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George Galloway's Comment: Pro-Palestine Demo in UK Slams Israeli Minister Livni (and vid)

"Hundreds of people protested outside a hotel in London, where Israeli Minister Tzipi Livni was due to address the Jewish National Fund..."

Livni enjoyed immunity from prosecution while in UK, for her warcrimes in Gaza , just as in Canada the present Israeli Defence Attache, Brig-Gen Eden Attias, formerly commander of the Nevatim IAFB, critical in bombing Gaza,  also enjoys immunity from prosecution in Canada. Curiously he apparently also enjoys immunity from criticism for his role in 'Cast Lead' - even from avowed 'anti-Zionist' organizations who maintain an unseemly silence on Attias' significant role. I wonder why?


John Baird Slams Iran, Palestinian Authority in Address to Jewish Advocacy Forum

"Canada's foreign policy no longer tracks a middle road but instead firmly stands behind Israel, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told a global Jewish advocacy meeting Wednesday..."

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Defying Israel, Pope Prays at 'Apartheid Wall'

During his historic trip to Bethlehem on Sunday, Pope Francis made waves after taking a surprise detour to pray at the wall separating Palestine from the state of Israel.

The stop at the barrier, also known as the "apartheid wall," was made on the second day of the pontiff's Middle East visit after touring Jordan on Saturday.

Describing the detour, the Guardian reports:

His route had been planned to pass close by the separation wall. Palestinian officials had hoped he might stop briefly to contemplate the Israeli-built structure, which weaves through the occupied West Bank, but instead the pope stopped his cavalcade, stepped out of the white, glass covered pick-up truck and made his way up to the wall, where he was quickly surrounded by children from the nearby Aida refugee camp.

Approaching the wall, which is close to the main Israeli checkpoint by Rachel's Tomb, the pope put his palm to the towering concrete structure, covered with graffiti appeals to the Palestinian cause, and bowed his head in prayer, flanked by two girls with Palestinian flags. The heads of Israeli soldiers were visible at the window of a nearby watchtower.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that the Pope's act of touching the wall was particularly notable.

"It was not a kiss or a blessing, it was a sign of contact and I think it was very significant way to demonstrate his participation in suffering," Lombardi said, adding, "it was done in a silent praying way, but without words. It was a profound spiritual moment in front of a symbol of division.".....


Global Pressures Against Israel on Rise: Analyst (and vid)

"The international pressures against Israel's crimes in Palestine are escalating as US global dominance is gradually fading away, a political analyst tells Press TV."


How the Israel Lobby Works (and vid)

"AIPAC is without doubt the most powerful lobby in the US..."


JDL Threatens Press TV Canada Reporter (and vid)

"Press TV's Canadian correspondent Joshua Blakeney receieved a threatening email from the Jewish Defence League (JDL) over his criticism of Israel, in the following terms..."

JDL, who has also been seen supporting anti-Six Nations rednecks in Caledonia demos, as well as sponsoring 'solidarity' talks by the British EDL leader, and claiming responsibility for the Harper government's banning of George Galloway, several years ago, appears to enjoy complete impunity, no matter how outrageous their actions.


Roi Tov: Operation Return Brothers Shatters Ramadam

"...On June 17, Yediot Ahronet quoted Member of the Knesset and former IDF Chief of Staff Shaul Mofaz: 'It is time to shatter the Hamas.'

Honorable and brilliant Lieutenant-General Gantz, IDF Chief of Staff, I do not understand. Since you blame the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who do you punish the Hamas and the PLO?..."


Prayer Rallies in Canada for Kidnapped Teens Highlight Unity

"Against the background of the abduction, WEINSTEIN then called for the cancellation of the Wye River Memorandum completely, which called for major withdrawals from Area C, parts of Judea and Samaria unequivocally owned by Israel. He also called to completely annex Hebron, exercise sovereignty over Judea and Sameria, and deport Israel's enemies.

In this context he expressed support for MK Moshe Feiglin and his plan to make Israel a Jewish State with all that entails..."

'Unity' JDL-style -  zionization campaign continues apace


Israeli Army Enacts Curfew Near Nablus and Raids Eight Major West Bank Cities

"In a major escalation of force not seen since the Second Intifada, tonight Israeli military vehicles are inside cities across the West Bank...An Israeli Army commander has said the overnight incursions underway will be bigger than Operation Defensive Shield in Jenin in 2002..."

as always the world simply watches or doesn't even...


