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Israel & Palestine Undernews

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Foreign investment in Israel in major drop

Mondoweiss - Foreign direct investment in Israel dropped by 50% in 2014 according to a 2015 World Investment Report issued by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Newsweek cites one of the authors of the report, Dr. Ronny Manos from the Open University of Israel, as speculating the declining investment is fallout from the Israeli military onslaught on Gaza last summer and “international boycotts” against Israel for “alleged violations of international law.” Ynet adds that, according to Manos, “these are only conjectures that can explain the sharp decline”

As we reported in 2013 investment committees for European banks were considering recommending their institutions bar loans to Israeli companies that have economic links with the Palestinian occupied territories. At the time Haaretz reported the investment committees “submit a report to their clients with recommendations about where to invest - and where not to invest. The process of examining the Israeli companies that operate in West Bank settlements involved the exercise of due diligence.”

The Israel BDS is working

Desert Peace - The Financial Times has published a big, and somewhat balanced, article on the rapid rise of BDS that includes two stunning financial numbers showing how powerful the nonviolent movement for justice in Israel/Palestine is becoming.

The most important information is deep inside the FT article:

However, there are signs that Israel’s disquiet over BDS is genuine. This week an Israeli financial newspaper covered a leaked government report estimating that BDS could cost Israel’s economy $1.4bn a year. The estimate included lower exports from the settlements in keeping with the EU’s plans to begin labelling goods made there — not part of the BDS movement, although many Israelis lump the two things together. The Rand Corporation, the US think-tank, says the costs could be more than three times higher: $47bn over 10 years.

This is the true story of BDS. It’s having a giant impact.

Majority of Israeli Jews support bus segregation

Electronic Intifada - Last month, the Israeli government canceled a plan to segregate public transport.

The scheme introduced by the defense ministry required Palestinians traveling back from day jobs in present-day Israel to homes in the occupied West Bank to ride on separate buses from Jews.

... Nonetheless, despite the negative attention the bus plan brought Israel, more than half of Israeli Jews (52 percent) still support “implementing a separation between Jewish and Palestinian passengers on buses in the territories, in the vein of the experiment that Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon recently announced,” according to this month’s “Peace Index” poll published by the Israel Democracy Institute.

Israel to celebrate 50 years of occupation of Palestine

Hagai El-Ad, NY Times - If you look at all the land Israel controls between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, that area contains some 8.3 million Israelis and Palestinians of voting age. Roughly 30 percent — about 2.5 million — are Palestinians living outside Israel under varying degrees of Israeli control — in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. They have some ability to elect Palestinian bodies with limited functions. But they are powerless to choose Israeli officials, who make the weightiest decisions affecting them.

International humanitarian law does not grant a people living under temporary military occupation the right to vote for the institutions of the occupying power. But “temporary” is the operative word. Military occupations are meant to have an end. And common sense says half a century is not “temporary.”

Nevertheless, that is the basis for denying Palestinians their political rights: Their status is temporary, we are told, until a political agreement with Israel allows them to vote for sovereign Palestinian institutions. Now the chances of that happening are more clear. On the eve of elections, Mr. Netanyahu promised that there would be no Palestinian state while he is in office.

Does that mean nobody in the occupied territories has a meaningful vote? No. In fact, some people do: Israeli settlers.

in August 1970, the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, discussed amending the Knesset Election Law, which stipulated that Israelis — with few exceptions like diplomats on duty abroad — had to be inside Israel to vote. The amendment sought to expand the exception to include Israelis “residing in the territories held by the Israel Defense Force.” In other words, Israeli settlers could vote for the Knesset from outside Israel; their Palestinian neighbors could not participate from anywhere.

Israeli defense minister cites Nagasaki and Hiroshima in discussing action against Iran

Mondoweiss - Two weeks ago, Electronic Intifada reported public comments by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon in which he cited Hiroshima and Nagasaki as role models in responding to Iran. Ya’alon suggested that Israel might have to nuke Iran in order to prevent a long war: “at the end, we might take certain steps.”


.... A man asked if democracies are “at a strategic disadvantage” in dealing with a threat like Iran. Ya’alon disagreed, and without prompting, brought up the possibility of Israel nuking Iran:

Now those who claim that this battle is not fair because democracy can’t fight back tyrannical regime — not talking about terror organizations– I don’t agree with it.

