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Today, activists in Israel/Palestine, and around the world, will carry out a “day of rage” to protest the Prawer Plan, an Israeli government plan to destroy 35 Arab villages in the Negev desert that will lead to the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Bedouin citizens of the state of Israel in order to clear the land for Israeli Jews.

Here is the call to action for today’s protests:

On 24th of June, the Israeli Knesset approved the Prawer-Begin plan, which if implemented will result in the destruction of more than 35 unrecognized villages in Al-Naqab and the forced expulsion and confinement of more than 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins. The Prawer plan is the largest Israeli land-grab since 1948. It epitomizes the nature of Israel’s policy; Israeli-Jewish demographic expansion and Palestinian-Arab demographic containment.

The International community has repeatedly called on Israel to halt the implementation of the Prawer Plan due to its discriminatory nature and the severe infringement it causes on the rights of Palestinian Bedouins in Al-Naqab. The UN committee on the elimination of Racial Discrimination called on Israel to withdraw the proposed legislation of the Prawer Plan. Also, in 2012, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling on Israel to stop the Prawer plan and its policies of forced displacement and dispossession.

Injustice, humiliation and forced displacement are a recurring theme in Palestine’s history. This is lesson that we as a group of youth take to the heart. We will oppose, resist and work against the continuous assault that our communities, across Palestine face. Therefore, we launched the “Prawer will not pass” campaign with an eye to preventing this plan to be yet another chapter in Palestine’s long and tragic history.

Opposing the Prawer Plan is to oppose ethnic cleansing, displacement and confinement in the 21st century. 

Join us by organizing marches, protests, sending letters to those with positions of influence in your country or community, by doing whatever you can, in order to force Israel to stop the Prawer plan.

Join us on the 30th of Nov. in saying “Prawer shall not Pass”.

For more information, please contact us on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prawershallnotpass

The Israeli government is on notice. The Jerusalem Post reports that the Foreign Ministry is preparing for international condemnation in response to Prawer:

The Foreign Ministry was preparing to rebuff international condemnation of the government’s Beduin settlement plan, known as the Prawer Bill, amid a successful campaign led by human rights organizations and activists protesting the plan . . .

The Post learned that the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem is taking the international campaign against the Israeli government very seriously, in light of increasing interest in the issue from international organizations and world governments, particularly in the US and in the European Union, where objections and protests against the plan are garnering widespread publicity.

Protests have already begun in Israel/Palestine. Last weekend workers in the Negev held a general strike to protest Prawer, and the University of Haifa banned students from waving Palestinian flags during an anti-Prawer protest earlier this week.

We have been following the story over the last couple months. See Allison Deger’s in-depth report on one Bedouin village that is slated to be destroyed, Umm el-Hiran, and the rest of our Prawer Plan coverage. You can follow the latest news on the protests via the #StopPrawerPlan hashtag on Twitter.

Here is a video produced by the Haifa-based NGO Adalah on Umm el-Hiran called “Nomads Against their Will.” From the film’s YouTube page: “The film presents the viewer with two possible scenarios for the village’s future over the next ten years. The first scenario is based on plans for the village drafted by Arab town planners and architects, while the second scenario is based on the plans that the Israeli state has for Atir–Umm el-Hieran”:

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  1. Walid
    Walid
    November 29, 2013, 12:56 pm

    No coverage at all in the Arab press. The last time the subject was discussed was in August when Palestinian demonstrators against the Prawer were met with Israeli riot police and smoke bombs.

    I found only one article about tomorrow’s event, in Boston where a demonstration is being held by JVP Jews celebrating the last day of Sukot and the Day of Rage at the same time. Palestine solidarity groups are also having events in other cities in the US. But in Arab countries, nothing. I’d be grateful if someone could correct me.

    http://jvp-boston.org/press-release-boston-jews-mark-holiday-protesting-prawer-plan-israels-expulsion-bedouin-people/

    • eGuard
      eGuard
      November 29, 2013, 1:21 pm

      Its a Western colonization, so Western press is where it belongs.

    • jon s
      jon s
      November 29, 2013, 1:40 pm

      Walid, sukot is long over.

