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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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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

Founder of Linux cancels Israel trip in order to speak to Palestinians

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Richard Stallman, a creator of free software system Linux, chooses to speak to Palestinians (who invited him) and forego a speaking tour in Israel

Home at last – all waiting get through small gap in wide gate to Gaza

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Ramzy Baroud, editor of PalestineChronicle.com, is one of those allowed to cross into his Gaza home under the new Egyptian rule

Forget the land, think portable citizen rights in Israel/Palestine

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A “parallel states” solution has been developed by a team of Israeli, Palestinian and international scholars, policymakers and protagonists in the conflict. It is built upon a new understanding of sovereignty based on the relation between the state and the individual citizen not territory

Hopes of Palestinian unity falter over splits and conditions

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Obama’s speech underscored ‘that self-government under Israel’s brutal occupation and blackmail is an illusion and it might be better to dissolve the Palestinian Authority that sustains this illusion’ writes Ali Abunimah

Israeli land agency bulldozes Bedouin village in Negev again and again

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Bedouin villagers have documented claims to land in the Negev – which the Israel Land Administration wants for a forest and so repeatedly destroys their village. Amnesty International is running a campaign to help the Bedouin which JfJfP fully supports. Go to Amnesty’s web-page to find out how you can add your support

Arab spring, revolution, awakening – all mean one thing: dignity

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The mother of a young American, spine, kidney, spleen pierced by a bullet asks the visiting American diplomat to tell their government of his injuries. She won’t, saying ‘That’s politics’. Yes. He is an Arab, the bullet is from an Israeli gun on Nakba-day.

Gisha welcomes small freedom for Gazans via Rafah crossing

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In this third posting, we publish the memory of the Rafah crossing’s history held by Gisha, the Israeli not-for-profit legal centre dedicated to the right of freedom of movement

Pent-up longing to get home to Gaza may be frustrated by rules on who may cross

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A second report on the Rafah opening, from the Ma’an news agency, gives details of who may be allowed to cross, when, and of some of the people in Egypt who long to see their families immured in Gaza

Egypt’s interim leaders to open Rafah crossing this weekend

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The co-operation of President Mubarak and the Egyptian army with Israel to block the Rafah crossing has been a principal target of the popular uprising. Pressure to open this one gateway to Gaza has been maintained, with results expected this weekend.

Scottish council accused of being on verge of Jewish book-burning

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After Israel’s attack on Gaza in Operation Cast Lead, West Dumbarton Council voted to boycott all products made in Israel, including books bought for its libraries. But not to boycott books by Israelis printed elsewhere, or books by Jews as such, or any books sold in bookshops. Opponents claimed otherwise. The statement by the council is at the end of this posting.

Woman who heckled Netanyahu assaulted by AIPAC members

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As we posted last week (Human rights groups organise public protest at power of AIPAC) Move Over AIPAC! held a conference and protest in Washington DC May 21-24. A supporter heckled Netanyahu in Congress. She was assaulted and taken to hospital – where she was arrested Check the original for photos and video.

A zero sum game: media 1, Palestinians and Israelis 0

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A third, Israeli, view adds to the posts on this page of Arab and American Jewish perspectives on Netanyahu’s speech to Congress this week – and finds nothing of hope or substance in it. Yet accepting the ’67 borders could be in Israel’s interest

The man who has nothing to say but No

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The American Congress responded to PM Netanyahu as a supine people once responded to their out-of-touch Arab dictators – with appeasing applause – writes Dima Khatib. They must all know you can’t choose who represents the other side

American Jews hate conflict between the leaders of the US and of Israel

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Jane Eisner, editor of Forward – US Jewish weekly – , believes that the thunderous noise of 30 standing ovations for Behamin Netanyahu in his visit to Congress has drowned out the doubts and anxieties about his intransigence

File and forget – BBC response to faults found by own report on Israel Palestine

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Former BBC Middle East correspondent Tim Llewellyn says the BBC fails to inform their audiences of the context of the conflict, especially the fact that the Palestinians are fighting a war of liberation against illegal and harsh occupation. The BBC gives its response. The context is a review of the updated edition of Bad News from Israel by Greg Philo and Mike Berry

Hamas chiefs fall out over talks with Israel

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Khaled Meshaal, Hamas leader ih Syria has said negotiations with Israel should be given a chance. Mahmoud Zahar, a Hamas official in Gaza, says this does not represent the position of Hamas

After Obama, Likud shifts its stance, Palestinian leaders focus on borders

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The widely reported Palestinian disappointment with Obama’s speech is news to most readers in Israel and the USA. Here Josef Federman recaps the Palestinian position and asks chief negotiator Saeb Erekat what his strategy is now

Response to Nakba day showed Israel’s political bankruptcy

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Jonathan Cook offers his analysis of what the Palestinian energy and Israeli political inertia and reliance on military force on Nakba Day shows about the regional state of play

Not the superpower you, and we, thought we were

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The disappointment with President Obama’s Middle East speech may belong to disappointment at the lack of effective American power. Obama has understood this, if not what the ‘right to choose your own leaders’ means, suggests Antony Lerman

Where the lines are drawn on Israeli borders

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Reuters has produced this brief history of who supported which borders, when