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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.

More about Ben & Jerry’s complicity in the Israeli occupation
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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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Soldiers Kidnap One Palestinian In Jerusalem
IMEMC - 7 Jul 2015 - Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday at dawn, a young Palestinian man in at-Tour neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem. ...
Palestinian Injured After Attack By Extremists In Jerusalem
IMEMC - 7 Jul 2015 - A number of Israeli extremists attacked, earlier on Tuesday at dawn, three Palestinians, including two brothers in the al-Misrara Street, in occupied Jerusalem, wounding one of them, before the...
Soldiers Kidnap Eight Palestinians In The West Bank
IMEMC - 7 Jul 2015 - Israeli soldiers kidnapped, late on Monday at night, eight Palestinians in the West Bank districts of Hebron, Bethlehem and Ramallah, after storming their homes and searching them. ...
British, Australian activists shut down Israeli weapons factories on anniversary of Gaza invasion
IMEMC - 6 Jul 2015 - On Monday July 6th, Palestinians and their supporters around the world marked the one year invasion of the Israeli attack on Gaza that ended up lasting fifty one days and costing close to twenty...
Child Injured After Being Rammed By Police Vehicle In Jerusalem
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Army Kidnaps 13 Palestinians In W. Bank, 2 Near Gaza Border
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Palestinian Prisoners Society: Hebron Detainee in State of Unconsciousness
IMEMC - 5 Jul 2015 - A Palestinian prisoner in Israeli jails, Yasser Tarwa from Hebron, has been in a state of unconsciousness since he was shot and arrested by Israeli forces on June 21, according to the Palestinian...
Settlers Reportedly Fired on Near Qalqilia
IMEMC - 5 Jul 2015 - The Israeli army received reports, on Sunday, that the car of an Israeli settler was shot at near the illegal settlement of Kedumim, in the West Bank district of Qalqilia, with no injuries...
Army Closes Al Mughrabi Bridge
IMEMC - 5 Jul 2015 - Israeli forces closed have the Mughrabi Bridge for hundreds of worshipers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. ...
Journalists Targeted with Teargas by Israeli Soldiers
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Conversion reform should never have been born
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Why is Israel's government acting against Israel?
YNet News - Op-ed: Cancellation of previous government's reforms will drive former Soviet immigrants and Diaspora Jewry away, hurt Jewish and democratic Israel and bring us closer to a haredi-theocratic state.
Israeli-Egyptian coordination is working, but it's not enough
YNet News - Analysis: Officials in Cairo and in Jerusalem voiced the same mantra over the weekend: It's not ISIS, it's Hamas which is insisting on rocking Egypt. But for how long can Israel rely solely on Egypt to keep the triangle of terror off its fence?
Palestinian FM: France drops bid for UN resolution to kickstart peace talks
Ha'aretz - 7 Jul 2015
Netanyahu rejects minister's 'hurtful' claim Reform Jews can't be called Jews
Ha'aretz - 7 Jul 2015
Israeli slaughterhouse shuttered after video shows abuse of hens
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Israel indicts six for pro-ISIS activity in schools, on Facebook
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Child Labour: A Hidden Atrocity of the Syrian Crisis
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Israeli Naval Forces Continue Chasing Fishermen in the Gaza Strip Sea; 6 Fishermen Arrested, and 3 Fishing Boat Confisca...
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Hillary Clinton condemns anti-Israel boycotts as 'counter-productive'
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Ultra-Orthodox Israeli minister slams Reform Judaism members
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Limits on Iran missiles, arms trade will remain: US official
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Growing up Gazan: Tales of a Palestinian teen
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Iran nuclear talks to continue until July 10
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The Jewish National Fund as a colonization tool
Dr Salman Abu Sitta, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 7/6/2015
  The Jewish National Fund- JNF (or Keren Kayemet LeYisrael- KKL) is a unique colonization tool. The adjective "unique" is usually associated with positive distinction, not in this case.
     The European colonization projects are abound and full of examples of brutality, evil and dispossession. Some even appealed to God and claim that Divinity has sanctioned their acts of murder and looting. This, and much more, has been used by JNF.
     Let us take some examples.
     The French had colonized Algeria for about 150 years. Their policy was to make French citizens of Algerians. They brutally killed those who rebelled against them. They used Algerians as cheap labour and seized some of their property for the benefit of selected colonists (Pieds Noirs).
     The Dutch in Indonesia (Netherlands East Indies) did the same but mixed freely with the "natives" and intermarried.
     The Dutch of South Africa ('the Afrikaans' or the Boers... more.. e-mail