      • Walid
        Walid
        November 29, 2013, 2:43 pm

        Just checked the date on that, jon, it was September. oooops, and thanks.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        November 29, 2013, 5:31 pm

        Sukkot under Zionism is so hypocritical. Remember the Jews wandering in the desert who had no permanent homes er while Jews in the IDF demolish the homes of Palestinians – does anyone in Israel ever join the dots?

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        November 29, 2013, 9:54 pm

        “does anyone in Israel ever join the dots?”

        Whenever they try, somehow it always spells out “anti-Semite”.

    • thankgodimatheist
      thankgodimatheist
      November 29, 2013, 6:23 pm

      Walid..A demo is scheduled in Beirut today. I can’t link from my phone.

      • thankgodimatheist
        thankgodimatheist
        November 29, 2013, 6:35 pm

        Walid..A demo is scheduled in Beirut today. I can’t link from my phone.
        Also in Cairo, Amman etc.

      • Walid
        Walid
        November 29, 2013, 11:31 pm

        Thanks, TGIA. Will look foeward to how they turn out in these cities.

      • thankgodimatheist
        thankgodimatheist
        November 30, 2013, 12:20 am

        Just saw a list of participating cities. Most Arab capitals have demos. Can’t link now, sorry.

  2. Obsidian
    Obsidian
    November 29, 2013, 12:58 pm

    Adam.

    I believe you’ve left out a fact or two.

    National Council for Planning actually gave the residents of Umm Al-Hiran three options: 1) to move to nearby Horah, 2) to buy lots in the new Hiran (which may or may not be beyond their means),3) to wait for new zoning plans for them (which will not prevent the immediate destruction of their village).

    Also, Adam. Isn’t it true that while nearly all residents of the unrecognized villages will be evicted, and possibly relocated to planned communities, some — mainly in the triangle between Ksseifa, Dimona and Beer Sheba — will be recognized by the state and services presumably normalized?

    • amigo
      amigo
      November 29, 2013, 3:08 pm

      So Obsidious, why is Israel not building mixed communities where ALL Israelis can live together like normal Democracies do.

      Apartheid anyone.

      Your so full of it , eh obsidious.

    • Justpassingby
      Justpassingby
      November 29, 2013, 6:09 pm

      “I believe you’ve left out a fact or two.”

      Zionist Obsidian tries to justify apartheid.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        November 30, 2013, 10:34 am

        He’ll defend botulism up to and including genocide.

  3. xanadou
    xanadou
    November 29, 2013, 2:01 pm

    “the Foreign Ministry is preparing for international condemnation”

    No doubt there will be the usual tedious and hollow cries about anti-semitism, the holocaust, etc., ad nauseam.
    So when the Nazis expelled Jews from their homes that was not good. When Jews expel native populations of Palestine it is… good? How exactly is Israel’s antisemitism different from Nazi Germany’s fascism?

    Israel’s zombie zios have just hammered another nail into its coffin aka “future”. Tick, tock.

  4. OlegR
    OlegR
    November 29, 2013, 2:27 pm

    http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-blood-libel-film/

    Some perspective.

    Let’s take, for example, the repetitive chorus of the past few weeks, which sounds like this: “The Bedouin community of Umm al-Hiran is slated to be turned into Hiran, a community for Jews only, via the disinheriting and transfer of the Bedouins, in accordance with the racist policy of the State of Israel.” This is also a summary of the claims in a series of articles in Haaretz.

    After setting sail on the sea of lies, it’s worth returning to the solid ground of facts. First, the Bedouin members of the Al-Qian tribe, who are the focus of the current fuss, were transferred to the Yatir region of the Negev decades ago, of their own volition and at their request, due to a dispute with another tribe.

    Second, when Hiran was being planned, a little over a decade ago, there were only a few Bedouins there, if any. The move to Umm al-Hiran occurred mainly in the wake of the plans for the new town. Aerial photographs prove this.

    Third, only a small part of the master plan for Hiran is on the land occupied by the new squatters.

    Fourth, adjacent to the Al-Qian compound, the state built Hura, a proper Bedouin village, with paved roads, electricity and water infrastructure and more.