Israel Gearing Up For Major Gaza Onslaught (and vid)

"Israel is getting ready to launch an all-out war on the impoverished Gaza Strip as the world's attention is focused on acts of terrorism being perpetrated by Takfiri militants in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

Informed sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Israeli armored brigades have been instructed to be prepared to join the Gaza Division..."



Lieberman Calls For Full-Scale War on Gazans (and vid)

"Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman has called for major air and ground military operations in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The latest war threats come after the body of three missing Israeli teenagers were found in the West Bank

However, the resistance movement Hamas rejects any involvment in the teens' disappearance..."


Israel Can't Force-Feed Occupation to Those Who Hunger for Freedom  -  by Jonathan Cook

"Israel's torture cells are back in business.

Israel has yet to realize the dam is soon to burst..."


Roi Tov: 3 Boys For The West Bank (and vid)

"Yesterday were found the bodies of the three settler students kidnapped after 10 PM on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Allow me a brief reminder of the problematic events in the affair.

At first, Israel blamed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). After Hebrew media had laughed, the Palestine Authority and Hamas were blamed. Finally, the latter was fully blamed by Israel.

The event took place in Area C of the West Bank. The Palestine Authority is not responsible for it and thus cannot be blamed. Hamas is active mainly in Gaza; it does not have the resources needed for a kidnapping in the West Bank where it faces the Israeli Shin Beth and the Palestinian Authority secret police.

The kidnapping described by Israeli authorities was impossible, something different happened there..."



Israeli Settler Violence Against Palestinians Rising: Analyst (and vid)

"Press TV has conducted an interview with Joe Catron, a human rights activist from Gaza, about the three missing Israeli teens whose bodies were found 19 days after their disappearance, while Israeli forces collectively punished the West Bank..."


'I was a Zionist until I was 64 .I want to hit myself.' (and vid)

"Yesterday there was a demonstration in Union Square, New York, to protest the Israeli 'rampage' in the West Bank. One of the organizers was an Israeli American named Tzvia Thier. I interview her as she passed out flyers, above..."


Kidnapped and Slain Arab Teen Was Burned Alive - Autopsy Results

"Soot found in the lungs of an East Jerusalem youth, whose funeral drew thousands on Friday, means the teenager was still alive and breathing when he was burned, according to the preliminary results of an autopsy..."


Caught on Camera: Israeli Police Beating 15 Year Old Cousin of Murdered Palestinian Teen

"A shocking video, shows Israeli police officers savagely beating the 15 year old Palestinian-American Tarek Abu Khdeir - cousin of Mohammed Abu Khdeir who was burnt alive in East Jerusalem - has promted outrage in the Palestinian community..."


For a Global Intifada Now!


Roi Tov: Netanyahu Announces Ground Attack on Gaza

"Prime Minister Netanyahu and Major General Amos Yadlin, Head of The Institute for National Security Studies announced a ground attack on Gaza.

Sunday, July 6, 2014 was the announcement day. Considering that they are unlikely to allow Gaza time to prepare itself to the violation, the attack will materialize soon or not at all..."


Israelis Provoking Third Intifada: Analyst (and vid)

"Press TV has conducted an interview with Alberto Garcia Watson to talk about  the recent escalation in violence against Palestinians by Israeli forces..."


Land Grab Shows Netanyahu Unbowed After Gaza

Israel's biggest land grab in three decades


Israel Steals Gaza's Offshore Natural Gas: $15 Billion Deal with Jordan

"In addition to confiscating Palestine's energy resources, Israel has destroyed Gaza's only power station in its latest military offensive."



US Senate Elevates Israel to 'Major Strategic Partner' (and vid)

"Over three-quarters of US Senate members unanimously voted for the United States - Israel Strategic Partnership Act on Thursday. The bill improves Israel's trade status and requires Washington and Tel Aviv increase cooperation.

It will also enhance the value of US weapons stockpile in Israel by $200 million to $1.8 billion and further facilitate Tel Aviv's access to the weaponry..."


The Occupation's Dark Underbelly Exposed  -  by Jonathan Cook

"...According to the refuseniks, much Israeli intelligence gathering targets 'innocent people.' The information is used for 'political persecution', 'recruiting collaborators' and 'driving parts of Palestinian society against itself.'

