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.
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IMEMC - A request by a European Union official to visit Palestinian political prisoners, held by Israel, was denied by Israeli Prime Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, of the extreme right-wing “Israel Our Home” party. ...
IMEMC - The Prison Administration at the Negev Detention Camp, in the Negev Desert of occupied Palestine, moved detainee Majed Taha Qaraqe’, age 40, to the Soroka medical center after suffering serious complications. ...
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Daily Star - 7 Mar 2014 A group of 27 countries on the United Nations Human Rights Council expressed concerns Friday over the Egyptian government's wide-scale use of violence against opposition protesters, the first reprimand from...
Figures show: Peace talks and settlement construction go hand in hand Noam Sheizaf, +972 Magazine
3/7/2014 Successive Israeli governments have argued for years that settlements are not an obstacle to peace. The data tells a different story. Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics revealed earlier this week that 2013 was a record year in settlement construction, while 2014 has seen the beginning of construction of 2,534 housing projects - a rise of 123 percent from 2013. Settlement construction took place all over the West Bank – in the so-called settlement blocs, which could be annexed to Israel in a two-state framework; in isolated settlements that are slated to be evacuated under such an agreement; on the western side of Israel’s separation barrier (which was built inside the West Bank, rather than on the internationally-recognized border), as well as on its eastern side. Those numbers do not include, however, significant “unofficial” construction taking place in “illegal” outposts, or construction in annexed East Jerusalem, which is not measured separately... more..e-mail The ultimate red line Khaled Amayreh in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Al-Ahram Weekly
3/6/2014 Fresh Israeli provocations around Al-Aqsa Mosque threaten to explode an already tense situation while peace talks go nowhere. Muslim authorities in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem have warned of dire consequences following recent Israeli measures aimed at imposing Israeli (Jewish) sovereignty at Haram Al-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) — the third holiest Muslim shrine — that houses the two main Muslim sanctuaries, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The Israeli Knesset, or parliament, last week briefly discussed a proposal to that effect. However, the discussion was suspended following a “secret warning” from Israel’s chief domestic intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, that any tampering with the status-quo at the site, which Jews call “the Temple Mount”, would spark off a huge conflagration in the region. Nonetheless, hard line lawmakers, many from the coalition government headed by Binyamin Netanyahu, vowed to “keep up the struggle going until the Temple Mount is liberated and... more..e-mail Raid boosts ’trigger happy’ Israel claims Nicola Nasser, Asia Times
In the West Bank town of Birzeit early on February 27, Israeli troops seemingly acted determinedly to vindicate an Amnesty International report released only hours before, entitled "Trigger-happy: Israel's use of excessive force in the West Bank". Under the command of Colonel Yossi Pinto, a Nahal infantry force of the Binyamin Territorial Brigade including some 200 soldiers, dozens of jeeps, two military bulldozers and Shin Bet (internal security) officers amassed in the university town for an armed assault, Ha'aretz reported on March 3. A former mayor of Birzeit told this reporter that he heard the Ha'aretz reporter on the scene, Amira Hass, asking "Is [late al-Qaeda founder Osama] bin Laden inside?" Their mission, according to Israeli military spokespeople, was to arrest a "wanted individual" who, according to the Shin Bet internal security agency, as quoted by Hass, had intended to carry out an "aggressive... more..e-mail PHOTOS: Israeli women who have stood up to the occupation for 26 years Keren Manor and Shiraz Grinbaum, Activestills.org, +972 Magazine
3/7/2014 In honor of International Women’s Day, Activestills pays tribute to more than a quarter century of anti-occupation activism by the ‘Women in Black’ group in Israel. Every Friday since 1988, the women have stood in the main squares of cities or at highway junctions with signs calling to end the Israeli occupation. Often spat at, cursed or violently harassed by passersby, they have become, for us, a symbol of persistence. Dafna Kaminer: It was the time of the First Intifada, and we wanted to support the Palestinian struggle. So we decided that we would stand out there with signs calling to end the occupation. It was the simplest and most visual thing we could do. Edna Glukman: In the beginning, the right-wing protesters started to attack us during the vigils. We sewed big black banners and with small white letters we wrote slogans against the occupation, as well... more..e-mail
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Palestine Chronicle: 7 Mar 2014 - By Uri Avnery Benjamin Netanyahu is very good at making speeches, especially to Jews, neocons and such, who jump up and applaud wildly at everything he says, including that tomorrow the sun will rise in the west. The question is: is he good at anything else? His father, an ultra-ultra-Rightist,...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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