    Fifth, every family in the tribe is entitled to receive nearly a dunam of land. Even a bachelor over 24 is entitled to a plot of land, in preparation for future generations.

    Sixth, in addition to the free land, with free infrastructure development, each family also receives monetary compensation for the previous, illegally built house where it lived.

    Seventh, and here we’re in for a surprise, most of the tribe – 3,000 of the 4,000 members – actually felt this was a fair arrangement, and they indeed moved to Hura.

    Eighth, Hiran is not designated only for religious Jews, and also not only for Jews. Any Bedouin who wishes to buy land there is invited to do so and is entitled to do so. Of course, that would cost money. In Meitar, for example, Bedouins from the surrounding area decided to buy plots of land. No one stopped them.”

    • xanadou
      xanadou
      November 29, 2013, 3:37 pm

      A verifiable and competent source would have provided a better (i.e., worthy of serious consideration) perspective. In the absence of such a source, your litany reads like inept government propaganda.

    • annie
      annie
      November 29, 2013, 4:48 pm

      when Hiran was being planned, a little over a decade ago, there were only a few Bedouins there, if any.

      so which is it? a few or none? or don’t you know? and what’s your idea of ‘a few’? 3? 7? 23? 137? you said sea of lies, ….worth returning to the solid ground of facts.

      iow, don’t minch a few and none. show us your ‘solid facts’ and while you’re pondering, choke on this http://mondoweiss.net/2013/09/clandestine-israeli-trailer-park-in-jnf-forest-aims-to-take-over-bedouin-village.html

    • Light
      Light
      November 29, 2013, 4:56 pm

      OlegR,
      Babble all you want. The plan is fundamentally unfair because the Bedouin had no say whatsoever in it. It is yet another example of colonial land grab by the Israeli government.

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        November 30, 2013, 6:42 am

        And you say it based on what ?

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      November 30, 2013, 2:12 am

      Nomads are given 1 dunam of land. WTF.

      Does Israel also plan to give them beads, knives and smallpox blankets?

      • just
        just
        November 30, 2013, 8:32 am

        Don’t forget the firewater……….and mirrors to go along with the smoke.

      • Obsidian
        Obsidian
        November 30, 2013, 1:38 pm

        “Seventh, and here we’re in for a surprise, most of the tribe – 3,000 of the 4,000 members – actually felt this was a fair arrangement, and they indeed moved to Hura.”

        Maybe the rest of the squatters are just holding out for a better deal.

  5. eGuard
    eGuard
    November 29, 2013, 2:53 pm

    OlegR: the current fuss

    This racist spade is called deportation.

  6. seafoid
    seafoid
    November 29, 2013, 5:32 pm

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/29/britons-protest-israel-plan-remove-palestinian-bedouin

    “Britons protest over Israel plan to remove 70,000 Palestinian Bedouins
    More than 50 public figures including Antony Gormley and Brian Eno put names to letter opposing expulsion from historic land
    Miranda Pennell, a film-maker and one of the letter’s signatories, said: “Citizenship counts for nothing in Israel if you happen to be an Arab. Tens of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin are being forcibly displaced from their homes and lands. At the same time, there are Israeli government advertisements on the web that promise you funding as a British immigrant to come and live in ‘vibrant communities’ in the Negev – if you are Jewish. This is ethnic cleansing.”

    The actor David Calder said: “The Israeli state not only practices apartheid against the Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories, but it seems they have no hesitation in practicing apartheid on their own citizens – in this instance, the Bedouins. When is the west going to find these actions intolerable?”

    • Walid
      Walid
      November 30, 2013, 12:19 am

      Pure evil. Israel could have easily and more cheaply built cities in the Negev for the Bedouin citizens of Israel. Relocating them and bringing Jews to resettle the area clearly shows Israel’s dishonesty. Don’t be surprised about a future similar relocation stunt being pulled on Palestinian-Israelis living in unrecognized villages in the Galilee and in parts of Area C. About the number of Israel-displaced people and their descendants, there are now 400,000 Golan-Syrians waiting to be allowed back into the Golan. There is no end in sight to Israel’s ethnic cleansing.

