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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


Flotilla 4: flotilla sets sail on Thursday despite sabotage of Irish boat

The Stay Human flotilla to Gaza has either set sail or is about to depending on when you read this. Here there is an article about the threats to its departure, a piece from flotilla veterans of the Free Gaza movement which cites a Palestinian civil society petition, and the petition itself with its many signatories at the end of this post

‘An ugly knee-jerk response to critics of Israeli establishment’

Haneen Zoabi, Knesset member from the Balad party (National Democratic Assembly) and a participant in the first Freedom Flotilla, says that by arresting Sheikh Raed Salah the British authorities have been pulled into Israel’s anti-Arab policies and Europe’s Islamophobia

Netanyahu has no diplomatic plan for Palestinians at UN says WJC President

Prime Minister Netanyahu has no plan to block PA bid for UN recognition says President of World Jewish Congress, former ally of Israeli PM

Knesset moves again to outlaw Left activity

The Israeli Knesset, the “worst for democracy in the history of Israel”, is expected to to pass a bill making it a felony to support a boycott of settlement products . NGOs are covered by the bill, jeopardising their tax status.

JfJfP defends free speech and protests to Home Secretary at arrest of Sheikh Salah

Britain’s Border Agency has arrested Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of Israel’s Islamic Movement. Jews for Justice for Palestinians has protested to the Home Secretary and here we publish the letter, followed by press releases from Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Middle East Monitor, both objecting to his arrest and querying the reasons for it.

IDF’s ‘new media’ unit prepares for cyber-war

After learning his trade in Operation Cast Lead, 25-year-old Sasha Dratwa heads a unit which uses the ‘infinite tools’ of the internet to combat negative views of the IDF. Watch out!

Flotilla 3: Israeli Ministers fight back and wound themselves

Just announced – Netanyahu has overturned the threat to the media made by his director of the government press office if they cover the flotilla. The Israeli goverment has secured a series of own goals in its varied efforts to stop media coverage (with the many issues about Gaza and international law which the flotilla raises): 1) A review of Israel’s diplomatic efforts secures a notably ambivalent coverage in the normally supportive Bloomberg Business Week; 2) Josef Federman reports from Jerusalem on the response to the threatening letter from Oren Helman; 3) an Israeli video of a gay man denouncing the flotilla is revealed by electronic intifada to be a government hoax; 4) the letter of protest written by ACRI to Oren Helman, credited as one of the voices prompting Netanyahu’s change of mind

Flotilla 2: preparing for the violence expected from Israel’s masked men

1, Joe Catron from Brooklyn sees ‘this Flotilla is an unabashed act of solidarity with a people fighting colonialism, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid’; 2, Kathy Kelly from Voices for Creative Nonviolence, prepares on the Audacity of Hope for Israel’s worst; 3, the Free Gaza Movement reports the departure of French boat Dignity/Karama and reminds the world that it’s Israel’s sealing of the Gaza strip that is illegal, not the sailing of the flotilla; 4, Amira Hass and the passengers from Canada’s Tahrir sit in a Greek lecture hall and learn how to respond to the IDF’s masked men

Flotilla 1: Getting on board for Gaza

There are three articles in this posting:
1. from Bilbao, the ship Gernika sails in the Rumbo a Gaza to join the flotilla;
2, from the US, ‘I am one of a growing number of young American Jews who are determined to shake off an assumed – and largely imposed – association with Israel’; and
3, the 50 civilians on Canada’s Tahrir practise to overcome their fear of Israeli attack

Green MP objects to PSC logo

Caroline Lucas, Britain’s only Green Party MP and a supporter of the Palestinians, criticizes the PSC’s use of a pre-Israel map as its logo

Lieberman, Netanyahu go East to head off PA bid for UN recognition

Israel launches a drive through eastern Europe, where the Palestinian voice has hardly been heard through the clouds of history, to pre-empt support at the UN in September for recognition of Palestinian statehood

Sarkozy vows to secure release of Gilad Shalit

France’s President has made another intervention in the Middle East with a promise to get Hamas to release Shalit – a possibility which Ehud Barak thinks Netanyahu is blocking

High Court reverses decision on legal rights of Cast Lead victims

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights wins the right to bring its case against Israel’s statute of limitations which demands victims of, for intance, the 2008-9 Opearion Cast Lead make compensation claims within two years – which is impossible as this press release from PCHR explains

‘Palestinian official’: we’ll drop demand for settlement freeze if talks resume

An AP Exclusive quotes a Palestinian official as saying they (the PA presumably) are offering to drop demands for a freeze on Israeli settlements if peace talks can begin on the basis of the 1967 borders as Obama proposed

All start mobilising NOW for the UN in September

Palestinians have one tremendous resource in their fight for independence says Jeff Halper. This is civil society – at home, in the Palestinian diaspora, amongst the millions abroad who support their cause. The Palestinian Authority should treat us, not the US, as their greatest ally

Ambassador to US tells Israel Action Network what they all want to believe

Michael Oren cheers removal of Mavi Marmara from flotilla as too large to stop ‘with technical means’, denies any lack of medicines or food in Gaza, relies on San Remo defence and sees Israel as besieged by belligerent Muslims and ‘de-legitimisers’

University charged with racism for backing Zionist settlement recruiters

The move to establish Jewish-only settlements in the Negev, home of the Bedouin, has been boosted by Ben Gurion university, despite staff protests

Europeans see Israel/Palestine as Hollywood movie says Oz

A Jerusalem audience booed distinguished and world-renowned author Amos Oz for condemning the expulsions, Occupation and settlements as bad for Israel, the state he loves

WHO lists the medical stocks which have not been supplied to Gaza

WHO attributes Gaza’s acute shortage of medical products to the fear of suppliers they will not be paid because Israel has withheld tax transfers to the PA after the Hamas/Fatah deal

New Israeli ambassador to UK defended Operation Cast Lead

Israel has chosen as its new ambassador to the UK not a diplomat, but the legal adviser to its Ministry of Foreign Affairs on many of his country’s most controversial practices. Here we publish the news of his appointment, an interview with him on Operation Cast Lead and a transcript of his answers on the Goldstone report at a MFA press briefing inn 2009