The surveillance powers of 8200 extend far beyond security measures. They seek out the private weaknesses of Palestinians - their sex lives, monetary troubles and illnesses - to force them into conspiracy in their own oppression. 'If you required urgent medical care in Israel, the West Bank or abroad, we looked for you, admits one..."


Message From the President of the State of Israel

"Brothers and sisters,

Leaders of the Jewish community and the Diaspora and their friends,

...On the threshold of the New Year, I want to thank you, leaders and members of the Jewish communities, for your support of Israel's soldiers and its homefront..."


It is estimated that there are approximately 150 Canadians currently serving in the IDF. As well, a Security Agreement, ensures that Canada will share any and all 'pertinent' information with the relevent Israeli authorities. There is also a Free Trade Agreement. Not to mention our own resident Israeli Defence Attache. Zionism has formidable influence, powers, and funding here. These continue to grow not diminish. More must be done to arrest and reverse these alarming tendencies...


Canada and Israel: Partners in Racial and Humanitarian Crimes  -  by Jim Miles


Noam Chomsky UNGA, October 14, 2014 (Full Speech and vid)

365th Meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People


Link for the Q&A following:


Mass Media Blacks Out Reports  -  by William Hanna

"...of Israeli crimes; the ICC charges Kenyatta instead of Netanyahu; and Operation Protective Edge is forgotten..."


Shouldn't the supporters of Palestine in Canada push the NDP to push the House of Commons to follow the British House and recognize the State of Palestine? has a good article on this.


Excellent idea..


Israeli Society 'Sick With Violence' - Country's President

"Israel is suffering from an epidemic of violence that must be treated, or the country's President Reuven Rivlin said. After the latest bloody conflict in Gaza, Jews and Arabs seem to have lost the capacity for dialogue, as relations have reached a new low.

'It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is sick - and it is our duty to treat this disease,' Rivlin told the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities at a Xenophobia conference on Sunday in Jerusalem.

'The tension between Jews and Arabs within the state of Israel has risen to record heights, and the relationship between all parties has reached a new low...The epidemic of violence is not limited to one sector or another, it permeates every area..."


CrossTalk: Recognizing Palestine (and vid)

"Why have Western countries now decided to vote to recognize the state of Palestine? Is an Israeli-Palestinian pleace plan a dead end?

CrossTalking with Norman Finkelstein and Amir Oren


IS and the IDF: Canada's Double Standard  -  by Eric Walberg

"Why can westerners join the IDF while westerners joining IS are despised and killed? In what sense is the IDF scenario less reprehensible than the IS one?

Who is the real terrorist...?


Israeli Soldiers Tactics Similar to ISIL: Analyst (and vid)

"The Arab member of the Israeli Knesset added that an Israeli pilot is no less a terrorist than a person who takes a knife and commits a beheading..."

*images of dead Palestinian children Israel made that way:



They May Say What I May Not (and vid)

"I am aware of living in one of the most racist societies in the western world..."


I have difficulty in seeing the parallel between Israel and South Africa.

The Europeans that went to SA, like my ancestors who came to North America were settling in a somewhat low density area.  In both cases the native North Americans and South Africans were eventually placed on reserves except that in SA the native:European ratio was at least 5 to one.  The Boers had the ideas that God gave them the land but so did my forbearers.

Zionists were part of the large Jewish religious community that had for 2000 years been a minority in Christian and Muslim countries and wanted a state where they (the Zionists-not all Jews) would be a majority or have a majority of the power.  They got it with the UN General Assembly partition of Palestine into two states in 1948.

Did Mandela compare the Palestinians to the native South African (Zulu, Xhosa, etc.) majority? 

Making Palestine into one unitary state will put Jewish-Israelis back into a minority, like in Christian Russia or Poland.  Muslims and Christians have so many states. Can’t Jews have one ?

Canada could follow Sweden and recognize the Palestinian state.


Jerusalem in Danger While the World Sleeps  -  by Tariq Shadid

"The Judaization of Jerusalem is an integral part of Israeli occupation, and has always been so. The Israelis are igniting the powder-keg, because they trust that they will have things their way when they do..."

the planned seizure of Al Aqsa


George Galloway's Comment: Why Has Israel Closed Al Aqsa Mosque? (and vid)

"Israeli forces have denied all Palestinians entry into the Al Aqsa Mosque over the death of an Israeli right-wing activist. Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas has called the move a 'declaration of war'..."