      The Guardian article asks when is the West going to find these Israeli actions intolerable. It could have also asked the same question of Arabs now tripping over each other to develop normalized relations with Israel while it goes on its merry way in disappearing what’s left of the Palestinians.

      • JustJessetr
        JustJessetr
        November 30, 2013, 1:49 pm

        Which Arabs are normalizing relations with Israel? Are you referring to individuals, businesses, or countries?

      • just
        just
        December 1, 2013, 7:58 am

        I suppose that you never heard of the Arab Peace Initiative or everything else that Israel has rejected over and over.

        Israel, as it exists now, does not want peace or reconciliation with ANYONE.

        (btw, Israel and KSA seem to be enjoying quite warm and fuzzy relations this December.)

        Could you please tell me the last time Israel made an honest move toward normalization with anybody?

      • Walid
        Walid
        December 1, 2013, 8:07 am

        Egypt and Jordan by existing full peace treaties, The UAE with Israel trade offices opened there as well as Israeli retail shops in major malls; Qatar that until lately had Israeli trade offices opened there; Morocco that never stopped dealing with Israel, Syria that until its civil war was buying Golan apples from Israel, Lebanon that allowed the opening of an Estee Lauder boutique and a dozen or so Starbucks, both companies being very pro-settlements. Bahrain has in the past invited Shimon Peres and Livni. A few years back, scientists and researchers from Israel, Oman, Morocco, Kuwait, Algeria, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states met to discuss common problems at the The Middle East Desalination Research Center. Livni also met wiith the Omani FM in Qatar. After Rabin’s visit to Oman, reciprocal trade offices were opened. Mauritania has diplomatic relationships with Israel and Algeria, Morocco and Tunisisa refused to join the Arab boycott of Israel. Saudi Arabia invited Peres to an interfaith gathering in London or Madrid. In Iraq, it’s said that there are over 400 Israeli companies working there, mostly in the Kurdish north.

      • JustJessetr
        JustJessetr
        December 1, 2013, 9:13 am

        Well, since both of you contradict each other, if I had to decide which of both your answers are worth looking over, I’ll take Walid’s. He sounds more rational and doesn’t need sarcasm.

      • Walid
        Walid
        December 1, 2013, 2:06 pm

        From 2009:

        “Israeli flag flies in Abu Dhabi for the first time
        14 Oct 2009
        MFASummaryNew

        Official Israeli delegates attend the International Renewable Energy Agency Administrative Committee Meeting in Abu Dhabi.

        Meeting opened in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, on Monday (12 October 2009). This is the first meeting in the city, which was designated as the interim headquarters of the Agency by representatives of 130 nations.

        Israel was represented at the meeting, which was attended by 150 delegates from 70 countries…”

        http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/pressroom/2009/pages/israel-%20flag-flies-in-abu-dhabi-14-oct-2009.aspx

        And last month, Israeli swimmers participated in the Swimming World Cup in Qatar that had a minor squabble over the flag issue.

        Last week here on Mondo, we read about the Israeli border factories that are set to open in Jordan, to have Israeli goods manufactured there labelled “made in Jordan” that could be marketted in all Arab countries without exception. Can’t have any more normalization than that.

      • JustJessetr
        JustJessetr
        December 1, 2013, 2:10 pm

        So it sounds like for all the hype surrounding boycotts, according to what I’ve researched of Walid’s statement which pretty much sums up what I’ve suspected all along, it sounds like boycotts aren’t having any sort of effect except making Israelies more paranoid. I mean, if Lebanon and Saudi Arabia are dealing with this “pure evil” state and/or it’s supporters, I don’t see how BDS will gain any meaningful traction. If Starbucks, well-known as a “Zionist supporter” can find a foothold in Lebanon, and coffee isn’t exactly an indispensable or scarce product to find, then I’m seeing more bark than bite. All the rockets are just for show, they’ll never hurt Israel in the long run. All the boycott talk is just for show because many many Arab/Muslim nations are doing business with Israeli enterprise. The stock market continues to go up. European businesses still court Israel. I think that BDS exaggerates it’s importance.

