middle East, SOAS, University of London, by Profundo economic research. Published February 2009

Boycott this Israeli settlement builder

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“The UK Foreign Office will no longer rent from Lev Leviev. Now other states must also boycott this builder of illegal settlements” Abe Hayeem of Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine writes in Comment is Free, 26 April 2009.

BDS Background Papers – Paper 2/2

THE CASE FOR A NEW JFJFP BOYCOTT STRATEGY

By Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi and Deborah Fink

BDS Background Papers – Paper 1/2

THE CASE AGAINST A NEW JFJFP BOYCOTT STRATEGY

The first of two background papers, by Richard Kuper.

BDS Background Papers – Summary

Here we present a summary of two papers advocating opposing positions with regard to JfJfP’s BDS strategy.

ICAHD News Update on House Demolitions

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House demolitions in East Jerusalem continue to make the news and below you can find a small selection, bringing you up to date. We suggest a response, including writing to Tony Blair, who said that the Palestinians should have a capital in East Jerusalem. Our fear is that these are yet more words, but without action. Also find a link to Jennie Stoller’s reading of Seven Jewish Children on The Guardian website.

Durban I & II: A Brief Guide for the Perplexed by Rosemary Bechler

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A JfJfP website exclusive! Durban 1 The controversial UN World Conference against Racism, held from 31 August to 8 September 2001 in Durban, took place in the shadow of the ‘second intifada’ which had begun almost a year earlier following the collapse of the Oslo process. No one disputes that it provided a platform for […]

Israel/Gaza: Israeli Military Investigation Not Credible

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April 23, 2009 (Jerusalem) – The Israeli military’s findings about the conduct of its forces in Gaza, announced on April 22, lack credibility and confirm the need for an impartial international inquiry into alleged violations by both Israel and Hamas, Human Rights Watch said today.
See also: Statement by Israeli Human Rights organizations in response to IDF exonerating itself (posted 22 April)

Murderous Israeli army response to non-violent demonstration in Bil’in, 17 April 2009

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His name was Basem

April 20, 2009

His name was Basem, which means smile, and that is how he greeted everyone. But we all called him ‘Pheel’, which means elephant because he had the body the size of an elephant. But Basem had the heart of a child.

PCHR Annual Report – human rights violations by Palestinians and Israelis

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Palestinian Centre for Human Rights Press Conference Announces Publication of 2008 Annual Report; Details Human Rights Violations Committed by Palestinians and Israelis

Israeli police harass New Profile – confiscate computers

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Gush Shalom Press Release April 27, 2009 (and Jewish Peace News update, same day)

Uri Avnery: Police offensive against New Profile activists – a violation of the Freedom of Speech. This assault on the adherents of peace and democracy follows after Lieberman took over the police and state prosecution.

Read the full Gush Shlom press release and add your voice to the protest organised by Jewish Voice for Peace now

The Writing on the Wall

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Farid Esack, a muslim scholar, was a United Democratic Movment activist in the Cape in the struggle against apartheid in the eighties. In a long Open Letter he draws comparison between the experiences in South Africa and those of the Palestinians and writes: “We as South Africans resisting Apartheid understood the invaluable role of international […]

Uri Avney on Ahmadinejad

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I AM not saying that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an agent of the Mossad.

Absolutely not. I don’t want to be sued for libel.

I am only saying that were he an agent of the Mossad, he would not behave any differently.

And also: If he did not exist, the Mossad would have had to invent him.

Either way, the assistance he is giving to the government of Israel is invaluable.

Protest Against “Israel 61″ IDF Dance Show

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“IDF entertainment group singing Israel’s favourite songs” is to perfartsdepot_logoorm at artsdepot this Tuesday, 28 April at 8 pm. More info below.

This propaganda stunt for the Israeli army, so close after the Israeli military offensive in Gaza, is unacceptable. While Palestinians are dying in Gaza because of the siege imposed by the Israeli army, the planned Israel 61 celebrations is like dancing on their graves.

Missing an Anti-Racism Moment – more on Durban II

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Prog Stephen Zunes tries to make sense of the US decision to boycott Durban II, despite an agreed declaration in advance of the conference that had dropped a call to ban “defamation of religion,” which raised concerns regarding restricting free speech, as well as any references to Israel and Palestine.

EU Israel relations upgrade on hold

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From Middle East Online, the EU have responded to the invasion of Gaza and the formation of  government whose commitment to the peace process is in doubt in a way that allows the EU to talk tough on the issue – will they follow through with action?