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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


‘Academic Friend of Israel’ sues his union for hurt caused by vote on defining antisemitism

Ronnie Fraser, Barnet college lecturer and founder-director of Academic Friends of Israel, is suing his union, the UCU, for ‘victimising’ him through voting that the draft EUMC definition of antisemitism conflates antisemitism with criticism of Israel. 1,JfJfP supports the UCU against this ‘dictatorial’ action of Mr. Fraser 2, JC report from tribunal, 3, about AFI.

Lost life and authority of the PLO

Dr. Mohsen Salah sets out a 5-point critique of the PLO, including its lack of function and purpose and its exclusive membership. Only overcoming its sectarianism will give it new life. Posted below, a diatribe against the PA and PLO by Khalid Amayreh who, within the hate-speech, makes the same point: Islamic politics must be recognised and represented.

Bibi jumps into arms of far-right bruiser

Netanyahu has decided to join up with Lieberman to form a Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu list for the next election, destroying his mask as a steady man of the centre. Michael Koplow, 1, and Mitchell Plitnick, 2, examine what the effects of this hasty marriage might be on Israel’s voters, split many times by ethnic, religious and political affiliations.

Qatari visit to Gaza prompts re-assessment of Israel’s blockade

The visit by the emir of Qatar to Gaza last week had great significance. By ignoring the West’s mantra of ‘support the PA, isolate Hamas’ Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (founder-owner of Al Jazeera) both forced a re-examination of the siege policy and showed himself to be a serious new player in the region. Reports from Washington Post and Guardian.

Arab women in (not) the workforce

An editorial in Ha’aretz, based on a new analysis, highlighted the high unemployment amongst Arabs in Israel, especially among women, consolidating ethnic segregation. Comments on the original raised the issue of women’s employment in the very different Arab economies so we include some facts (2, 3). The birth rate in the oPt is the highest in the region.

Jerusalemites, caught between the rock of Israeli rule and the PA’s hard place

There is no doubting the increase in applications for Israeli citizenship by Arabs living in Jerusalem. The question is why. Here Yehudit Oppenheimer (1st) of Ir Amim argues that it is a survival strategy while Khaled Abu Toameh, 2nd, suggests Israeli citizenship confers more rights than the impotent PA is able to provide.

EU’s role in sustaining illegal settlements

22 NGOs, Christian and secular, have taken up what EU institutions have flunked: a campaign to press the EC and EU members to practise their policies on the illegality of Israel’s settlements and what they produce. CAABU media release plus excerpt from the report Trading Away Peace.

UK Minister calls on Israel to bring detention practices in line with law

Thanks to Richard Burden MP and CAABU for bringing to public attention the consistent efforts of Foreign Office ministers to hold the Israeli government to account for its consistent mistreatment of Palestinian youth and adult detainees. There are no reports of the response from Israeli officials.

A cappucino leftist in the firing line

Stung by jibes about his Tel Aviv cafe lifestyle, Yuval Ben-Ami goes to a spot overlooking Gaza during the recent exchange of fire. There’s not a lot to see but fellow Israelis living nearby spot him instantly for a leftie, one who wrongly believes the IDF fires into Gaza and blindly fails to recognise the effects of living under Gazan rocket fire,

The land where state and companies break all laws with impunity

If you read only the swath of news and commentary on Richard Falk’s report to the UN last week on human rights in the oPt you might think he was being arraigned as a moral pariah. Read the speech of this brave and knowledgeable man for yourself and decide why the fuss was about him as the messenger rather than the situation he analyses and documents.

Own goals scored in Mid-East by US’s shameless ideologues

At the annual conference of Arab-US policy makers, former ambassador Charles Freeman Jr. delivers a withering critique of the US’s policies in the Middle East. He focusses on Iraq, the misuse of military power and the US support for Israel’s ‘psychotic’ fears of annihilation and the ‘half truths with fantasy sauce’ about the non-existent peace process.

Frustrated Falk calls for boycott of settlement producers

In an address to the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Special Rapporteur Richard Falk spoke of the many companies now making use of the favourable (for them) conditions of production in the settlements. He called for these companies to be boycotted. None of the many bodies attacking him noted the laws and agreements which, Mr.Falk pointed out, the companies were violating.

Whoever wins the January election it will be the right-wing gang

Richard Silverstein, writing for Tikkun, examines the political prospects in the coming general election in Israel and concludes that there is no hope of any party coalition unseating Likud and its partners. As the right is not going to negotiate a Palestinian state into existence, this strengthens the argument for one-state he says.

JfJfP deplores seizure of Estelle

The ship Estelle was carrying a cargo of people and humanitarian aid to the people of the besieged Gaza strip when it was seized by the IDF and taken to Ashdod where people and cargo were impounded. Contrary to claims by IDF spokesmen violence was used. There is no legal reason why unarmed people should not be free to visit independent Gaza.

Barak threatens collective punishment if targeted killings fail to end rocket fire

The latest exchange of fire between the IDF and several armed groups in Gaza has led to Defence Minister Ehud Barak threatening collective punishment for Hamas unless all violence from Gaza ends. An Israeli defence official insists there will be no overt talks with Hamas, a task which Egyptian mediators have taken on. Reports from Ma’an and Al Jazeera.

Israelis can’t see, and don’t want, a way to live with Arabs

A poll commissioned by Ha’aretz makes grim reading for anyone favouring a one-state solution. The hostility of the growing proportion of religious and right-wing Jews to acknowledging any rights for Palestinians in land controlled by Israel leaves only the secular Jews consistently standing out against apartheid practices.

Israel’s policy of no Bedouin in the desert

‘The term “Bedouin” means, “those in bādiyah” or “those in the desert”. Which is exactly where Israeli authorities have decided they shall not live, fearing that the Bedouin would constitute a solid Arab belt. Ben White describes the relentless drive to force Arabs out of the Negev.

Land for Jews fund crashes, Jewish ‘leaders’ hit by fall-out

The Jewish National Fund (JNF) was founded in 1901 to buy land for Jews in Palestine. It still owns over 1/8 of Israeli land. It remained customary for Jews to contribute money to the JNF after the creation of Israel but its UK income has plummeted. When the Jewish Chronicle published this news it was attacked by establishment Jews and quickly removed its own story. Tony Greenstein picks up the tale.

Targeted killing: short-term gain in an endless war

This Washington Post article, the first of three, is not strictly to do with Jews, justice and Palestinians. It describes the development of Pres. Obama’s anti-terrorism strategy – a ‘disposition matrix’ in which the danger of a named terrorist is aligned with the resources deployed against him. It is being used for suspects in the Middle East and has similarities with Israel’s policy of targeted killings hence its posting here.

War wins out over politics

Local elections in the West Bank last Saturday produced a majority for Fatah candidates but little mood of political self-expression. The conflict between Fatah and Hamas, the dominance of military groups in Gaza and the limited powers of Palestinian governments discourage popular political engagement. Reports from Bloomberg and BBC.