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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

Eyeless in Gaza

Joe Sacco interview by Rachel Cooke, Observer, Sunday 22 November 2009:

Colleagues laughed when a young journalist in Palestine announced his intention to tell the story of that region though cartoons. Twenty years later, Joe Sacco is one of the world’s leading exponents of the graphic novel form…

Israel critics pledge their backing for Goldstone

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Under the heading “Israel critics pledge their backing for Goldstone” Leon Symons, reports in the Jewish Chronicle on the forthcoming full-page advert in the Times on Tuesday 2nd December

URGENT: Parliament debate on settlement goods next Wednesday

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Phyllis Starkey MP has secured an adjournment debate on the labelling of Israeli goods on Wednesday 2 December 11-11.30am. Please ask your MP to attend, and argue not only for an end to the mislabelling of settlement goods, but for settlement goods to be banned.

The Settlement Freeze – What does it mean?

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Peace Now presents an update on “Key facts about the Settlement Freeze Announced by the Israeli Government”

Israeli mother Addresses European Parliament

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Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan is the mother of Smadar Elhanan, 13 years old when killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem in September 1997. Here is Nurit’s speech made on International Women’s Day in Strasbourg earlier this month [...]

UK calls for full settlement freeze

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New FCO statement: “Britain continues to call for a full settlement freeze in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including so-called ‘natural growth’ , in accordance with the responsibilities set for both sides in the 2003 Roadmap. Settlements are illegal.”

The Goldstone Report – an Unofficial Summary

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OCHA has also provided an unofficial summary of the Goldstone Report as a guide for media use only. It runs to about 7 pages as opposed to the 571 of the original report…

Palestinian Trade Union Movement support for a BDS strategy

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In reaction to reports alleging that a Palestinian trade union official has stated his reservations about the Palestinian civil society campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), the Palestinian trade union movement has expressed solid support for the global BDS campaign [...]

Human Rights Defender Mohammad Othman Receives his First Administrative Detention Order

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After 61 days of detention for the purpose of interrogation by Israeli Security Agency officers, human rights defender Mohammad Othman received his first administrative detention order for a three month period, during which time Mohammad will be held without charge or trial…

A Provocative Move – Times editorial

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“Mr Netanyahu appears to believe that the present stalemate is better than a resumption of any peace talks that limit settlements or weaken Israel’s control of the West Bank. Blaming the Palestinians for not resuming talks while demolishing Palestinian homes to make way for settlements will not increase Israel’s security, will not win international support and will further polarise politics in his own divided nation. Mr Netanyahu should think again.”

Israel’s Two-Tiered Justice System

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Jonathan Cook writes: “An Israeli judge made an historic ruling last week when he decided that an Arab teenager needed “protection” from the justice system and ordered that he not be convicted despite being found guilty of throwing stones at a police car during a protest against Israel’s attack last winter on Gaza…”

More on the Dispatches programme

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Anshel Pfeffer writes: “But the real problem with today’s Israel lobby, in Britain and the United States, is not with its finances and their lack of transparency but with its entire mind-set. The basic fact is that by its actions, the lobby is now causing Israel more harm than good. That’s the point Oborne almost totally missed…”
Plus: Martin Bright in the Jewish Chronicle…

What does Israel have against a Palestinian stadium?

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Amira Hass, Haaretz: FIFA, the international soccer federation, has financed a Palestinian stadium near Ramallah as part of a larger program to promote Palestinian soccer. It is threatened with demolition by Israel before it opens…

Israeli minister plans to send troops into schools to boost conscription

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The Israeli education minister has unveiled plans to take teams of senior army officers to high schools across the country to help teachers “foster the motivation” of pupils to serve in combat units following a decline in conscription rates.

San Francisco Film Festival aftermath

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Will the Jewish Federation of San Francisco drive more people into the arms of BDS (boycotts, divestment and sanction)? Judith Butler, Ronnie Gilbert and Aurora Levins Morales respond Posted on November 16 2009 by Cecilie Surasky Here is an embarrassingly McCarthyite response to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s decision to a) screen the film […]

COMET on BBC World Competition – consider voting for its projet

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Update re Comet-ME, a group of Israelis, Palestinians, and international volunteers.
“We were just informed that we did not make it to the three top finalists. Comet wishes to congratulate the winners and thank all who voted for us. Thanks a lot. On the other hand we have secured a grant that will us to continue the project in more communities in the South Mount Hebron area…”

Gush Shalom call on Ahava – press release, 17 November 2009

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Gush Shalom Press Release: The Dutch Foreign Minister: products from the Palestinian part of the Dead Sea are not Israeli products and deserve no tax exemption. Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen ordered an urgent investigation to confirm unequivocally the origin of the “Ahava” cosmetics marketed in the Dutch market, so as to confirm that they […]

Goldstone revisited

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“David Shulman on Moshe Halbertal on the Goldstone Report on the NYRB Blog” – Don’t be put off by this title!

Hospitals are criticised for yielding to pressure over human rights lecture

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Two hospitals in northwest England have been criticised for cancelling lectures on human rights after a campaign by a Zionist organisation to stop them taking place. The lectures were due to be given by a speaker from the Israeli charity Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.

Surgery okay delayed, Gaza patient dies

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Samir al-Nadim, 25, a cardiac patient, scheduled to undergo surgery in Nablus month ago. He even had opinion from Israeli doctor indicating severity of his case. Authorization delayed, Al-Nadim leaves late for surgery, dies day later [...]