Breaking: Campaign to end Ben & Jerry’s
complicity with Israel’s occupation intensifies
VTJP's campaign calling on Ben & Jerry’s
to end its complicity with Israel's occupation has expanded and intensified.
151 civil society organizations in the United States and across the globe
that share a commitment to international law, human rights, and a just peace
in Israel-Palestine have signed a letter to Ben & Jerry’s CEO, Jostein
Solheim, urging the company “to stand by its Social Mission and to ensure
that its products are not sold, catered and distributed in Israeli settlements”
in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
The letter, organized by VTJP, calls on Solheim “to take all necessary
contractual and legal measures to bring your franchise's settlement business
to an end in a verifiable way, and to release a public statement
of your company's commitment to end its business ties to Israel’s occupation
and settlement enterprise.”
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.
Salaam Shalom: Operation Pillar of Blood: The Latest War on Gaza VTJP's Salaam Shalom: Report on Palestine/Israel examines Israel’s recent 8-day war on Gaza (code named "Operation Pillar of Defense"). This show includes analysis and reports from Palestinian legal and human rights experts and British and American journalists. The program closes with a report on the trial in absentia of four Israeli generals linked to the murderous 2010 attack on the humanitarian aid ship the Mavi Marmara off the coast of Gaza, in which Israeli commandos killed 9 unarmed activists and injured many more. See more updates from Salaam Shalom television show on Vimeo! More about Salaam Shalom.
IMEMC - For the first time since Israel was established in the historic land of Palestine in 1948, and the destruction and displacement of hundreds of villages and towns, a group of Palestinians managed to set up a Christmas Tree in the displaced village of Kufur Birim, in...
IMEMC - Students in dorms at the University of Michigan were awakened to eviction notices on their doors, which said that they needed to vacate their rooms by December 13th, at which point the rooms would be demolished. ...
IMEMC - [December 11, 2013] U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive to the region, today, in order to push the last of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the Palestinian News Network (PNN) has reported. ...
IMEMC - [Wednesday at Dawn, December 11, 2013] Dozens of Israeli soldiers have invaded the Aida Refugee camp, north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, kidnapping six Palestinians, including two brothers, and serving two residents with warrants ordering them to head to a military base for interrogation. ......
IMEMC - [Tuesday Evening, December 10, 2013] Eyewitnesses state that a young Palestinian man was moderately hurt after being stabbed by an Israeli settler in Jaffa Road, in West Jerusalem, the Milad News Agency has reported. ...
Inter Press Service - The Golan Druze feel the brunt of Syria’s civil war. Credit: Pierre Klochendler/IPS By Pierre Klochendler MAJD E-SHAMS, Israeli-occupied Golan Heights , Dec 11 2013 (IPS) The faint explosion is a reminder that though the newly refurbished fence protects their town,...
Daily Star - 12 Dec 2013 U.S. senators will introduce legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran as soon as this week, Senate aides say, despite the Obama administration's insistence that such a measure would violate...
Daily Star - 11 Dec 2013 Israel's new opposition chief said Wednesday that Benjamin Netanyahu's views on a peace deal with the Palestinians remain an enigma, and that he's not sure the Israeli prime minister has...
The National - 11 Dec 2013 - South African expatriates and other nationalities gathered at the Evangelical Community Church in Abu Dhabi to offer their tributes to Nelson Mandela. Produced by Mohammed Al Neyadi.
