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.
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.
IMEMC - Israeli forces, on Wednesday, prevented several people from entering their own agricultural plots in the area of Samra, to the east of Tubas, in the northern Jordan Valley, as a prelude to seize the land, according to local sources. ...
IMEMC - Israeli soldiers kidnapped on Tuesday evening, March 12, 2014, five Palestinians, while wounding several others, after attacking a nonviolent procession denouncing the latest Israeli military escalation that claimed the lives of six Palestinians. ...
IMEMC - The Israeli Authorities handed, on Tuesday evening, the remains of five Palestinians who were buried at the Numbers Graveyard for many years. The bodies were moved to the Taybeh roadblock, in the northern part of the West Bank, before being handed over to the Palestinians. ...
Inter Press Service - Crews of an Egyptian ranger battalion in Jeep YJ light vehicles circa 1992. The soldiers standing are holding Russian-made SA-7 Grail surface-to-air missiles. Credit: public domain By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Mar 11 2014 (IPS) Russia, which is at loggerheads...
Daily Star - 12 Mar 2014 U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appeals to Russia and the United States to help revive stalled peace talks aimed at ending Syria's three-year-old civil war, saying it is time to put...
Knesset raises threshold to four seats, putting Arab parties at risk of not entering parliament Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine
3/11/2014 The new legislation will benefit medium-sized parties like the settlers’ Jewish Home and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, while increasing the influence of big money on politics. The Knesset approved today (Tuesday) several changes in its elections and governance laws. Among other things, the changes will make it more difficult to challenge the government in a vote of non-confidence, and set the threshold for entering the Knesset at 3.25 percent, or roughly four Knesset seats. The legislation is a joint initiative by Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party and Avigdor Liberman’s Israel Beitenu (which united with Netanyahu’s Likud party prior to the last elections). The final vote in the Knesset passed by a 67-0 majority, with the entire opposition boycotting the vote to protest the coalition’s implementation of special procedural measures earlier this week. The new law will mostly affect the three Palestinian parties, which usually win between 3... more..e-mail An alternative Palestinian state? Ahmed Eleiba, Washington, Al-Ahram Weekly
3/5/2014 As parties to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict entrench on the notion of the Jewish state, the idea of exporting the solution — and even Palestinians — to Jordan reappears. There appears to be renewed impetus in the rounds of Palestinian-Israeli talks taking place variously in Washington, Tel Aviv and Ramallah after four months during which US Secretary of State John Kerry undertook 10 trips to the region in order to salvage what he could of the so-called peace process. Yet nothing in Arab reactions suggests any immanent change in any of the negotiating tracks that were initiated in Oslo in 1993. In fact, frustration seems to best describe what Kerry faces as Palestinians and Israelis exchange accusations that the other side is not ready for peace and as Israel notches up its intransigence on the question of recognition of the Jewishness of the Israeli state. To complicate matters further, tensions between... more..e-mail Al-Sisi follows Mubarak in dancing to Israel’s tune Ahmed Elkaoud, Middle East Monitor (MEMO)
One of the main reasons for the eruption of the 2011 revolution in Egypt was the people's rejection of Israel's control over the Hosni Mubarak government, particularly the police, army, judiciary and media. These are the four most influential aspects of the government. Mubarak's regime took a very pragmatic stance in regards to both Israel and resistance organisations such as Hamas. It played both sides, building up good relations with Israel as well as maintaining the pretence of being a moderate mediator with the Hamas-led Palestinian government in Gaza. However, the deposed president's main agenda was to serve Israeli interests. It was a tool for both Israel and America to secure Israel's existence in the region. It was crucial, therefore, for Mubarak to work hard on pleasing both the US and Israeli governments, not least by offering no resistance to... more..e-mail Selling a Mossad Book Philip Giraldi, Antiwar.com
3/11/2014 Is it fact or fiction? Back in my CIA days we sometimes used to describe our opponents in the KGB as "ten feet tall." It was, in truth, a tribute to their tradecraft and ability to operate in largely hostile environments. Soviet case officers were sent overseas meticulously trained in both the local culture and language, remained in a country for as long as they continued to be effective, and would engage in hours long "runs" to detect and eventually evade surveillance before making their meetings with their agents. They also drank heavily. We Americans, meanwhile, normally did two of three year tours, were frequently language deficient, and often spent a good deal of our time worrying about where we would be going next rather than concentrating on the job at hand. We also drank heavily. In a sense, the KGB and CIA officers were products of the... more..e-mail
Electronic Intifada: 11 Mar 2014 - Ghassan Elashi’s wife’s garnished wages are the latest example of how far the US is willing to go to silence and scare those involved in Palestinian activism. ...more
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Mar 2014 - By Tamar Fleishman “Women shall be especially protected against any attack on their honor…or any form of indecent assault” – (Article 27 of the Geneva Convention) Nadia didn’t have a permit and she wasn’t about to request one. Nadia, a Palestinian resident, knew that being married to Imad, who as...more
Palestine Chronicle: 11 Mar 2014 - By Vacy Vlazna Dear Morani, “We who are born here on this divine land, we who are dedicated to the message of peace and freedom and the defense of human values, and of the strength of the olive tree…we declare our presence as a wound crying in the depths of...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
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."
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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