Why is Israel concocting ties between Hamas and ISIS?
Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man, +972 Magazine 7/5/2015
  By dreaming up an association between Hamas and Islamic State, Netanyahu hopes Israel will have it easy the next time it goes to war against Gaza.
     The head of Israel’s military government in the territories, Maj.-Gen. Yoav “Polly” Mordechai, spearheaded the latest round of Israel’s fantastical, anti-intellectual conflation between Hamas and ISIS this past week. Taking advantage of the horrendous attacks by an ISIS affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Mordechai told Al Jazeera Arabic that Hamas is aiding the world’s most terrifying terrorist organization—by bringing its wounded fighters into Gaza for medical treatment.
     The attempt to make a connection between the two groups is nothing new. In fact, facts be damned, Israel—and the Netanyahu government in particular—has a rich history of conflating Hamas with whichever evildoers it deems most expedient at the time. Making the ISIS, connection, as Larry Derfner reported in great depth... more.. e-mail

No more flotillas
Geoffrey Aronson, Al Jazeera 7/5/2015
  It's time for a Gaza seaport to end the siege.
     Gaza's Freedom Flotilla has come and gone with hardly a ripple. On June 29, the Swedish vessel Marianne surrendered, all but without incident, to Israeli naval forces somewhere in the Mediterranean, far from the intended destination along the Gaza shore. The lead vessel was towed without ceremony to the Israeli port of Ashdod and foreign voyagers, who included an ex-Tunisian president, and a serving member of Israel's Knesset, were summarily deported.
     It is far more difficult these days, when the Middle East is an inferno, producing refugees in the millions, to draw attention to Gaza's miseries than it was five years ago when the Mavi Marmara captured headlines throughout the world.
     Then both protagonists were bent upon confrontation - which ended badly for all concerned. The campaigners suffered 10 casualties. Israel... more.. e-mail

ACT! Free human rights defender Daoud Ghoul
Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, Alternative Information Center 7/1/2015
  ACT to free Palestinian human rights defender Daoud al-Ghoul and stop Israeli attacks on Jerusalem!
     Daoud al-Ghoul, 32, director of youth programs for the Health Work Committees in Jerusalem and the Kanaan Network of Palestinian civil society organizations and a prominent community organizer, was arrested by Israeli occupation military forces on 25 June. Al-Ghoul has been subject to repeated attacks on his freedom and ability to move and live in his homeland, being issued an Israeli military order displacing him from Jerusalem, his home and the city of his birth, on 30 November 2014 followed by an order banning him from the West Bank a week later, and then an order banning him from travel abroad until October 2015.
     Al-Ghoul's detention will be up for review and probable extension at the end of this week. No reasons for the detention have been made public, nor were... more.. e-mail

Injured woman forced to strip recalls horror of Israel's Gaza war
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US protestant churches not yet won over to divestment
Electronic Intifada: 6 Jul 2015 - Ryan Rodrick Beiler 6 July 2015 United Church of Christ divestment victory not repeated at Mennonite and Episcopal gatherings. ...more
No ‘Crisis in Islam': Just Apathy of So-called ‘Historians’
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Jul 2015 - By Ramzy Baroud On the “ BBC This Week ” program, historian Tom Holland labored to counter the argument that the so-called Islamic State should not be labeled as such: “The Islamic State”. Holland’s logic in the program seemed more philosophical, concerned with dialectic and logic of language, and hardly...more

Israel’s Army of Spin-Doctors is Doomed to Defeat
Palestine Chronicle: 7 Jul 2015 - By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth The Israeli government believes it is locked in an epic struggle to save Israel from the growing movement calling for an international boycott. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns that Israel must quickly “rebrand” itself to avoid pariah status. Ordinary Israelis are therefore being conscripted into...more

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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

Raffoul - Tears Over Palestine
Raffoul is a Palestinian rapper and human rights activist from East Jerusalem. In 2012 he graduated from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service on a scholarship for peace. "My music is inspired by the agony of war, suffering, and human loss."

Tearing Down The Wall In Al-Ma’sara

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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Miko Peled is an Israeli army veteran and the son of Israeli General Matti Peled, a veteran of the wars of 1948 and 1967. Miko is the author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. In 1997, his beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem. That tragedy pushed Peled to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with as the son and grandson of leading figures in Israel's political-military elite, and transformed him into a courageous and visionary activist.

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