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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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After Netanyahu’s Reelection, What is to be Done?
Peter Belmont, CounterPunch 3/30/2015
  Sanction Israel
     In March 2015, Israeli PM Netanyahu and the Israeli electorate have made manifest what was before implicit [1]—that Israel will not willingly make either a two-state peace or a democratic one-state peace with the Palestinians.
     That means that Israel is committed to indefinite prolongation of its present apartheid-one-state regime.
     President Obama has 18 months left in office in which to demand that Israel conduct the occupation legally.
     For Israel to do so would require Israel: [1] to remove from all the territories occupied by it in 1967 and still occupied all the settlers, the wall, and all the settlement buildings;and [2] to end the siege on Gaza.
     Most of this was called for by UNSC-465 (1980) and by the July 2004 ICJ decision w.r.t. the wall. But neither the USA nor anyone else has ever applied sanctions against Israel to compel it to... more.. e-mail

What legitimacy does Israel have to be de-legitimised?
Ibrahim Hewitt, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/25/2015
  Southampton University is hosting a conference next month which has stirred a whole raft of Zionist anger. "International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism" is, say its detractors, "anti-Semitic" and will, according to one British MP, "de-legitimise the existence of a democratic state". Ah, is that the same "democratic state" wherein one-fifth of its citizens face official discrimination on a daily basis and the de-legitimisation of their culture, identity and existence in their own land?
     Without wishing to pre-empt what the speakers at the conference are likely to say, this issue of "de-legitimisation" of Israel is fascinating, not least because it presupposes that the state has legitimacy in the first place. Accusations that Southampton's examination of this topic will actually "legitimise anti-Semitism" are part of the usual smokescreen put up by the pro-Israel lobby in order to kill any discussion of Israel's... more.. e-mail

The United States should now respond to the Arab Peace Plan
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     This could be a significant turning point in one of the ugliest dimensions of the Arab-Israeli conflict during the past 66 years — the apparent total support or acquiescence of the United States for any Israeli policy or action, and Washington’s consistent refusal to take a clear, explicit position on the two critical dimensions of the conflict and its resolution from the Arab perspective. These are the creation of a genuinely sovereign Palestinian state in lands Israel occupied in 1967, and the need to resolve the Palestine refugees’ status on the basis of existing law and UN resolutions.
     The United States always danced around these with... more.. e-mail

Will US really reassess policy following Israeli elections?
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  That Obama was surprised and disappointed by Netanyahu's victory we saw on his face. So the real question is whether he can or will want to create practical consequences in such a situation. More directly: Is the US administration ready to use the arsenal at its disposal to force the Israeli government's hand?
     The first official visit following the electoral victory of Benjamin Netanyahu will be the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, John Boehner. It is the least he can do; Boehner had invited the Israeli prime minister to speak before Congress a few days before Israel's elections, without even informing the White House. More of a slap to the democratic president than an electoral boost for Netanyahu.
     “We will need to reassess our options following the prime minister’s new positions and comments regarding the two-state solution", said the White... more.. e-mail

The destructive legacy of Arab liberals
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In Politics, Talk is Cheap
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