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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

Goldstone Report – contact the UK ambassador at the UN before 4 November

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We need you to email the UK’s UN Ambassador and tell him to endorse the Goldstone Report report…

Rattling the Cage: Some victims we are

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Larry Derfner writes: “So let’s decide: Who was the victim of Operation Cast Lead, them or us?

No question – us. We Israelis were the victims and we still are. In fact, our victimhood is getting worse by the day. The Goldstone report was the real war crime. The Goldstone report, the UN debates, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Red Cross, B’Tselem, the traitorous soldiers of Breaking the Silence and the Rabin Academy – those were the true crimes against humanity…”

A Witness in Palestine

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Anna Baltzer’s website Like many Americans and many Jews, I grew up with a positive view of Israel as a Peace-Seeking democracy. Israel symbolized to me the one protection that Jews had against the type of persecution that had plagued families like mine throughout history. I saw the Jewish state as a tiny and victimized […]

Daily Show under fire for covering Israeli-Palestinian conflict

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Jon Stewart’s comedy news show The Daily Show is reportedly under fire from pro-Israeli groups for giving airtime to two pro-Palestinian figures on Wednesday night. Stewart hosted Palestinian democracy activist Mustafa Barghouti and human rights activist Anna Baltzer, author of A Witness in Palestine, who explained the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of the Palestinian side.

Justice Goldstone and the Jews

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Tony Judt responds to the campaign to denigrate Richard Goldstone in the Huffington Post, 29 October 2009…

Physicians for Human Rights – Israel: lectures cancelled because of Zionist pressure in Manchester and Liverpool

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Zionists stop medical talk after campaign by Robyn Rosen, October 29, 2009 Two lectures by Israeli-based charity Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) were cancelled after a Zionist organisation told hospitals holding the talks that they were “anti-Israel”. Miri Weingarten from PHR-I was due to give a lecture, entitled The Right to Health in a Conflict […]

The realities of occupation – no 5,783…

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As military lawyer gives false promise, Bethlehem University Student is Blindfolded, Handcuffed, and Taken to Gaza by Force Sign the petition of protest to No 10 Downing St Berlanty Azzam, 21, was arrested yesterday while crossing from one part of the West Bank to another – just because her address in the Israeli-controlled Population Registry […]

UN to debate Goldstone Gaza report next week

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Report credited to Associated Press, 29 October 2009 The United Nations General Assembly announced late Wednesday it will meet next week to consider a report that accused both Israeli forces and Palestinian militants of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during the offensive in Gaza last winter. The Geneva-based Human Rights Council endorsed the […]

The rise and rise of JStreet

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JStreet’s national conference finished on a highnote in Washington yesterday, 28 October. Their summary of the event, and five news reports discussing it, give an overview of developments in the US in the last eighteen months since JStreet’s foundation [...]

Support in Israel for a domestic independent commission of inquiry into the Gaza attacks is growing

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Support in Israel for a domestic independent commission of inquiry into the Gaza attacks is growing as fears mount in advance of the UN General Assembly’s debate on the Goldstone report next week. Below are two opinions published over the past 24 hours in Haaretz…

West Bank land belongs to Jews, says Israeli army judge

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In an unusually frank interview, which offers insights into the melding of religion, politics and law that underpins land seizures in the occupied territories, Major Agassi, Israeli army lawyer and then military judge, lays out his belief that Israel has a biblical claim to territory beyond its borders and that he, even as an immigrant, has a right to live on it when those born there do not [...]

As occupier, Israel must face up to Goldstone report

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An extremely important analysis by Zvi Bar’el, a normally middle-of-the-road Ha’aretz correspondent: “Goldstone was born in June 1967. I am not referring to the judge from South Africa, but to his report, or more precisely, the notion that Israel needs a synonym for the soul-searching it must carry out after 42 years of occupation…”

Goldstone’s Report — Israel’s Missed Opportunity

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Hadas Zvi of PHR-I writes: “For four short and inspiring months, I am an Israeli away from home as an Oak Fellow for human rights at Colby College in Waterville Maine. Having some (healthy) distance from the daily struggle, I watch with disappointment the reactions to the Goldstone report. I believed it to be a watershed that could have — and should have — changed the discourse on the conflict that torments us all…”

Goldstone Report – JfJfP Public Meeting – Audio Recording

The Goldstone Report Impact and Implications Daniel Machover of Hickman Rose, solicitors and co-founder of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights Miri Weingarten Former  oPt Director of Physicians for Human Rights – Israel Dr Ghada Karmi, Exeter Academic and author of “Married to Another Man” For those of you who missed our superb public meeting last night […]

How to lobby your MP

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With acknowledgements to CAABU Lobbying your MP Effectively . HOW TO MEET YOUR MP Find out who your local MP is on the They Work for You website, or by telephoning the House of Commons Information Office on 020 7219 4272. They will ask you for your full postcode in order to verify which constituency […]

Month-long lobby of MPs and candidates in November 2009

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Every November, for the past several years, there has been a lobby of Parliament in support of Palestinian self-determination. Hundreds of voters go to meet their MPs and impress upon them the popular support for the rights of the Palestinians to their own, free nation state. We have seen how this has greatly improved the […]

Israel rations Palestinians to trickle of water

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Troubled Waters: Palestinians denied fair access to water An Amnesty International report,  27 October 2009 See also Inside Story – Palestine water shortage – 27 Oct 09 on Al Jazeera. Amnesty International has accused Israel of denying Palestinians the right to access adequate water by maintaining total control over the shared water resources and pursuing […]

First Objector from New Refusal Letter in Prison

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New Profile reports First prison term for Efi Brenner, the first among the signatories of the 2009-2010 Shministim refusal letter to be sent to military prison. Full information and recommended action follow. A new collective declaration of refusal by Israeli youths, the 2009-2010 high school seniors letter, went public last week. Today (22 Oct.), two […]

Who’s afraid of Richard Goldstone

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Ronnie Kasrils: “South Africa’s Chief Rabbi, Warren Goldstein, acting like some demented Israeli propagandist has weighed-in to the Goldstone Report on Gaza as “a political strategy for delegitimizing Israel”; alleging that it is “phrased in wild, undisciplined and aggressive language;” and violates the audi alteram partem (right to be heard) rule – injudiciously ignoring the fact that it was Israel that refused to participate and prevented the Goldstone team from setting foot in Israel and the West Bank…”

The Passion of Richard Goldstone

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It is truly sad, though hardly surprising, how a Goldstone-basher coalition has emerged in the last week, a coalition made up of Israeli war crimes apologists, states opposed to international humanitarian law (except when it serves their own interest), and ultra-nationalists everywhere. Now the Obama Administration and the Congress, for reasons of political expediency , or because of a naïve confidence in the so-called peace process, have jumped on the bandwagon…