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Support Amnesty International's campaign to Bring Mordechai Vanunu to London in June
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Did you know?



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

JfJfP welcomes unity agreement

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Statement from JfJfP welcomes unity agreement as essential step towards Palestinian self-determination and deplores Netanyahu’s response

Can the unity deal work for Palestinians?

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Ali Abunimah asks the questions about the efficacy of the Fatah/Hamas deal, details unublished, in the face of intransigent Israeli control

No politics, no diplomacy, military rules OK

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The US and EU have been working on the belief that Israel will recognise the value to itself of having a Palestinian state. But military rule forever serves Israel’s interest.

What might flow from unity deal

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If the unity deal holds, Palestinians may be able to move out of the American cul-de-sac towards self-determination and non-violence

Palestinian responses to the new deal

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The Institute for Middle East Understanding garners first responses to the Fatah/Hamas deal from its Palestininan experts

Fatah-Hamas deal brokered in Egypt

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Hamas and Fatah have lost their sponsors in the Arab spring, and Egypt moved quickly on its policy priority of Palestinian unity

Nakba-denial a ‘clear example of paranoia’

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Two weeks of moving memorial days in Israel have been turned into a kitsch denial of the country’s secular and socialist past, and of the Palestinians’ nakba

Subaru denies any link to ad showing Subaru running over Palestinian teens

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This story of an advert for Subaru in which a settler runs over 2 Palestinian children was put out, and translated, by the Chinese news agency Xinhua

‘Do what I was doing and I will live on in you’

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A statement released by the International Solidarity Movement affirms they will carry on the work and spirit of Vittorio Arrigoni

‘We don’t have another country’ – children of migrants

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Israel has imported many migrants to replace the labour of Palestinians. Parents can be deported quickly, but what of their Israeli-born non-Jewish children? Confusion and anger grow.

Salafis change direction in Gaza pressure pot

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Jared Malsin looks behind competing suspicions about the murderof Vittorio Arrigoni to trace how in isolated Gaza some Salafi Muslims have moved from peaceful proselytizing to anger and violence.

Hard thought needed on the nitty gritty of a Palestinian economy

electronic intifada

An economist with special responsibility for Palestine, Raja Khalidi questions the political wishful thinking about the Palestinian state and the efficacy of market liberalism on which the future is being planned.

Arabs move on, Israelis stay put

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Hussein Ibish reminds us of the renewed importance of the Arab League’s 2002 commitment to establish normal relations with Israel and asks what Israel gains from ignoring it.

Young Mizrahi Israelis to young Arabs: we have so much in common

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Young Mizrahi Israelis identify with young Arab protesters and hope in this moment to strengthen their hidden identity as people who share the history of an Islamic Arab Middle East

Tweeting for control or for freedom

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In Arab countries, rebels use the new media. In Israel, government is the biggest user

Barrage of sound grenades and smoke bombs meets end of Bil’n conference demo

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Two visitors from Liverpool caught in fierce storm of tear gas and sound grenades fired by soldiers at large march marking end of 5th Bil’in conference

Boycott? Child’s play

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Insults fly over the proposed Boycott Law going through the Knesset. Behind them is the most serious issues of freedom of speech

Eight oil ministry officials arrested in Egypt over gas sales to Israel

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Allegations of croneyism, profiteering and harming the national interest will be put to Egyptian Oil Ministry officials arrested over the terms of gas sales to Israel

Egypt keen to help Palestinians unite

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The head of Palestinian affais in Egypt’s new government has promised to ease restrictions at the Rafah crossing and facilitate Palestinian unity

Voices rise and clash in Goldstone aftermath

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Anthony Lerman looks at the facts and myths filling the space since Richard Goldstone retracted the report made by the 4-person UN fact-finding mission