In certain cases, we might take certain steps that we believe that these steps should be taken in order to defend ourselves. I mentioned the discussion about the interception of the rockets’ positions on civilian houses. We decided to do it.

I can imagine some other steps that should be taken. Of course, we should be sure that we can look at the mirror after the decision, or the operation. Of course, we should be sure that it is a military necessity. We should consider cost and benefit, of course.

But, at the end, we might take certain steps.

I do remember the story of President Truman was asked, How do you feel after deciding to launch the nuclear bombs, Nagasaki and Hiroshima, causing at the end the fatalities of 200,000, casualties? And he said, When I heard from my officers the alternative is a long war with Japan, with potential fatalities of a couple of millions, I thought it is a moral decision.

We are not there yet. But that what I’m talking about. Certain steps in cases in which we feel like we don’t have the answer by surgical operations, or something like that.

Chemi Shalev of Haaretz and Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, who has worked at Huffpo, retweeted the piece. Eli Clifton tweeted:

Israeli Def. Minister is using WWII and nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a moral guide for dealing w Iran

Jon Schwarz pointed out:

It would be pretty big news if Iran’s Defense Minister were asked about Israel & he started talking about Hiroshima

But there has been no coverage of this story in the mainstream media. It’s a blackout, conscious or not.

So the mainstream media are once again covering up crazy/scary/rightwing Israeli attitudes. Jodi Rudoren of the New York Times, for instance, is of the opinion that only a “small strain” in Israeli society is for holding on to the West Bank. It’s no wonder that the Times hasn’t covered Ya’alon’s frightening statement.

Israeli government drops idea it borrowed from America's segregated south. . .

Netanyahu's new ministers vehemently anti-Palestinian

Israel's role in the Baltimore crisis

Now anti-Israel boycott provision shows up in TPP

Warren with rightists on Israel

Israel killed record number of Palestinians last year

Why the right is so powerful in Israel

Obama's chief of staff calls for end of Israel's "occupation"

Israel spying on us again

Why Palestine could be sued in American courts but not Israel

More than 700 UK artists sign up to boycott Israel

Hundreds of rabbis protest Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes

2014

Palestinian president signs up to join international criminal court

Are the politics of Israel changing?

Isaeli apartheid hits a new peak

French MPs vote to recognize Palestine

Israeli president opposes proposed law to give ‘national rights’ to Jews only

The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill to call Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people, a measure that critics say could further strain the state’s frayed relationship with its Palestinian population.

This is equivalent to the US cabinet declaring America a white state

Israel's president calls country a sick society

105 retired Israeli generals and intelligence commanders call for peace with Palestine

61% of Americans think we give too much aid to Israel

High Israeli official pushing for segregated bus lines in the West Bank

British parliament supports Palestinian state

Israel's segregation policies include apartheid housing

The sorry politics of Israel

US Jewish organizations funding US police officers' training In Israel

43 members of Israel's intellegence group rebel againt targeting Palestinians

Yale Episcoplian chaplain forced to resign for not being a Zionist

One third of Israelis are considering emmigrating

The dead Mid East journalists you don't hear about

Word:Jimmy Carter on Hamas

Israel flagged as top spy threat to US

Israeli spyng on US update

Leaked documents reveal US sees Israel as a spying threat

IS ISRAEL SPYING ON AMERICAN CITIZENS' PHONE CALLS?

ISRAEL TOOK BILLIONS IN U.S. AID WHILE SPYING ON AMERICA

American media coverage of Israel

Zionism in trouble

Word: Where the Palestinian crisis began

[The war crimes Israel and Obama are committing

How Israel helped to create Hamas

More on Israel's role in building Hamas

Israelis gather on hilltops to cheer assault on Gaza

Word: Ralph Nader's summary of the Gaza crisis

US Congress unanimously supports Israel's invasion of Gaza

Word: To my fellow American Jews

Word: Desmond Tutu to the Presbyterian Assembly

Jewish opposition to Israeli policies growing

Israelis even suppress Palestinian soccer

80,000 thousand Palestinians have water cut off for three months

When you say something right in Washington, you have to apologize for it

Kerry backs Israeli apartheid

Kerry pushes Israeli occupation of Palestine

Kerry supports Israeli land theft

UN rapporteur: Israeli policies have characteristics of apartheid, ethnic cleansing

