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Israeli peace activist to UK calls for Blair to act: ICAHD UK PRESS RELEASE

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  • Deborah Maccoby
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    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2006
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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      >1 July 2006
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      >ISRAELI PEACE ACTIVIST, JEFF HALPER, VISITS UK
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      >INSISTS BLAIR CALL FOR ISRAEL TO NEGOTIATE
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      >WITH PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT
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      >Leading Israeli Peace Activist, Jeff Halper[1], founder and director of the
      >Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions(ICAHD)[2] arrives in the UK
      >next week and is urging for a win/win solution for both people groups.
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      >Halper says, "Hamas has now accepted a two-state solution which means that
      >the Israeli Government has run out of excuses not to sit down and negotiate
      >a peace settlement with the Palestinians. Israel cannot credibly claim
      >'there are no partners for peace'. Anyone concerned with building a world
      >based on inclusion, equality, human rights, international law, justice, and
      >peace knows that Israel must not be allowed to unilaterally fix the
      >borders.
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      >If, on the southern border of Europe, in the light of day, an Occupation
      >actually wins and an entire people, the Palestinian people, is literally
      >imprisoned behind a 26 foot high concrete wall, if a new apartheid regime
      >is imposed in the Holy Land, of all places, then what hope is there for the
      >oppressed and downtrodden in other parts of the world less noticed, if at
      >all, by the media?"
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      >TONY BLAIR PROMISED at the time of the Iraq War that there would be a
      >renewed push for resolution of the Palestinian problem. This has not
      >happened. In fact the situation in the occupied territories has
      >deteriorated. The British Prime Minister should not publicly call on the
      >Government of Israel to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority.
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      >LABOUR MP, DR PHYLLIS STARKEY, also backed the call for Israeli
      >unilateralism to end:
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      >"The unilateral actions of the Israeli government in continuing to annexe
      >Palestinian land in the West Bank and East Jerusalem are a threat to peace
      >in the region. They close off the possibility of any lasting settlement and
      >put at risk the future security not only of Palestinians but also of
      >Israelis."
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      >RICHARD BURDEN LABOUR MP, Chair of the Britain-Palestine All Party
      >Parliamentary Group added:
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      >"It is difficult to see Mr Olmert's actions as those of someone looking for
      >a partner in peace. Our own government must be clear that Israel must
      >respect international law and re-open negotiations with the Palestinians."
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      >Notes for Editors
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      >Jeff Halper, will be in England, 5 - 12 July, on a speaking tour, including
      >addressing the AGM for the Britain-Palestine All Party Parliamentary Group,
      >a fringe meeting at the Anglican General Synod in York[3] and the War on
      >Want[4] conference in London on companies that profit from Israeli's
      >occupation of Palestine.
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      >The American Friends Service Committee (the Quakers) has nominated Halper,
      >along with Palestinian peace activist, Prof Ghassan Andoni, for the 2006
      >Nobel Peace Prize.
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      >Jeff Halper is available for press and media interviews. For more
      >information, please contact Linda on 07906 201 575 or Fay on 07979 410 998
      >from ICAHD UK.
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      >ICAHD UK, 33a Islington Park Street, LONDON N1 1QB www.icahduk.org
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      >[1] Jeff Halper is the co-ordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House
      >Demolitions (ICAHD) and a Professor of Anthropology. He has lived in Israel
      >since 1973, having emigrated from the US. Besides his years of involvement
      >with the Israeli peace movement, Jeff has been active on issues of social
      >justice within Israel. He worked as a community worker for ten years in
      >Jerusalem's inner city neighbourhoods, where he was one of the founders of
      >the Ohel social protest movement of working-class Mizrahi Jews. He served
      >as the Chairman of the Israeli Association for Ethiopian Jews, having been
      >active on the issue of Ethiopian Jewish rights and researching the
      >community in Ethiopia in the mid-1960s.
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      >Jeff has taught at Haifa and Ben Gurion Universities in Israel, and was the
      >head of Friends World College, an international university program. He has
      >written extensively on Israeli society, authoring Between Redemption and
      >Revival: the Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the Nineteenth Century
      >(Westview, 1991). He is also the author of Obstacles to Peace: Reframing
      >the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (ICAHD publication, 2005).
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      >As a co-founder and co-ordinator of ICAHD since 1997, Jeff has forged a new
      >mode of Israeli peace activity based on non-violent direct action and civil
      >disobedience to the Israeli Occupation authorities. Even in the darkest
      >days of conflict ICAHD has maintained a relationship of trust, solidarity
      >and close co-operation with its Palestinian counterparts. Jeff serves on
      >the Steering Committee of the UN Conference on the Inalienable Rights of
      >the Palestinian People. His forthcoming book, An Israeli in Palestine:
      >Reframing the Israel-Palestine Conflict, will be published by Pluto Press.
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      >[2] ICAHD is a non-violent, direct-action group originally established to
      >oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied
      >Territories. ICAHD has since expanded its resistance activities to other
      >areas - land expropriation, settlement expansion, by-pass road
      >construction, policies of "closure" and "separation," the wholesale
      >uprooting of fruit and olive trees and more.
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      >As a direct-action group, ICAHD is comprised of members of many Israeli
      >peace and human rights organisations. All of ICAHD's work in the Occupied
      >Territories is closely co-ordinated with local Palestinian organisations.
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      >[3] For information on Israeli/Palestinian issues at the Anglican General
      >Synod, contact Dr John Dinnen, tel: 01981 540 708,
      >john@....
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      >[4] War on Want conference, "Profiting from the Occupation - a people's
      >tribunal to expose the corporations behind the Israeli Occupation of
      >Palestine" www.waronwant.org

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