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I've been waiting ages to join this. NDPP why no mondoweiss or #JSIL? jk

The most recent news is ofcourse the Al Aqsa third intifada. But also Sweden recognition of Palestine. Sound like a good thing right?

Electronic Ali said it best: dont recognize Sweden's recognition of a bantustan!  A nation is different than a state. If i remember it correctly, a state has defined borders (if even its self declared one) But Israel wont say where her borders are.


Hey NS, mondoweiss etc are great, I post from them but don't have the time to keep completely current with this or all the threads I'd like - please post whatever you find of value. Good quote from AA too!


Why Did Netanyahu Respond to Chickenshit With 'Grassy Knoll' Remark?

"Why would Netanyahu make reference to one of the most alarming chapters in American history, the assassination of a beloved American president?

Grassy Knoll, it only means one thing here in America."


Haaretz: 'Messianic' Settler, Roni Alsheikh, Designated Next Shin Bet Chief

"...You can see where this is going. Israeli democracy, dying a slow death at the hands of the radical right will be strangled like a baby in its cradle by the incoming Shin Bet chief.

The witch hunt against Palestinians both inside Israel and in the Territories will escalate. The Iron Hand will clench its fist even tighter. Religious war, just now simmering in Jerusalem, will be brought to the boiling point.

The wave is unstoppable, at least through internal domestic means.

Roni Alsheikh represents the future.

Will we continue to 'lack conviction' as the center no longer holds?"


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Rikardo wrote:

I have difficulty in seeing the parallel between Israel and South Africa.

The Europeans that went to SA, like my ancestors who came to North America were settling in a somewhat low density area.  In both cases the native North Americans and South Africans were eventually placed on reserves except that in SA the native:European ratio was at least 5 to one.  The Boers had the ideas that God gave them the land but so did my forbearers.

Zionists were part of the large Jewish religious community that had for 2000 years been a minority in Christian and Muslim countries and wanted a state where they (the Zionists-not all Jews) would be a majority or have a majority of the power.  They got it with the UN General Assembly partition of Palestine into two states in 1948.

Did Mandela compare the Palestinians to the native South African (Zulu, Xhosa, etc.) majority? 

Making Palestine into one unitary state will put Jewish-Israelis back into a minority, like in Christian Russia or Poland.  Muslims and Christians have so many states. Can’t Jews have one ?

Canada could follow Sweden and recognize the Palestinian state.


Rikardo, I have three words for you: Settler Colonial Project.


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Nobel Peace Prize co winner, Malala Yousefzai donated $50 K to help build a UN school bombed by Israel.

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Israeli soldiers attempt to detain 2-year-old for rock-throwing.




Explosions as Palestine Erupts in 'Day of Rage' Against Israel Al-Aqsa Mosque Restrictions

"Clashes broke out after Palestinian protesters took to the streets in a 'Day of Rage' against Israel on Friday, after Israel imposed entry restrictions on the Al Aqsa mosque - the third holiest site in Islam, and the holiest place in Judaisim..."


George Galloway's Comment: Is Israel Getting Away With Murder? (and vid)

"On May 32, 2010, Israeli commandos attacked the Freedom Flotilla...'Not only are they never punished, they are endlessly rewarded and a red carpet wherever their leaders go...'


NDPP wrote:

Why Did Netanyahu Respond to Chickenshit With 'Grassy Knoll' Remark?

"Why would Netanyahu make reference to one of the most alarming chapters in American history, the assassination of a beloved American president?

Grassy Knoll, it only means one thing here in America."

Now he has a US President who never has to face another election.


US and Israel 'Founded on Terrorism, Genocide' (and vid)

"General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that Israel went to 'extraordinary lengths' to limit civilian casualties in the recent Israeli invasion of Gaza.

'They've both been founded on terrorism and genocide and these actions continue to this day,' Sepahpour Ulrich told Press TV on Saturday."


Olmert: Ehud Barak Pocketed Millions in Bribes From Arms Sales

"He took bribes worth millions and tens of millions.''

Yet another incentive for 'mowing the lawn' in Gaza perhaps...


Israel, A Bulwark Against World War: The Tar Baby and China  -  by John V Walsh

"Why has the US not committed more forces to East Asia since the 'threat' is greatest there? The answer lies right in front of us, out in the open. US forces are committed elsewhere - specifically in the Middle East.

And why is that? The principal reason is Israel..."