Israel’s war on the Bedouin: 1948 settled nothing Jonathan Cook, Nazareth, Redress
As United States envoys shuttle back and forth in search of a peace formula to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a matter supposedly settled decades ago is smouldering back into life. In what was billed as a “day of rage” last month, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to protest against a plan to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin from their ancestral lands inside Israel, in the Negev (Naqab). The clashes were the worst between Israeli police and the country’s large Palestinian minority since the outbreak of the second Intifada 13 years ago, with police using batons, stun grenades, water cannon and arrests to deter future protests. Things are only likely to get more heated. The so-called Prawer Plan, being hurried through parliament, will authorize the destruction of more than 30 Bedouin villages, forcibly relocating the inhabitants to deprived, overcrowded townships. Built decades ago, these urban reservations languish at... more..e-mail Israel: legitimacy and behaviour Lawrence Davidson, Redress
In the year 1762 the King of Prussia, Frederick II, launched an unprovoked attack on Austria with the aim of conquering the province of Silesia. One hundred and two years later, in 1864, Otto von Bismarck, then prime minister of Prussia, provoked a war with Denmark in order to seize the Danish provinces of Schleswig and Holstein. Since its founding, the United States has launched over 330 mostly unwarranted foreign military interventions around the globe. Concurrently, the US existed as a slave state until 1865 and then practised institutional racism right up into the 1960s. Throughout all of this history the citizens of these countries never doubted the legitimacy of their nation-states. This discounting of violent and inhumane policies reflects a long tradition which asserts that if a state exists, that is, if it has a government that can exercise sovereignty over territory, it is automatically legitimate. In this way... more..e-mail Jewish establishment stays silent on Israeli plan to forcibly displace Bedouins Alex Kane, Mondoweiss
The heavy-hitters in the American Jewish community usually march in lockstep with the Israeli government. But many organizations that comprise the American Jewish establishment have gone silent over the Prawer Plan, the Israeli government’s initiative to uproot tens of thousands of Bedouin Arabs, relocate them to urban areas and build new Jewish areas on top of demolished villages. The Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs have issued no statements on the Prawer Plan, in contrast to their numerous statements in support of Israel on the peace process and Iran. The major umbrella group representing American Jewish groups, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has also not commented on the initiative. The silence has held even in the wake of major protests against the plan throughout Israel/Palestine, which thrust the issue into the mainstream... more..e-mail Prawer Plan buries the two state solution Zohra Ahmed, Al Jazeera
12/11/2013 The new Israeli resettlement plan will disperse the Negev Bedouins and make them invisible.That Bedouin communities, in both Israel and the Occupied Territories, face strikingly similar challenges, underscoring the inadequacy of the two state "solution". The Israeli Knesset is set to pass legislation this week to displace 40,000 Negev Bedouins within Israel. Called the Prawer Plan, this is part of Tel Aviv's latest attempt to displace Bedouins on both sides of the Green Line that separates Israel from the Occupied Territories. The Israeli government's policy tries to make Bedouins, whether citizens of Israel or subjects of military occupation, effectively invisible. Two years before Israel was established in 1948, there were as many as 95,000 Bedouins in the desert region called the Negev. By 1953, there were only about 11,000. The new Israeli state had relocated many to smaller tracts of land within a... more..e-mail
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Dec 2013 - By Ramzy Baroud Here in Switzerland, the train chugs along nicely between Geneva and Lausanne. The Alpine mountain range desperately fights to make its presence known despite the irritating persistence of low- hanging clouds. A friend had just introduced me to the music of J.J. Cale, but my thoughts were...more
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Dec 2013 - By Richard Falk Fifteen years ago I had the extraordinary pleasure of meeting Nelson Mandela in Cape Town while he was serving as President of South Africa. It was an odd occasion. I was a member of the International Commission on the Future of the Oceans, which was holding a...more
Save Wadi Foquin 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
DAM, "Born Here", Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles - Palestinian rap group DAM (Da Arab MC's, or "forever" in Arabic) created this music video about the life of Palestinians in Israel. They're from Lod, a town between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, so they're Palestinians with Israeli citizenship (often called "Israeli Arabs"). They usually rap in Arabic, but they made a Hebrew version of this song with a music video to get their message out to the majority of Israelis who don't speak Arabic. NYT: Rapping in Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic
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.
The Political Economy of Israel's Occupation - The Real News - Hever: 18 families control 60% of the equity value of all companies in Israel - Shir Hever is an economic researcher in the Alternative Information Center, a Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour. He speaks to Paul Jay of The Real News Network about his research into the economics of Israel and its occupation of the Palestinian territories. The Real News Network
People & Culture Exploring
the rich and inspiring culture of traditional and modern Palestine
How Israel came to be: The real story, by Miko Peled 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.
Mapping Israeli Apartheid in the Palestinian West Bank: Israeli settlements, apartheid wall and fence, closures, and territorial fragmentation. CLICK IMAGE FOR FULL STORY.
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