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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.


More about Ben & Jerry’s complicity in the Israeli occupation
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Sign the Petition to Tell Ben & Jerry’s: Peace, Love & Occupation Don't Mix!

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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Dr. Erekat: Responds to Reports of New Settlement Units
IMEMC - 30 Jan 2015 - Calls on International Community to Boycott All Settlement Products Reports circulated Friday about the publication of tenders for 450 new units to be constructed in a number of illegal Israeli settlements. ...
Several Palestinians Injured Near Hebron
IMEMC - 29 Jan 2015 - A number of Israeli military vehicles invaded, on Thursday evening, the ath-Thaher area, south of Beit Ummar town, in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, and clashed with dozens of local youths. ...
Settlers Attempt To Kidnap A Palestinian Toddler In Jerusalem
IMEMC - 29 Jan 2015 - Israeli settlers attempted, Thursday, to kidnap a Palestinian toddler in one of the streets of Jabal al-Mokabber town, in occupied East Jerusalem. ...
Israel Jails 13 Minors, Imposes Fines
IMEMC - 29 Jan 2015 -
Israelis Demolish Palestinian Homes and Barn near Hebron
IMEMC - 29 Jan 2015 - Israeli authorities, on Thursday, destroyed the home of a Palestinian family, in addition to a barn located in Ethna, near Hebron, in the southern West Bank. ...
ICT Ministry Denounces Israeli Infringement on Palestinian Frequency Rights
IMEMC - 29 Jan 2015 - Palestine Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Mousa Allam, has issued a call to action to International rights organizations, the International Telecom Union and other related bodies to take action against continued Israeli seizure of Palestinian 3G and 4G
Israel should threaten Lebanon, not Hezbollah
YNet News - Op-ed: Deterrence is only effective as long as the other side understands that a war will lead to the destruction of Lebanon and will not inflict damage only on the Shiite organization.
Revenge for Quneitra strike isn't over yet
YNet News - Analysis: After Hezbollah's attack Wednesday, the IDF hoped that a chapter had ended: We did our thing, they exacted their revenge. As far as Hezbollah is concerned, that may be true. But whoever thinks Iran will settle for that is living in a dream world.
Israel destroys water lines feeding Palestinian areas in Jordan Valley
1/29/2015 - TUBAS (Ma'an) - Israeli forces on Thursday destroyed a water network which feeds Palestinian villages and Bedouin dwellings in the northern Jordan Valley, the head of the...
Israeli authorities demolish Palestinian home, barn in Idhna
1/29/2015 - HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities on Thursday destroyed the home of a Palestinian family as well as the barn of another in the town of Idhna in...
Israel halts program to end night-time arrests of children
1/29/2015 - BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli military has shut down a program meant to decrease the number of night-time arrest raids targeting children in Palestinian homes after less...
East Jerusalem boys identify Abu Khdeir suspects
1/29/2015 - JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Seven-year-old East Jerusalem schoolboy Mousa Zallum, who survived a kidnapping attempt in July 2014, and his 8-year-old brother Yahya on Wednesday identified the...
Ukraine peace talks aborted after deadly shelling in east
Ha'aretz - 30 Jan 2015
Mitt Romney announces he won't run in 2016 presidential race
Ha'aretz - 30 Jan 2015
Saving the original Jaffa orange: An Israeli orchard takes a stand
Ha'aretz - 30 Jan 2015
Nasrallah: Hezbollah doesn't want war with Israel - but isn't afraid of one
Ha'aretz - 30 Jan 2015
Netanyahu lashes out at media over wife's bottle recycling scandal
Ha'aretz - 30 Jan 2015
OPINION: Looking Two Steps Ahead into Saudi Arabia’s Future
Inter Press Service - King Abdullah (left) and his younger brother, Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, who is now king. Credit: Tribes of the World/cc by 2.09 By Emile Nakhleh WASHINGTON, Jan...
New Death Sentence Issued; PCHR Calls for Immediate Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty as a Form of Punishment i...
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Mahmoud Abbas rival given Serbian citizenship, documents reveal
The Guardian - 30 Jan 2015 - Observers say Mohammed Dahlan could be planning to use country as base to launch leadership challenge against Palestinian Authority leader Serbia’s government has quietly granted citizenship to Mohammed Dahlan, a...
Israeli rights group questions legality of targeting Gaza homes in war
The Guardian - 28 Jan 2015 - B’Tselem says Hamas rocket fire did not provide moral or legal justification for policy that led to 606 deaths in 70 attacks Serious questions have been raised by the Israeli...
Israeli city told to pay women damages after failing to remove ‘modesty signs’
The Guardian - 29 Jan 2015 - Billboards in ultra-orthodox community bar women from certain buildings and pavements and warn against ‘slutty clothing worn in a religious style’ Four female campaigners have been awarded damages in a...
Ex-Gaza strongman granted Serbian citizenship: report
Daily Star - 30 Jan 2015 Exiled Palestinian strongman Mohammed Dahlan, a rival of President Mahmoud Abbas, has been granted Serbian citizenship
UN: Destruction of Syria chemical weapons facilities begins
Daily Star - 30 Jan 2015 International investigators say the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons production facilities has begun.
Nasrallah: Hezbollah to respond to Israeli attacks
Aljazeera - 30 Jan 2015 - Hezbollah leader says the group does not want war with Israel, but is ready for it.
Egypt's Sisi pulls out of AU summit after Sinai attacks
Aljazeera - 30 Jan 2015 - Egyptian president cuts short Ethiopia visit after 45 killed in attack claimed by group that pledges allegiance to ISIL.
Hizbollah doesn’t want war with Israel but not afraid of one: Nasrallah
The National - 30 Jan 2015 - The militant group's leader was speaking at a memorial for the six fighters and Iranian general killed by Israel earlier this month.