Jailed Palestinian Leader Urges Anti-Israel Armed Reistance (and vid)

"It is imperative to reconsider our choice of resistance as a way of defeating the occupier,' Marwan Barghouti wrote..."


Israel Bans Outspoken Norwegian Doctor From Gaza For Life For 'Security Reasons' (and vid)

"After Gilbert was turned back last month, the Norwegian embassy wrote to Israeli officials, but received 'security reasons' as the only justification for the entry ban. Norwegian officials say Israel is 'unlikely' to retract its decision.

He gained notoriety in Israel after co-authoring a highly critical open letter about the country which was published in the respected medical journal, Lancet, in July at the height of latest conflict in which more than 2,100 were killed.

'Israeli attacks aim to terrorize, wound the soul and body of the people, and make their life impossible in the future, as well as demolishing their homes and prohibiting the means to rebuild,' said one excerpt.

'We register with dismay that only 5 percent of our Israeli academic colleagues signed an appeal to their government to stop the military operation against Gaza. We are tempted to conclude that with the exception of 5 percent, the rest of Israeli academics are complicit in the massacre and destruction of Gaza.'

Gilbert himself says that he has no regrets over his words about the latest conflict, and has just released a harrowing 'testimony' of his stint in Gaza earlier this year.

'When the pen, camera and stethoscope are a security threat, we are facing a regime that fears only one thing: the truth'..."


Update: Vickers Honoured By Knesset, Meets Netanyahu (and vid)

"Kevin Vickers, who was in Israel for a security conference planned before the Oct 22 Ottawa shootings, was recognized Nov 12 by Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and met with Edelstein in his chambers.

Vickers, who also met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who praised Mr Vickers on his bravery and quick response, which saved the lives of many.

'This terror attack in Ottawa, proves once again, that Islamic radical terrorism has no limits and respects no borders. Israel and Canada stand side by side...'

Edelstein stressed the importance of developing the relations between Israeli and Canadian parliaments. 'You are here not only due to the incident that occurred, but also because we would be very happy to build with the Canadian parliament a tight relationship of co-operation between members of parliament and between professional teams,' he said.

Vickers also toured the Knesset and met with Knesset Guard commander Yosef Griff and other senior members of the Knesset Guard, who briefed him on professional issues.

(Sergeant at arms Kevin Vickers visits the Knesset and speaks to Israeli TV)


Israeli Government To Refuse Entry to UN Team Investigating War Crimes in Gaza

"In a Wednesday evening statement reported by numerous media outlets, Israel's foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon announced that Israel will not cooperate with the rights council's commission, which is headed by [Canadian] international law professor William Schabas.

In his statement, Nahson accused the rights council of 'obsessive hostility toward Israel' echoing Israel's previous condemnation of the investigation as a 'kangaroo court.'


How I Stopped Being A Jew by Shlomo Sand and Unchosen: The Memoirs of a Philo-Semite - by Julie Burchill - Review   -  by Will Self

"In 2006, as the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) were undertaking their second major incursion into Lebanon, I resigned as a Jew. I did it publicly and in an article for the London Evening Standard.

My resignation wasn't a protest against Israeli aggression - why would they care about such a gesture? - but aimed, I believed, against prominent leftwing English Jews, who, despite the complete contradiction between their values and the undemocratic, apartheid and territorially expansionist policies of the so-called Jewish homeland, continued vociferously to support Israel..."

perhaps the case is not so unusual?


George Galloway's Comment: How Should Israeli Extremists Be Dealt With? (and vid)

the show also deals with ISIL.


Meet the Warmongering Billionaires Who Will Spend A Fortune to Influence the Next President

"On Nov 9, the face of America's money-saturated election process owas put on full display. 'There's no right or left when it comes to Israel' Haim Saban said in what news reports call a joking reference to the moguls' seating positions at the conference where they spoke.

But the quip was more than just a joke. It was a nod to how the Democratic and Republican parties are united in singing Israel's praise, backing its military actions and voting to give the country $3.1 Billion in US military aid annually.

If Adelson's and Saban's chosen candidates in 2016 get their way, that unity will shine through during the presidential campaign with the debate being reduced to who would support Israel the most..."


Attack on Synagogue Kills 4 Israelis in West Al-Quds -Jerusalem (and vid)

"At least 4 Israelis and 2 Palestinians have been killed in an attack on a synagogue in west Al-Quds amid escalating tensions in the occupied Palestinian territories..."



