Veterans of Elite Israeli Unit Refuse Reserve Duty, Citing Treatment of Palestinians


Israel made “no distinction between Palestinians who are and are not involved in violence”

“Things we were asked to do do not deserve the title of self-defense”

JODI RUDOREN, New York Times, September 12, 2014

JERUSALEM — Denouncing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians under occupation, a group of veterans from an elite, secretive military intelligence unit have declared they will no longer “take part in the state’s actions against Palestinians” in required reserve duty because of what they called “our moral duty to act.”

In a letter sent Thursday night to their commanders as well as Israel’s prime minister and army chief, 43 veterans of the clandestine Unit 8200 complained that Israel made “no distinction between Palestinians who are and are not involved in violence” and that information collected “harms innocent people.” Intelligence “is used for political persecution,” they wrote, which “does not allow for people to lead normal lives, and fuels more violence, further distancing us from the end of the conflict.”

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September 12 – 13, 2014
Bob Fest Gaza “Wall of Shame”

We will be displaying the Gaza “Wall of Shame” at the entrance to the Bob Fest events this weekend, both Friday, September 12 at the Barrymore, beginning around 6 pm, and Saturday, September 13 at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, beginning around 8:30 am.

The wall is four large panels of pictures from the Gaza assault, plus a sign and leaflets asking why progressive icons (and Bob Fest featured speakers) Senators Baldwin and Sanders voted, along with the entire US Senate, to give Israel a green light to slaughter the people of Gaza.

We will have Free Gaza stickers to hand out to participants to show their solidarity, and will be staffing a table in Baraboo. We have informed organizers of our intentions.

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September 28, 2014
DAVID ROVICS IN CONCERT

With Clare Norelle
Sunday, September 28, 4 – 6 pm
The Brink Lounge, 701 E Washington Ave, Suite 105

$10 at the door – proceeds benefit Gaza emergency relief and scholarships for children of Arcatao, El Salvador

DAVID ROVICS grew up in a family of classical musicians and became an early fan of populist regimes. After busking full-time in the Boston subways, by the mid-90's he was traveling the world as a professional flat-picking rabble-rouser. Now living in Portland, Oregon he tours regularly on four continents, playing at cafes, pubs, universities, churches, union halls and protest rallies. He has appeared with a veritable who's whoof the left in two dozen countries, with his music featured on Democracy Now!, BBC, Al-Jazeera andother networks. The 200+ songs he makes available for free on the web have been downloaded more than a million times. Most importantly, he's really good. He’ll make you laugh, he’ll make you cry; he will make the revolution irresistible.

CLARE NORELLE is a local performer who sings in several languages and tells stories from around the earth, connecting with people in many places and promoting a message of acceptance and appreciation of cultural diversity.

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Book Group: Goliath — Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative
426 W. Gilman St, Madison
Thursday, September 11, 2014
6:30 pm

This first meeting will be mainly organizational. If you are interested but haven’t started reading the book, feel free to attend.

A book review by Jim Miles, Palestine Chronicle, November 25, 2013

This is a powerfully written book, a mixture of current events, historical data, and personal anecdotal comments and stories. Throughout there are pervasive themes that clearly outline the nature of the Israeli state as it exists today. From May 2009 up to early 2013, Max Blumenthal passed “many prolonged stays in the Holy Land,” from which he derived this current assessment.

The over-riding themes, and they all tend to intermingle within the right wing ideologies of the Netanyahu/Leiberman government, are all based on the demographic threat that Israel perceives to be the main problem – and indeed acknowledges to be, and has always been seen as a problem from the earliest Zionists.

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Unprecedented land confiscation of 4,000 dunams near Bethlehem

Peace Now, August 31, 2014

The Civil Administration declared 4,000 dunams (990 acres) as State Land near the settlement of Gva'ot west of Bethlehem. As far as we know, this declaration is unprecedented in its scope since the 1980's and can dramatically change the reality in the Gush Etzion and the Bethlehem area. For an explanation about state land declaration see here.

Gva'ot was established in 1984 as a Military Base between the Palestinian villages of Al Jab'a and Nahhalin. During the 90’s, the soldiers were replaced by Yeshiva students that occupied the 30 caravans on site, and in 1998 the site was included within the official Municipal Borders of the settlement of Alon Shvut, which is located 3 km away. Recently, some 10 families moved in Gvaot and established an education institution on site.

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