      • just
        just
        December 1, 2013, 2:29 pm

        There’s no “contradiction”, and I am grateful that you’ll learn a thing or two from Walid.

        Enjoy!

      • Walid
        Walid
        December 1, 2013, 2:39 pm

        More on normalization, a comprehensive essay in Haaretz; a small part of it:

        “Israeli business quietly thrives in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and in far-off countries like Indonesia and Malaysia, too. Company owners on both sides do all they can to avoid harmful publicity. Contacts are made at international conferences overseas, through European and U.S. companies familiar with both sides, and directly over the Internet.

        “Technology, particularly the Internet, is making the world smaller,” explains Eliran Malul at Arab Markets, which brokers deals in Arab countries. “Arab entrepreneurs are interested in Israeli technologies and search them out through the Internet and social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.”

        Fuzzy rules

        Israeli law bans trading with Lebanon, Syria and Iran, directly and indirectly. Some businesspeople complain that rules are too fuzzy, especially when it comes to products showing up in unwanted destinations. “Sometimes Israeli companies don’t know who they’re selling to,” says a high-ranking source at the Manufacturers Association. “Let’s say you’re fighting for the business of a new international customer. What can you tell him as you close the deal?: ‘You won’t sell the product to Iran, right?’ Would it help? How would you know if he’s lying?”

        Some people believe Israeli companies play dumb regarding the final destination of their products. A high-tech source claims many international technology companies, including Israel-based companies, use local and regional distributors to market their products in broadly defined territories. Iran, for example, is frequently included in the Europe/Middle East/Africa distribution territory, allowing them to turn a blind eye to the product’s final destination.

        “Companies need to show growth and meet investors’ expectations, and managers want to continue receiving bonuses,” says the Manufacturers Association source, adding that they don’t want to invest resources in investigating where their products end up.

        … Relations with Muslim countries extend far beyond the Middle East. In the late 1990s the Foreign Ministry tried establishing trade with Indonesia and Malaysia, Muslim countries with strong economic potential but without diplomatic relations with Israel. It was the heyday of the Oslo Accords and many believed Israel’s economic ties to Muslim and Arab countries would become much more open and productive. Several years earlier Koor Trade had opened an office in Indonesia and began establishing low-profile trading relations there.

        “Indonesia and Malaysia were a big story and we dedicated huge efforts to developing economic relations with them,” recalls Alon Liel, the Foreign Ministry’s director general at that time. “We reached all sorts of understandings on trade through a nearby embassy. We published a newspaper ad to interest Israeli businesspeople in investing there, but right afterward Indonesia and Malaysia abrogated all the understandings. The trade went underground. For the Foreign Ministry there was no point to it because it had no diplomatic value.”

        Trade continues covertly with Indonesia at the lowest possible profile and without diplomatic relations. Singapore serves as a base for businessmen trying to penetrate there. In 2007 a subsidiary of Ormat Industries signed a $200-million contract to supply electricity for 30 years. Ormat is part of a consortium on this project, with a Japanese bank providing most of the funding.

        An Indonesia-Israel trade bureau was opened two years ago in a bid to make it easier for Israeli businesspeople to enter the country. Currently they can only get in by invitation from a local source sponsoring the visit. If none is available, the Israeli Embassy in Singapore assists by providing a local consultant who can serve as a sponsor in a pinch. Occasionally, however, the authorities turn down requests, depending on the country’s political mood.

        Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest growing markets, with great potential in the field of communications because of its vast population – more than 200 million. Clandestine trade is also carried out in the opposite direction, according to Catarivas. Indonesian business delegations visit Israel, too, but this is kept from the general public. Israel imports eight times as much as it exports in its trade with Indonesia.

        “This is an economic relationship with tremendous potential,” says Emanuel Shahaf, chairman of the Israel-Indonesia Chamber of Commerce. “Businesspeople operating in Indonesia keep their cards close to their chests. Business is good and they don’t want to share it with anyone. The Indonesians also maintain secrecy because of the political sensitivity.”