RE/MAX Cashes in on Israel’s Illegal Settlements by MEDEA BENJAMIN

The Israeli government’s recent announcement that it had authorized the building of another 1,000 settlement homes in East Jerusalem left the US government seeing red, with State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki calling the settlement activity “illegitimate” and “incompatible with the pursuit of peace.” But the announcement must have left the US-based real estate giant RE/MAX “seeing green,” ready to cash in on the sale and rental of more illegal settlement homes.

Look around your neighborhood at homes for sale and you will undoubtedly see RE/MAX’s ubiquitous signs sporting red, white and blue hot air balloons. What started out as a mom-and-pop office in Denver, Colorado in 1973 is now a corporate giant, with some 100,000 sales agents in over 90 countries. RE/MAX claims to have “the largest business volume in the world,” adding an average of 1.6 new franchises each day. Its yearly revenues surpass $150 million, derived from fees from its franchisee, annual dues from agents, broker fees, and franchise sales.

Among the 90 countries with RE/MAX franchises is in Israel. Since its entry into the Israeli market in 1995, RE/MAX has become the largest network of real estate agencies in Israel, boasting 100 branches and over 900 real estate agents in this small country roughly the size of New Jersey.

But here is the problem. RE/MAX Israel sells properties that are not only in Israel proper, but are also in occupied Palestinian lands of the West Bank. While Palestinian homes and olive groves are bulldozed to make way for new settlements, Israeli RE/MAX agents are doing business in all the major West Bank settlements, including Adam, Beit Arye, Beit El, Giva’at Ze’ev, Ma’ale Adumim, Oranit, Salit, Sha’arei Tikva and Zufim. In occupied East Jerusalem, the company markets and rents properties in the settlement neighborhoods of Gilo, Har Homa, Ramot, French Hill and Pisgat Ze’ev.

RE/MAX Israel even has an office in Ma’ale Adumim, a settlement strategically located between the northern and southern parts of the West Bank, breaking up the territorial continuity of any possible future Palestinian state. A UN Commission on Human Rights report stated that Ma’ale Adumim, along with the settlements Gush Etzion and Ariel, will effectively divide Palestinian territory into “cantons or Bantustans.”

The Fourth Geneva Convention (Article 49) prohibits an occupying power from transferring citizens from its own territory to occupied territory. There are now over 500,000 Jewish settlers living the West Bank in violation of international law. Many are Jewish immigrants from around the world who take advantage of Israel’s 1950 Law of Return that grants automatic citizenship rights to Jews from anywhere in the world upon request, while  denying that same right to Palestinians.

The settlements cater to young Israeli couples, first-time buyers who have been priced out of the expensive urban market and are enticed by subsidized settlement housing. RE/MAX Israel also caters to wealthy diaspora Jews wanting to relocate to Israel, or to have a second home there. Perusing  its website, you can find—for a cool $1 million—a 4,000 square-foot villa just minutes from Jerusalem, “at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac” in the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim. It comes with 6 bedrooms (including a 500 square-foot master bedroom suite with balcony), 2 kitchens, and a 2-car garage. Outside, the photos show a huge tiled patio and wooden deck with a breathtaking view, including beautifully landscaped gardens with waterfalls, fruit and olive trees.

Too expensive? Try a $300,000 condo in an East Jerusalem settlement (French Hill), boasting a designer kitchen with Italian granite. It’s on a high floor in a fully secured building, complete with a Shabbat elevator. Still too much? How about a $180,000 bargain studio apartment within walking distance of Hebrew University and Hadassa in a community of English-speaking immigrants?

While Palestinians slip even deeper into poverty, Israel’s real estate industry is booming. But Bernard Raskin, a Zimbabwe-born former academic from South Africa who sits atop RE/MAX Israel’s empire, laments the limited supply of land in this small country. He says that Israel’s real estate market is suffering from a severe shortage of housing stock available for purchase. That’s where the further expansion of illegal settlements comes in.

According to a report by UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk, by selling properties on Palestinian land, RE/MAX International is “directly contributing to adverse human rights impacts, such as the restrictions on freedom of movement that obstruct Palestinians’ access to land, which is often used for agricultural purposes, and arbitrary and unlawful interference with Palestinians’ privacy, family and home.” Selling property in settlements, the report concludes, “contributes to the commission of the international crime of transferring citizens of the Occupying Power onto occupied territory.”

