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  1. Audio of #ERFA2015 now available

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    March 22, 2015 by IJV

    IJV would like to thank all our participants for contributing to a frank and profoundly radical discussion on how to …
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  2. Resisting Despair

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    February 20, 2015 by IJV

    Despair, surely, is what Israeli policy has been resolutely instilling in Palestinians from the beginning. It is pointless to resist! Abandon any dreams of justice and sovereignty. This is why, for many Palestinians, resistance is simply about surviving. It is what Eyad himself emphasized, observing ‘the long path of humiliation and despair’ that lies behind the creation of a so-called ‘terrorist’: ‘the struggle of many Palestinians is how not to become suicide bombers’, he wrote thirteen years ago. [3] He tirelessly sought to prevent such destructive martyrdom, standing implacably against all forms of violence, whether from Palestinians or the infinitely deadlier modes of Israeli state violence: that ‘eye for eyelash’, as Schlaim put it. Eyad liked to insist that the Israelis and Palestinians needed each other: ‘for only the Palestinians can release Israel from its moral guilt, from all that has gone wrong since those first Zionist dreams to the nightmare of living in a country permanently at war with its neighbours; while only the Israelis can negotiate a just peace with Palestine, allowing them control over their own affairs and thereby laying the basis for security, freedom and dignity for both sides’.[4]

  3. IJV announces “Equal Rights for All: a new path for Israel/Palestine?” 2-day International Conference

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    February 13, 2015 by IJV

    Independent Jewish Voices is pleased to invite you to join us for a our spring conference, organised in conjunction with Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue.

    EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL: A NEW PATH FOR ISRAEL-PALESTINE?
    14 – 16 MARCH 2015, BIRKBECK
    ***TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR***

  4. Urgent Appeal from Physicians for Human Rights

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    July 25, 2014 by IJV

    Urgent call from Physicians for Human Rights – Gaza

  5. A message from the Bereaved Families Forum

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    July 22, 2014 by IJV

    An extract from the recent message by Chani Smith of the Bereaved Families Forum: The events in Israel and Gaza …
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  6. Tony Klug in Letter to The Guardian

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    July 22, 2014 by IJV

    The letter below was published in Saturday’s Guardian, 19 July 2014 Seumas Milne argues that the price of Israel’s occupation needs …
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  7. A visual anthology of the image war for Israel-Palestine

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    July 11, 2014 by IJV

    Operation Defensive Edge began on 7 July 2014. The context is the 2014 FIFA World Cup. And a history of …
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  8. Uri Avnery’s latest: The Atrocity

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    July 11, 2014 by IJV

    Uri Avnery’s latest: When the canon roar, the muses fall silent The Atrocity July 12, 2014 BOMBS ARE raining on …
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  9. IJV SG Statement on current cycle of violence

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    July 10, 2014 by IJV

    We watch in horror and utterly condemn the pointless cycle of violence being stoked by Israel’s ongoing bombing of crowded civilian areas in Gaza, resulting in an escalating death toll, devastating civilian injuries and the continued destruction of homes and livelihoods. We reject the UK government’s one-sided support for Israel’s massive and disproportionate retaliation to the rocket attacks from Gaza and urge instead that it calls for peace negotiations and an end to all bloodshed.

  10. If Kerry fails, what then? by Sam Bahour and Tony Klug

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    April 19, 2014 by IJV

    We need to break free of the divisive and increasingly stifling one-state-versus-two-states straightjacket that tends to polarize debate and in practice ends up perpetuating the status quo — which is a form of one state, albeit an inequitable one. The aim of our proposal is to bring matters to a head and to enable people to advocate equal rights for Palestinians and Israelis, in one form or another, free of the implication that this necessarily carries a threat to the existence of the state of Israel.

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