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Protests against Prawer Plan to forcibly move Negev Bedouin spread across Israel/Palestine

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A few images from day long protests and strikes across Israel/Palestine in opposition to the Prawer Plan, which will forcibly move up 70,000 Bedouin from their unrecognized villages in Israel into government-approved towns. This action is receiving international protest and condemnation.

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July 15th: #DayOfRage demonstrations against Prawer plan throughout Palestine. Blocking Yefet street in Yafa, Palestine48 (Photo & Caption: Ronnie Barkan)

Here’s a video from Jerusalem.
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Following a weekly sit-in in the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s courtyard by families and supporters of Palestinian political prisoners held by Israel, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) rallied outside as part of a national “Anger Strike” against the Prawer Plan, an Israeli proposal to forcibly displace 40,000 Palestinian Bedouin in the Naqab (Negev). (Photo & Caption: Joe Catron)

(Hat tip Kate)

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  1. just
    just
    July 15, 2013, 9:37 pm

    May the protests grow all over the world……………… the US government should join in.

    This is incredibly bad– speak up Mr. Obama, Mr. Kerry, Ms. Rice, Ms. Power and Congress.

    NOW.

    • NickJOCW
      NickJOCW
      July 16, 2013, 5:52 am

      What difference is there between this displacement plan and what the US did/does in Okinawa? The Israelis are neat on their feet, they stay within the shadow cast by US actions. See chapter 2, Chalmers Johnson’s ‘Blowback’,

  2. gingershot
    gingershot
    July 16, 2013, 8:13 am

    EU has announced boycott of illegal Israeli settlements – man this is a day to remember!

    • gingershot
      gingershot
      July 16, 2013, 8:54 am

      The best part of this ‘EU boycott of the Settlements’ is it is for all intents and purposes a TOTAL boycott of Israeli Apartheid – including it’s origin in ‘Israel proper’ – because the directive REQUIRES hat any future deal to be signed with Israel must include an item that determines that the settlements are not part of sovereign Israel and therefore are not part of the deal.

      Of course the Europeans know that no Israeli government can POSSIBLY sign on to that – and the widespread hostile reaction to the boycott from Israeli leaders CONFIRM exactly this point – that this ‘Settlement Boycott’ will effectively boycott the ENTIRE Apartheid state rather than ‘just the settlements’ because Apartheid Israel CANNOT possibly conform with these restrictions without dismantling Apartheid itself. Brilliant!

      This in effect makes this a boycott of ALL of Israeli Apartheid!!!

      YAHOO! This is a BRILLIANT move the the EU – we’ve got Israeli Apartheid by the short ones now

      • Eva Smagacz
        Eva Smagacz
        July 16, 2013, 10:30 am

        Gingershot, I am encouraged by the intention behind the EU directive: but not at all certain it will be implemented in the way EU intended.
        Israel is widely admired by the ability to solve just such problems ( and so said commentators on the issue from Netanyahu administration.)

        I remember the anecdote about Jews immigrating to Palestine before the second world war: They were supposed not to be away from their homes on Sabbath, so they would “buy” the ship for a penny and “resell” it back to the First Officer after Sabbath.

        Ingenuity and pilpul together can be a marvel of human resourcefulness (and, if needed, deceit).

        I would like for trade from settlements to be banned, and for any company associated with settlements to be prevented from doing business in EU. This, for me, is a clear application of principles.

        As a second best, I would make exception for companies in settlements that have all permits from Palestinian Authority, use only Palestinian Authority utilities without being prioritized, comply with Palestinian Authority laws, and remit the taxes to Palestinian Authority.

      • homingpigeon
        homingpigeon
        July 16, 2013, 2:16 pm

        “As a second best, I would make exception for companies in settlements that have all permits from Palestinian Authority, use only Palestinian Authority utilities without being prioritized, comply with Palestinian Authority laws, and remit the taxes to Palestinian Authority.”

        I like the creativity and flexibility on this. I would modify it to address the process of land acquisition – barren “state” land or confiscated private orchards, relations with neighboring Palestinians, use of Palestinian labor, etc.

        As a supporter of the one country solution I’m not comfortable with blanket boycotts of settlement material as though everything inside the green line is innocent and everything coming from any settlement is illegitimate.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        July 16, 2013, 11:24 am

        Multipolar world beats lobby control of DC. Israelis have the economy as vulnerability. Magic.

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        July 16, 2013, 4:02 pm

        Ditto “BRILLIANT!!”

  3. amigo
    amigo
    July 16, 2013, 9:19 am

    A senior Israeli official has condemned the European Union’s new directive banning EU dealings with settlements as “worrying” and counterproductive to peace talks.

    From 2014, Israeli authorities must guarantee that all EU funding and co-operation projects are conducted within Israel’s pre-1967 border and not in east Jerusalem, the West Bank or Golan Heights.

    Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Zeev Elkin, called the decision a “very significant and worrying move”, telling Israel radio that it does not help attempts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to restart peace talks with the Palestinians.

    Former US president Jimmy Carter and former president Mary Robinson at the Department of Foreign Affairs Iveagh House during a visit hosted by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons Former US president Carter calls for EU labelling of goods from illegal Israeli settlements
    Report calls for EU ban on produce from Israeli settlements in West Bank
    EU foreign ministers express dismay over Israeli settlement expansion

    Mr Kerry returns to the region this week for consultations, but is not scheduled to visit Israel or the Palestinian territories.

    Israel says the status of lands it captured in the 1967 Middle East war should be resolved through talks.

    AP

    link http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/israel-condemns-eu-settlements-move-1.1465241

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      July 16, 2013, 10:09 am

      “Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Zeev Elkin, called the decision a ‘very significant and worrying move’, telling Israel radio that it does not help attempts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to restart peace talks with the Palestinians.”

      Interesting insight into the diseased mind of the zios: anything that does not give them 100% of what they want goes against the possibility of peace. Those maniacs have no idea what peace and justice and humanity means.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      July 16, 2013, 11:51 am

      “Counterproductive to peace talks”. LMAO. Like nobody ever read the Palestine papers.
      Israel needs some senior Yank bot to read the tea leaves and start banging heads in the knesset. The honeymoon is over.

      Can’t wait to hear glick , dersh, danon, goldberg react.

  4. eljay
    eljay
    July 16, 2013, 10:32 am

    >> Israel says the status of lands it captured in the 1967 Middle East war should be resolved through talks.

    How Zio-supremacist engage in “talks” (a.k.a. “dialog” [sic]):

    Let’s talk. This land belongs to us and to our supremacist “Jewish State”. We want it all, and we want as few non-Jews as possible in it.

    If you don’t like that, you can go to hell, you Nazi-loving, Islamofascist anti-Semites! “Remember the Holocaust!”™

    Okay, that’s enough talking.

  5. ToivoS
    ToivoS
    July 17, 2013, 7:32 pm

    Returning to the EU Notice, Noam Shaevsky today at 972mag mentions this:

    the Commission Notice clarly states in its first articles that “The EU does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty” in any of the territories captured in 1967, including the Golan and East Jerusalem, “irrespective of their legal status under domestic Israeli law.” While this has been the European policy for years, the article makes it clear that without an agreement, Israel will not be able to treat the so-called settlement blocs and East Jerusalem as its own territory in the way it has been trying to do recently.

    This is obviously an explicit repudiation of the policies of the current Israeli government. It seems a week hasn’t passed in the last few months without some government minister insisting that the annexation of the those territories is irreversible. Is Europe finally waking up?

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