RE/MAX International’s code of ethics states that its affiliates “shall undertake to eliminate any practice by real estate professionals in their community which could be damaging to the public”. The establishment of settlements is clearly damaging to the Palestinian sector of the public  and enables the continued violation of Palestinian human rights.

In November, the US-based peace group CODEPINK launched a campaign “Boycott RE/MAX: No Open Homes on Stolen Land”, asking the company to cut its ties with franchises involved in the sale or rental of settlement properties. The RE/MAX campaign is part of the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, a call by Palestinian civil society to engage in non-violent activism to end these injustices by boycotting companies and institutions that are complicit in Israel’s occupation and its discriminatory practices against Palestinians.

CODEPINK sent a letter to RE/MAX CEO board chair David Liniger but got no response. So it encouraged its 200,000 supporters to call and email the Denver-based headquarters, which tried to distance itself from the practices of its Israeli franchises. “You wouldn’t call the head office of McDonalds if you didn’t like the hamburger you got at your local restaurant,” one RE/MAX telephone operator quipped, “so I don’t think you can hold us responsible for what someone is doing in Israel.”

But RE/MAX International does not just tolerate the actions of its Israeli affiliate, it directly profits from the the sale of homes in the occupied Palestinian territories. RE/MAX International lends its name, gives the stamp of approval, and provides start-up and ongoing training, technological resources, and advertising and marketing support to its franchisees. In return, it receives one percent of the revenue of sales and a flat fee per associate.

CODEPINK is also encouraging RE/MAX shareholders to contact the company. Peter Crow from Investor Relations told me that the RE/MAX office in the settlement was a “rogue office” that they were trying to shut down. But activists are not just concerned about the location of one office; their concern is RE/MAX complicity in the sale of Jewish-only settlement homes  and its relation to the larger reality of displacement, dispossession and oppression of Palestinians.

CODEPINK organizer Sophia Armen is planning the next phase of the Boycott RE/MAX: No Open House on Stolen Land campaign. “Since RE/MAX has offices all over the world, we’ll be organizing globally. Already, pro-Palestinian groups from India to South Africa are building efforts to picket RE/MAX offices and open houses until RE/MAX complies with international law,” says Armen. “As international people of conscience, we must harness our global power to ensure human rights for all.”

Authors note: Since the original publication of this article, RE/MAX has issued a press statement distancing the International RE/MAX from autonomous franchisees. It acknowledges “there is only one RE/MAX office remaining in the West Bank, and RE/MAX LLC is exploring possible options for this office.” It claims UN Report on the Palestinian territories distributed in 2013 contained factual errors, and that “there is only one RE/MAX office remaining in the West Bank, and RE/MAX LLC is exploring possible options for this office.”

To petition RE/MAX, sign here.

Medea Benjamin is cofounder of the peace group


Third Intifada? Israel-Palestine Outbreak of Violence Sparks Fears (and vid)


George Galloway's Comment: Are People Ignorant of Israeli Crimes in al Quds and WB? (and vid)

"Israeli forces continue their aggression against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem)..."


Free Palestine: Stop the JNF!

"The Jewish National Fund (JNF) is widely known as an organization that practices brutal land theft, racial discimination and is complicit in war crimes..."

Down with support for Israeli ethnic cleansing!

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Just signed a petition to bring 100 Gazan children to get medical treatment in Canada. Ontario hospitals are willing while Harper outright refuses to allow Pal-Can Doctor Abuelish to help them.


58% of Israelis Support Firing Palestinian Workers According to News Poll  -  by Richard Silverstein

"There are massive waves of racism and hate sweeping the Israeli Jewish public in the aftermath of the Gaza summer massacre and a series of tit-for-tat terror attacks in Jerusalem. The response has involved some truly revolting developments..."


Shlomo Sand to Secular Jews: I'm Not Jewish and Neither Are You  - by Anshel Pfeffer

"This time most of the fury has been directed at his characterization of Israel as 'one of the most racist societies in the Western world' in a shortened version of the book that appeared in The Guardian.

But while that is only to be expected, the new non-Jewish Sand poses little threat to the right wing; it is Jewish secular leftists he is challenging, particularly the anti-Zionist ones..."


'Palestine Is Not An Environment Story'  -  by Nafeez Ahmed

"How I was censored by The Guardian for writing about Israel's war for Gaza's gas..."


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