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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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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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Who is really in charge of the Zionist Project?
Yvonne Ridley, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) 3/3/2015
  The next few hours should establish who is really in charge of the Zionist project – Israel or its biggest benefactor the United States of America. It is a debate which has concentrated the minds of many as they try and work out where the seat of influence really lies. Is it with Tel Aviv or is it in Washington?
     Attempting to answer the burning question, one of my pro-Palestinian friends likened Israel to the pilot fish, a carnivorous creature which hangs around sharks feeding on their parasites and leftover food. The little striped scavenger used to give old mariners the impression that it is in charge and is guiding and leading the much larger shark, but appearances are deceptive. The reality is that without its host, the shark, our little pilot fish could not survive on its own.
     Today, Tuesday, is D-Day for the special relationship between America and Israel... more.. e-mail

Netanyahu a ‘danger’ to Israel, say 200 security veterans
Jonathan Cook, 3/1/2015
  A group of Israeli generals have launched an unprecedented attack on the prime minister as he prepares to address the US Congress
     In an unprecedented move, 200 veterans of the Israeli security services accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday of being a “danger” to Israel.
     The new group, called Commanders for Israel’s Security, warned that Netanyahu was doing irreparable harm to the country’s relationship with Washington, just two days before he is due to address the US Congress.
     The Israeli prime minister is expected to use the speech to try to undermine negotiations currently taking place between major world powers and Iran. He has claimed that any agreement reached at the talks’ conclusion, later this month, will leave Iran a “nuclear threshold state” hellbent on destroying Israel.
     Half a dozen former generals spoke out at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Sunday, urging Netanyahu to cancel... more.. e-mail

Did Israel shoot itself out of security coordination?
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  When Israeli soldiers entered the Palestinian Dheisheh refugee camp within the Bethlehem district, they committed a violation of the Palestinian-Israeli agreements often referred to as the Oslo Accords. The accords, which were scheduled to expire before the end of the 20th century, are still with us a decade and a half into the 21st. But the Israeli bullets that ripped the body of Jihad Al Jaafari on Tuesday might very well have killed not only the 19-year-old Palestinian but also the Palestinian security coordination with Israel. The Oslo Accords divided the occupied territories (minus East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed) into three distinct areas. Israel has total security access to and control of Areas B and C. The difference is only that in Areas B, Palestinians are allowed administrative control, i.e., to pick up garbage and so on. Areas A, which were supposed to gradually grow to cover the entire... more.. e-mail

Inside Conservative Friends of Israel
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  A wine-spattered copy of the parliamentary guest list for the Conservative Friends of Israel's "Annual Business Lunch", which took place in December last year, has made it onto my desk. For those of you who don't know, CFI is a pressure group for pro-Israel interests in Westminster; between two-thirds and four-fifths of all Conservative MPs are believed to be members.
     In a previous investigation I looked at how money from a broad range of pro-Israel donors shows on the balance sheets of Britain's Conservative and Labour Parties. In the interests of balance, therefore, it should be pointed out here that Labour Friends of Israel is a similar operation to CFI.
     It should also be said that plenty of other countries operate lobbies in Westminster, typically made up of British citizens sympathetic to their cause. A quick glance of Companies House records reveals "Conservative Friends... more.. e-mail

Did Rome college censor Ilan Pappe because of "Zionist intimidation"?
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The Arab Intellectual is Resting, Not Dead
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Jordanians Prepare for Day of Refusal against Israel Gas Deal
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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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