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We provide links to articles we think will be of interest to our supporters, informing them of issues, events, debates and the wider context of the conflict. We are sympathetic to much of the content of what we post, but not to everything. The fact that something has been linked to here does not necessarily mean that we endorse the views expressed in it.
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The BEDOUIN

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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Did you know?



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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“Time for Peace”

GRACE Pilgrimage in the Middle East
Walking together from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea
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29 November 2012

We invite you for an intensive journey and an adventure of community building in the Holy Land, with the Peace Research Village Middle East.
It is a unique opportunity to connect with the region, to understand the conflict in the Middle East and to create a vision for a new culture together.

PEACE – “For a future without war”
The current situation calls us to step out of the system of violence and fear and to create a new reality based on trust and solidarity. We will use the communitarian space to open our eyes and hearts to the pain of the world and to reveal the connections between inner and outer peace. Together we will explore the current steps of realization of a Peace Research Village in the Middle East – a sustainable model of living amongst humans and nature.

WATER – “We go with the flow”
Due to exploitation of water by the Israeli, Syrian and Jordanian governments, the Jordan River has lost 98% of its water and the Dead Sea is dying. We will walk where the water was once flowing and should flow again, and bring awareness to the right of all living beings to have free access to clean healthy water. We will study and explore the vision of collecting rainwater in decentralized local retention areas, as an answer to one of the most crucial problems of the region: water scarcity.

BEYOND 2012 – “Time for change”
We wish to use this journey to find our next steps as peace workers in service of a world in transformation – as individuals and as a group. As we are approaching December 2012 we will use this special time in history to find new decisions and visions for our lives. More and more people around the globe are waking up and standing up for the right to have a life worth living. There is a growing understanding that we have to cooperate in order to make 2013 a year of a positive shift in our inner and outer reality.

The pilgrimage will include:

  • Walking in nature: from the lush greenery of the north to the desert in the south, carrying our luggage on our backs, eating together simple vegan meals, sleeping under the stars.
  • Daily study time: what are the roots of the conflict? How a small group can change the world?
  • Visiting communities and special places.
  • Art time: exploring theatre, dance, painting and music.
  • Group building and forum work (a tool for transparency, community building and transformation).

Leading team:
The core group members of the Peace Research Village Middle East.

Costs:
10,000 Shekels (2,000 Euro, 2,450 Dollars) – Including a donation to the PRV-ME
5,000 Shekels (1,000 Euro, 1,230 Dollars) – Normal price
2,500 Shekels (500 Euro, 620 Dollars) – Minimum price for special scholarships

For more information and registration:
info@prvme.org

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