Israel-Palestine section
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Mailing 11Dec14

1. News

2. To do: email, petition, pledge

ICC grants PA observer status. The International Criminal Court confirmed last night the acceptance of the Palestinian Authority as an observer, a step towards being accepted as a full member. If membership of the Palestinian Authority is approved, it could lead the way to charging Israel for war crimes. Al Jazeera reports that: “. . . the member countries in the International Court of Justice see Palestine as a country. The decision is symbolic, but adds momentum for the PA’s legal recognition.” The request submitted by the Palestinian Authority was its first step before asking for recognition in the UN Security Council. “Membership of the International Criminal Court is only our first step against the Israeli occupation,” Abu Mazen stated in a speech before the UN. “We will not tolerate the firing of even a single shot. We conduct a complicated political battle and this is more important. We stand up for our right for an independent state with its capital city in East Jerusalem. We want a clear timetable for the establishment of a Palestinian state in one, two or three years.” jerusalemonline.com 9 Dec 2014

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Please email your MEPs to recognize state of Palestine

The European Parliament is considering recognising the state of Palestine, with a vote scheduled for 18 December. Please write to your MEPs as soon as possible, to ask them to vote in favour of recognising the state of Palestine.

It is possible to keep your e-mails very short – the key is to ask your MEPs to vote for recognition. Please write within a week - and an e-mail before the weekend would be most effective.

The recognition of Palestine will bring both parties to the negotiations for peace on an equal footing. This would support the moderate factions in the region and promote the return to the negotiating table, and thereby, peace. Already, 135 countries have recognised Palestine.

Palestine fulfils the conditions required in international law for the existence of a state: a permanent population, a defined territory, a government, and the capacity to enter into relations with other states.

Please write to your MEPs and encourage your friends to write to their's. MEPs welcome input, and some are reportedly being swayed by the proportion of pro-recognition e-mails they are receiving.

You can see the recent debates on the recognition of Palestine online at:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/plenary/video?debate=1417010503216

The contact details of your MEPs can be found by clicking on your country here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map.html

Alexandra Bosbeer

Quaker Council for European Affairs

www.qcea.org

 

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Possible text of an e-mail to your MEPs

Dear [member of the European Parliament],

I am writing to urge you to vote in favour of recognition of the Palestinian state on 18 December 2014.

Already, 135 countries have recognised Palestine, including nine EU Member States. Hundreds of Israelis have recently called on Europe to recognize Palestine.

I believe that the recognition of Palestine is also in Israel’s true interest. The security of Israel is essential to a solution, and acknowledging one's neighbour is the first step to developing good relations with them.

Yours sincerely,

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Petition government to respect MPs' vote on Palestine

Onthe 13th October MP's voted 274 to 12 in favour of recognising a 
state of Palestine. The government have decided to ignore the wishes
of our elected representatives. Out of over 50 speeches only 6 of
these speeches spoke against recognition. The majority of the
conservative party abstained from voting.
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/palestinian-state
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BDS: Pledge to boycott Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard (HP) is best known for producing our printers and laptops. But it is also complicit in Israel’s brutal occupation of Palestine and grave breaches of international law. HP provides Israel with specialised technologies which are integral to Israel’s system of oppression of the Palestinian people. HP profits from the illegal Israeli occupation by providing:

  • Key IT systems used by the Israeli navy to enforce the deadly blockade and destruction of Gaza

  • Technologies used by the Israeli army to stop the free movement of Palestinians living in the West Bank, and to maintain Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, such as the BASEL system

  • Services and technologies to major Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, including Ariel and Mod’in Illit

- See more at: http://www.palestinecampaign.org/hp-pledge/

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Mailing 29Oct14

Bad news from occupied Palestine. Good news from Exeter uni

Videos: Local activist interviewed. Demo at drone engine factory

Petition Sainsbury to stop selling goods from settlements


Home demolitions in Umm al-Kheir

How can anyone bring himself to destroy other people's homes and make them homeless? (The kindergarten, running because of the generosity of people in Devon, is just outside the village and does not have a demolition order on it.)

