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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
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


Arab League urges its members to use UN to block Israeli expansion

Palestine should benefit from upgraded UN status: Arab League

The Arab League’s deputy chief calls on Arab member states to use UN recognition of Palestine as a doorway to supporting ‘legal and political’ measures against Israel’s settlement expansion plans

By Agencies, Ahram online
December 23 2012

Arab League Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Ben Helli said Sunday that the organisation has to work on stopping Israeli settlement building plans and rights violations against the Palestinians through taking advantage of the UN General Assembly’s vote to recognise Palestine as a non-member state on 29 November.

Ben Helli urged the Arab League’s member states to adopt “legal and political” measures against Tel Aviv via UN Security Council-based channels during a press conference held to announce the results of ameeting attended by Arab diplomatic representatives.

“The Arab League will back any Palestinian legal attempt to condemn Israeli actions at an international court during the post-UN recognition phase. But we need an extent of Arab-Western cooperation to ensure that Washington will not block such steps,” he added.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said earlier this month that Palestine could use its newly granted access at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to pursue Israel if it pushes ahead with plans to build thousands of new settlement units in East Jerusalem.

“If Israel continues with this (settlement plan), we will respond using all methods, obviously peaceful, and including the court,” he said at a press conference with Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

With their newly acquired status, the Palestinians now have access to a range of UN agencies, as well as to the ICC, but Abbas repeatedly said he had no plans to immediately petition the court, “except in the case of Israeli aggression.”

Three weeks ago, Israel said it was planning to build thousands of settler homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, sparking a major diplomatic backlash, with experts saying it could do severe harm to the contiguity of a future Palestinian state.

The plan involves building 2,610 homes in East Jerusalem and tenders for 1,048 units in the West Bank. The UN and UN Security Council powers on Wednesday condemned Israel’s settlement construction plans as a threat to flagging peace efforts.

Palestinian senior negotiator Saeb Erekat said Friday that Arab League chief Nabil Al-Arabi and a group of Arab foreign ministers will visit the West Bank 29 December.

“Nabil Al-Arabi and between eight and 10 foreign ministers will be our guests on the 29th,” he said during a late Thursday meeting with reporters in the West Bank town of Beit Jala, west of Bethlehem.

Erekat also said he expected the first payment of the fiscal “safety net” of $100 million promised by the League in the event of Israeli financial sanctions following the 29 November UN bid to upgrade to observer-state status.

Palestinian Authority officials in the West Bank went on strike Wednesday and Thursday in protest at not being paid.

Earlier this month, Israel announced it would not transfer tax and customs funds it collects for the Palestinians but would instead use it to pay off a debt to the Israeli electricity company, after the successful Palestinian UN bid which they said was contrary to agreements between the sides.

The transfers are governed by the 1994 Paris Protocols.

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