South African Christian leaders take on Israeli apartheid

Israeli forces permanently injure Palestinian soccer players

How bankrolling Israel hurts Mid East peace

Chapters from the Ariel Sharon story

Declaring Israel a "Jewish state" is like declaring the US a "white state"

2013

Israel had Palestinian prisoners locked in outdoor cages during recent snow

NSA shares American citizens' phone calls & emails with Israel

Israel to pay college students as propagandists on Facebook et al

Ten reasons Netanyahu is full of it on Iran

Israelis turn prejudice towards Africans

Blll Clinton takes a half million bucks for speech to anti-Palestinian group in Israel

State Department names Israel lobbyist as special envoy on anti-semitism

News museum caves to Israel lobby

The split among Jews

Israel segregating some of its buses

NYC officials threaten funding of Brooklyn College over Israel event

Israel forces Ethopian women immigrants to have contraceptive injections

2012

US plans to spend up to $100 miillion for Israeli air facility

Israel poorly regarded around the world

Carter criicizes Netanyahu, Obama

Two thirds of Israeli Jews favor apartheid

Adelson harming Israel's progressive media

Obama pressures Europeans not to help Palestinians

Quakers divest from Hewlett Packard over Palestine

Great Israeli predictions

Former top Israel defense official reveals US spends more on his country's defense than taxpayers do

Democratic think tanks dump Israel critics

Israeli officials simmer down about Iran after meeting with US aides

America and Israel

Democratic platform removes some pro Israel language

Five top Israeli figures who don't want to bomb Iran


Israeli police torture handcuffed Palestinian

South Africa tells citizens to boycott Israel

Israeli PM wants to attack Iran but lacks cabinet and military support

Word: Israel's fading democracy

US anti-prostitution provision hurts AIDS effort

Israeli politicians censor intelligence chief's warning on Iran

Israel IDF chief goes off reservation on Iran

Nearly half of Israeli youth oppose equal rights for Israeli Arabs

The billboards CBS removed

Road to Apartheid: a new documentary by a South African and a Jewish Israeli

Israel's seige of Gaza enters 6th year

Israeli diplomat urges intimidation of critics

Ex-Israeli spymaster worried by country's leadership

Haaretz article: Tourists should get a warning before coming to Israel

Israeli air force gearing up for attack on Iran

The not so secret services of Colombia

Israel demands tourists not deal with pro-Palestinians

States face legal issue over buying Israeli bonds. . .

Israel won't warn US before Iran strike

Israel's discrimination against women becoming big issue

Obama's new chief of staff is big Israel supporter

Israel unfreezes Palestinian Authority tax millions

Haaretz says Peres is only politician who can stop Iran attack

Plurality of Americans support Palestinian state

Obama headed for Mid East disaster over Palestine

NYC ads call to end US military aid to Israel

Absent an Obama peace plan, Jimmy Carter supports Palestinian UN recognition

Israel okays 1500 new settlements in West Bank

Turns out the U.S, has guaranteed Israeli bonds

Israel to attack Iran?

Israel: A dysfunctional relative, not an ally

Obama declares war on UN over Palestine

Israel & U.S. have repeatedly lied over Palestine's willingness to make concessions

How Israel abuses Palestinians

Budrus is an award-winning documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier.

Israel to hire Internet trolls

Obama offers Israel 20 jets to do right for just 90 days

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR ATTACKS ISRAEL'S TREATMENT OF PALESTINE

ISRAEL MOVES TO EXPAND APARTHEID

OBAMA SELLS OUT BIG TIME TO ISRAEL

ISRAELI SPIES POSING AS ARTISTS BACK AGAIN

HOW TO CLOSE THE DOOR ON PEACE

WHY HAMAS SHOULD BE AT THE TABLE

THE MOST UNDEMOCRATIC SENATOR

ISRAEL'S TERRORIST ATTACK ON FLOTILLA WAS INTERNATIONAL CRIME

HAMAS AND HEZBOLLAH TURN TO NON-VIOLENCE

CAMERON CALLS GAZA STRIP A 'PRISON CAMP'

