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 - [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. ...
IMEMC - Jerusalem - The Ahrar Center for Detainees Studies and Human Rights has reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday [December 10, 2013] a Palestinian woman identified as Nadia Lufty Abu Eid, 34. ...
IMEMC - The Palestinian police, in the West bank district of Bethlehem, have reported that an officer was shot and killed, on Tuesday [December 10, 2012] after gunmen opened fire at a police station in Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem. ...
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 - 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...
Daily Star - 11 Dec 2013 Ukrainian demonstrators on Wednesday forced riot police to retreat after a pre-dawn raid on their protest camp, in a blow to the authority of President Viktor Yanukovych who called for...
Daily Star - 11 Dec 2013 A cousin and former aide of slain Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has been released two days after his acquittal in a trial for attempted murder, a security official said Wednesday.
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.
Stop the Blank Check to Israel Casey Stinemetz, CounterPunch
12/10/2013 Stop Funding Human Rights Violations December 10 is Human Rights Day. This day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the importance of human rights in our increasingly interconnected world. Human Rights are basic freedoms to which all humans are entitled: the right to life, the freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law. But are these rights applied equally, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, and other differences? Last month I traveled on a two-week delegation to Palestine and Israel organized by Interfaith Peace-Builders. During my trip, I spoke with many individuals, both Israeli and Palestinian, and heard their personal stories. With every experience, my eyes were opened to the harsh reality of life in this region. I couldn’t help but feel outraged, knowing that the U.S. government is an ally that provides major funding to the Israeli government. Israelis are living... more..e-mail Gaza: The tightening blockade Ahmed Eleiba, Al-Ahram Weekly
12/3/2013 Amid the repercussions of political events in Egypt, Gaza is suffering economically more now than it ever has, and with no respite in sight. “They blame us for being alive. But, by God, the accusation is fabricated!” The bitter sarcasm of this remark, written by Mohamed Abu Shar, a citizen of Gaza, encapsulates the mounting despair over the lack of access to the basic necessities of life in Gaza, which has been subject to an economic blockade since 2006. Even the existing avenues to essential goods are being closed off. To the west and south, many of the Sinai-Gaza tunnels, the artificial arteries that had seen an unprecedented burst of activity for three years, have been closed off by the Egyptian army in order to stem the flow of smuggled arms and terrorists into Sinai and the illicit flow of Egyptian gasoline into Gaza. The remaining supply lines... more..e-mail International attitude towards Gaza: management by crisis Pam Bailey, Al Jazeera
12/7/2013 The urgent need for a comprehensive action on the disastrous situation in Gaza has largely been ignored. The cycle is occurring again. The Gaza Strip, and the 1.7 million Palestinians who live there, periodically force their way into international headlines, driven by a crisis so urgent they can no longer be ignored. Politicians wring their hands; activists and relief agencies issue calls for help and organise convoys of supplies and volunteers; and the media practice pack journalism by running a story or two. Then, once conditions are no longer quite so dire, the world's attention veers on to the next tragedy, or to affairs that more directly affect the superpowers that set the agenda. Meanwhile, the underlying problems fester on, waiting to burst forth again a few months down the road, in a never-ending cycle of futility and hopelessness. Fuel is the crisis 'du jour... more..e-mail Madiba in Palestine Robin D.G. Kelley and Erica Lorraine Williams, CounterPunch
12/10/2013 Apartheid Died on the Sharp Edge of Principles Nelson Mandela’s death has produced both an outpouring of international solidarity, remembrance, and celebration commemorating Madiba’s leadership in defeating apartheid in South Africa. It has also generated a wave of historical revision and mythmaking—the sort of thing we’ve come to expect when radicals become icons. Mainstream media outlets and statesmen who had only a few years earlier heaped opprobrium on Mr. Mandela, eulogized him not for his commitment to the African National Congress’s unrelenting struggle against the apartheid system, but rather for forgiving his oppressors. In other words, Mandela was great because he transcended race – he chose not to “hate.” Of course, “hate” is far-removed from the politics of the ANC, a non-racial organization open to all committed to democracy. The magic wand of mass media has transformed what was a potent international boycott of South African products and... 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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