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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


A happy Chanukah from JfJfP

JfJfP wishes all our signatories, supporters and readers a happy Chanukah. We send to all our message of peace with justice.

Chanukah does not celebrate the military victory over the Greeks, but the story of the small vial of holy Temple oil – the only one left after the rest had been desecrated by the invaders – that lasted eight days until more could be obtained. The Haftorah (reading from the Prophets) recited in the synagogues on Chanukah is the passage from Zechariah that includes the words “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts” (4:6 ) – a reading chosen by the rabbis in order to counteract the military associations of the festival.

In the second century BCE, the Jews were a weak people who fought against domination by a powerful Empire. Now Israel uses its powerful army to dominate, occupy, besiege, attack and oppress another nation.The launching of Operation Cast Lead four years ago at Chanukah (the name derives from an Israeli children’s Chanukah song, with words by Bialik), and the recent launching of Operation Pillar of Cloud went against everything that the festival is meant to represent and against the central message of Judaism.

From Jewish Voice for Peace
Happy Chanukah from all us of at Jewish Voice for Peace. May your year be filled with light.


Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director
Jewish Voice for Peace

Light in the darkness. Loud for the voiceless
December 10, 2012

I’m writing a Chanukah season check [cheque] to Jewish Voice for Peace in honor of my mother.

She is, without a doubt, my light. But even more so, my tiny 94 year old mother is my LOUD. Oh you wouldn’t know it from looking at her. She’s shy, and never raises her voice. I mean, last month she lost her home of 60 years in Hurricane Sandy. But as she’ll tell you, quietly, from my sister’s guest room, “Don’t worry about me. I’m fine. So many others aren’t.”

That’s my mom. Except it’s not. She’s the shyest person in the room – unless she’s demonstrating for peace. Brushes off any attention – unless she’s at a civil rights rally. Don’t mind her! Unless she’s blocking a truck bringing weapons for the Vietnam war.

Light in the darkness. Loud for the voiceless. That’s my mom. And even with what she’s going through, my donation to Jewish Voice for Peace as my Chanukah gift to her is exactly what she wanted – to pass on her light, and to pass on her loud. If you have someone in your life that is to you what my mother is to me then join me. Honor him or her with a gift to Jewish Voice for Peace. You’ll make your mom – or your bubbie or your father – proud.

I’ve been thinking a lot about being loud lately. A couple years ago, I met with an elected official in his DC office and asked what people like me – and my mom- could do to help end the conflict in Israel and Palestine. He cupped his ear and said, “I can’t hear you. Speak louder.”

So I did. And the official repeated himself, cupped ear and all. Huh?

He explained, “No M.J., I hear you fine now. I mean that if you want me to hear you in Washington, you need to make your voice louder than the voices of all the others out there who don’t let a week go by without getting a message to me. If you want me to hear you, you must be loud, clear, and sometimes deafening.”

And that’s why, especially during times like these, being loud for the voiceless is pretty much akin to being light in the darkness. It is what we are called to do by our tradition, again and again.

Jewish Voice for Peace is, in a word, loud. That’s why I know my mom will appreciate a gift to them in her honor, more than anything I could give her this Chanukah season.

If this organization is going to keep pumping up the volume, they need a lot of people like me, and YOU. Good amplifiers don’t come cheap. Whatever you can donate, I guarantee you that Jewish Voice for Peace will make it go far – like using online resources and street activism to press for accountability in the face of the devastating attack on Gaza, supporting students and churches as they deepen their boycott and divestment campaigns in the US, standing by Muslim-Americans as they face an increase in Islamophobic attacks, and much more.

Join me. Honor the light, and honor the loud in your life with a gift to Jewish Voice for Peace. They’ll even send your honoree a card letting them know about your gift. Do it now. Don’t wait.

Thank you, so much, for reading and for all you do. Go forth and be light – and loud!

Happy holidays,

M.J. Rosenberg
Foreign affairs analyst, truth-teller, troublemaker

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