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The Campaign to End Ben & Jerry’s Business with Israeli Settlements
By Mark Hage, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel, Counterpunch 4/22/2014
    On March 13, 2013, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel (VTJP) launched a campaign calling on Ben & Jerry’s, a leader of the socially responsible business community, to stop marketing, catering and selling ice cream in Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. We also urged the company to issue a statement expressing its opposition to the occupation and Israel’s settlement enterprise, consistent with the principles of its social mission.
    Our demands have not been met, but the campaign is strong and growing. more

Ben & Jerry’s is Profiting from Israel’s Illegal Settlements and Occupation of Palestine
    Ben & Jerry’s, one of the iconic leaders of the “values based” business movement, trumpets a “progressive, nonpartisan social mission that seeks to meet human needs and eliminate injustices in our local, national and international communities” (See their Social Mission Statement).
    In 2011, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel learned that Ben & Jerry’s franchise in Israel is manufacturing ice cream and selling it in illegal Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Additionally, in 2010, as Israel was expanding its illegal settlements and continuing to impose an inhuman siege on Gaza, Ben & Jerry’s opened a new factory in Israel and announced plans to re-establish 16 new stores and kiosks across the country.
    By doing business in Israel and in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, it violates its own Social Mission and engages in unethical practices.

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Until Israel ends its occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands in compliance with international law, Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel Calls on Ben & Jerry’s to:
  • End the marketing, catering and sales of Ben & Jerry’s products in Israel and Jewish-only settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
  • Stop manufacturing ice cream in Israel.
  • Issue a statement (a) calling on Israel to end its occupation and settlement enterprise and (b) appealing directly to other socially responsible companies
    to do likewise and to cease business operations in Israel and its illegal settlements.

Standing Up to Jewish Settlers in "My Neighbourhood" from Salaam Shalom
This edition of VTJP's Salaam Shalom: Report on Palestine/Israel highlights the racism, violence and discrimination inherent in the Jewish settler movement, as documented in Julia Bacha's powerful film, "My Neighborhood." The film also demonstrates the power of nonviolent resistance and Jewish-Arab solidarity as Palestinians in East Jerusalem and Israeli Jews come together to stop the forced evictions of Palestinians by Jewish settlers in Sheik Jarrah. More about Salaam Shalom.

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PCHR Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the oPt (20- 26 August 2015)
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Israeli Forces Injure 54 Palestinian Civilians during Third Week of August
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85 percent of Administrative Detention Orders Renewed by Israel
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Demostrators March against Israeli Takeover of Umm al-Hiran
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2 Dead in Breach of Truce at Lebanon Camp
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Palestinian Minors Abused by Israeli Interrogators
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The disgraceful link drawn between the Holocaust and the Nakba
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UN: Satellite images confirm Syrian temple destruction
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Sanders’s Screwy Mideast Strategy
Sam Husseini, 8/26/2015
  Now, we have what amounts to an Israeli-Saudi alliance (with both countries viewing Iran as their principal enemy) and it must be music to the ears of pro-Israeli journalists like Wolf Blitzer for Sanders to be calling for more U.S. backing of Saudi power.
     There’s an old joke about two elderly men at a Catskill resort. One complains: “The food here is horrible.” The other vigorously agrees: “Yeah, I know — and the portions are so damn small!” Along those lines, several writers have noted that Sen. Bernie Sanders has been scant in terms of his foreign policy — small portions. But there’s also the question of quality.
     A problem with Sanders’s limited articulation of a foreign policy is that his most passionately stated position is extremely regressive and incredibly dangerous. Sanders has actually pushed for the repressive Saudi Arabian regime to engage in more intervention in the Mideast.
     In... more.. e-mail

Hillary Clinton, Palestine and the Long View
Robert Fantina, CounterPunch 8/28/2015
  The Hillary Clinton juggernaut continues to roll on, with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders playing the foil, and giving the impression of a ‘competitive’ contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. This, of course, will allow Mrs. Clinton to say that her nomination wasn’t a coronation, any more than will be her election, assuming the Republican’s nominate any of the current clowns stuffed into the high-rolling clown car.
     There are so many reasons to oppose Mrs. Clinton that time and space preclude a lengthy treatise on them all. This writer does not have sufficient time to write the book that would be required to give these diverse reasons justice. But we will look at one, and see how it impacts many others.
     One might accuse this writer of being a ‘one-issue voter’, since support by a candidate for Israel automatically costs that candidate this writer’s vote. And the former First Lady, New... more.. e-mail

PHOTOS: Construction for Jewish town to replace Bedouin village draws ire
Amjad Iraqi, +972 Magazine 8/27/2015
  Israel is moving forward with a controversial plan to outright replace a Bedouin village with a Jewish town in the Negev/Naqab.
     About 200 Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel took part in a demonstration on Thursday in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in southern Israel, where the state plans to destroy the village and replace it with a new Jewish town called ‘Hiran.’
     The protestors chanted slogans, such as, “No to demolitions,” and “No to racism,” and some took to social media to share images and posts under the hashtag #Save_UmAlHiran. A number of members of the Knesset Joint Arab List joined in solidarity with those demanding that Israel respect the Bedouins’ right to stay on their land.
     Earlier this week, Israeli construction workers moved tractors onto the village hilltop, just a few hundred meters away from the Bedouin families’ homes. The protestors marched uphill... more.. e-mail

Once again, UK lets Netanyahu get away with it
Toby Cadman, Al Jazeera 8/26/2015
  British authorities continue supporting unjust narratives that misinterpret historical realities and cause suffering.
     The British government used the "civilising" narrative to deny sovereignty, justify the colonisation process and build an empire. It argued that there was a "majority of German-speaking" population to allow the surrender of the Sudetenland to Nazi Germany in 1938, and it defended the fallacy of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to support an illegal war.
     These civilising or "national security" justifications were wrongful foreign policy narratives that have brought extensive suffering and had disastrous and long-term implications.
     However, current British authorities continue supporting unjust narratives that misinterpret historical realities and cause untold suffering.
     The British government has recently responded to a popular petition to arrest the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, on charges of war crimes when he arrives in London - a petition that has already gathered more than 75,000 signatures.
     The... more.. e-mail

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The illegal Israeli settlement of Betar Illiit is built mostly on land stolen from Wadi Foquin and surrounding villages. Israel's government has already taken 94% of the village's land, and residents continue to receive more land confiscation orders for the construction of the apartheid wall on the northwest side of the village. The planned route of the wall will cross the green line and take even more land from the village. Fying checkpoints restrict freedom of movement in and out of the village, makiing it very difficult for residents to travel for work or school or to visit family. Help Save Wadi Foquin

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Tearing Down The Wall In Al-Ma’sara Palestine Monitor, 7/10/2010: Israeli soldiers dragged the remnants of a symbolic wall from highway 3157 near Al Ma’sara today, halting a popular demonstration on the sixth anniversary of the International Court of Justice ruling that construction of the Wall in Palestinian territory is illegal.

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