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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

Campaign to ban Israeli Settlement Goods

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The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in partnership with the TUC, and War on Want are promoting campaigns to get supermarkets to stop selling settlement produce, campaigns that JfjfP endorses…

Swedish pension funds divest from the occupation

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Four Swedish government pension funds with combined assets of SEK800bn (€81.8bn) have mirrored a decision by the Norwegian Government Pension Fund and blacklisted Elbit Systems, the Israeli defence technologies firm, from their investment portfolios for human rights violations in the Palestinian territories [...]

David Landau of Haaretz fears for Israel’s future

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An excoriating crtiique of developments in Israel over the last year by David Landau, founder and editor-in-chief of the paper’s English edition from 1997 to 2004: “Since last Passover, over the first year of Benjamin Netanyahu’s prime ministership, Israel has slid almost inadvertently a long way down the slope that leads to McCarthyism and racism.
Inadvertently. That must be the explanation… “

More passover posts…

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The Magnes Zionist writes:”I don’t have time to write a proper Passover post, and I don’t have the strength either. Only those who are of the “things-need-to-get-worse-in-order-to-get-better” school can take cheer this Passover…; and Sam Bahour, from Gaza, explains the six traditional items on the Seder plate and draws analogies between then and now, between the Jewish suffering in Egypt and the Palestinians in Gaza today, making an impassioned plea for Jews to speak out…

The eternal and united capital

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As this map of the expansion of Jerusalem shows, most of the ‘eternal and united capital’ was never part of historical Jerusalem anyway, whether under the mandate or under Jordanian rule.

UK arms used by Israel in Gaza…

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Richard Norton-Taylor reports that, following a British government admission that British equipment was “almost certainly” used in the war on Gaza last year, MPs have called for a review so that “broader lessons” can be learnt to ensure British arms exports to Israel are not used in the occupied territories in future [...]

Legitimacy, negotiations & reconstruction – a working paper

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Dr Husam Zomlot is currently a research fellow of the Dubai Initiative at the at the Harvard Kennedy School was formerly based in London as political counsellor at the Palestinian General Delegation. Here he looks at the reasons for the current deadlock over the desperately needed reconstruction programme in Gaza. It can only be successful, he argues, as part of a Palestinian national state-building project including the West Bank as well as Gaza [...]

Akiva Eldar reworks the story of the ninth plague…

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“For 43 years, the Israeli public – schoolchildren, TV viewers, Knesset members and Supreme Court judges – have been living in the darkness of the occupation, which some call liberation. The school system and its textbooks, the army and its maps, the language and the “heritage” have all been mobilized to help keep Israelis blind to the truth [...]“

Research suggests BBC Arabic coverage not objective

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A study, by Bir Zeit university masters student Buthayna Hamdan, focusing on the daily news programme World News This Evening’s broadcasts between 8 November and 8 December 2008, found external political motivations swayed coverage of Palestine only weeks before Israel launched its Operation Cast Lead on 26 December 2008 [...]

Happy Pesach / Chag Sameach

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A happy pesach to all our supporters and website users! Below we include ‘Thoughts for Passover’ from Rabbis for Human Rights which arrived this morning [...]

The week in brief 22-28 March – a summary of recent postings

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The ongoing conflict between the US and Israel continues to dominate. Two JNews postings on East Jerusalem give the background to it; while “Crisis? What Crisis? This Crisis?” give an overview of responses in the English-language Israeli press: Haaretz, Ynet – Yediot Ahranot online – & the Jerusalem Post. A Guardian editorial takes a firm line on Israel following the cloning of twelve UK passports and Israel’s intransigence on house construction in Jerusalem. And in “The Doomsday Weapon”, Uri Avnery [...]

Two JNews postings on East Jerusalem

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JNews writes: The signs from Washington are clear: the US seeks to bring about a building freeze in ALL settlements, including those in East Jerusalem, before negotiations are renewed…

Prosecution of Arab Members of Knesset in Israel

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Ben White reports that “Arab members of the Knesset face what looks like the criminalisation of minority representation” [...]

“Targeted citizen”: a film about Palestinian citizens of Israel

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A 15-minute film about the Arab-Palestinian minority in Israel, made for human-rights organisation ‘Adalah’ by Rachel Leah Jones. “How many Jewish homes were demolished last year?” [...]

Crisis? What Crisis? This Crisis?

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The Israeli press (Haaretz, Ynet – Yediot Ahranot online – & the Jerusalem Post) on current US-Israel relations. Has the Obama administration seized the opportunity of Israeli political mis-steps to regain some of the capital lost last year? Has Netanyahu really departed the US having been humiliated? Does the stalled peace process endanger the lives of US troops or US national security?

The ironies of relative peace…

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Sderot is tottering on the brink of bankruptcy – the result of the cessation in the flow of charitable donations to the municipality, which which ceased with the flow of thousands of Qassam rockets [...]

Guardian editorial takes a firm line on Israel

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The Guardian has published an unusually firm editorial following the cloning of twelve UK passports and Israel’s intransigence on house construction in Jerusalem[...]

Review – last night in Committee Room 6

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The Evening Standard’s Bruce Dessau reviews Parliament’s first ever stand up gig.

Tell Me Again, Who Made The Desert Bloom?

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Diana Mason is in good form in this posting on the Lawrence of Cyberia website, 19 March 2010, In December 1945 and January 1946, the British Mandate authorities carried out an extensive survey of Palestine which gives quite specific answers as to who really made the barley fields of Beersheba bloom, or the melon patches of Jaffa, or the tobacco fields of Safad, or [...]

A view from Cairo

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Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, professor of international politics at the American University in Cairo asks why EU policy towards Israel has failed so badly. He answers: “no matter what blandishments are showered upon Israel, when push comes to shove it is the ability to use power – not charm – that determines whether an outside power has a say in advancing Arab-Israeli peacemaking…”