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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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Journalists shrink from asking the right questions

UPDATE: Watch this rare, in the western world, hard questioning of Mark Regev by Al Jazeera. Mr Netanyahu’s spokesman looks shell-shocked.


Follow-Up Questions You are Not Likely to Hear on American TV

By Jerry Haber, Magnes Zionist
November 16, 2012

UPDATE: For the “Nate Silver wonks” among my readers the [post below] by Phan Nguyen dissecting the IDF rocket numbers spin that is bombarding the social media is a must-read.

And Robert Wright and Emily Hauser make the important point that it is pretty hard to determine who started the current round of hostilities. It all depends on the day you pick. What can be said is that only one people has had control over the other people’s life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for years.

While MSNBC, the so-called “progressive network,” continues to shill for Obama’s reelection and avoids the Gaza crisis like the plague, other networks have stepped up to the plate to shill for Israel — or at least against Hamas.

Israeli officials and spokespeople line for interviews with the networks, but have you seen Hamas government officials (those who don’t live in constant fear of assassinations), or even officials in Gaza being interviewed? At best you have a Washington-based PA official, usually a Fatah aparatchik, who is not unhappy to see Hamas weakened.

Heck, I saw the neoconservative Fouad Ajami, a close family friend of the Netanyahus, who blurbed Benzion Netanyahu’s book on the Spanish Inquisition (!) being interviewed as an expert on Israel/Palestine!

We have been treated to a parade of statistics for rocket firings provide the IDF spokesperson, never followed by any statistics of Israeli firepower against the Gazans.

In short, the “narrative” is entirely left to the Israelis and their surrogates. Since the networks and cable news are incapable of coming up with with good follow-up questions, here’s my holiday gift to them:

1. “Israel has the right to defend itself militarily against rocket attacks.”

Do the Gazans have the same right to defend themselves militarily against shells, missiles, and bombs?

2. “If the Hamas stops shooting rockets, Israel will call off its operation.”

Why did Israel on November 8 initiate hostilities after a two week break where there were little to no rocket firing, and none from Hamas?

3. “Hamas does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.”

Does Hamas have the right to conduct hostilities against Israel, which doesn’t recognize Hamas’s legitimacy?

4. “Israel does not negotiate with terrorists.”

Why did Israel negotiate with General Jabari over the Shalit exchange?

5. General Jabari has blood on his hands.

Doesn’t Ehud Barak have a lot more blood on his hands?

6. How can you compare? Jabari was reponsible for rocket firing.

But wasn’t it reported in Haaretz that Jabari was the “subcontractor” for Israel who prevented rocket-firing in Israel, and who had agreed to a long-term cease fire brokered by Egypt — right before he was assassinated by Israel?

7. There is no moral comparison between Hamas’s indiscriminate firing of rockets and Israel’s targeted firing of military installations.

If your little sister were killed “unintentionally” by a bomb fired in a civilian area, would you feel less upset because she was only “collateral damage” of a campaign designed to establish deterrence?

8. If a Hamas civilian is killed, that’s because terrorists cynically position themselves among civilians.

Where is the IDF’s headquarters located?

9. There’s still no comparison — Hamas fires hundreds of rockets, whereas we pinpoint our targets.

If your chief of staff were assassinated, and the only weapons you had were rockets, would you refrain from using them?

10. We withdrew from Gaza, and they answered with rocket fire….

How many years have gone by since Operation Cast Lead, and how have you eased conditions on the Gazans since then?

11. Israel will do everything it can to protect itself.

Especially after Netanyahu lost one election, and can pick up a few seats with the new one — and Ehud Barak can keep his career and his ego intact.

Another Shabbat without Shalom

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