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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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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

New ruling on US Civil Rights Act censors campus critics of Israel

Kristin Szremski, director of communications for the American Muslims for Palestine, on a new definition of anti-semitism made possible by Israel’s self-definition as a ‘Jewish state’. The law affects both academics and pro-Palestinian students.

Q&A on Palestinian statehood and international law

Al Haq, the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists with special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council provides an authoritative guide to the PA’s bid for UN recognition of its statehood

Islamophobia – the new anti-semitism

Semite – the Hebrew, Arab and Aramaic people descended fom Shem, Noah’s oldest son. In the violent hatred that has shifted from one cousin to the other (though most Muslims today are not Semitic) the accomplices of Norway’s mass killer are all those who feed this hatred. Uri Avnery pinpoints this new anti-semitism, a statement of solidarity from the Palestinian BDS National COmmittee confirms the perception of Islamophobia and lastly Gavan Titley and Alana Lentin attack those who peddle the toxic tale of multicultural failure

A chink in Israel, USA & Sons Inc.

The power of the ‘Jewish State’ over Mediterranean countries, and in the USA, seemed unassailable – until the boycott law created the first ever critical coverage in the NY Times. Uri Avnery probes the impact of this change.

Ynet warns that many far-right Europeans claim kinship with Israel and Zionism

Israel’s current stance has become a beacon to right-wing bigots in the USA, Europe, to mass-killer Anders Behring Breivik – and to some Israelis, see the JPost editorial this page). Ralph Mimoun warns against the Islamophobia which makes bedfellows of enemies

Israeli Left shrinks in face of settlements challenge

The establishment of illegal settlements on the West Bank was enforced by laws discriminating between Arabs and Jews; some on the Israeli Left protested – most ‘remained passive and uncritical’. Result – a gutted Left says Raja Shehadeh .

Unless the PA/PLO can re-orient towards civil society it’s leading nowhere

The PA’s bid for statehood has put it in hock to the USA – which is expected to veto recognition. So ‘Palestinians will still need to wage a robust, multi-dimensional, and global campaign to achieve self-determination’.

Protests at IDF night time raid on Freedom Theater, Jenin

In a letter to the Israeli ambassador to the UK, the JfJfP expresses its shock and dismay at the violent arrests of Freedom Theater staff. A press release from the theatre follows, detailing the events. Last is a news report from Haaretz aking if the use of the army is connected to the murder last April of the theatre’s founder, Juliano Mer-Khamis

‘The BDS vision is for the Palestinians – not the Israeli Jews’

All his life, this refusenik saw his country in terms of the democrats, which included all Palestinians, and the right wing. That has changed with the BDS movement which makes him feel like an impotent cheerleader for others’ actions.

Biggest social protests in Israel since 1970s

After the boycott of cheese to reduce its price, Israeli citizens are camping in tent cities in protest at rising prices, lack of housing and growing inequality and corruption – tho still showing wilful blindness to, in our 2nd article, the ‘moral failure’ of the government’s focus on living standards in settlements while failing to do the same for the rest of the country

Norwegian killer acted from hate-filled culture – Christian extremism

In an era where Israel and Palestine are seen as on the opposite sides of a ‘clash of civlisations’ . Ahmed Moor looks at how the Norwegian massacre changes the picture

Rightist MKs fall on each other over settlements

Defending the settlements at all costs, including the founding ideals of democracy and the rule of law, and against all threats is splitting the right, which is no longer held together by opposition to a strong left. The full list of how MKs voted is in the Haaretz original

IDF boarded Mavi Marmara ‘with intention to kill’. Sorrow, not sorry, required

Despite criticism of the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara in 2010, (Aviel Magnezi) the UN commission, headed by Geoffrey Palmer, has, say Israeli media, also judged the raid itself, and Israel’s blockade of Gaza, to be legal. There is as yet no date for the publication of the report (Barak Ravid, Jonathan Lis)

Jerusalem Post uses Norway’s tragedy to say ‘we told you so’

In a peculiarly unpleasant editorial, JPost not only blames Norway for inviting violence with its ‘dogged pursuit of peace’ – but also recruits Amartya Sen as a fellow-critic of multiculturalism. For what Sen actually believes, read the two articles that follow

False face of body investigating anti-semitism

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A body set up in Canada to investigate the ‘new anti-semitism’ seems to be an open-minded, parliamentary committee In fact it is none of those, argue members of the Faculty of Palestine, a grouping of over 400 academic staff, rather it wants to block the pro-Palestinian feeling on university campuses.

The return of the veil

To Enlightenment secularists, the donning of the veil (or hijab, and kippah by young Jewish men) is deeply shocking and regrettable. To the young, taking up these badges is a revolt against the secular founding fathers – and current warring fathers – and an embrace of their generation’s fashionable badges of identity in a tribal society

Pro-Israelis fear losing best-friend Murdoch- as he eyes Muslim market

Murdoch is a vocal supporter of today’s Israel (first article here) and loud critic of Muslims. Yet much of his money is embroiled with a Saudi Prince – the richest man in Saudi Arabia and his ambitions for extending his reach in the whole region (second article)

Resolution 181, what the UN General Assembly said, what Israel said

In the run-up to the meeting of the UN General Assembly in September, many references are being made to the 1947 Resolution 181 (see the post from Jeremy Hammond today). We publish here, last item, the full resolution which is very long and detailed Published first is a BBC summary of the resolution, second a speech by Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN in 2007, thanking the UN Assembly for bringing Israel into existence but attacking its role since.

Palestinians must walk away from deadly embrace of US and Israel

Jeremy Hammond, editor of foreignpolicyjournal.com and award-winning investigative journalist, analyses the rhetoric and policy of the US towards Palestine and urges the PA to go ahead with its bid for UN recognition of its statehood

Israeli navy boards Dignité-al Karama

The Israeli navy says it is taking the French ‘little boat’ from the Stay Human flotilla to Ashdod. No violence has been reported