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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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Settlement Sewage Water Pollutes Salfit Tourist Areas
IMEMC - 24 May 2015 - The farmers and citizens of Salfit city, and of Kafr Al-Deek town, in the southern occupied West Bank, on Sunday, made complaints about the dangerous environmental damage they were facing because...
Soldiers Kidnap Six Palestinians from the Al-Aqsa Mosque
IMEMC - 24 May 2015 - Israeli soldiers kidnapped, Sunday, six Palestinian Muslim worshipers in the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied East Jerusalem, as groups of Israeli fanatics stormed the area while...
UNRWA High School Principal Injured By Gunmen Fire In Khan Younis
IMEMC - 24 May 2015 - Palestinian security sources in Gaza have reported that unknown gunmen shot and injured, on Saturday at dawn, the principal of an UNRWA school in Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza...
Two Israelis Stabbed In Jerusalem
IMEMC - 24 May 2015 - Israeli sources have reported on Saturday at night that two Israeli teens were stabbed near the Damascus Gate, in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, and suffered moderate-but-stable injuries. ......
Venezuela to Boost Palestine to Full Embassy Status
IMEMC - 23 May 2015 - The announcement comes after raft of new agreements between Caracas and Ramallah. ...
Israeli Forces Continue to Fire on Gaza Fishermen & Farmers
IMEMC - 23 May 2015 - Israeli naval forces opened fire at Palestinians http://www.imemc.org/newswire?search_text=fishing...
Why can't Israel behave like Albania during the Holocaust?
YNet News - Op-ed: Albania, whose citizens are mostly Muslim, saved all of its Jews while under Nazi occupation; 'It’s like your culture,' said the country's president, and I was ashamed.
Not everyone hates Ayelet Shaked's appointment
YNet News - Op-ed: While there are still some parts of the public and the Knesset that worship the Supreme Court, criticism of its rulings and justices is now permissible.
Labor shouldn’t bet on Herzog again
YNet News - Op-ed: The Labor Party needs a leader like Amir Peretz, Shaul Mofaz or Ron Huldai – someone who is capable of marketing leadership and security, rather than baby food.
Iran agrees to grant UN 'managed access' to nuclear sites, negotiator says
Ha'aretz - 24 May 2015
Israeli prof. escapes with reprimand over relationship with student
Ha'aretz - 24 May 2015
Netanyahu's official residence costing taxpayers less, but private home cost surges
Ha'aretz - 24 May 2015
Stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City leaves two Jewish men wounded
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16 killed in Gaza in a week of Israeli bombardment
Palestine Monitor - 12 Feb 2015 - June 25, 2012-On Monday morning June 18 a group of unknown armed men crossed the Sinai desert from the Egyptain border and killed an Israeli...
Apartheid Wall: 10 years of existence
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Beyond Compromise: “Our future is in our hands”
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Palestinian Civilian Killed in Jerusalem
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Two Israeli teenagers stabbed in Jerusalem
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Qatar’s money buys self-preservation
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Israel should defy the world over West Bank, says new deputy foreign minister – video
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Israel’s new government 'partly ridiculous, partly terrifying'
Uri Avnery, Redress 5/22/2015
  The battle is over. The dust has settled. A new government – partly ridiculous, partly terrifying – has been installed.
     It is time to take stock.
     The net result is that Israel has given up all pretence of desiring peace and that Israeli democracy has suffered a blow from which it may never recover.
     Israeli governments – with the possible exception of Yitzhak Rabin’s – have never really desired peace. The peace that is possible.
     A state without borders
     Peace, of course, means accepting fixed borders. In the founding declaration of the state, which was read out by David Ben-Gurion on 14 May 1948 in Tel Aviv, any mention of borders was deliberately omitted. Ben Gurion was not ready to accept the borders fixed by the UN partition resolution, because they provided only for a tiny Jewish state. Ben-Gurion foresaw that the Arabs would start a war, and he was determined to use this... more.. e-mail

Israel on the Run
Robert Fantina, CounterPunch 5/22/2015
  Becoming a Global Pariah
     These are desperate times for Israel. While Prime Murder Benjamin Netanyahu forms a new government with people who have said that Palestinians are not human, and who have openly called for genocide against them, he and they continue to talk about their security concerns, how the Israeli army is the most moral in the world, etc., etc. Yet beyond the ivory towers in which they have ensconced themselves, few people are buying the tattered goods they are selling.
     Let’s look at a few examples.
     The International Criminal Court (ICC). When Palestine officially signed the Rome statute and joined the ICC, Israel withheld millions of dollars paid by Palestinians in taxes, which Israel collects. This money is needed to pay salaries in Palestine. But even more telling than this illegal act of collective punishment is the fact that Israel contacted several member countries of the... more.. e-mail

US, Israel duplicity over the Iran nuclear deal
Ramona Wadi, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 5/21/2015
  As the US intensifies its efforts to conclude a nuclear deal with Iran, it is also seeking to appease Israel by promising further military assistance to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government in return for a retreat from the vociferous opposition to the framework.
     According to the Times of Israel, Israel and the US are holding preliminary discussions for a "compensation package" that would include an increase in the number of F-35 fighter jets supplied by the US to Israel, as well as additional batteries for the Iron Dome, assistance for the Arrow 3 missile system and the purchasing of technology for intelligence gathering.
     Last Sunday, Netanyahu declared: "It is both necessary and possible to achieve a better deal because extremists cannot be allowed to achieve their aims, not in Iran, not in Yemen and not in Jerusalem."
     Netanyahu's incessant laments regarding Iran and the... more.. e-mail

Analysis: Global Politics at a Turning Point – Part 2
Prem Shankar Jha, Inter Press Service 5/10/2015
  NEW DELHI (IPS) - In the following months, reports of the use of chemical weapons by Syrian forces multiplied. The most serious was an allegation that the Syrian army had used sarin gas on Mar. 19, 2013 at Khan al Assal, north of Aleppo, and in a suburb of Damascus against its opponents. This was followed by two more allegations of small attacks in April.
     Seymour Hersh has reported that in May 2013, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan visited Obama, accompanied by his intelligence chief, and pressed him to live up to his “red line” commitment to punish Syria if it used chemical weapons.
     But by then U.S. intelligence knew, and had conveyed to Barack Obama, that it was Turkey’s secret service, MIT, that had been working with the Nusra front to set up facilities to manufacture sarin, and had obtained two kilograms of the deadly gas for it from Eastern... -- See also: Analysis: Global Politics at a Turning Point – Part 1 more.. e-mail

When "good morning" is an order to kill: Israel's attack on my neighborhood
Electronic Intifada: 20 May 2015 - Testimonies from Israeli soldiers remind me of my family’s fear last summer. ...more
Which Countries Are Failing to Deliver Gaza Aid?
Palestine Chronicle: 23 May 2015 - By Annie Slemrod Gulf Arab states and Turkey have spectacularly failed to fulfill their pledges to Gaza, contributing to a two-thirds shortfall in promised assistance to the beleaguered enclave, a new report reveals. Qatar has delivered just 10 percent of the $1 billion it promised, while Saudi Arabia, Turkey and...more

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