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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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Palestinian Injured By Army Fire Near Jenin
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Soldiers Break Into Homes, Shops, In Aida Refugee Camp
IMEMC - 27 Apr 2015 - Israeli soldiers invaded, on Monday evening, the Aida refugee camp, north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, broke into homes, and destroyed doors of a number of stores, before searching them....
50 Olive Saplings Uprooted In Bethlehem
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Israeli Extremists Uproot Palestinian Trees In Hebron
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Including A Child, Soldiers Kidnap Three Palestinians In Jerusalem
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Israel To Build 77 New Homes In Illegal East Jerusalem Colonies
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Rabbis come out against Jerusalem Day violence
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Iran aims to use NPT conference to renew international pressure on Israel
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Boehner: Republicans would lack the votes to overcome an Obama veto on Iran
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Can former Israeli mayor's prison sentence deter corruption?
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16 killed in Gaza in a week of Israeli bombardment
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Apartheid Wall: 10 years of existence
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Beyond Compromise: “Our future is in our hands”
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Saudis Compensate Civilian Killings with 274 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Yemen
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Israel responsible for Gaza strikes on UN schools and shelters, inquiry finds
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Iran slams nuclear powers, Israel at U.N. meeting
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Syria regime suffers another defeat
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Marooned truckers arrive home
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UN blames Israel for school attacks during Gaza war
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Israel invites tenders for more settlement buildings
Aljazeera - 27 Apr 2015 - Authorities invite tenders for construction of 77 settlement buildings in occupied East Jerusalem, watchdog group says.
In a blow to Assad, Syrian insurgents capture military base in northwest
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Israel: A state of denial
Sharif Nashashibi, Al Jazeera 4/27/2015
  As extremism in Israeli society and polity continues to rise, mass-denial is becoming more entrenched and widespread.
     Never underestimate the power of denial. It is always easier and quicker to deny wrongdoing than to admit culpability or explain oneself. It stifles legitimate scrutiny in favour of a simplistic "yes / no" argument that is designed to confuse and deceive. This is what makes denial so appealing, and hence so prevalent in cases of injustice.
     When it comes to the plight of the Palestinians, denial is the default setting of the pro-Israel propaganda machine. The infamous quote from former Prime Minister Golda Meir - "there is no such thing as Palestinians" - epitomises Israeli denial at arguably its most fundamental.
     Justification - no matter how preposterous or morally bankrupt - is the back-up plan when denial can no longer be maintained.
     For instance, it has become entirely predictable for Israel to deny bombing UN... more.. e-mail

Journal: House demolition in East Jerusalem
Maja, Siggy and Jenny, International Solidarity Movement 4/27/2015
  Team Al Khalil, East Jerusalem, Occupied Palestine
     This has been hard to write down. The three of us put off again and again the thoughts and fears of that day, to remember them and to finally write them down. We have been avoiding it, because it is easier to simply try and forget. But then at the same time, for us it was just this one night, whereas for the families living in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz this is everyday life.
     An illegal demolition of the majority of the Amro-family home on the 31st of March, 2015 left all the families in Wadi al-Joz scared for the future. If Israeli forces can just turn up one early morning and tear down half a family home without prior notice or any legal grounds, might this also happen to the other few families still living in... more.. e-mail

Normalising links with Israel in defiance of public opinion
Abderrahim Chalfaouat, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 4/27/2015
  Since the rise of Islamists to power in Morocco, activities have come to light that hint at the country's normalisation process in its relations with Israel. For instance, in its 2013 annual report, the Moroccan Observatory against Normalisation, a multi-current grassroots group for advocacy and activism against Israel, listed numerous normalising public figures, institutions and engagements. Feeling the mounting threat that the normalisation of relationships with Israel presents to the social and ethical fabric of Morocco, the monitoring group prepared a proposed law to criminalise official or civil society activities that would result in such links. Even so, despite public activism, street demonstrations and meetings with parliamentary groups to pass the criminalisation law, the level of normalisation appears to be increasing.
     The means by which normalisation efforts penetrate Moroccan society are many. They include academic activities such as frequent visits to and participation in conferences organised by the... more.. e-mail

Israeli Right renews its fight on funding for human rights orgs
Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine 4/27/2015
  Legislative attacks on EU funding of human rights activities could backfire by forcing the Europeans to revisit the basis for its entire economic relationship with Israel — something that not even BDS has succeeded at accomplishing.
     The Israeli Right is once again seeking to introduce legislation that would limit the ability of human rights and anti-occupation organizations to seek funding abroad. As part of coalition negotiations with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Naftali Bennett’s Jewish Home party is demanding that foreign-government funding of local institutions require approval by the Defense Ministry and the Knesset’s powerful Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. The next government is unlikely to adopt Bennett’s demand as policy, but some softer version may very well reach the Knesset floor, and even gain the necessary majority to become law.
     The right-wing media is already preparing the ground. Right-leaning newspaper Makor Rishon (now owned by Jewish American billionaire Sheldon Adelson... more.. e-mail

Poem: "No search, no rescue"
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Europe’s Feeble Efforts to ‘Punish’ Israel
Palestine Chronicle: 25 Apr 2015 - By Jonathan Cook – Nazareth The question of punishing illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory was considered separately in Europe and Israel last week, with only superficial differences in the conclusions reached. Israel’s near half-century occupation is in no immediate danger, either at home or abroad. Some 16 European foreign...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
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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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