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Could cantonizing Palestine bring peace?
Dr Salman Abu Sitta, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/29/2015
  An interesting plan for dividing Israel into provinces was published a few months ago by Haaretz. It suggested a remedy for the fragmentation of Israeli society and its failure to create a melting pot for Jews immigrating to Palestine.
     In this article I provide a critique of the pros and cons of this plan and offer an alternative. The scheme, laid out by Carlo Strenger and Judd Yadid in a 7 October 2014 article entitled "How Cantonization can save Israel," admits that Israel's leaders failed "to impose a monolithic ideological and cultural hegemony on the country's population." The Ultra-Orthodox Jews, for example, were not "converted into card-carrying Zionists." Tel Aviv residents will not "put up with marriage laws" with a foreign and invasive nature.
     Strenger and Yadid find that the answer to "the country's myriad identities" is to quarantine "the feuding peoples of Israel... more.. e-mail

Bombing homes in Gaza: ’It was supposed to be their shelter’
Samer Badawi, +972 Magazine 1/28/2015
  Human rights group B’Tselem exposes — and protests to the Israeli government — home demolitions, Gaza style.
     They fled when the flyers fell from the sky, Israeli military orders dropped like confetti on the masses. Evacuate, they said, or else. Seek shelter now.
     One week of sorties, and Ibrahim made the call: We leave now — my wife and I, our seven children, our children’s children.
     But the Abu Shuqah family never found shelter. The closest they came was a cardboard factory — somewhere between Bureij and Nusseirat, two refugee camps along Gaza’s coastal flats.
     “We stayed in the storeroom about two weeks,” Ibrahim recalled. “There were mattresses, water, gas, and electricity there. Things were good.”
     Things were “good” — until the shelling began.
     To internalize that familiar refrain about Gaza — that nowhere there is safe — consider the life-or-death moves of a father and his kin. That, in one sense, is the key... -- See also: B'tselem: 13 cases of attacks on residential buildings included in the "Black Flag" report more.. e-mail

Palestine and Europe: The post-solidarity phenomenon
Hossam Shaker, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/28/2015
  The support for the Palestinian cause in Europe has witnessed multiple shifts since the beginning of the 20th century. After the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, which lasted several years and during which a series of events occurred, a series of developments and interactions emerged on the scene that supported the rights of the Palestinians.
     Since then, the traditional idea of empathy or solidarity has no longer been accurate in its expression of the scene supporting the Palestinian cause in Europe. The concept of solidarity with the Palestinian cause has progressed to the adoption of the Palestinian cause and directly promoting it, as well as developing new effective work mechanisms.
     The concept of adoption is based on the acknowledgement of the gross moral violation of the Israeli occupation, which makes confronting the occupation a joint humanitarian responsibility. Based on this concept, the people are supporting themselves, not only the Palestinians... more.. e-mail

Colonialism and archaeology: The legacy lives on
Emanuela Degli Esposti, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 1/17/2015
  Thursday marked the 256th anniversary of the day the British Museum first opened its doors to the public. In 1759, the museum was the first of its kind: a national institution free and open to the public and which aimed to showcase the variety and depth of lived human experience. With artefacts from across the globe, and strange and exotic pieces from British colonies in Asia and the Middle East, it provided visitors with a mosaic of history and cultures – a microcosm reflective of British colonial power. Today, the museum hosts one of the largest collections of antiquities in the world, and has even recently expanded its remit to cover contemporary art from the Middle East.
     Such fascination with different societies and cultures is historically part of what has made Britain so successful as a nation; and all the more important in today's challenging times in which the... more.. e-mail

Could cantonizing Palestine bring peace?
Electronic Intifada: 28 Jan 2015 - A recently published proposal to divide Palestine into provinces would be no more than a continuation of Zionist policies of ethnic cleansing and dispossession of Palestinians.   ...more
"I always thought I'd be next to die": Gaza journalists reflect on a bloody 2014
Electronic Intifada: 28 Jan 2015 - Sixteen media workers were killed during Israel’s summer attack on Gaza. ...more
A Tale of Two Retaliations
Palestine Chronicle: 29 Jan 2015 - By Belen Fernandez Following yesterday’s missile strike by Hezbollah on an Israeli military convoy in the occupied Shebaa Farms, which killed two Israeli soldiers, the US State Department issued a press statement “strongly condemn[ing]” the attack as a “blatant violation of the ceasefire between Lebanon and Israel and UN Security...more

‘The Long Journey’ – The Significance of UNRWA’s Audiovisual Archive
Palestine Chronicle: 28 Jan 2015 - By Rich Wiles The audience who turned up at the al-Bireh Cultural Centre to see the launch of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) exhibition The Long Journey had a familiar Ramallah feel to it. The percentage of non-Palestinians in attendance was relatively high and the percentage of “representatives” –...more

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