On Monday, October 27, Israeli Army and Police forces demolished dwellings in the western part of the Bedouin-Palestinian village of Umm al-Kheir. This was the most massive operation of house demolition in the village since October 2008.

The operation was aimed mostly at three houses that were built in the last two years (on the ruins of earlier demolitions). These houses were built for three young couples: Abd’alla and Ruqaya al-Hathelin and their four children (aged two months to seven years); Kheir’alla and Nura al-Hathelin and their baby girl, and Bilal and Iman al-Hathelin and their baby boy. On top of that the Israeli occupation forces demolished the mobile home of Samikha (aka Miyaser) al-Hathelin and her seven children, which was donated to her by European agencies after her house was demolished twice in 2011 and 2012. Samikha’s tabun (traditional bread oven) was demolished as well, although it was not included in the demolition order. It should be mentioned that recently a family from the adjacent Israeli settlement Karmel appealed to court against the tabun claiming that its smoke interrupts their daily life. In addition, the Israeli occupation forces demolished two temporary buildings that served as the storeroom and kitchen of Suliman and Malikha al-Hathelin.

These last actions are part of an ongoing wave of house demolitions carried out by the Israeli Civil Administration and Army that seek to drive out the inhabitants of the western parts of Umm al Kheir that have been living there for more than sixty years. The main cause for these actions is the proximity of Um Al Kheir to Karmel, the Israeli settlement that was built some thirty years ago.

We arrive and no one interrupts. There are no military forces at the crossroad, no Police, no Civil Administration. The demolishers demolished and went away. We arrive at the calamity - six houses are completely demolished, a Tabun that smokes its remnants, furnitures, clothing, toys, kitchenware. And men, women and children, beaten by pain, dwell between rage and depression. Their shoulders - some leaning downwards and some protest; their eyes - some  weeping, some burned down, some blazing. Entire life trampled with a wave of a bulldozer and retell the chronicle of a known ahead heartlessness and wickedness . This is not a demolition, it is demolition again. There is no more power left to draw power from the non-violent resistance. Maybe the strength will come back. But now an hour later - deep mourning. We are part of it; we stand by them, fully present, in order to give the helplessness its deserved respect. Respect for the trauma. We do not hasten to console. We do not hasten to offer solutions. Only to be here in order to make a way for the deadly pain. To cry. It is allowed to cry.

And from her tears, sitting by a small fig tree that somehow survived the extermination, Malikha whispers: "they demolished houses, a tabun, the heart, but why did they have to ruin the small garden I planted?" I touched her tenderly and kept silent. When I will come next time I will bring with me plants that will enable her old tired hands to touch the good earth again and to water it with her bitter tears of pain. Perhaps she would want to plant. Perhaps life will flourish once more.

Erella and Ehud, of the Villages Group

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26th October 2014

Press Release: University of Exeter Votes to Boycott Israeli Settlement Products

A referendum at the University of Exeter to boycott illegal Israeli settlement products has passed in a landslide.

1,040 students voted in the referendum, the highest voter turnout in the history of the university’s political referenda, with 86% voting in favour. Overwhelming support for the referendum is especially significant given the historically conservative nature of the university. The result demonstrates the growing momentum behind the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, in the United Kingdom and internationally.

The decision follows the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for BDS campaigns against Israel, aimed at pressuring the Israeli government to respect international law and human rights. The action also aims to bring the University of Exeter in line with the National Union of Students and recent EU regulations relating to goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements. World-renowned historian and University of Exeter professor Ilan Pappé offered his praise for the campaign organizers. “I congratulate the group of students that ran the campaign,” he said. “This is just the beginning.”

A spike in BDS activity has occurred since earlier this year, when Israel launched its most recent attack on the Gaza Strip. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 2,189 Palestinians were killed during the 50-day assault, including 513 children.

Marcel Golten of Exeter Defend Education said, “This vote reflects both the hard work of those campaigning in support of this referendum and also the importance of this issue to the student body. Exeter Defend Education recognizes this as a concrete step towards a just peace in Palestine and Israel. We look forward to supporting future campaigns to this end’.