        Shahaf says neighboring Malaysia also has great potential but there it’s even more difficult doing business. “They are more radical Muslims. While Indonesians shut their eyes occasionally, a Malaysian company needs a special permit from a government ministry to do business with an Israeli firm.”

        One of the most interesting countries for duality of relations with Israel, if not the entire Arab world, is Saudi Arabia. On the one hand it has produced some of the world’s most heinous terrorists, most notably Osama bin Laden. On the other hand the country is considered a relatively moderate Arab state – in 2002 it proposed the “Saudi initiative” for peace between Israel and the Arab countries, an initiative disregarded by Israel. Saudi Arabia is at odds with Iran and enjoys excellent diplomatic and economic relations with the United States.

        Quite a number of Israeli companies export products to Saudi Arabia, including technological goods. This is sometimes done through their U.S.-registered subsidiaries, thanks to the strong relations between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Israeli companies, such as body armor manufacturer Rabintex Industries, have also provided equipment to U.S. forces stationed in Saudi Arabia. (Rabintex entered receivership last week.)

        Another interesting field is trade in plastics. Israel receives raw materials for its plastics industry – polyethylene and polypropylene deriving from petroleum production – from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. These materials are sent in a roundabout way but Israeli authorities are aware of their source. Israel’s plastics industry, in turn, exports greenhouse sheeting, irrigation drippers, house and garden products, disposable utensils and food packaging to Saudi Arabia. Some of these products are made by Turkish factories established by Israeli companies.

        According to Liel, who once served as Israel’s ambassador to Turkey, this inflates trade statistics with Turkey. “I assume the high trade figures with Turkey are biased to some degree because they include shipments to countries with which Israel has no relations.”

        Israeli guards in the Gulf

        The wealthy Gulf countries are, without doubt, the most attractive places for Israeli business. As Dubai was building the Palm Islands – a megalomaniac real estate project delayed by the global economic crisis – Israelis had a hand in providing some of the shingles through an Italian roofing tile company.

        A fair number of Israeli high-tech companies operate in the Gulf states. One field in which they are active is internal security, a particularly thriving activity before the assassination in Dubai of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh two years ago today. When the story broke there were media claims that photographic and security equipment used by Dubai police resembled Israeli technology. It was never confirmed that Mossad agents (according to foreign reports ) were caught through the use of Israeli technology, but it is known that quite a few companies in the Gulf states rely on sophisticated Israeli technology for security purposes. And not just technology – an Israeli-owned security firm protecting oil fields in one of the Gulf countries also brings in Israelis to guard them.

        Israel also exports medical, agricultural and water technologies to the Gulf states. Trade depends on the regional political situation, like with the Mabhouh affair. “In such cases you simply keep your head down and wait until it all blows over,” says Naava Mashiah, who lives in Geneva and brokers deals in the Middle East. “You need to be sensitive to the situation. You simply stop, not even sending emails, until the tide turns. Israelis have already gone back to doing business in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar.”

        Mashiah, who visits the Gulf twice a year, is part of a small group of Israelis who have turned the complicated occupation of business mediation between Israelis and Arabs into a livelihood. Some do it not just for the handsome financial reward but also in the belief that it could bring long-desired peace a step closer. Mashiah belongs to Israeli Peace Initiative, a movement formed by Idan Ofer whose membership, which includes prominent personalities in Israel’s business elite, wants to establish an alternative to the political deadlock in the region.

        In dealings in Arab countries it’s impossible to separate the political and business aspects, says Mashiah. “The Saudi initiative didn’t get a response from Israel, and the Arab world sees this as an insult. The Israeli Peace Initiative, in a way, provides an answer to the standstill because it shows there are serious Israelis aware of the political situation and working to change it. Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the world, and our group is trying to break this isolation. One way is by creating business ties with Arab countries.”

        http://www.haaretz.com/business/the-badly-kept-secret-of-israel-s-trade-throughout-the-muslim-world-1.408103

        Plenty more such stories that should put an end to Israelis spooking themselves silly about all those Arabs and Muslims out to assassinate all Israelis.

