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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
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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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International letter to Obama: give money to Israel only if it obeys law

Letter to Obama

Dear President Obama,

We are Americans from small towns and big cities, and we are Palestinians and Israelis a world away. We are the women, men, and children who are suffering every single day in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, and we are the people from across the world who seek to end that suffering. We are mothers of soldiers and children of refuseniks. We are Jews and Muslims, Christians and atheists, and people of the many other traditions of the world.

And we are all united by our determination to see a truly just peace take root in Israel and Palestine. That goal became even more elusive during your first term, but the American voters have just given you a second chance to make history.

Our request is simple.

Fifteen church leaders* have bravely spoken out in a letter to Congress–stating a principle that should be obvious: Israel, the biggest long-term recipient of US aid, should not be above the law. Mr. President, please condition US aid to Israel on compliance with US and international law. It must not be used to violate the rights of Palestinians.

Anything less is a danger to Palestinians, to Israelis, to Americans and to the entire world.

ObamaLetter.org organized by Jewish Voice for Peace.

Co-sponsors:

American Muslims for Palestine, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace & Justice in the Middle East, Badayl-Alternatives, Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, Citizens for Justice in the Middle East–Kansas City, Coalition for Peace with Justice (North Carolina), Community of Sant’ Egidio/San Francisco,

European Jews for a Just Peace, Friends of Palestine-Wisconsin, Friends of Sabeel North America, Grassroots International, Interdenominational Advocates for Peace Ann Arbor, Interfaith Peace-Builders, Jewish Voice for a Just Peace Switzerland, Jews for Justice for Palestinians (UK), Just Foreign Policy, Justice First Foundation, Kairos USA,

Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land Central Lutheran (Portland, OR), Michigan Stop the Nuclear Bombs Campaign, Middle East Task Force of Chicago Presbytery, Palestine Israel Network of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Political Approaches to Coexistence, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East, United Methodists’ Holy Land Task Force,

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, US Peace Council, Upper Hudson Peace Action, Working Group Middle East of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA, Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace.

To add your group, email liz@jvp.org

Help us secure 50,000 signatures and forward this link widely: www.ObamaLetter.org

*  Christians ask Congress to withhold funds from Israel if it breaks US law

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