Francesco Amoruso, a member of the pro-boycott campaign, explained, “In light of a Peace Process that has failed for decades, we believe that BDS is civil society’s most effective means to encourage peace and equal rights for all. We call on all people of conscious to join us in these efforts.”

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When did Israel cease fire?

Although the BBC and other media are reporting that the ‘cease-fire’ is holding, when did Israel ever cease fire? In the last few days two Palestinian children have been killed in the West Bank. Bahaa Badr - a 13 year old boy - was shot dead by Israeli soldiers, following demonstrations against the occupation. A five year old girl, Einas Khalil, was run over and killed by a settler, it is believed deliberately. No one has been arrested. A video has emerged of Israeli soldiers imprisoning, handcuffing and blindfolding a mentally disabled Palestinian child. More details have also emerged about the torture and death of Raed Al Jabari in Israeli prison. Israel’s waves of attacks and imprisonment of Palestinians continue.

Israeli violence also continues against Palestinians in Gaza. The UN has reported seven incidents in Gaza from 30 September to 13 October where Israeli forces opened fire. One incident caused an injury, and forced Palestinian farmers to leave their agricultural land. Israeli forces also made an incursion and levelled Palestinian land in Gaza, reportedly entering up to approximately 150 metres across the border.

On two occasions during the reporting period, Israeli naval forces opened warning shots at Palestinian fishing boats sailing near the Israeli-declared 6-Nautical-Mile (NM) fishing limit. No injuries were reported. Access restrictions at land and sea continue to undermine the agricultural sector in Gaza, which is the primary source of income for thousands of farmers and fishermen and their families.

And contrary to the terms of the ceasefire deal signed in August, the blockade of Gaza has not been lifted.

http://www.palestinecampaign.org/when-did-israel-ceasefire/ 22 Oct 2014

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Interview of Devon activist for justice for the Palestinians, David Halpin, 27Oct14

http://www.aletejahtv.net/en/program/episode/AK7rWytnYU,aTqOqAL0yWA/17-September-2014-enlightenment

Videos from demo outside Israeli drone engine factory in Staffordshire (4 from EPSC were there), 17Oct14

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA9zYpx8qIk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lwsUpl6D8Q
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Petition Sainsbury to stop selling goods from Israeli settlements built on Palestinian land

http://www.sainsburyscampaign.org/?page_id=9

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Aim: 
to provide information on
--  what's happening
--  the context
--  initiatives  to promote
justice and peace.

 

What's happening to the Palestinians in
     East Jerusalem
     West Bank
     Gaza
     Israel

Why? -- context and history
     Jewish Zionism
     Christian Zionism
     USA
     Britain
     Other countries

Opposing injustice and violence
     Palestinians
     Jews
     UN and governments
     NGOs
     Quakers
     Churches
     BDS

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UN International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

While the Occupation is business as usual for Israel, there should be no business with Israel

In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Property www.palestine.org.nz

23 October 2014

Fishing boat set ablaze as Israeli Navy continues itsattacks on Gaza fishing industry

Occupation settlers attack Palestinian olive harvest

Israeli troops terrorise 8 children aged 8 to 13 years

Night peace disruption and/or home invasionsin 8 towns and villages

2 attacks – 2 Israeli ceasefire violations

14 raids including home invasions

13 injured (12 in Jerusalem + 1 in Gaza)

3 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage

8 taken prisoner – 13 detained – 110 restrictions of movement

 

24 October 2014

Israeli Army kills 14-year-old Palestinian boyanother person wounded

Israeli Army opens fire on 3 areasof Gaza farmland

Injury as armed settler terroristsopen fire on vehicle

2 youngsters aged 13 and 16 injuredin Israeli Army violence

Israeli soldiers abduct 15-year-old boy

Israeli troops terrorise 5 minorsaged 12 to 17

Night peace disruption and/or home invasions

in refugee camp and 8 towns and villages

6 attacks – 3 ceasefire violations

20 acts of Israeli Army violence in West Bank

16 raids including home invasions

1 dead – 9 injured

2 acts of agricultural/economic sabotage

11 taken prisoner – 13 detained

111 restrictions of movement