      • American
        American
        December 1, 2013, 4:16 pm

        ‘Last week here on Mondo, we read about the Israeli border factories that are set to open in Jordan, to have Israeli goods manufactured there labelled “made in Jordan” that could be marketted in all Arab countries without exception. Can’t have any more normalization than that…..Walid’

        Er….it’s not exactly normalization….or call it a US ‘forced normalization.
        Israeli good have long been sold in Arab countries by exporting them to middleman who then exports them to the Arab country.
        This Jordon deal is all about the 1996 QIZs set up by the US in Jordon, Egypt and Israel.
        And if you’re a curious fellow like me you might read the fine print and find the hidden US hand (and helping of our lettle friend Israel) in the QIZs.

        To wit:

        The Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZs), established by Congress in 1996, allow products to enter the United States duty-free if manufactured in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, or the West Bank and Gaza. The program has succeeded in stimulating significant business cooperation between Jordan and Israel.

        Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) are industrial parks that house manufacturing operations in Jordan and Egypt.

        They are a special free trade zones established in collaboration with neighboring Israel to take advantage of the free trade agreements between the United States and Israel.

        Under the trade agreements with Jordan as laid down by the United States, goods produced in QIZ-notified areas can directly access US markets without tariff or quota restrictions, subject to certain conditions:

        Goods produced in these zones must contain a portion of Israeli input. In addition, a minimum 35% value to the goods must be added to the finished product

        In the agreement, the areas on the border between Israel and Jordan were designated as “Qualifying Industrial Zones”, and goods produced here would not have tariff and quota restrictions to the US markets.

        Qualifying Industrial Zones in Jordan and Egypt”. CRS Report for Congress. 2006-07-05

        Isr naturally wants to put Israeli factories in as many Israel-Jordon and Israel -Egypt QIZs as they can.

        I think I explained this before to you or someone concerning some Egypt-Isr deals.
        And would you believe the US also included the West Bank and Gaza as ‘collaborating’ QIZs with Israel. Yea they did.

      • JustJessetr
        JustJessetr
        December 1, 2013, 5:21 pm

        No contradiction?

        Read your own words out loud. Then Walid’s. You’ll learn a thing or two yourself.

      • JustJessetr
        JustJessetr
        December 1, 2013, 11:51 pm

        @ American.

        That’s very clever and forward-thinking of Israel! Wow!

        So between nobody of substance boycotting them, and their natural gas exploration, and these QIZ’s, I guess they’ll be around for quite a long time to come! Probably for hundreds of years! : )

  7. yrn
    yrn
    November 29, 2013, 5:59 pm

    Horizon 2020 || Israel-EU settlement compromise:
    Israel, we know, will be part of the project. The compromise that was reached: Not one euro will go to an Israeli research company or organization that has any sort of connection with territories situated across the pre-1967 borders, whether in Judea-Samaria, East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights. That meets the EU demand. But Israel, for its part, added a special annex stating that it opposes the position of the EU on the settlements and does not consider it a legal or political precedent. The settlers, of course, will be compensated by the state.

    What another great win to the BDS & Co.
    No wonder not a word is mentioned in MW.

    • Justpassingby
      Justpassingby
      November 29, 2013, 6:07 pm

      EU sanctions have been mentioned before on MW but as a zionist-bot I guess you cant search?

      • yrn
        yrn
        December 1, 2013, 9:28 am

        Justbot
        I was referring to the issue that the agreement with the EU is signed.
        MW mentioned all the time regarding the wishful thinking that Israel is not going to sign the agreement as a victory of the boycotter’s bots..

        But once signed. shhhhhhhh

        Just imagine if it was not signed, bot’s like you were dancing the Samba.

  8. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby
    November 29, 2013, 6:06 pm

    Disgusting racism supported by Obama and EU!

  9. radii
    radii
    November 30, 2013, 3:04 am

    they should rename it “Stop the Purge” … rhymes with “surge” and the two wars the U.S. fought for israel, against Iraq and Afghanistan, both featured a “surge” and basically zionists ethnic-cleansing of the Palestinians never stopped it merely slowed way down with the occasional … surge

  10. German Lefty
    German Lefty
    November 30, 2013, 12:38 pm

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