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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


What really happened when the Jewish boat to Gaza was boarded


A report from Glyn Secker, Captain of the “Irene”. And an interview with Yonatan and Itamar Shapira, two of the Israelis on-board. They above all were subjected to violence from the Israeli forces who intercepted the boat. These are their words an hour after they returned to their family in Israel…
Plus (added 4 October) reports by Lilian Rosengarten and Nurit Peled-Elhanan…

Yonatan Shapira’s testimony from the Jewish Boat to Gaza

Yonatan Shapira kept a journal of the voyage as the boat approached Cyprus before its final leg to Gaza…

Would ‘one state’ end the occupation?


Diane Mason explores the very different understandings of what a ‘one-state solution’ would be: “The I/P conflict isn’t about one state versus two states; it’s about whether – in a land where many different kinds of people live – only one “kind” of people should have all the benefits of a modern democratic state reserved to it…”

Please take action re the Jewish boat


A request for people to contact the FCO and their MPs to ensure the safety and speedy release of the passengers and crew of the Irene.

Plus updates…

Thoughts on the Jewish boat to Gaza


Eyad Sarraj writes to Lynne Segal: “I have helped and worked with and received other boats, but this is the most significant one for me, because it carries such an important message. It brings to us and tells the world that those we Palestinians thought we should hate as our enemies can instead arrive as our friends, our brothers and sisters, sharing a love for humanity and for our struggle for justice and peace…”

Reports of the Boarding of the boat


Israeli naval commandos have peacefully boarded a Jewish aid boat attempting to break a naval blockade on Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces said at 11:30 A.M. Tuesday…
Later flotilla participants report that “IDF soldiers used excessive force during raid…”

An unnamed ministry official said, of the four Israeli activists on the boat, “They poured fuel into the bonfire of hatred against Israel worldwide. We don’t expect Israelis to be patriotic, but they should definitely not act as Hamas followers.”

The official suggested that one of the activists, Yonatan Shapira, a former pilot in Israel’s air force, “has joined the ranks of Hamas.” The official also said the 82-year-old Holocaust survivor on board “has probably not learned anything from the terrible past.”

Israeli High Court opens the way to more evictions in East Jerusalem

A Supreme Court ruling Sunday may allow settler groups to move into dozens more homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
We trust that on the same basis Palestinians will soon find their former homes in Israel restored to them…

The Jewish Flotilla, complete with sukka; Haaretz cartoon, 28 September 2010


Daily Cartoon, Haaretz 28 September

The week in brief, 20th-26th September – a summary of recent postings


The latest news is that the Jewish boat to Gaza is on its way! See the Jewish Boat to Gaza website – – to keep abreast of developments.

Big news of the week was the delivery of two separate reports to the United Nations Human Rights Council about the situation in Gaza, one dealing with the follow-up to the Goldstone Report, the other about the assault on the Gaza flotilla at the end of May. We also carried postings exposing the failure of the Israeli government to come clean on the economic realities of Gaza today; detailing Israeli government support for the settlement enterprise as a whole; on the drift towards fascism represented by the Im Tirtzu organisation; the weaknesses of Obama’s speech to the General Assembly, on Iran-Israel and more. For a detailed guide to these postings, click on the heading above.

Jewish Boat to Gaza boarded by Israeli forces


The Jewish Boat to Gaza has been boarded by Israeli forces…

You can follow the story on the dedicated Jewish Boat to Gaza website ( – there is a live link if you click on the heading above and go through to the full posting) – and on Twitter @jewishboat2gaza

Israeli government support for the settlement enterprise


Rachel Shabi investigates Israeli government involvement in the construction of settlements on occupied Palestinian land. “In Jerusalem – just as in the rest of Israel – decades of state planning has priced people out of the city and into settlements in Palestinian East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Meanwhile, ideologically-motivated budgeting has resulted in enticements and benefits for Israelis who live on occupied Palestinian land… Peace Now estimates that settlements cost Israel $556m (around £355m) a year – and it is clear that this cost is keenly felt by those living within Israel, since the state seems to prioritise settlements at their expense.”

On Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly


Phyllis Bennis takes a look at Obama’s current position on the conflict and hopes of resolving it via the current peace talks. She finds nothing to be optimistic about: “[Obama] called on the Palestinians to “reconcile with a secure Israel” and waxed eloquent on the illegality of killing Israeli civilians. He called on the Palestinians’ friends to implement the Arab Peace Plan’s proposed normalization with Israel without ever mentioning the plan’s clear understanding that ending Israel’s 1967 occupation must come first. And he called on Israel to – talk nicely.”

Building a sukkah in Sheikh Jarrar


David Shulman writes: “It may sound unlikely, but we’re in ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan Street in Sheikh Jarrah and, together with Salah and other Palestinian friends from the neighborhood, we’re building a sukkah…”

Operation Cast Lead – Goldstone follow-up: report to UN Human Rights Council finds investigations to date inadequate


A Panel of Independent Experts established by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council to monitor and assess domestic investigation by both parties during Operation Cast Lead has concluded that these investigations “remain incomplete in some cases or fall significantly short of meeting international standards in others.” These events cry out for further investigation. According to the International Commission of Jurists: “The Human Rights Council must therefore assess these domestic proceedings and report accordingly to the UN General Assembly and Security Council.” Plus a statement by Amnesty International…

Report to the Human Right Council on the attack on the Flotilla


A devastatingly critical report on Israel’s handling of the flotilla at the end of May has been tabled at the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. It concluldes:
“The Mission sincerely hopes that no impediment will be put in the way of those who suffered loss as a result of the unlawful actions of the Israeli military to be compensated adequately and promptly. It is hoped that there will be swift action by the Government of Israel. This will go a long way to reversing the regrettable reputation which that country has for impunity and intransigence in international affairs. It will also assist those who genuinely sympathise with their situation to support them without being stigmatised.”

Iran and Israel – was Goldberg’s analysis neutral?


On 10 September we posted Jeffrey Goldberg’s long insider analysis of US and Israeli attitudes to Iran without comment, under the heading”Iran and Israel – will it be war?” A number of writers have said that “rather than constituting neutral journalism” Goldberg’s article was “a piece of advocacy, if not outright propaganda”. Joe Klein rose to its defence. In this posting Jerome Slater evaluates the argument, and supports Goldberg’s critics.

“Easing” the closure – some facts on Gaza


Gisha’s Gaza Gateway provides information about the reality of the situation in Gaza, in answer to Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ claim that the economic situation there is improving rapidly…

Israel’s drift toward fascism – more on Im Tirtzu

Eight leftist activists who established the Facebook group “Im Tirzu – a fascist movement” are being sued. They have filed their defence which is to say that say Im Tirzu is indeed fascist and chauvinist…

The week in brief, 13th-19th September – a summary of recent postings


This week’s postings are largely analytical, taking a longer view of the conflict and the region: the domestication of Hizbullah, as it enters its second term in the Lebanese government; the IDF’s new ‘ethical code’ in its battle against ‘terror’; the alarming drift towards McCarthyism/fascism in Israel; international corporate complicity in Israel’s violations of international human rights law; a debate about the strategy of BDS triggered by Israeli actors’ and others’ refusal to perform in Ariel; trends in the British Jewish community; a year after Goldstone; and more besides. For a detailed guide to these postings, click on the heading above.

Netherlands cancels tour by Israeli mayors over settlers’ presence

The Netherlands on Sunday cancelled a tour of the country by a forum of Israeli mayors because their group included representatives of West Bank settlements…