16M Communist Farmers in India Join Israel Boycott Movement to Support Palestine

16M Communist Farmers in India Join Israel Boycott Movement to Support Palestine”

E1 and Maaleh Adumim form an Israeli buffer east of Jerusalem that the Palestinians say would divide the city from the West Bank and badly hurt the possibility of a contiguous Palestinian state.

The notes read: "In recent years, against the backdrop of demographic, cultural and political developments, Jerusalem's status as the most important city in Israel has been weakened, and the city is being abandoned by its more affluent population which is moving to the coastal cities". However, planning experts in Jerusalem told Channel 1 it is "nothing less than a fantasy". Israel's Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and MK Moshe Gafni, both part of the UTJ party, have vocally gone against the bill.

Also incorporated under the new bill would be the ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlement of Beitar Illit, southwest of Jerusalem, the Gush Etzion settlement bloc to the south and Efrat and Givat Zeev settlements.

Bringing in settlements under Jerusalem's municipality further legitimizes the settlements in Israeli society, challenging the reality that all Israeli settlements are considered illegal under global law. Yet, the laws against boycotting Israel enjoy bipartisan support not just in the states in which they have been passed, but at the federal level: A Senate bill sponsored by Benjamin Cardin, a democrat from Maryland, and Rob Portman, a republican from OH, would impose sanctions on foreign companies supporting campaigns to boycott Israel.

In allowing Nof Zion to add the new units to 91 existing homes, the expansion would create the largest Jewish enclave in an Arab neighborhood of the city, left-wing groups charged.

Israel occupied the West Bank, including east Jerusalem, in the Six-Day War of 1967.

Meanwhile the U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has refused to make a comment against or in support of the bill. The state requirement for contractors to sign still stands.

Palestinian politicians and activists have strongly denounced the bill.

In addition to the Mennonites, over the past few years mainstream Christian denominations like the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have endorsed boycotts, divestment or other economic tools to protest Israel's construction of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian land, which violate longstanding official US policy and numerous United Nations resolutions, and are a major impediment to peace in the region.

Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's executive committee, said late Wednesday that "such efforts represent the end of the two-state solution". In some cases, as in Texas, these laws extend to individuals. "The state Jewish community has had significant concerns about the impact of BDS".

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