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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
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
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
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.
* 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
* 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


The Israel Lobby revisited


Stephen Maher writes in the Eletronic Intifada: “[A]s we shall see, the lobby thesis does little to explain US foreign policy in the Middle East”…

Israeli law proposal: Outlaw organisations reporting on violations


Israeli NGOs that provide evidence of Israeli complicity in war crimes are targeted and threatened with closure in proposed new Knesset bill…

Noam Chomsky, Eyeless in Gaza


In extracts from his new book “Hopes and Prospects” Noam Chomsky provides an overview of recent history of Gaza, of the settlements and of Washington’s changing responses to Israel. He sees little substance to Obama’s commitment to democracy and human rights in relation to the conflict…

The Jewish National Fund – a study


The Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights is pleased to announce the publication of the Winter-Spring 2010 issue of al-Majdal (issue #43), titled “The Jewish National Fund: A Para-State Institution in the Service of Colonialism and Apartheid”…

Israeli academics appeal to the Defence Minister about Palestinian students


28 April 2010: Ten Israel Prize laureates and more than 50 academics and intellectuals wrote to the Israeli Defense Minister today asking him to cancel the sweeping ban Israel has imposed, since 2000, on Palestinian students from Gaza studying in the West Bank…

Green lights in Jerusalem


Demonstrative report from Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland on the differences in access to central Jerusalem for two sets of commuters trying to get to work: residents of the illegal settlements and Palestinians from Shuafat and Beit Hanina.

J Call: a new European Jewish movement for peace


The name J Street is already taken, so this is called J Call. A new European Jewish movement for peace is being launched in Brussels on 3rd May. Le Monde reports on this initiative, so far largely based in Francophone Europe. But J Call’s petition is available in six European languages so…

Non-violent resistance in Palestine


The fifth Bil’in International Conference on the Popular Struggle took place last week and committed itself to establishing legal accountability, promoting a BDS strategy and building an international network in support of Palestinian popular non-violent resisdtance…

Which way forward for the Palestinians?


A new International Crisis Group report on the changing strategy of of PLO who “seek to redress the power imbalance with Israel by pressing their case internationally, reinvigorating statebuilding, and encouraging a measure of popular resistance…”



Two evaluations of the South African Jewish community’s Goldstone scandal: Larry Derfner “What the South African Jewish community did last week was shameful” published in the Jerusalem Post on 22nd April 2010; and Gilad Isaacs “What South African Community Leaders Should Have Done – The Goldstone Scandal” published on Mondoweiss on 25 April 2010…

Refusenik Jonathan Ben-Artzi: Taking sides


“The next step should be involvement in groups on campus that promote unbiased discussion and that call upon Brown to divest from companies that profit from the Israeli occupation of the Palestinians…”

On Elie Wiesel on Jerusalem…


On 16 April Elie Wiesel published a full page ad signed by himself in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, calling for Jerusalem to be taken out of current political discussions – “For me, the Jew that I am, Jerusalem is above politics.” Jewish protestors at Sheikh Jarrar have issued a response…

The Palestinian Authority’s skin-deep makeover


Rachel Shabi assesses the attempt of the Palestinian Authority to reinvent itself as a popular movement and is sceptical about its seriousness…

Bradley Burston


Bradley Burston writes, after attending one of the weekly Sheik Jarrar protests: “Our fellow Israeli Jews, inveterate world travelers that they are, literally go out of their way to avoid this place, which is called East Jerusalem. Some steer clear because it scares them, others simply because it feels so, well, foreign. In the end, what they miss out on, is the view from here. If just once they’d make the trip. On a clear day, they could see their own future…

The Israeli left…

Protest at eviction of Palestinian residents

The continuing re-emergence of the Israeli left, in this weekend’s Financial Times.

Have you got a blue light sabre or a red one?


The creation and increasing political weight of J Street, the “pro-peace, pro-Israel” US lobby group continues to upset some Israel apologists. An attack from Alan Dershowitz in the Huffington Post describes J Street as having “gone over to the dark side.” (No really, it does. Those quotation marks are there for accuracy, not to indicate […]

Two-and-a-half weeks in brief – a round up of posts 5th-23rd April


Yes, that ought to have read 5th-12th, or maybe 16th-23rd. Normally, we do a round up of published posts each week, but due to a combination of school holidays and closed airspace stranding one of our site editors in southern Spain with very slow internet access, it’s almost three weeks since a round up has […]

“Strains” in US-Israel relations?


Further to our earlier round up of articles covering George Mitchell’s Middle East trip, The Forward’s Gal Beckerman has an in-depth examination of the “strain[ed]” nature of US-Israel relations, including the increased use of the anti-semitic “dual loyalty/treason” slur and raising questions about the nature of the future relationships between not only the US and […]

Im Tirtzu on the warpath again

Im Tirtzu protest in front of NIF Jerusalem April 2010

Links to English translations of Maariv article on Im Tirtzu campaign and to the executive summary of the right wing organisation’s latest report. Plus news of NIF president Naomi Chazan speaking in London in June.

Mitchell in the Middle East


Coverage – mainly from the US and Israel – of Senator George Mitchell’s current visit to the Middle East, Netanyahu’s rejection of an East Jerusalem settlement freeze (echoing earlier public comments from Lieberman and Knesset Speaker Rivlin) and today’s intriguing report that Netanyahu’s coalition partners ARE considering a settlement freeze. Plus reaction to Elie Wiesel’s ad on Jerusalem and criticism of Ron Lauder’s letter to Obama.