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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


Fans who mock ‘the Yids’, players who say no to Israel hosting UEFA Under-21 contest

Football is the common ground for these three postings – but not for those fans who enjoy mindless antisemitic chants (1) in contrast with those who have followed Frédéric Kanouté’s lead in expressing solidarity with the people of Gaza (2).and opposing Israel hosting the next Under-21 championship (2 and 3).

Bibi’s response to UNGA vote: build more settlements!

“Revenge time” tweets Ha’aretz editor Aluf Benn; the Palestinians are being punished because Obama failed to make European countries vote with Israel at the UNGA session. Reports of Israel’s reactions from Al-Monitor, Mondoweiss and Ynet news.

‘This is one of the world’s most fundamental wrongs’

Two speeches on 29 November,International Day of Solidarity with Palestinians, one in New York, one in Cairo, both defining the day as marking one of the world’s great wrongs – the dispossession of the Palestinian people – and possibly a small step in the direction of redressing the wrong.

Nations vote to bring Palestinians into the edges of the fold

The UN General Assembly vote on granting observer status to Palestine was overwhelming and unconditional. The USA joined Micronesia and Palau in the 9 nations voting against, the UK and Germany were among the 41 which abstained. While the UK overestimates its importance, Germany struggles to recognise its own.

Dynamic of land seizure overcomes inertia of peace movement

Cynthia Cockburn follows the work of Bat Shalom in northern Israel/Palestine, impressed in 1997 by its commitment to equality. And returns in 2012 to find Bat Shalom has gone, along with the peace movement. Judaisation has sped ahead but the status of women in Israel and of Palestinians remains the same – low.

Neither of us can win this battle — there will just be more broken hearts

The voice of self-righteousness is the loudest in the lands of Israel/Palestine; more truthful is the quiet grieving of the thousands of bereaved people who have lost those they loved to the conflict. Here an Israeli and a Palestinian, meeting in the Parents Circle Families Forum, find their pain gives them more in common with each other than with their ‘sides’ battles.

Perils of partisanship

Operation Pillar of Defence pulled British Jews into supporting Israel, or at least gave an impression of unified support, writes Keith Kahn-Harris; it’s a pathology which affects pro-Palestinians as well, to the detriment of both peoples. Jonathan Freedland deplores the righteous vindication and point-scoring of the two sides.

France, UK ready to back Palestinians at UN this week

The governments of France and the UK will back the PA in its bid for UN observer status later this week, although for the UK this is conditional on the PA agreeing not to pursue Israel for war crimes. Campaigns to get the UK to recognise its historic responsibility for Palestine, and the need to boost Abbas’s status after the gains for Hamas in the Gaza war may have led to this change. Hamas now also supports the bid.

Conservative Friends of Israel biggest group in parliament

The interest group CFI is the biggest group of Conservative MPs and thus, through the Tory majority, in parliament. It is the only one of the major parties to have no Friends of Palestine group. Reports from Conservative Home, Independent, Huffington Post, plus lists (only Labour Party; others have to be inferred, see original, item 1.

Christians and Jews: where elite speaks only to elite

This is the latest episode in a long-running story (see post for links) about the Anglican Church’s support for the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme and the dismal views of the right-wing Jewish establishment that any support for the EAPPI is anti-Israel is anti-Jewish, and that only they speak for UK Jews. Groan

IDF breaks ceasefire, kills young Gazan

At best it was a misunderstanding; Gazans thought the ceasefire agreement meant they were free to go into the border zone, and celebrated by entering it; the border guards thought they were trying to breach the fence, and shot at them. Pragmatically, IDF soldiers had no idea of the conditions of the ceasefire agreement and by training shoot Palestinians who are, to them, out of order. Result 1 dead, 19 injured Palestinians. No IDF hurt.

Arabs (and Turk) do what Americans never can: act for the common good

Special Rapporteur Richard Falk peers though the fog of truce, and though it’s still blurry he discerns how much Hamas has gained from surviving the intense bombardment, and how much the array of Arab emissaries achieved in actuality and in status.

The West’s illusion: Netanyahu wants peace

Robert Fisk interviews Uri Avnery, founder of Gush Shalom (whose blogs are often posted here). Avnery retains hope but warns that the dominant Israeli right want conquest, not peace. 2nd, in his latest column he points out that blocking the PA’s peaceful strategy for UN membership, confirms Hamas’ hero status.

Don’t blame Hamas for starting it: JfJfP to William Hague

On behalf of JfJfP Diana Neslen and Arthur Goodman write to Foreign Secretary William Hague objecting to his assertion that Hamas bears the main responsibility for the current crisis and citing the many Israeli assaults on Palestinian life and the truce potential preceding the barrage on Gaza.

Security Council paralysed by US insistence on blaming Hamas

The Security Council had several meetings after Operation Pillar of Defence began but was unable to produce any statement because all versions – including compromises from other SC members – were vetoed by the US because they did not attribute responsibility for the violence to Hamas.

‘Leaders’ of Jewish communities speaking only for themselves

Letters published in The Independent and Jewish Chronicle by two JfJfP signatories protest at the sycophantic letter (2) to Ambassador Taub claiming to express on behalf of all UK Jews solidarity with Israel’s onslaught on Gaza. An editorial in Jewish Forward (USA) lambasts powerful right-wing Jewish bodies for their (failed) campaign of denigration against Obama in the recent election. How come these elites are so out of touch with the communities they claim to speak for?

Victory for Israelis: you all think we’re the victims UPDATE No we don’t!

In a characteristically sharp piece, Amira Hass deplores the masculinism of competing for the biggest missile, and takes apart Israel’s dominant narrative of perpetual victimhood while ignoring its own history of permanent conquest. Small comfort, perhaps, to know this story is far less convincing to those outside Israel.

Cease-fire agreement, Israel and Hamas

This is the text of the cease-fire agreement arrived at between Hamas and the Israeli government on November 21, 2012, under the sponsorship of the Egyptian government. UPDATES plus Gaza celebrates victory and Richard Spencer on Morsi’s status..

Three strikes on media offices. Three Palestinian journalists killed.

As most international journalists in Gaza are clustered in the same few offices, most have experienced the effects of IDF airstrikes. They are being used as human shields by Hamas say the IDF. Three Palestinian journalists have been killed. They’re not real journalists say IDF. UPDATED

Israel/Gaza, an enclave where laws of war do not reach

It is evident that both Hamas and the Israeli government breached international rules of conduct, though neither party is a signatory to these rules. But Israel’s claim of ‘self-defence’ for launching its onslaught and its excuses for civilian deaths are most questionable says an Al Jazeera Opinion. Interpretations on BBC news and by PCHR differ, though not on these two main charges.