SIGNS OF DEMI-SEMITISM

TWO STORIES ISRAEL DOESN'T WANT YOU TO REMEMBER

FIRST DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE OF ISRAEL NUCLEAR STOCKPILE: OFFERED TO SELL BOMBS TO SOUTH AFRICA'S APARTHEID REGIME

US FUNDS ISRAEL'S APARTHEID ROADS PLAN

ISRAELI SEIZURES TAKE 42% OF PALESTINE'S WEST BANK

JAILING OF FBI LEAKER WILL MAKE ISRAEL HAPPY

ISRAELI DEMOCRACY BY THE NUMBERS MAKES ARIZONA LOOK LIKE HEAVEN

DESMOND TUTU ON BOYCOTTING ISRAEL

ISRAELI APARTHEID HITS THE COURTS

THE CASE FOR TALKING WITH HAMAS

BIN LADEN: PALESTINE IS THE KEY ISSUE

CIA REPORTED INVOLVED IN TORTURE OF PALESTINIANS

OBAMA JOINS ISRAEL NUKE COVERUP

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PALESTINE

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT SAYS ISRAEL PROMISED HIM NO ATTACK ON IRAN

MAJOR BRITISH TRADE UNIONS CALL FOR PARTIAL BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

UN REPORT: ISRAEL SHOULD FACE WAR CRIMES PROSECUTION

RED CROSS ATTACKS ISRAEL'S TREATMENT OF GAZA

MADOFF MAY HAVE BEEN MOVING FUNDS TO ISRAEL

ISRAEL GETTING NEARLY $3 BILLION FROM U.S. TO CONTINUE INTERNATIONAL LAW BREAKING

NEW BOOK: ISRAEL DELIBERATELY ATTACKED
AMERICAN SHIP IN SIX DAY WAR

NETANYAHU CALLED FOR 'LIMITED PALESTINIAN STATE' 6 YEARS AGO

ISRAELI MINISTER'S WEIRD THREATS AGAINST THE U.S.

JEWISH EXTREMISTS TARGET BERKELEY PAPER

ISRAEL GIVES JEWS A BAD NAME

HOW ISRAEL SPIES ON THE U.S.

SEGREGATION IN ISRAEL

ISRAELIS USE GAZA FOR ILLEGAL & UNTESTED WEAPONS

ISRAELI AMBASSADOR CAUGHT CALLING GAZA A "PREINTRODUCTION" TO DEAL WITH IRAN

ISRAEL'S DETACHMENT FROM REALITY OOO

GAZA A BIG FAILURE FOR ISRAEL

UN CHIEF APPALLED BY GAZA DAMAGE

TOM FRIEDMAN BACKS ISRAELI WAR CRIMES

ISRAEL DITCHES ALL PRETENSE OF DEMOCRACY; BANS ARAB PARTIES

THE HIDDEN REASON ISRAEL WANTS GAZA UNDER ITS CONTROL

ISRAEL LOSING SUPPORT AMONG THE JEWISH YOUNG

TIME TO STOP BEING AFRAID OF ISRAEL

ISRAELIS KILL 20 TIMES AS MANY IN THREE DAYS
AS HAMAS HAS IN SIX YEARS

LONELY POLITICAL VOICES FOR DECENCY IN GAZA: KUCINICH & MCKINNEY

AHMADINEJAD WOULD ACCEPT ISRAEL IF PALESTINIANS AGREE

UN BILLS ISRAEL $1 BILLION FOR DAMAGES DONE IN LEBANON WAR

ISRAEL: THE COUNTRY THAT WOULDN'T GROW UP

ISRAEL'S BLOCKADE CAUSES ONE MILLION PALESTINIANS TO DEPEND ON INTERNATIONAL AID

POLL FINDS ISRAELIS DEEPLY PREJUDICED AGAINST ARABS

ISRAELIS USE THE WORD 'APARTHEID' TOO

WHAT THE MEDIA FORGOT TO TELL YOU: 64% OF ISRAELIS WANT TALKS WITH HAMAS

THE HAMAS STATEMENT BUSH & ISRAEL WANT EVERYONE TO IGNORE

ISRAELI COURT SAYS IT'S FINE FOR GOVERNMENT TO HARM RESIDENTS OF GAZA STRIP

ISRAEL: ECHOES OF AMERICA'S ONCE SEGREGATED SOUTH

ISRAEL: WHY OCCUPATION BREEDS TERROR

ONE STATE SOLUTION ATTRACTS SCHOLARS, ACTIVISTS

PALESTINIANS LEFT WITH LITTLE ELSE TO LOSE

PSYCHOLOGIST FINDS ISRAELI TROOPS ENJOYING BRUTALITY AGAINST CIVILIANS

JEWISH AMERICAN TEENS INDOCTRINATED AT ISRAELI MILITARY CAMP

TOP JOHNSON ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS THOUGHT ISRAEL'S ATTACK ON USS LIBERTY WAS DELIBERATE

ISRAEL HAS COST U.S. $1.6 TRILLION - $5700 PER AMERICAN

TOPICS
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MEDIA
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Mid East paradigms
 

Stats
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Harper's Magazine Percentage of Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2014 primary-campaign contributions that came from the United States: 90.... That came from three U.S. families: 30

Israeli apartheid: the numbers 

2014


TIKUN OLAM

Israel is the largest cumulative recipient of US foreign assistance since World War II. According to a Congressional Research Service report, Israel has received to date $121 billion (current, or non-inflation-adjusted, dollars) in bilateral assistance from the United States. - Ynet

2013


PEW RESEARCH

Boycott
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Phone app to boycott Israel

2014

Over 250 anthropologists join the call for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions

Israel's assault on Palestine motivated by far more than religion

Interview with a founding member of Israel's Boycott from Within

Kerry backs Israeli apartheid

Kerry pushes Israeli occupation of Palestine

Kerry supports Israeli land theft

Two Harvard presidents, past and present, refuse to boycott Israeli apartheid

EU noving towards sanctions against Israel apartheid

Roads to ending Israeli apartheid

Pink Floyd legend joins boycott Israel campaign

Israeli apartheid: the numbers

Gaza, West Bank

How America is part of the war on Palestine

Israel planning more ethnic cleansing

Google declares Palestine a country, not a territory

UN report rules Israel's West Bank settlements illegal

2012

Israel destroying Palestinian water supply

Israel Seizes $120m in Palestinian Funds Over UN Vote

In Wake of Palestinian Statehood Vote, Netanyahu Orders New Settlements

Truth and Trauma in Gaza

Israel launches segregated buses

Palestine update

The hidden factor behind Israeli apartheid

Word: Misreading Israel and Palestine

What really happened with the cease fire

Nader: The Israelis as provocateurs

Israeli myths about Gaza

More myths about Gaza

Department of Hmm...

Polls: Palestinians have little American support

Israelis attack two media offices, injury at least eight journalists

Obama supports Israeli invasion of Gaza

Palestine over time

Israel's war on Gaza: nearly 200 airstrikes

Israel destroys Gaza prime minister's office

What Israel is really up to

Israeli foreign minister threatens to destroy Palestinian Authority

ESSAYS

TIME TO STOP BEING AFRAID OF ISRAEL

OUTSOURCING FOREIGN POLICY TO ISRAEL

ISRAELI OCCUPATION BOYCOTT

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SAM SMITH

Imagine if we had told Israel and Palestine a few years ago that if they would just make nice we would give them enough money to equal Israel's GDP for one year and Palestine's for three. Take the time off, go to the Riviera or the Catskills, forget about productivity, and just party on thanks to the American taxpayer. Or if Israel and Palestine wanted to be really sensible, they could have invested in their countries' future instead. Think how much safer we would be today. . . But where would such a large sum of money come from? Well, all we would have had to have done was to cancel the invasion of Iraq and used the money as a carrot rather than as a bludgeon. For that is just what it has cost us so far. (2007)

God appointed America to save the world in any way that suits America. God appointed Israel to be the nexus of America's Middle Eastern policy and anyone who wants to mess with that idea is a) anti-Semitic, b) anti-American, c) with the enemy, and d) a terrorist." - John le Carr, London Times, 2003